Bernard Lectures on Aging

National Institute on Aging official to lecture at USF about research on aging and policy.

From USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2013) – One of the top administrators with the National Institute on Aging will speak at the University of South Florida Monday, March 4 – part of a lecture series sponsored by the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging in the School of Aging Studies.

Dr. Marie A. Bernard, NIA deputy director, will address the question, “Was George Orwell Right? Aging Research and its Implications for Policy.”

Bernard oversees more than $1 billion in annual aging research funding, which is under pressure as the government is being pressed to cut the federal budget. As NIA’s senior geriatrician, one of Bernard’s primary interests is in using research to solve the problems of an aging population.  She is also interested in developing the pipeline of future scientists.

Bernard earned her MD from University of Pennsylvania. She trained in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she also served as chief resident. Her research interests include nutrition and function in aging populations, with particular emphasis upon ethnic minorities.

Her lecture is the first in a series presented by the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, which brings together students and faculty at USF to study policy issues related to aging. The center has recently formed a student/faculty interest group that meets regularly to discuss a range of issues related to long-term care policy and politics. Anyone interested in joining the group is invited to contact Dr. Kathryn Hyer for more information, 813-974-3232.

Bernard’s lecture is at 10 a.m. Monday in the College of Public Health Auditorium CPH1023-A.