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UVM Center on Aging Announces 2014 Research Award Winners

The Center on Aging at the University of Vermont has announced the winners of the 2014 Armin Grams Memorial Research Award.

The annual award, which funds pilot research programs with the overall goal of increasing funded research on aging at the university, went to two faculty in the College of Medicine for a pilot research project titled "Dietary Saturated and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids and Cognition." The recipients are Julie Dumas, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Dr. C. Lawrence Kien, Mary Kay Davignon Green and Gold Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine.

Armin Grams came to the University of Vermont in 1970 to establish the Human Development and Family Studies Program. Grams developed and taught several courses on gerontology and was instrumental in establishing the UVM Center for the Study of Aging. Grams retired from UVM in 1990. Dr. Grams died in 2002.

A Center for the Study of Aging was established at the University of Vermont in 1992 by action of the Board of Trustees. In 2008, Lois McClure announced her endowment of the newly named Center on Aging through a gift of $5 million. The mission of the Center on Aging is to forge an ongoing collaboration among faculty, students, staff and programs within the University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the Vermont community to promote a sense of wellbeing and a high quality of life for older adults.