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2020 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting

Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhDJoshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD is an invited speaker for the Health Sciences Presidential Symposium at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting. The presidential symposium on “The Past, Present and Future of Health Sciences Research” will showcase junior and senior researchers’ perspective on how their science began, ways their research builds on the past, and views about the continuing trajectory of their scientific work.

Dr. Niznik’s presentation entitled “Deprescribing in older adults: Is evidence for continued medication use generalizable beyond age 75?” will discuss the evolution of deprescribing research as a means to reconcile medication use with goals of care as adults age.  The symposium will be available on-demand throughout the conference with a live presenter session on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM.

Lindsay Wilson, MD, MPH, Ellen Roberts, PhD, MPH, Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, Marvin McBride, MD, MBA, Maureen Dale, MD, John Gotelli, RN, Cris Henage, PhD, Ellen Schneider, MBA, Casey Kelley, MPH, and Carol Julian and from the Division of Geriatric Medicine will also represent the Division at the annual meeting online.

Research presented includes dementia friendly hospital initiative outcomes, deprescribing opioids and benzodiazepines in adults 65+ to reduce falls risk (with Stefanie Ferreri, PharmD, in the School of Pharmacy); a virtual curriculum to improve medical student comfort with geriatric care and telemedicine; and deprescribing in older adults: is evidence for continued medication use generalizable beyond age 75?

In more Gerontological Society news, John Batsis, MD, has been appointed to the GAS’s Health Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting Working Group which is responsible for developing the Health Sciences scientific program for the annual meeting.