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GSA confers 2005 M. Powell Lawton Award to Yale University's Tinetti

The Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Yale University's Dr. Mary Tinetti to receive its 2005 M. Powell Lawton Award. The distinction recognizes a significant contribution in gerontology that has led to an innovation in gerontological treatment, practice or service, prevention, amelioration of symptoms or barriers, or a public policy change that has led to some practical application that improves the lives of older persons.

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 Monday the 21st at 1:30 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. The meeting is organized to foster interdisciplinary interactions among clinical, administrative, and research professionals who specialize in the study of the aging process.

Tinetti's commitment to translating her research into practice is evidenced by her many collaborative efforts with top health and safety organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Council on the Aging, and the Home Safety Council. At Yale, she has built one of the foremost geriatric clinical epidemiology research and training programs in the country. Under her leadership, the university serves as a site for a Pepper Older American Independence Center from the National Institute on Aging.

The award is named in memory of M. Powell Lawton for his outstanding contributions to applied gerontological research. It also honors an individual for exemplifying one or more of Lawton's outstanding professional and personal qualities. The winner traditionally presents a lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. The award is sponsored by the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life's Polisher Research Institute.

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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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