2020 Best Abstract Awardees

We congratulate the following Best Paper and Poster Abstract award recipients for 2020. Although we regret we could not see in-person presentations and celebrate together at the AGS Annual Meeting, we applaud the outstanding work of these colleagues.

Paper Session Best Abstract Awardees

Epidemiology Paper Session
Early life sexual trauma and late life genitourinary and functional decline in women
Pooja Lalchandani, BS (University of California, San Francisco)

Geriatric Education Paper Session
A longitudinal OSCE with an aging patient: Needs assessment for a new medical school Aging Curricular Theme
Catherine M. P. Dawson, MD (Harvard Medical School; New England GRECC)

Advance Care Planning Paper Session
Integrated Multidisciplinary Approach to Advance Care Planning for Vulnerable Older Adult within an Accountable Care Organization
Jennifer Gabbard, MD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)

Frailty to Resilience Paper Session
A potential urinary biomarker to determine frailty status among older adults
Shan Jiang, MD (Peking Union Medical College Hospital)

Improving Communication with Diverse Older Adults Paper Session

  • Geriatric inhome caregivers' support: a community and academic partnership for cultural and linguistic tailored education
    Jung-Ah Lee, PhD (UC Irvine)
  • Primary Care Clinicians’ Responses to Patient-Caregiver Disagreement
    Catherine Riffin, PhD (Weill Cornell Medicine)

Optimizing Prescribing Interventions Paper Session
Optimizing Practices, Use, Care and Services-Antipsychotics   (OPUS-AP): a phase 2 scale-up to 129 Long-term Care (LTC) centers in Quebec, Canada
Benoit Cossette, BPharm, PhD (University of Sherbrooke; CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS)

Clin-STAR Paper Session
Potentially Inappropriate Medications (PIMs) and Risk of Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Rasheeda K. Hall, MD, MBA (Duke University)

Telehealth Paper Session
Utilizing Telehealth to Address Changes in Condition in a Home-based Primary Care Practice
Jill C. Slaboda, PhD (West Health Institute)

Health Services and Policy Research Paper Session
Independence at Home (IAH) at 5: $103 Million in Savings, and 2.9 Million Unserved
James Rotenberg, MD (University of Pennsylvania)

Preventing Harm in the Hospital Paper Session
What explains variability in bed alarm use: unit practices or patient fall risk?
Vincent Staggs, PhD (University of Missouri-Kansas City; Children's Mercy Kansas City)

Presidential Poster Session Best Abstract Awardees

Case Series & Case Studies
The war between Occam’s Razor vs Hickam’s Dictum when facing neurological symptoms in delirium
Zehra Beyza Omer, MD (Yale New Haven Hospital)

Clinical Innovation & Quality Improvement
EmpoweRing elder Novel Intervention: An Innovative Method to Increase the Geriatrics Workforce
Swathi Roy, MD (NYU School of Medicine)

Clinical Trials 
Comparative Safety of Adjuvanted versus High-Dose Inactivated Influenza Vaccines in Older Adults
Christine Liu, MD (Boston University)

Epidemiology

  • Lonely older adults have higher benzodiazepine and opioid use in a nationally-representative sample
    Ashwin Kotwal, MD, MS (University of California - San Francisco)
  • Population-level cognitive trajectory before and after coronary revascularization in older adults
    Elizabeth L. Whitlock, MD, MSc (University of California - San Francisco)

Ethics & Qualitative 

  • Caregiver burden at end of life: findings from interviews with older adult caregivers of patients with multimorbidity
    Cara McDermott, PharmD, PhD (University of Washington)
  • Provider Socioeconomic Bias in Cognitive Impairment Screenings
    Arwa Raza (The Ohio State University)

Geriatric Bioscience 

  • Vitamin D Sufficiency in Geriatric Mice Preserves Anaerobic Exercise Capacity and Decreases Adiposity, and High-Dose Vitamin D Improves Bone Mineral Density and Balance
    Brian Alexander MacDonald, MD, PhD (University at Buffalo, VA WNY Healthcare System)
  • The effect of long-term systemic treatment with the senolytics dastinib and quercetin on age-related osteoarthritis
    Kayla R. Darris (University of Arizona COM-T)

Geriatric Education
A Model Quality Improvement Curriculum for Geriatric and Palliative Care Fellows
Christine Chang, MD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Geriatric Medicine in Other Specialties  
The Prognostic Value of a 10-min Targeted Geriatric Assessment in Older Adults with Heart Failure: A Prospective Cohort Study
João Otávio Ferreira Meyer (University of Sao Paulo)

Geriatric Syndromes

  • National Trends and Hospital Variation in Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics and Other Psychoactive Drugs in Hospitalized Older Patients After Major Surgical Procedures
    Dae Hyun Kim, MD, ScD (Hebrew SeniorLife)
  • Falls risk stratification: When is ‘low risk’ not low risk
    Manuel Montero-Odasso (Gait and Brian Lab)

Health Services & Policy Research
CPR and IV Fluids for the Dying: A Multi-Site, Multi-Stakeholder Study of Practices and Ethical Dilemmas in Hospice
Gabrielle Dressler (Warren Alpert Medical School)

Neurologic & Behavioral Science
The Association Between PTSD and Benzodiazepine Dependence in Older Veterans with Insomnia Symptoms
Luis A. Gutierrez, MS (VA Greater LA)