Leah Karliner, MD, MAS, appointed as the new Director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Comminities. Dr. Karliner is Associate Professor in Residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research is focused at the nexus of health disparities, health communication, and systems interventions to improve quality of care delivery for older patients. She has focused her communication work on under-served and high-risk patients, their families, and communities. She has expertise in diverse participant recruitment, survey-based research design, as well as implementation and evaluation of technology-mediated interventions.
Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA, Associate Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, was awarded a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Her project, entitled “Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Relieve Pain and Symptom Distress among Diverse Hospitalized Cancer Patients,” will investigate best approaches to combining medications and non-drug treatments to improve pain management for diverse cancer patients.
Julene K Johnson, PhD, CADC Faculty member and Professor was appointed as the interim Associate Dean of Research in the UCSF School of Nursing. She began her new 50% position on September 1, 2017.
Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, will receive a KO1 Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute. Her project, entitled “Constructing a Relational Bridge to Achieve High-Quality Prostate Cancer Care for African Americans,” will investigate the potential of grounding a peer navigation intervention in the relational concept of African American brotherhood to address disparities among African American men with prostate cancer.
Laura Fejerman, PhD, Associate Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, was awarded an R01 from the National Cancer Institute. Her project, entitled, “Biological implications of breast cancer protective variants in Latin American women with high Indigenous Ancestry,” will investigate the underlying biology of protective breast cancer genetic variants among Latina women.
Jason Flatt, PhD, Assistant Professor and CADC pilot study recipient, was awarded two grants, one from the UCSF Hellman Fellows Fund and a KL2, to study the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in sexual and gender minority older adults.
Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar and CADC pilot study recipient, has accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health starting in January 2018.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR CADC SCIENTISTS!