Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies was created in 1999 by the Center on Aging, through the generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler. Available to University of Minnesota faculty, this appointment allows the recipient up to one year of funding to pursue an aging-related project.   

The 2016-2017 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology is the 2016-2017 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies. The work of the Bartolomucci Lab staff photo bartolomucci labfocuses on how chronic, long-term stress affects aging and mortality and other topics. For his Fesler-Lampert project, Dr. Bartolomucci will investigate the role of stress adaptation, one of the seven pillars of aging, and its impact on health and lifespan. Dr. Bartolomucci also serves as an affiliate in the newly-formed Institute for the Biology of Aging and Metabolism, the Lillihei Heart Institute, the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and also teaches courses on phyisiology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Past Fesler-Lampert Chairs

2015-2016: Ling Li, DVM, PhD, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Li continued her research on Alzheimer's disease.

2014-2015: Benjamin Capistrant, ScD, School of Public Health. Dr. Capistrant continued his research on the effects of caregiving on the health of caregivers, with the long-term goal of improving caregivers' physical health.

2013-2014: Dawn Lowe, PhD, Program in Physical Therapy, expanded her research on the relationship between estrogen, aging, and musculoskeletal health in women.

2012-2013: Niloufar Hadidi, PhD, School of Nursing. Dr. Hadidi continued her research on  psychosocial interventions for the treatment of post-stroke depression in older adults.

2011-2012: Tetyana Shippee, PhD, School of Public Health. Dr. Shippee pursued a project titled "Variability in Nursing Home Residents' Quality of Life: The Role of Facility Characteristics," and also developed a new graduate-level course titled Social Factors in Aging. 

2010-2011: Hee Lee, PhD, School of Social Work. Dr. Lee created a series of online continuing education modules titled Meeting the Health Care Needs of Older Adults: Health Literacy and Cultural Competency, available on the School of Social Work website.

2009-2010: Walter Low, PhD, Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Low continued his research on  using stem cells to treat neurological disorders that affect the elderly, such as Parkinson's disease.

2008-2009: Anne Murray, MD, Medical School. Dr. Murray continued her research on the prevalence of dementia in older kidney dialysis patients.  

2007-2008: Edgar Arriaga, PhD, Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Arriaga pursued research on the biochemical aspects of aging.

2006-2007: Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, School of Nursing. Dr. Mueller continued her research on nursing home culture change. 

2005-2006: The '05-'06 Chair was shared by three faculty members - Rosalie Kane, PhD, School of Public Health; Phyllis Moen, PhD, College of Liberal Arts Department of Sociology, and Michael Davern, PhD, School of Public Health. Together, they pursued a project to strengthen the aging studies curriculum at the University.

2004-2005: Diane Treat-Jacobsen, PhD, School of Nursing. For her project Dr. Treat-Jacobsen designed and organized a multicenter trial of an exercise program to help combat the effects of peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia.

2003-2004: Deborah A. Ferrington, PhD, Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ferrington pursued research on defining the cellular mechanisms of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States. 

2002-2003: Richard DiFabio, PhD, pursued a research project titled "The Connection Between Eyesight and Falls in the Elderly."

2001-2002: Ken Hepburn, PhD, School of Nursing, pursued a project to expand training for individuals and families so that they may better understand and deal with chronic illness and aging. 

2000-2001: LaDora Thompson, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School. The first Fesler-Lampert Chair continued her research on geriatric rehabilitation, aging, and muscle strength, and also developed a seminar series for Scientists in Aging Research.