Consortium on Aging

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Older Americans Month Conference 2014

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Matthew Hnatow

Medical Student Matthew Hnatow Presents Poster at National Conference

Congratulations to Matt Hnatow, third year medical student at UTHealth Medical School, who presented a poster at the ASBMR meeting in October. The Consortium on Aging was able to assist Matt with some travel funds for his trip to Baltimore.

After his trip, Matt wrote: I want to extend my thanks to the Consortium on Aging for the opportunity to represent my community and medical school by presenting my current research in osteoporosis at the 2013 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) national meeting in Baltimore, MD. My experience at the meeting was educational and inspiring. I had the opportunity to present my most recent abstract to others in my field in an interactive poster session as well as learn from those who have similar interests. Aside from the poster session, I also had the opportunity to attend lectures given by distinguished investigators in the field of bone and mineral research. Needless to say, I learned a great deal. I feel that my time spent at the ASBMR national meeting was invaluable and I look forward to potentially attending again in the future. I have no doubt that these experiences will translate to advances in my research and hopefully result in contributions to the care of the elderly.



Newly formed relationship to focus on education and training

(Houston, TX – January 15, 2014) St. Dominic Village, one of the leading providers of senior care in the Greater Houston area and a member of the Texas Medical Center, announced today that it will be collaborating with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System, in an effort to enhance employee training, development and clinical education. 


As part of the new relationship, the UTHealth Houston Geriatric Educational Center will provide a number of clinical education courses including Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Technician Training, Dementia Care Training and other related courses.  Also, a Geriatric Education Series for Professionals will be held monthly.  All courses will be conducted on-site at St. Dominic Village. “We are very excited to have been able to develop a relationship with such a prestigious institution”, said Amy Shields, Chief Executive Officer at St. Dominic Village. “The level of training and education that we can now offer to our staff as a result of this new collaboration is unparalleled.” 


In addition to the training and education of its own staff, St. Dominic Village will also be the site for clinical rotations of final year UTHealth nursing students.  By doing so, students will be able to obtain real time experience and have a better understanding of the role of the post-hospital clinician.  “UTHealth is committed to providing community service to our seniors as well as training health care providers.  St. Dominic Village is an excellent site to achieve these goals as they have been providing compassionate care to our community since 1975,” said Carmel Dyer, M.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).


St. Dominic Village and UTHealth expect to continue to expand their relationship into other areas including St. Dominic Village’s participation in the UTHealth Consortium on Aging this year.

Recent events

RsVP Lectures Bring Noted Geriatrics Experts

The RsVP (Reynolds Visiting Professor in Aging) lecture series, made possible by funding from the D. W. Reynolds Foundation and the Phyllis Gough Huffington Lecture Series II, brought the following renowned geriatrics experts to our campus in 2013:

Sidney Stahl, PhDDemystifying the Black Box of the NIH/NIA: Grant-Writing Seminar and Workshop

Ranjan Duara, MD -Management of Cognitive, Behavioral and Functional Progression in Dementing Disorders and Clinical Diagnosis and Brain Imaging in the Assessment of Dementing Disorders: A series of Vignettes                                    

Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPHDisability and Functional Status and The Hospital Disability Syndrome: How hospitalization can lead to loss of independence in older patients                             

Lodovico Balducci, MD - Cancer in the Older Patient:  A case for complexity and Long Term Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatment in Older Patients