News Archive

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Buford for his Assistant Professor position with the Clinical Research Division.

Congratulations to David Clark, Sc.D., for his Assistant Professor appointment with our Clinical Research Division.o

Congratulations to Anna-Maria Joseph, PhD for her new Assistant Scientist position  and to Chul Han, PhD, a new Post Doctoral Associate with the Biology of Aging division.

Congratulations to Dr. Jinze Xu for her new Assistant Scientist position with the Biology of Aging Division.

Congratulations to Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh for receiving the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award, which is created to recognize the faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field.

The 2011 Florida Conference on Aging ( with the topic “Aging: Through a New Lens” will take place on 22-24 August, 2011, at Trade Winds Grand, St. Pete Beach, FL.  Please call (800) 808-9833 for rezervations, or (850) 222-8877 for more information.

Please join us for the Clinical and Translational Research Building groundbreaking ceremony, which will take place at 1PM, Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Northeast corner of Mowry Road and Gale Lemerand Drive!  The building will house UF’s Institute on Aging, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and an array of other research departments and clinical programs.

Congratulations to Kindal Sweet, trainee in the Biology of Aging division, who won a Cluff Award.

The Search Committee Meeting for the Assistant Scientist opened in the Biology of Aging division will take place on May 19,  2010 at 11am, in the Aging and Rehabilitation Research Center meeting room.

Shinichi Someya, Ph.D. has joined the Biology of Aging division in an Assistant Professor position.  Welcome!

Welcome to the following new staff members: Denise Boothby, Recruiter/Screener; Jordan White, Sturent Assistant; Silver Davenport, Data Entry Manager; Elena Moran, Study Coordinator, Matt van Varick, Research Assistant. 

Dr. Chrstiaan Leeuwenburgh, Professor and Biology of Aging Division Chief, has been selected to receive a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship Award.   These three year professorships were created by UFRF to recognize the faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field.  Congratulations, Dr. Leeuwenburgh!

Shands Hospital ranks #39 in Geriatrics out of 4852 facilities for the Best Hospital Rankings.

Congratulations to Dari Smith, AR-NP, for obtaining the Gerontological Nurse Practitional certification!

The Search Committee Meeting for the Assistant/Associate Professor opened in the Biology of Aging division will take place on November 12th, 2010 at 11am, in the Aging and Rehabilitation Research Center meeting room.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the opening of he Health Promotion Center!

Yohannes Endeshaw, M.D., joined the Clinical Researh Division as an Assistant Professor position.  In addition to conducting research, Dr. Endeshaw will provide geriatric care in our outpatient venues and nursing home, and will also work in the Sleep Clinic.

Dr. Ron Shorr has been appointed the Director of the Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation (APPCI).   Dr. Todd Manini has received the UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors.   In October 2010, Arnold Seo, a Biology of Aging Division trainee, will start his post doctoral training in Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz’ laboratory at the NIH, where he will study mitochondrial dynamics.   Debapryia Dutta, a Biology of Aging Division trainee, has been awarded an American Heart Posdoctoral Fellowship.  Congratulations to all!

Welcome to the following new staff members: Allison Martin, M.S., Senior Interventionist;  Belinda Scurlock, Aging and Rehabilitation Research Center manager; Megan Lorow, Research Assistant;  Sarah Drawver, Data Entry Operator;  Veronica Griffith, NP-C; Brian Hoover, Interventionist;  Amber Schwier DelVisco,  Mieniecia Black and Kimberly Case Study Coordinators; Kelly Gamble, Research Scientist; Jane Lu, Assistant Project Manager; Marvin Dirain, Senior Laboratory Technician; Sarah Drawver, Data Entry Operator; Jacob Adams, Receptionist in the Health Promotion Center, Madeleine Traore,

Congratulations to the geriatric fellows (Hassan Zaman, MD, Hsiao-Yen Kuo, MD, Simin Houshmand, MD and Bichvan Nguyen, MD) and their mentors (Leslie Pennypacker, MD, Rebecca Beyth, MD and  Miho Baustista, MD) for having poster presentations accepted to the AGS annual meeting.

Following a highly competitive peer review process, the UF Institute on Aging has been awarded 14.7 million dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to build a complex intended to facilitate participation of older adults in clinical trials and promote cooperation among existing research centers.  

Congratulations to the LIFE Study team for organizing a successful LIFE training!

Dr. Susan Nayfield has joined our Department and Institute as Associate Professor and Division Chief of the Clinical Research Division, and Acting Chief of the Geriatric Medicine Division.   Dr. Nayfield comes with an extensive, multi-faceted education and training followed by 19 years of experience in key leadership roles at the National Institutes of Health – first at the National Cancer Institute and later at the National Institute on Aging, where she worked as Chief of the Geriatrics Branch, Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Extramural Program.  Welcome, Dr. Nayfield!

Congratulations to our fellow Dr. Hsiao-Yen Kuo, for passing the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification exam!

Congratulations to the following new faculty, staff and trainees: Thomas Buford, PhD, Lecturer; Ronald Lester, Ph.D, Assistant Director; Jocelyn Lee, Ph.D, Senior Studies Coordinator; Joe Nocera, PhD, Research Assistant; Deborah Hiatt-Jensen, NP-AC; Lea-An Steiner and Melissa Lewis Study Coordinators, Jeff Knaggs, Interventionist; Lynda Pasteur, MA, Communication Consultant; Brenda Barefield, Deborah Crenshaw, and Pam Krueger, Program Assistants; Cardie Dielschneider , Mallorey Picone and Taylor Holt Screeners; Alethea Geiger, Receptionist.

Dr. Kenneth Heilman, a renowned behavioral neurologist whose research interests include attentional, emotional, and cognitive disorders was appointed as an Investigator at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA.

The Search Committee meeting for the Lecturer position will take place on August 27, 2009 at 1329 SW 16th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608. If you wish to participate, please call Camelia Pascu at 265-7227 for the exact time and room number. The Search Committee meeting for the Clinical Research Division Chief position will take place on August 14, 2009 at 3:30 PM in the Aging and Rehabilitation Research Center. The Department of Aging and Geriatrics, Division of Clinical Research is recruiting for a Lecturer position. All interested candidates are invited to apply at – Jobs.

Welcome to Bhanuprasad (Banu) Sandesara, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor. He has joined our department in July 2009, and will provide patient care in our clinical venues.

Welcome to Anna-Maria Joseph, PhD.   She joined our department in April 2009, as a Biological Scientist in the Biology of Aging division.

John Meuleman, MD, Associate Professor with our department, has been selected via a peer review process to receive an educational incentive award in recognition of his contributions towards the University of Florida’s educational mission.  Congratulations!

The 2009 Florida Conference on Aging ( will take place at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL.   Call (850)222-8877 for more information, or (800)808-9833 for reservations.

The Department of Aging and Geriatrics is recruiting for a Clinical Assistant Professor, or Clinical Lecturer position. The Search Committee will meet on October 27th, 2008 from 4pm to 5pm in the 1329 Building, Room 5279, and discuss the applications received to that date. For details about the position, please email

Congratulations to Drs. Christy Carter and Christiaan Leeuwenburgh for their contributions to the Live Longer: The Only Anti-Aging trick That Works article, published under Yahoo! News, LiveScience.

Shands at the University of Florida has been ranked among America’s top 50 hospitals in Geriatrics and 10 other specialities.

Congratulations to Dr. Miho Bautista for graduating with a Master’s degree of Medical Science.  The thesis title was: Role of Health Literacy in Total Knee Arthroplasty in Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis.

Congratulations to Dr. Silvia Giovannini for her June 2008 appointment as a Post Doctoral Associate with the Department of Aging, Biology of Aging Division.

Congratulations to the Biology of Aging trainees Darya Vorobyeva and Alex Nguyen for being approved as recipients of the USB scholarship for 2008-2009.

Congratulations to Dr. Emanuele Marzetti for his March 2008 appointment as a Lecturer with the Department of Aging, Biology of Aging Division.

Dr. Rebecca Beyth was one of the three UF Women Faculty selected to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Rebecca Beyth was appointed to serve as a Member of the Clinical Aging Review Committee, National Institute on Aging, for a term beginning on July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2011.   Dr. Beyth was also an Invited Reviewer for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Special Emphasis Panel, ZHL1 CCT-S , “HV-08-003, Randomized Trail of Genotype-Guided Dosing of Warfarin Therapy”, Washington, DC.

Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh was introduced on The Joan Hamburg radio show, WOR 710 New York, on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 to discuss hot topics in aging. Joan Hamburg has been covering the scene as a journalist and broadcaster for many years, and is known throughout the country for her award-winning consumer affairs reporting.The program was broadcast to New York City from The Villages, FL.

Congratulations to the following IOA/Department of Aging and Geriatrics staff and faculty: Laura Pons, Assistant to Dr. Pahor, on her promotion to Executive Secretary; Matteo Cesari, MD, PhD, researcher in the Division of Clinical Research, on his promotion to Research Assistant Professor, and Todd Manini, PhD, Pepper Scholar and researcher in the Division of Clinical Research, on his promotion to Assistant Professor.

The VA GRECC and the University of Florida Institute on Aging are hosting a preconference program entitled, “Interventions to Promote Independence: New Discoveries in Physical Activity Programs, Cognitive Training and Gene Therapy” to be held Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at the Hilton St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, FL. This preconference of the International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence (ICADI) will bring together six nationally known researchers and clinicians from multiple disciplines to focus on interventions that can promote independence in aging.

Christian Leeuwenburgh, PhD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Biology of Aging, presented “Mitochondria and muscle” at the 4th Cachexia Conference which was held December 8, 2007 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfont in St. Petersburg, FL.

Rebecca Beyth, MD, MSc, presented “Alcohol Use Disorders in the Elderly” to the University of Florida Medicine Residents Noon Conference on 10/30/07. The Department of Aging & Geriatrics will be presenting at the conference on a regular basis and, as the schedules are finalized, they will be added to the monthly calendar of events.