HIGN Research Symposium
February 1, 2018

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) hosted the 1st Research Symposium to highlight the work being done in the field of gerontology by researchers within HIGN/ NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing (NYU Meyers). There were two panel discussions.

In the first, Dr Christine Kovner, Mathy Mezey Professor of Geriatric Nursing at NYU Meyers, moderated the session which featured Dr. Bei Wu, Director of Research for HIGN and Dr. Ab Brody, Associated Director for HIGN. Dr Wu spoke of her program of research in dementia and oral care as well as some of her global focused on healthy aging and longevity. Dr. Brody highlighted his program on dementia and caregiver support as well as his work in palliative care. he also discussed his relationship with the HIGN which began in his undergraduate program here at NYU and has continued to serve as a foundation for both his geriatric training and research program.

Dr. Victoria Vaughan Dickson, Associate Professor and Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research at NYU Meyers, moderated the second panel which featured two new investigators, Dr. Tina Sadarangani and Dr. Billy Caceres, both 2017 NYU Meyers PhD graduates. Drs. Sadarangani and Caceres are examining vulnerable populations with chronic illness with the focus on understanding the multifactorial influences across one’s lifecourse that may have contributed to their health problem as an older adult; or perhaps facilitated their resilience in aging. They also spoke of the importance of the support they had experienced in their relationship with the HIGN during the time of their studies at NYU Meyers.

The symposium show cased some of the important work that is guided and encouraged through the gerontological capacity and expertise of the Hartford Institute for geriatric Nursing and NYU Meyers. You can view the video of the full symposium here.