News from the Center for Aging and Health

Read more about the National Institute on Aging grant for Summer Research Training in Aging for Medical Students (MSTAR) and prestigious summer training opportunities awarded to UNC medical students.

The Center for Aging and Health was awarded the National Institute on Aging (NIA) T35 grant award - Summer Research Training in Aging for Medical Students (MSTAR). 

This is a 5 year grant beginning July 2010.  Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD is the principal investigator with Philip Sloane, MD, MPH and Ned Sharpless, MD serving as co- principal investigators.  UNC-CH School of Medicine has been selected to be a national aging summer training site for medical students who have completed at least one year of medical school.  The short term goal of the program is to provide medical students with a meaningful aging research experience early in their medical career.  The long-term goal of the UNC  Short Term Aging Research Training Program (START) is to increase the number of physician-scientists engaged in biomedical, clinical, or health services research in those areas necessary to continue the mission of NIA.

Rising second year UNC medical students Jennifer Christie and Anne Dunbar have been awarded prestigious summer training opportunities. 

Both students are affiliated with the UNC Center for Aging and Health / Division of Geriatric Medicine. Both students have been accepted into the American Federation for Aging Research's Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging (MSTAR) program.  Anne Dunbar will remain at her home institution, UNC-CH, and Jennifer Christie will spend the summer at Johns Hopkins.  Both students will receive a stipend/scholarship to do research in geriatrics for their summer internships.  The MSTAR program is currently underwritten by the National Institute on Aging, Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, and the Lillina R. Gleitsman Foundation with support from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).