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Faculty Member Gets NIH Funding for Northwest Roybal Center

Linda Teri, chair and professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, was awarded funding to establish the Northwest Roybal Center, which will support new investigations in the research of cognitively impaired older adults. The mission of the Northwest Roybal Center (NRC) is to promote the translation of basic behavioral and social sciences research to improving health, well being, quality of life and productivity of older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.

"We are very excited about this," said Teri. "This is an excellent opportunity to move health care research and service forward."

The NRC is a collaboration between the Northwest Research Group on Aging, a consortium of clinicians and researchers with a strong foundation of evidence-based research conducted via more than 20 years of NIH-funding; the UW School of Nursing, the top nursing school for research in the U.S.; and the Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies, (now the Group Health Research Institute) part of the largest consumer-governed health maintenance organization in the U.S. and a member of the HMO Research Network (HMORN). These multidisciplinary collaborators share a commitment to improving care through the direct translation of research into practice.

The Northwest Roybal Center is one of two new NIH funded Roybal Centers this year. Due to budget constraints, the center was funded at a fraction of what was asked in the proposal, so they will be working on fundraising through various channels. They will be starting two pilot programs in the first two years geared towards serving and better understanding cognitively impaired older adults.

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