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Bernard selected for GSA's 2014 Donald P. Kent Award
Date:7/17/2014

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging has chosen Marie A. Bernard, MD, of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the 2014 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award.

This distinguished honor is given annually to a GSA member who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. It was established in 1973 in memory of Donald P. Kent, PhD, for his outstanding leadership in translating research findings into practical use.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 5 to 9 in Washington, DC. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit http://www.geron.org/annualmeeting for further details.

Bernard has been the NIA's deputy director since October 2008. In that capacity she serves as the director's principal advisor, overseeing a portfolio of more than $1 billion in research. She also serves as co-chair of two Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 objectives: Older Adults; and Dementias, Including Alzheimer's Disease. Within NIH she serves on the Women in Biomedical Careers Working Group, where she chairs the Women of Color Subcommittee; the Extramural Activities Working Group; the Coordinating Committee for Bioethics Research and Training; and the Diversity Working Group.

Bernard was formerly the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and founding professor and chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of
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Contact: Todd Kluss
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The Gerontological Society of America
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