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Upcoming Webinars

Reframing Aging: A Primer for Health Care Professionals

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
2 to 3 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members and non-members

As healthcare professionals working on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, you are confronted daily with communication choices. Research by the FrameWorks Institute on aging and ageism shows that words matter. This webinar presented by the Reframing Aging Initiative will cover four ideas to keep in mind when talking about older people and health equity in health care settings during the pandemic.

Presented by:

NIH Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS)
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Friday, August 28, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Michael Saag, MD, Principal Investigator, will present the CFAR Network of Clinical Integrated Systems (CNICS) cohort. CNICS, established in 2002, is a clinic-based research network that captures clinical management and outcomes from point-of-care HIV clinics at 8 CFAR sites. It is an open access research platform containing pooled, de-indentified, data from electronic medical records of over 36,000 PLWH that are linked to patient reported outcomes, geospatial, genetics, and ARV resistance data, all linked to biologic specimens. The platform is available to investigators worldwide with an approved concept proposal.

Presented by:

  • Michael Saag, MD, Principal Investigator, CNICS

Continued research on HIV prevention and intervention among older adults is crucial as people aged 50 years and older accounted for 17% of new infections in 2016, approximately 50% of all people living with HIV in the United States are in this age group, and people are living longer with HIV owing to improvements in antiretroviral therapy in the past several years. Therefore, this webinar series covers access to multiple data sources and their availability, which can be used to answer important research questions in HIV and aging. In addition, this webinar series reports on funding opportunities for HIV and aging research, which will help to provide support in advancing research in this area.

This webinar series, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been organized by the GSA HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults Interest Group and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group.

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Understanding Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza, and COVID-19: Preparing for the Fall

Monday, August 31, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
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Free for members and non-members

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, causes 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in older adults each year. Those over 65, adults with chronic heart or lung disease, and adults with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Yet RSV remains underdiagnosed.
In this one-hour webinar, experts will answer questions about RSV and how to prepare for the fall, when influenza and COVID-19 will be co-circulating. Participants will understand RSV and its impact on older adults; the challenges of distinguishing between RSV, influenza, and COVID-19; and how to keep older adults healthy with so many respiratory viruses circulating, particularly in a long-term care facility. Speakers will address gaps in understanding and research opportunities, as well as what gives them optimism for the fall respiratory illness season.

Presented by:

  • Robin Jump, MD, PhD – Case Western Reserve University, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Lindsay Kim, MD, MPH – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Helen “Keipp” Talbot, MD, MPH – Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This webinar is supported by Johnson and Johnson Health Systems, Inc. Content is developed by GSA.

Common Data Elements for Workforce and Staffing in International Long‐Term Care Research

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
12 p.m. ET/6 p.m. Switzerland/Central European Time
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Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the critical need to transform long-term care (LTC). Worldwide Elements To Harmonize Research In LTC liVing Environments (WE-THRIVE) is a LTC research initiative to identify LTC common data elements (CDEs) that can be used internationally to support older adult thriving in LTC. To date, WE-THRIVE has identified four key measurement domains: workforce and staffing, person-centered care, organizational context, and care outcomes. This is the second GSA webinar in the series on WE-THRIVE.

Addressing major challenges faced by LTC providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinar will focus on the “workforce and staffing” measurement domain and the work completed by this WE-THRIVE subgroup of researchers. The presenters will describe the concepts and proposed CDEs related to staff retention and turnover, evaluating nursing supervisor effectiveness, and staff training, with insights and lessons learned during the pandemic. International research on LTC can valuably inform LTC policy and practice, and the proposed CDEs can facilitate data sharing and aggregation internationally, including low-, middle-, and high-income countries. The proposed CDEs address key challenges to support LTC workforce and staffing to support the delivery of person-centered care and the achievement of person-centered outcomes.

Presented by:

Charlene Chu, PhD, RN, GNC(C), Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, cross-appointment at Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto, Canada

Franziska Zúñiga, PhD, RN, FEANS, Head of Education, Institute for Nursing Sciences, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel, Switzerland

Michael Lepore, PhD, Vice President of the LiveWell Institute, Farmington, CT, USA, & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Navigating the Job Market During and Beyond the COVID-19 Era
(GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

Friday, September 25, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
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Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Are you currently planning to enter the job market? Are you interested in learning some ways to navigate a highly competitive job market during and post the COVID-19 pandemic? How can you use this time strategically to effectively prepare for the next steps in your career? The events of recent months have created dramatic shifts to life as we know it and early career scholars will find that it can impact their research, career plans, and where they will end up next. In this timely webinar, emerging scholars will learn how to overcome the challenges of a highly competitive job market and how to best set up for success. Webinar attendees will hear from two skilled professionals, who will share their experiences, lessons learned, and practical advice about how to effectively plan for and be most prepared for an increasingly difficult job market.

Presented by:

  • Justin Lord, PhD, MBA, CMA, FHFMA, is Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Accounting and the James K. Elrod Health Administration Department in the College of Business at Louisiana State University–Shreveport (LSUS). He earned his doctoral degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MBA from Jacksonville State University. Dr. Lord is a Certified Managerial Accountant and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Previously, he worked for several years as the Finance Director for a multi-state healthcare not-for-profit and at Honda Manufacturing as a Financial Analyst. His research focuses primarily on the financial management of long-term care organizations and he has been published in Health Care Management Review; INQUIRY–The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing; Journal of Healthcare Finance; and Applied Research in Quality of Life. In 2016, he was awarded the Ruth L. Kirchstein National Service Award by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In his first year of teaching at LSUS, Dr. Lord was awarded Professor of the Year by the student body, and in his second year he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching by his colleagues.
  • Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, FNYAM, is Dean’s Professor in Global Health and Director for Global Health and Aging Research at the New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is also Co-Director of the NYU Aging Incubator, Director for Research at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and Co-Director of the Research and Education Core on the National Institute on Aging–funded Asian Resources Center for Minority Aging Research. As Principal Investigator, she has led a significant number of projects supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, she is leading an NIH-funded clinical trial to improve oral health for persons with mild dementia. Her extensive publications cover topics related to oral health, long-term care, dementia, and caregiving. Dr. Wu is an internationally known leader in gerontology. Her career in gerontology is distinguished by interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in various disciplines. She is a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also an Honorary Member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. For the past two decades, she has successfully mentored several dozens of junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in the United States and abroad.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact ESPO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Tweet with us live during the webinar using #espocareers for even more tips and Q&A.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Collaborating Sites Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Continued research on HIV prevention and intervention among older adults is crucial as people aged 50 years and older accounted for 17% of new infections in 2016, approximately 50% of all people living with HIV in the United States are in this age group, and people are living longer with HIV owing to improvements in antiretroviral therapy in the past several years. Therefore, this webinar series covers access to multiple data sources and their availability, which can be used to answer important research questions in HIV and aging. In addition, this webinar series reports on funding opportunities for HIV and aging research, which will help to provide support in advancing research in this area.

Presented by:

  • Robert Heaton, PhD, ABPP-CN Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core
  • Scott Letendre, MD Co-Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core
  • Jennifer Iudicello, PhD Center Manager, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core; Principal Investigator, Identification of Biomarkers of CNS Injury and Resilience related to HIV-1 and Methamphetamine
  • David Moore, PhD Principal Investigator, California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network; Chair, Neuropsychology Workgroup, National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium; Co-PI, Multi-Dimensional Successful Aging Among HIV-Infected Adults

This webinar series, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been organized by the GSA HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults Interest Group and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group.

NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) Funding Opportunities and Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Coming in 2020

This webinar will provide information about existing publicly available NIA data sources for conducting secondary research related to HIV and aging, including information about several cross-national longitudinal studies in addition to U.S. data sources. The presenters also will discuss current NIA funding opportunities in HIV and aging research with an emphasis on those that relate to secondary data.

Presented by:

  • Marcia Holstad, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group
  • Molly M. Perkins, PhD, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group

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