The GSI offers several sessions at the AGS Annual Meeting geared towards our specialty attendees. These sessions include:
- GSI Scientific Sessions
Hosted by the GSI Section for Enhancing Geriatric Understanding and Expertise among Surgical and Medical Specialists (SEGUE), these educational sessions are designed to exchange information among specialists and geriatricians, disseminate new information, and foster favorable attitudes towards the care of older persons. Access prior presentations on GeriatricsCareOnline and a list of prior sessions here.
- Clin-STAR Paper Session
Research presentations from surgical and medical specialists.
To review the 2019 GSI Meeting Schedule, click here. The 2021 Schedule will be posted here in early 2021.
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)’s Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center
Advancing geriatrics expertise for researchers, clinicians, and educators is more than a mission-critical priority for us all as we age. It requires structure and support from across health care to build synergy and share best practices.
Through a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) established the AFAR/NIA Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research Coordinating Center (Clin-STAR CC) to do just that. The Clin-STAR CC brings together clinician-investigators from across the United States who are committed to careers focused on aging research. The Clin-STAR CC provides career development opportunities and fosters transdisciplinary connections, with a particular focus on early-stage investigators who will become future leaders in their fields.
AGS’s GSI was awarded a supplement to collaborate with AFAR on the Clin-STAR CC by creating four new programmatic activities that support the Clin-STAR community:
- Visiting Specialty Professor (VSP) Program
AGS will collaborate with the AFAR Clin-STAR CC Leadership Core to select one senior investigator from a medical or surgical specialty or other discipline to attend the 2021 AGS Annual Meeting. The VSP program will include a GSI/Clin-STAR Lecture on a cross-cutting topic; and a poster walking tour lead by the VSP that will highlight cross-cutting research as it applies to various specialty fields.
- Rising Star Mentoring and Peer Mentoring Programs
Successful applicants to this program will receive a travel stipend to attend the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting in the year that they apply. Rising Stars will receive mentoring from a senior mentor and peer mentor at the AGS Annual Meeting.
- AGS/AFAR Clin-STAR Mentoring and Grantsmanship Workshop
The AGS/AFAR Clin-STAR Mentoring and Grantsmanship Workshop will be held on the final day of the 2021 AGS Annual Meeting and be geared towards Rising Stars, current, former, and future GEMSSTARs, and junior investigators from all disciplines.
The Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC) grant is currently in Phase II and funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Gary and Mary West Foundation. GEDC is a nation-wide collaborative dedicated to improving the quality of care for older people in Emergency Departments with the goal of reducing harm and improving healthcare outcomes. As part of the grant, AGS is developing a national education curriculum for best practices in Geriatric Emergency Department care. Drs. Kevin Biese (UNC) and Ula Hwang (ISMMS), serve as the PIs of the grant, working alongside Nancy Lundebjerg as the AGS PI. The Editorial Board (see below for list of members) are working with a team of section editors and authors to develop the first two curriculum modules, Delirium and Falls & Safe Mobility. The Editorial Board has identified dementia and medication management for the next two modules. Development is underway and will be completed by November 2020. To learn more about the GEDC, please click here.
Tess Hogan, MD
Phillip Magidson, MD, MPH
Michael Malone, MD
Pamela Martin, FNP
Michelle Moccia, NP
Anthony Rosen, MD, MPH
The National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) awards support early career physicians trained in medical and surgical subspecialties through an R03 mechanism that will provide up to $200,000 in direct costs over two years for research on the geriatrics aspects of their specialty. The award is an early career award with the goal of helping researchers establish a research track record in the field of geriatrics research.
GEMSSTAR Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include a Professional Development Plan (PDP) as a component of their application that provides protected time and mentoring for young investigators to develop the leadership and research skills that they will need in their careers. AGS serves as liaison between applicants and specialty societies to help secure funding for PDPs. The PDP can include formal classroom education, exposure to geriatrics-related activities, or other means of career development outlined in the GEMSSTAR RFA and GEMSSTAR website.
- RFA-AG-20-018: Apply for a GEMSSTAR Award
A number of Geriatrics for Specialists Initiative (GSI) Society Members offer funding for a Professional Development Plan (PDP) to complement the R03 research project funded under the National Institute on Aging’s GEMSSTAR award mechanism. Based on specialty, the following opportunities are available:
Anesthesiology - Contact the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
Emergency Medicine - The SAEM Foundation supports the GEMSSTAR for Emergency Medicine Supplement Funding Program
Please contact AGS for further information if you are from one of the following specialties
- General Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Vascular Surgery
AGS’ GSI was awarded a NIA GEMSSTAR U13 conference grant (2014-2019), jointly funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The grant included funding for three conferences over five years for all past and current GEMSSTAR scholars.
The conference series provided GEMSSTAR grantees with opportunities for in-depth discussion of important topics, small group working sessions to explore areas of common interest, and opportunities to bring grantees from across the country together to network and collaborate with each other and invited geriatric-focused specialty mentors.
Individuals interested in learning more about applying for a GEMSSTAR can visit the website.
To access conference reports, slides, and other publications, click the tabs below.
U13 Conference #1: Integrating Frailty Research into the Specialties
The first conference, “Integrating Frailty Research into the Specialties”, was held Sunday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference focused on frailty, how it is defined by geriatricians and specialists, the tools used for measuring frailty, and the gaps in frailty research. The program also featured a session devoted to important career development topics led by experienced mentors.
A conference report (available here) was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in April 2017.
The presentation slides from the first conference, Integrating Frailty Research into the Specialties, are listed below. Please click on the session title to access the slides.
Monday, March 2, 2015
- Integrating Frailty into the Medical Specialties: Report from a U13 Conference
- Frailty: A Geriatrician’s Perspective
Jeremy Walston, MD
- Frailty: A Specialist’s Perspective
Tom Robinson, MD
- The Frailty Tool Box: What are the Measurement Tools and How Are They Utilized?
Ravi Varadhan, PhD
- Resilience and Frailty in Old Age: What Drives It?
Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD
- The Intersection between Comorbidity, Multimorbidity, and Frailty
Caroline Blaum, MD, MS
- Cognitive Function and Frailty
Kaycee Sink, MD, MAS
- Social Aspects of Frailty
Melissa Andrew, MD
- Frailty in Late Life Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Patrick Brown, PhD
- The Crisis of Population Aging: Are there enough Older People to go Around?
Ken Rockwood, MD
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
- Career Development Tips
Kevin High, MD
- Bridging Disciplines
Jeremy Walston, MD
- Frailty, ESRD, and Transplantation
Dorry Segev, MD, PhD
- Biologic Correlates of Frailty in CHF Research
Dalane Kitzman, MD
- HIV, Aging and/or Frailty
Keri Althoff, PhD
- Essentials of Pilot Study Design and Conduct
Kenneth Schmader, MD
- Using and Redesigning Existing Databases to Answer Research Questions in Aging
Steven Kritchevsky, PhD
- Opportunities within Aging Centers/Networks for Specialty Researchers
Kevin High, MD
- Opportunities for Biological and Physiological Studies – The Geroscience Interest Group
Felipe Sierra, MD
U13 Conference #2: Models and Studies of Aging
The second conference, “Models and Studies of Aging” was held Wednesday, September 21 to Friday, September 23, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference focused on basic biology and fundamental mechanisms of aging that can inform the development of research to prevent or delay the ultimate development of age-related disease and disabilities in older adults. The conference also focused on leadership skills and provided mentoring opportunities for the GEMSSTAR Scholars.
A conference report (available here) was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in January 2019.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Pillars of Biological Aging: Implications for the Specialist
Jeremy Walston, MD
Nick Musi, MD
- Adaptation to Stress – Resilience
George Kuchel, MD
Interventions: Moving from Preclinical to Phase III
Friday, September 23, 2016
Proceedings from the R24
- Barriers to the Pre-Clinical Development of Therapeutics that Target Aging Mechanism
James Kirkland, MD, PhD
- Evaluating Healthspan in Pre-Clinical Models of Aging and Disease: Guidelines, Challenges and Opportunities for Geroscience
Rafael DeCabo, PhD
- Strategies and Challenges in Clinical Trials Targeting Human Aging
John C. Newman, MD, PhD
Resources for Junior Investigators:
- Large Databases: Pros/Cons/Limitations
Joachim Ix, MD, MAS
- Baltimore Study of Longitudinal Aging
Stephanie Studenski, MD, PhD
- Health and Retirement Study
Alex Smith, MD
- How Do I Start a Large Project: Ideas, Collaborations, Grants, Concrete Examples
Dalane Kitzman, MD
- Moving Beyond Your R03: Scaling Up Your Research Program
Robin Barr, D.Phil
- Career Development: Do’s and Don’ts
Stephanie Studenski, MD, PhD
Closing Keynote: Pragmatic Trials
U13 Conference #3: The Impact of Cognitive Impairment across Specialties
The third conference, “The Impact of Cognitive Impairment across Specialties”, was held Sunday, March 25 to Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference focused on cutting edge research in cognitive impairment across the sub-specialties as well as career development opportunities to foster the research careers of the GEMSSTAR scholars.
Click here for the full conference report.
The presentation slides from the conference are listed below. Please click on the session title to access the slides.
Monday, March 26, 2018
- The Impact of Cognitive Impairment: An Overview
John Morris, MD
- Clinical Applications in Daily Practice and Models of Care
David Reuben, MD
Cognitive Impairment in the Subspecialties
- No Brain is an Island
Michael Avidan, MD
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Cutting-Edge Research on Delirium and Dementia
- Disentangling Delirium and Dementia
Sharon Inouye, MD
- Assessment and Biomarkers/Imaging Correlates Related to Dementia
Sanjay Asthana, MD
- Postoperative Delirium and Cognitive Dysfunction – Searching for Clarity
Miles Berger, MD
Resources for Junior Investigators
- Inclusion of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Cognitive Research
Raj Shah, MD
- NIA Research Directions
Robin Barr, D.Phil