JUNE 2015

Updates from TRIPLL!

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIH funded Edward R. Roybal Center. Our eNewsletter features recent news, events and funding opportunities related to pain and aging. In this issue we highlight studies that explore physicians' beliefs about opioids, pain and coping strategies in older adults and the link between osteoarthritis and mortality; as well as upcoming events and recent funding opportunities. 
In This Issue

Headache and Orofacial Pain in the Elderly

The authors of a recent study published in Gerodontology investigated the epidemiology of headache and orofacial pain in Brazilian adults and elders. Study participants were evaluated on various factors such as socio-demographic characteristics, prevalence, and location of pain. A validated questionnaire was used to collect data about study participants' orofacial complaints. The study found that more than half of the population was experiencing pain, which is associated with comorbidities and the use of medication. 

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Relaxation Techniques in Palliative Care

An article in Palliative Medicine evaluated a relaxation intervention delivered by palliative care physicians. The intervention consisted of progressive muscle relaxation combined with deep breathing and guided imagery. Primarily, physicians thought that the intervention was time consuming, but as time went on, they saw positive results and determined that the intervention was useful. The study reported that all patients showed an improvement in pain and the authors recommended that palliative care physicians should incorporate this relaxation intervention as a part of their routine care. Read full article  


 The Overlap between Geriatric and Palliative Care

A recent study published in Clinics in Geriatric Medicine sought to differentiate geriatrics and palliative care since the two often overlap. The authors focused on two essential topics, planning for extreme illness and death, and pain management, specifically in chronic pain. The authors determined that in the frail elderly, there is no "one size fits all" strategy. The study found that through thoughtful pain management, geriatrics and palliative care can provide helpful service to patients. Read full article 



June Webinar:
Propensity Score Methods in Chronic Pain Research

Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 - 2:30 PM EDT
Presenter: Felix Thoemmes, PhD; Department of Human Development, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Research on chronic pain is often faced with the inability to randomly assign participants. This lack of randomization gives rise to selection bias, which has traditionally been addressed using regression adjustment. Regression adjustment can fail when the underlying parametric model used to describe the relationship between confounders and the outcome variable is incorrectly specified. Propensity score analysis (PSA) is an alternative that models the relationship between confounders and treatment selection. PSA provides several model adequacy checks, and is typically more robust (less model-dependent) than regression adjustment. This webinar will highlight the underlying logic of PSA, and present some software implementations, alongside an applied example of the use of PSA in chronic pain research using the MIDUS dataset. To register please email Minerve Delille

White House Conference on Aging  

Monday, July 13, 2015
Live webcast due to limited number of tickets to attend in person.

The White House Conference on Aging themes are: Retirement Security, Healthy Aging, Long Term Services and Supports, and Elder Justice.
Please  click here  for more information.

Busse Research Award


Deadline for receipt of nominations: June 30, 2015 

Notification of Awardees: August 15, 2015

Processing dates of the nominations and selection of awardees are as follows:

Awardees will receive certificates and an award of $6,000. Awardees must be present at the celebration to receive their awards and present a lecture based on their research. In addition to the prize, recipients will receive up to $3,000 each for travel/living expenses to Duke.  More information
Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant 

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Funding Amount: Up to $50,000

Due Date: August 31, 2015 5pm 


The newly established ASRA Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant aims to promote and facilitate high quality research in pain medicine. Results of such research will guide clinical practice for pain physicians and improve patient health care.  More information
Carl Koller Memorial Research Grant

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Funding Amount: Up to $100,000

Due Date: November 30, 2015

The ASRA Carl Koller Memorial Research Fund has available a total of $100,000 biennially to support clinical and laboratory studies related to any aspect of regional anesthesia and analgesia and their application to surgery.  More information
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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an
NIA funded Edward R. Roybal Center with a focus on persistent pain due to both cancer and non-cancer related causes. TRIPLL is a collaboration between investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University in Ithaca and The Hebrew Home at Riverdale.