Through a generous gift from the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the UTHealth Consortium on Aging has been able to offer pilot grants to junior faculty for the third time since 2011. The goals of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Geriatric Studies for Junior Faculty program are to integrate geriatrics studies across all the schools of the health science center, increase collaboration and cooperation between school faculties, instill geriatrics studies into all student curriculum, and foster future geriatrics practitioners.

Dr. Nahid Rianon

Dr. Nahid Rianon

Grants awarded in 2014 are:

Project Name:   Oral Health in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases
Award: $10,000
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cameron Jeter, assistant professor, UTHealth School of Dentistry
Collaborators: Dr. June Sadowsky, UTHealth School of Dentistry; Dr. Erin Furr Stimming, UTHealth Medical School; Dr. Gena Tribble, UTHealth School of Dentistry

Project Name:   Bone turnover status and its association with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in an older diabetic Hispanic population: A pilot study using the Cameron County Hispanic Cohort
Award: $10,000
Principal Investigator:  Dr.  Nahid Rianon, assistant professor, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
Collaborators: Dr.  Catherine Ambrose, UTHealth Medical School; Dr.  Joseph McCormick, UTHealth School of Public Health; Dr.  Susan Fisher-Hoch, UTHealth School of Public Health