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February 2015

Updates from TRIPLL!

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIH funded Edward R. Roybal Center. Our eNewsletter features recent news, events, and funding opportunities related to pain and aging. In this issue we highlight studies that explore the relationship between pain and chronic illnesses, trends in increasing pain and depression at end-of-life, association between weight change and increased fracture risk and the recent NIH panel report on chronic pain treatment; as well as upcoming events and recent funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 

Relationship Between Pain and Chronic Illnesses in Older Adults


A recent study conducted by Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey (A TRIPLL Pilot Awardee) and her team examined the relationship between pain and chronic illnesses in older adults, ages 50 and above. The study evaluated longitudinal survey data from the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study consisting of a sample of 21,902 individuals. The authors found "positive associations between pain and chronic diseases, pain and multimorbidity, as well as an inverse association between pain and education." The study concluded that an increase in palliative social work roles to relieve pain amongst older adults at all stages of chronic illnesses is imperative.


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Role of Opioids in Chronic Pain Treatment


An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed a final report of the 2014 NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. The report summarizes the workshop and identifies the need for more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes, and safety. The panel concludes that "individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain." 


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Trends in Increasing Pain and Depression at End-Of-Life


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A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine aimed to "describe changes in pain intensity and symptom prevalence during the last year of life from 1998 to 2010." The authors conducted an observational study using data from a nationally representative longitudinal survey of 7204 participants who died while enrolled in the study. The authors analyzed the trends in pain intensity and prevalence of other symptoms for at least 1 month during the last year of life. The study reports that despite national efforts to improve end-of-life care, prevalence of pain, depression and confusion in the last year of life increased from 1998 to 2010.


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Change in Weight Linked with Increased Fracture Risk

The authors of a recent study published in The BMJ found that both weight gain and weight loss in older postmenopausal women are associated with increased incidence of fracture. The longitudinal study analyzed data from over 120,000 postmenopausal women, ages 50-79, and followed them for an average of 11 years. Each year, participants' change in body weight and incidence of fractures were recorded. The authors found that compared to women with stable weight, both weight loss and weight gain were associated with an increased risk of fracture. They add that "clinicians should be aware that even intentional weight loss is associated with increased rates of lower limb fractures."


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 Upcoming Events

The following section includes upcoming seminars, meetings, wellness courses, and conferences that  focus on aging, pain, or research methods

2015 Aging in America Conference
Date: March 23-27, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL 60601     
Overview:The American Society on Aging presents the 2015 Aging in America Conference in Chicago. Over 2,500 attendees from across the nation and abroad attend the conference to learn, network and participate in the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults.

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TRIPLL's February Work in Progress Seminar

logo TRIPLL will host a work in progress seminar on Wednesday, February 18 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST. This month Nadine Spring, MPH, will be presenting her study on the utilization and feasibility of collecting data from the mobile devices of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Nadine is a doctoral student at Mount Sinai and the manager of Lupus and APS Center of Excellence at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Contact Sonam Lama at with questions or to register.

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Palliative Care: Translating Theory into Community Practice
Date: February 17, 2015
Location: Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY
Overview: The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, in partnership with the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, Hospicare and Palliative Care Services, and Cayuga Medical Center, presents a practice-oriented conference focused on the integration of palliative care practices into a variety of care settings. The conference will take place on Tuesday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is free with registration.

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For further information, please contact Teri Reinemann at 607-274-1607 or

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Funding Opportunities

The following section consist of recent pain and aging related funding for health care professionals, senior academic researchers, and junior faculty 

Recent Pain and Aging Related Funding

Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging

Funder: American Federation for Aging Research

Funding Amount: Up to $60,000

Due Dates: March 3, 2015

Overview: This funding opportunity announcement was created to support postdoctoral fellows who are uniquely capable of translating advances in basic research from the laboratory to the clinic. The award is intended to provide significant research and training support to permit these postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging.

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Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (R21)
Funder: NIH
Funding Amount: Up to $275,000
Due Dates: February 16, June 16, October 16, 2015
Overview:  The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage epidemiological, clinical and translational research that will increase our understanding of the natural history, prevalence, biological mechanisms, psychological variables, and clinical risk factors responsible for the presence of multiple chronic pain conditions in people with pain.The main objective of this FOA is the formation of research groups with interests bridging expertise in pain mechanisms with translational and clinical expertise to address important unresolved questions about overlapping pain conditions.

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NIA Academic Leadership Career Award (K07)
Funder: NIH
Funding Amount: Up to $125,000
Due Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12, 2015
Overview: The objective of the NIA Research Leadership Career Award is to provide support for more senior investigators who have the expertise and leadership skills to enhance the aging and geriatric research capacity within their academic institution.

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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an
NIA funded Edward R. Roybal Center with a focus on persistent pain due to both cancer and non-cancer related causes. TRIPLL is a collaboration between investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca,
and The Hebrew Home at Riverdale.