Previous Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies Recipients

LaDora Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2000-2001).
Project: geriatric rehabilitation, aging, and muscle strength, and also developed a seminar series for Scientists in Aging Research.

Ken Hepburn, PhD, former Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing (2001-2002)
Project: Expand training for individuals and families so that they may better understand and deal with chronic illness and aging.

Richard DiFabio, PhD, PT, former Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2002-2003)
Project: “The Connection Between Eyesight and Falls in the Elderly”

Deb Ferrington, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology (2003-2004)
Project: Defining the cellular mechanisms of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States.

Diane Treat-Jacobson, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor School of Nursing (2004-2005)
Project: Designed and organized a multicenter trial of an exercise program to help combat the effects of peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia.

Michael Davern, PhD, Assistant Professor-School of Public Health; Rosalie Kane, PhD, Professor-School of Public Health; and Phyllis Moen, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology (2005-2006)
Project: Together, they pursued a project to strengthen the aging studies curriculum at the University.

Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing (2006-2007)
Project: Nursing home culture change.

Edgar Arriaga, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry (2007-2008)
Project: Pursued research on the biochemical aspects of aging.

Anne Murray, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Medical School (2008-2009)
Project: Prevalence of dementia in older kidney dialysis patients

Walter Low, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery (2009-2010)
Project: using stem cells to treat neurological disorders that affect the elderly, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Hee Y. Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work (2010-2011)
Project: Created a series of online continuing education modules titled Meeting the Health Care Needs of Older Adults: Health Literacy and Cultural Competency, available on the School of Social Work website.

Tetyana Shippee, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health (2011-2012)
Project: Topic: Pursued a project titled “Variability in Nursing Home Residents’ Quality of Life: The Role of Facility Characteristics,” and also developed a new graduate-level course titled Social Factors in Aging.

Niloufar Hadidi, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing (2012-2013)
Project: Psychosocial interventions for the treatment of post-stroke depression in older adults.

Dawn Lowe, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2013-2014)
Project: Expanded her research on the relationship between estrogen, aging, and musculoskeletal health in women.

Benjamin Capistrant, ScD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health (2014-2015)
Project: Effects of caregiving on the health of caregivers, with the long-term goal of improving caregivers’ physical health.

Ling Li, DVM, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (2015-2016)
Project: Alzheimer’s disease

Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (2016-2017)
Project: The role of stress adaptation, one of the seven pillars of aging, and its impact on health and lifespan.

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