2019 LEVITT AWARD WINNERS

BRIEF GENERAL TITLES FOR EACH 2019 POSTER PRESENTATION:

  OPIOID USE IN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
EMPATHY AND OXYCONTIN IN THE BRAIN *
COGNITIVE PREDICTORS OF ALZHEIMER’S *
FINDING GROWTH IN STORIES OF LOSS
A BETTER MODEL FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
AGE-RELATED METABOLIC IMPAIRMENTS
MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT POST-SURGERY *
PERSONAL GROWTH IN LATER LIFE
SENSITIVITY TO OLDER PATIENTS
COGNITION AND MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING
PAIN RESILIENCE WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN *
DERMATITIS IN ELDERLY PATIENTS 
COGNITIVE AND SYNAPTIC FUNCTION IN AGING
PRESERVING PATIENT GOALS THROUGHOUT LIFE CHRONIC STRESS AND MEMORY DECLINE
TURN PERFORMANCE IN PARKINSONISM *
CHRONIC PAIN AND GAIT ADAPTATIONS IN AGING
    * finalist for 2019

PRESENTATIONS BY FINALISTS

Each finalist for the Levitt Awards delivers a 15-minute oral or PowerPoint presentation describing his or her research project, to an audience of ILR members and judges. The judges score the presentations to determine the distribution of $3,000 in ILR-funded prizes to the finalists. The ILR awards prizes of $1,000 for the winner, $800 for second place, $600 for third place, and two runner-up prizes of $300 each. ILR members in attendance have the opportunity to make written comments on all five finalist presentations.  The member’s comments are shared with the three Levitt Awards judges during the scoring process.

The winners of this year’s Levitt prizes are shown here:

 Cheshire, Elisha, Sidney, Shreela, and Leslie

First prize, $1000

Leslie Gaynor, doctoral student in Clinical and Health Psychology, “IDENTIFYING COGNITIVE PREDICTORS OF AMYLOID POSITIVITY VIA COMPARISONS OF AMYLOID POSITIVE MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT AND HEALTHY AGING.” Mentor: Dr. Russell Bauer

Second Prize, $800

Sidney Baudendistel, doctoral student in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology,”COMPARING TURN PERFORMANCE IN PARKINSONISM.” Mentor: Dr. Chris Hass

Third Prize, $600

Shreela Palit, postdoctoral student in Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science, “PAIN RESILIENCE MODERATES THE IMPACT OF FEAR-AVOIDANCE AND PAIN CATASTROPHIZING ON MOVEMENT-EVOKED PAIN, BUT NOT FUNCTIONAL PERFORMANCE, IN OLDER ADULTS WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN.” Mentor: Dr. Emily Bartley

Finalists, $300

Cheshire Hardcastle, graduate student in Public Health and Health Professions, “ACUTE EFFECTS OF TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA ON FUNCTIONAL BRAIN NETWORKS IN PATIENTS WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT.” Mentor: Dr. Catherine Price

Elisha Myers, undergraduate student in Psychology,  “4-WEEK INTRANASAL OXYTOCIN ADMINISTRATION INCREASES INSULA VOLUME AND ASSOCIATED EMPATHY SCORES IN AGING.” Mentors: Desiree Lussier and Dr. Natalie Ebner

Special thanks to our 2019 judges, Dr. Susan Bluck (UF-Psychology), Dr. David Clark (UF-Aging and Geriatric Research & VA-Brain Rehabilitation Research Center, and Gail Dewsbury (ILR member) for their participation in the Levitt Poster Competition and Presentations, and their careful review of all abstracts (over 50 submissions this year!), posters and presentations.

Special thanks to Robert Levitt for his contributions to the development of ILR. His wife, Phyllis Levitt, attended the Awards Night event this year to help hand out our awards.

Thanks to Julie Ann Ariet, ILR Coordinator, for helping with event spaces, publicity, and awards management.

Thanks to Robin West and Ron Bern, ILR Board members, for overseeing the 2019 Levitt Awards program and to UF students Emily Mroz and Marilyn Horta for helping with administration.

Dr. Robin West, Phyllis Levitt, Cheshire Hardcastle, and mentor Cate Price.

Dr. Robin West, Phyllis Levitt and Sidney Baudendistel

 

2019 CLUFF AWARD WINNERS

Dr. Natalie Ebner, director of the cooperative ILR and  UF Leighton E Cluff Aging Research Awards, on the left, then Marilyn and Ian, winners of the Cluff awards, and on the right, Staja, winner of the ILR award for that program.

 The 2019 ILR-funded and UF CLUFF AWARD winners:


Dr. Natalie Ebner with Staja Booker, Marilyn Horta, and Ian Frazier

Thanks to Natalie Ebner for her direction of the Leighton E. Cluff Awards for Student Research on Aging in 2019, which is a collaborative effort between UF and ILR. Special thanks to all of our UF faculty reviewers and judges. All three of this year’s winning submissions are published papers, and the publication source is listed.

ILR Award, $1200, First prize

Staja Booker, PhD RN, postdoctoral student in Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science in the  Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) , “ PATTERNS AND PERCEPTIONS OF SELF-MANAGEMENT FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS PAIN IN AFRICAN AMERICAN OLDER ADULTS” (published: Pain Medicine). This work was completed with her UF mentor, Kim Sibille, and in collaboration with College of Nursing faculty at the University of Iowa.

Cluff Award, $1200

Marilyn Horta, M.S., graduate student in Psychology, “ OXYTOCIN ALTERS PATTERNS OF BRAIN ACTIVITY AND AMYGDALAR CONNECTIVITY BY AGE
DURING DYNAMIC FACIAL EMOTION IDENTIFICATION” (published: Neurobiology of Aging), working with Dr. Natalie Ebner.

Cluff Award, $1200

Ian Frazier, graduate student in Psychology, “CISDA: CHANGES IN INTEGRATION FOR SOCIAL DECISIONS IN AGING” (published: WIRES Cognitive Science), working with Dr. Natalie Ebner.