New York, NY – The American Federation for Research on Aging (AFAR), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research, is proud to recognize outstanding contributions from Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN, with the 2021 Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research.
This award honors an early or mid-career health services researcher who has already made significant contributions with work that respects the value of multidisciplinary health services science and is likely to have a great influence on practice and research for decades. come.
Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi is Deputy Director of the UW Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR); IT Manager, Care Core, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Research Center; and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an Affiliate Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Health Services Research Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and UW-Madison College of Engineering.
Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi is recognized for her dementia-focused health services research program, which studies social and behavioral communication patterns in people with moderate to advanced dementia, as well as the role of observational measures timing and inclusion of people with dementia and their caregivers in this line of research. Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi is currently leading a large observational study to investigate episodes of lucidity in advanced dementia, as well as considerations for strengthening advances in outcome evaluation in people with dementia through multidisciplinary and community-based research on health services.
The award is named in honor of Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD, who has dedicated her professional career to three related fields. She has been a strong advocate for including research on health services related to aging in public health. She lovingly and effectively mentored hundreds of new scholars in a wide range of disciplines. As inaugural dean, she built a thriving school of public health at Brown University, while leading efforts to improve aging-related content in public health programs. Professor Wetle sets an example of visionary leadership, mentorship and administrative excellence. In her honor, AFAR established the Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research in 2019.
“The needs of the aging population of the United States demand innovative health services,” notes Stephanie Lederman, EdM, executive director of AFAR. “The visionary work of Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi and Dr Wetle exemplifies the application of research to improve the well-being of seniors and communities. AFAR is proud to support the future of health services and aging research with this award.
Nominations for the award are by invitation and are judged by an independent panel of leading researchers in aging. The prize is a framed quote and comes with a cash prize of $ 5,000.
Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi will receive the award and will speak at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in November 2021. She will discuss progress in the study of social and behavioral communication patterns in people with moderate dementia to advanced, especially in minorities and diverse populations.
About the winner
Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), a researcher and IT manager for the Care Research Center at UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. (ADRC), current Paul B. Beeson Scholar and Affiliate Professor at UW School of Medicine & Public Health Division of Geriatrics. Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi leads a research program focused on promoting effective and equitable care and research for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related and at-risk dementias, especially among vulnerable and high-risk groups at difficult times of health and care. continuum, as in acute and advanced disease. Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi has been a PI on 8 Federal / Founded Research Grants. Many of her contributions have focused on underrepresented and vulnerable populations, and assessed structural and caregiving barriers for optimal health care and services among people living with MALA. Dr. Gilmore-Bykvoskyi has led advances in Alzheimer’s disease health services research, which have led to new areas of investigation surrounding care delivery patterns and disease-specific outcomes; Having identified specific approaches for caregivers that precipitate or alleviate non-cognitive symptoms (i.e. agitation), established the first phenotypic model based on electronic health records to detect ADHD cases using unstructured clinical data, and led some of the early research describing the specific transitional care needs of Alzheimer’s patients abroad after acute illness care. Benefits of these advances benefit all populations, Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi has also led formative and foundational efforts to identify barriers to inclusive research and intervene on the underlying mechanisms of research participation disparities among under-represented populations. of SARD. Many of these contributions have required the integration of multiple complex data sources in innovative ways, encompassing mixed and qualitative methods, behavioral observation, intervention research, electronic health records, and data analysis. Medicare. Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi supervised more than 25 students in these studies, many from diverse backgrounds. In the majority of this work, Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi has established successful new partnerships with a range of clinical and community partners and has partnered directly with people with dementia and caregivers to fully integrate their perspectives into the process. process and research results. Dr Gilmore-Bykovskyi has participated in regional and national initiatives aimed at managing symptoms experienced by people with dementia and has received funding from the American Nurses Foundation, the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
The American Federation for Research on Aging (AFAR) is a national, non-profit organization that supports and advances pioneering biomedical research that is revolutionizing the way we live healthier and longer lives. For four decades, AFAR has served as a talent incubator in the field, providing more than $ 184 million to more than 4,200 researchers at leading research institutions nationwide. A trusted leader and strategist, AFAR also works with public and private funders to drive high-quality grant programs and interdisciplinary research networks. AFAR-funded researchers find that altering basic cellular processes can delay or even prevent many chronic diseases, often at the same time. They discover that it is never too late or too early to improve health. This revolutionary science paves the way for new innovative therapies that promise to improve and prolong our quality of life, at any age. Learn more about http: // www.
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