Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, is the new director of WUSTL’s Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, effective Jan. 1, 2012, announced Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
Morrow-Howell succeeds John C. Morris, MD, the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology and director of WUSTL’s Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (Knight ADRC), the Memory and Aging Project and the Memory Diagnostic Center.
Morris will continue to serve the center as chair of its executive committee.
“Establishing a university-wide center that focuses on the critical societal impact of our rapidly aging population has enabled many productive, interdisciplinary collaborations with highly accomplished gerontological investigators, including Professor Morrow-Howell,” Morris says.
“My responsibilities in our Alzheimer’s disease studies have grown dramatically, so this is an ideal time to transition the directorship of the Center for Aging to her. Professor Morrow-Howell will also benefit enormously, as have I, from the remarkable support and friendship of the Friedman family.”
The Center for Aging, established in 1998, provides academic and administrative leadership to foster the development and implementation of activities that enhance productive aging.
This university-wide center, now part of the Institute for Public Health, promotes research, education, policy and service initiatives that enable older adults to remain healthy, active, empowered, contributing and independent for as long as possible.
Under Morris’ leadership, the Center for Aging fostered through pilot grant funding several junior investigators on both the Danforth and medical school campuses who leveraged their center awards into larger grants from the Ellison Medical Foundation and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
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