Friedman Lecture & Awards

March 4, 2019

Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging Presents the 19th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards

Center Founder and WashU Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton Presents Keynote Address

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, the individual who put a focus on the issue of global population aging at Washington University in St. Louis, will headline the 19th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards on April 24th beginning at 9 a.m. at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical School Campus. The event focuses on aging research and education at the university and recognizes contributions to the field of aging with two awards for excellence.

Chancellor Wrighton’s lecture, Advancing Aging Research and Education at Washington University: Preparing for Longer, Productive Lives will center on the challenges and opportunities of demographic shifts, highlight Washington University’s research and educational efforts regarding population aging, and reflect on past accomplishments and future directions.

Mark Wrighton has a long-standing commitment to the issue of global population aging. During his tenure as Chancellor of Washington University, he has launched several key initiatives, including establishing the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging and introducing aging as a major theme of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.

The Friedman Lecture & Awards event will also feature the presentation of two awards for outstanding contributions in the field of aging:

The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to older adults through practice, education, advocacy or research. The award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology recognizes 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. Winners may work in geriatric service areas at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center or at associated outpatient facilities and have demonstrated achievement in one or more areas of geriatrics. The award is supported by the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Fund for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology.

About the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging

The Center for Aging at Washington University was established in 1998 under the direction of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton to focus on aging by catalyzing new innovations in education, research, practice, and community outreach. Leonard Berg, MD, provided the initial leadership for this effort and in 2001, John C. Morris, MD, became the center’s first director. In 2007, the center was renamed the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging in recognition of the long-time vision, commitment, and generosity of Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman. Under Morris’s leadership, the center began hosting the annual Friedman Lecture, fostered pilot grant funding for junior investigators, and established a summer aging research program which attracted undergraduate students from across the country. In 2012, Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, was appointed the center’s new director, and it became part of the Institute for Public Health. In late 2018, in a collaborative effort under Morrow-Howell’s direction, Washington University became a new member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network, a group of educational institutions committed to expanding programs and policies to engage people in all life stages.

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