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Posted 09.29.06


Grant to Fund New MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Recently the Board of Trustees of the John A. Hartford Foundation and RAND, announced that the University of Missouri, Columbia is one of seven institutions nationwide to be awarded a two-year $200,000 grant for the development of a new center focused on improving the health of older adults through innovative, interdisciplinary research. The receipt of this award, conferred by a National Advisory Panel of experts, signifies both the ongoing importance of the University’s work in the field of geriatrics, as well as the promise of significant future contributions.

Marilyn Rantz and Steven Zweig.The Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care Research Center represents the combined efforts of the University of Missouri, Columbia Schools of Nursing and Medicine with faculty from multiple departments and institutes. The mission of the Center is to develop and study innovative clinical and health services interventions in geriatrics, and to provide interdisciplinary research and training opportunities for new and established investigators.

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The MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging will be responsible for coordinating the award that involves the participation of 19 faculty and 2 pre-doctoral graduate students representing 6 academic disciplines (Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Engineering, Health Management and Informatics, and Architectural Studies). Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing, and Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH, Family and Community Medicine, are the Co-Principal Investigators.