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  For Immediate Release
November 16, 2005
Contact: Todd Kluss
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The Gerontological Society of America Confers 2005 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award to McGill University's Duque

The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Gustavo Duque of McGill University to receive its 2005 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award. The distinction is given for outstanding contributions to new knowledge about aging through basic biological research.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 58th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 18th-22nd, 2005 in Orlando, FL. The actual conferral will occur on Sunday the 20th at 12:15 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. The meeting is organized to foster interdisciplinary interactions among clinical, administrative, and research professionals in the field of gerontology.

Duque currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill. He is known in the field for his innovative contributions to skeletal health research and for his contribution to the education of clinical and basic scientists. His objectives are aimed at defining the role of vitamin D in regulating the function of osteogenic cells and how vitamin D deficiency in the elderly might impact bone metabolism.

The award was established in 1986 to honor Dr. Nathan Shock, a pioneer in gerontological research at the National Institutes of Health, and a founding member of GSA. The winner traditionally presents a lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting the following year.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), founded in 1945, is the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research. Its membership includes some 5,000+ researchers, educators, practitioners, and other professionals in the field of aging. The Society's principal missions are to promote research and education in aging and to encourage the dissemination of research results to other scientists, decision makers, and practitioners.

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