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Research Education Component

As the population ages there is a pressing need to identify and implement strategies to prevent and treat age-related functional decline and disability. This responsibility cannot be borne by geriatricians alone. Rather, there is a need to ‘gerontologize’ the medical sciences with scientists trained from a variety of backgrounds working as a team on behalf of the needs of older persons. The goal of the Research Education Component (REC) is to develop the next generation of scientists to execute this mission. The REC seeks to attract and support talented scientists in aging research and develop their skills to achieve independence in a challenging academic environment within the OIAC’s theme, ‘Integrating pathways affecting physical function for new approaches to disability treatment and prevention’.

The Specific Aims of the WFU OAIC REC are:


1.         To engage promising junior faculty new to aging research to facilitate their early career development in aging in a new Emerging scholars program.


2.         To recruit, support, and mentor junior faculty with a demonstrated commitment to an aging research career (Pepper scholars) by providing financial support and a tailored mentorship, research and educational program emphasizing the development of skills and competencies necessary to build an independent career in collaborative and interdisciplinary research.


3.         To monitor progress of trainees using specific milestones of expected achievements, and thereby improve REC programs through an on-going evaluation process. We will use formative and summative evaluations encompassing REC activities, interactions with other OAIC components, and interactions with university-wide career development activities to improve and refine REC sponsored activities.


To achieve its goal, the REC recruits promising and diverse junior faculty and creates an individualized career development plan for each scholar’s needs based on prior education, experience, strengths and weaknesses, and personal goals. The plans include:  a) a well-designed research project, integrated with the OAIC’s theme, to initiate an independent line of research; b) a formal, individualized educational and skill acquisition strategy; c) a robust team-based mentorship program to foster translational approaches and career development; and d) a rigorous monitoring process using specific milestones of achievements, reviewed and updated every six months. 


Stephen Kritchevsky, PhD, Core-Leader

Denise Houston, PhD, Co-Leader

Abby Archer, Project Manager 

  Research Career and Development Junior Faculty Members 


Last Updated: 05-10-2017
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