The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's annual Humanism in Aging Leadership Award recognizes a prominent geriatrician who exemplifies humanism and innovation in his or her approach to improving the lives of older adults.
The award was originally funded through the support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is now supported through the COM Division of Geriatric Medicine. The award exemplifies one of the many ways COM is committed to innovative educational opportunities for students of all disciplines in the respectful care of older adults.
The 2017-2018 Humanism in Aging Leadership Award winner is:
Marie Bernard, M.D.
Deputy Director, National Institute of Aging
As Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Bernard serves as the principal advisor to the NIA director, working closely with the director in overseeing more than $1.5 billion in aging research conducted and supported by the Institute annually. She co-chairs two Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 objectives: 1) Older Adults, and 2) Dementias, including Alzheimer's Disease.
Within NIH, she co-chairs the Inclusion Governance Committee of the Extramural Activities Working Group, chairs the Women of Color Committee of the trans-NIH Women in Biomedical Careers Working Group, and serves on the Diversity Working Group.
Dr. Bernard has lectured and published widely in her area of research, nutrition and function in older populations, and on issues related to geriatrics education. She has been recognized for her leadership in geriatrics; in 2013, she received the Clark A. Tibbits Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and in 2014 was awarded the Donald P. Kent Award by the Gerontological Society of America.
Watch past presentations
Lecture Humanism in Aging Leadership Award
John Rowe, M.D.
2009-10 Humanism in Aging Leadership Award winner: Janice Knebl, D.O., University of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.