Friedman Lecture and Awards

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health hosts this annual event to highlight current ideas and research in aging, and to recognize professionals providing outstanding service in their field.

The Friedman Lecture and Awards event is supported by the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital. Past lectures have covered a wide range of topics that represent the diversity of experiences and needs of aging adults and communities.

Save the date for the 2019 Friedman Lecture and Awards event, Wed., April 24, 2019 at 9am. Stay tuned to this page for more details and event registration.

2019 Awards: Call for Nominations

The Friedman Center is seeking nominations for the 2019 Friedman and Kopolow Awards. Awardees receive up to $3,000 for aging-related professional development endeavors.

Nomination guidelines: Submit a completed nomination form and one letter of no more than three pages in length, illustrating how the nominee has made an outstanding contribution in aging-related areas. Click here for a nomination form.

Nominations must be submitted by no later than Feb. 22, 2019. 

See Award Details below. Winners will be announced at the Friedman Lecture and Awards event on April 24, 2019.

2018 Friedman Awardees, Nikki Goldstein (left) and Janis McGillick (center) with Lynn Friedman Hamilton (right).

2019 Award Details

The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to older adults. Individuals might have made this contribution through practice, education, advocacy, or research. Eligible nominees must be professionals currently involved in work that is related to older adults within the St. Louis Metro Region.

The award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund and will be presented at the Friedman Lecture & Awards event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.

The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology

The purpose of this award is to recognize stellar contributions to the care of older adults by a resident, post-residency fellow or junior faculty member in neurology, psychiatry, medicine or related disciplines. Eligible individuals may also have had experience in the geriatric service areas at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center or at associated outpatient facilities, including Barnes-Jewish Extended Care. The award is not restricted to individuals with a medical degree (MD or DO). Nominees should demonstrate achievement in at least one of the following areas of geriatrics: direct patient care; didactic learning exercises, rounds, conferences, or national/international meetings; and, patient-oriented or basic research that addresses aging issues.

Recipients receive a formal announcement of the award, a plaque and $3,000 toward aging-related educational endeavors including conference fees, travel expenses, books, journal subscriptions and field- or research-related software, hardware, etc.

The award is supported by the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Fund for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology. It is presented annually at the Friedman Lecture and Awards event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging is part of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

Previous Friedman Lectures

April 20, 2018: “Ageism in America: How Stereotypes Influence Our Health and Wellbeing”
Revisit the 2018 Friedman Lecture

April 4, 2017: “Future of Health Policy in an Aging America”
Revisit the 2017 Friedman Lecture

April 28, 2016: “Intersection of Aging and the Arts for Health and Wellbeing”
Revisit the 2016 Friedman Lecture

April 22, 2015: “Better Living Through Innovation: Responding to an Aging Society”
Revisit the 2015 Friedman Lecture

May 8, 2014: “Developing the Workforce for an Aging America”
Revisit the 2014 Friedman Lecture

May 3, 2013: “Creating Aging-Friendly Communities”
Revisit the 2013 Friedman Lecture

April 30, 2012: “The Aging Mind: Realities and Myths”
Revisit the 2012 Friedman Lecture

May 24, 2011: “Friedman Center for Aging Research: Selected Updates”
View 2011 Friedman Lecture agenda

May 25, 2010: “Productive Aging: Cross-Cultural Perspectives from China and the U.S.”
View 2010 Friedman Lecture agenda

April 21, 2009: “In the Words of the Artist: The Influence of Age on Creativity and Expression”
View 2009 Friedman Lecture agenda

May 13, 2008: “Are we Licensed for Life?: Transportation and Driving Issues in an Aging Society”
View 2008 Friedman Lecture agenda

Previous Award Winners

Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award

2018 Gregory S. Day, MD, Neurology

2017 Ganesh Babulal, PhD, OTD, MSCI, MOT, OTR/L, Neurology

2016 Scott Vouri, PharmD, MSCI, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

2015 Brendan Lucey, MD, Neurology

Harvey A. & Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award

2018 Janis M. McGillick, MSW, MA, LNHA, Dolan Memory Care Homes and Nikki G. Goldstein, MSW, Crown Center for Senior Living

2017 Cheryl Kinney, LCSW, MSW, Alzheimer’s Association-St. Louis Chapter

2016 Virginia Buckles, PhD, Neurology

2015 Karen Berry Elbert, MSW, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, St. Louis NORC and Sherrill Wayland, MSW, SAGE Metro St. Louis

See full list of previous award winners.