The Regional Institute on Aging is focused on working together with the surrounding community and organizations to enhance the lives of older adults.
The RIA is partnering with the Envision Research Institute to identify and support research in a number of areas including the development rehabilitation programs, design and evaluation of novel vision aides, and basic research on the eye disease and ways to characterize the functional limitations associated with visual impairment.
This year the RIA partnered with Eric Vidoni PhD from the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center to place two students from WSU in their Kansas Dementia & Aging Research Training (KDART) program. The program provides undergraduate students research training in brain aging and dementia through structured projects.
The RIA working with Dr. Kimberly Kirkpatrick in Department of Psychology at Kansas State University and Dr. Rui Ni from the Department of Psychology at WSU submitted an NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant. The purpose of the COBRE funding mechanism is to “promote the initiation and development or expansion of unique, innovative state-of-the-art biomedical and behavioral research centers at institutions”.
The RIA aims to help educate and diversify the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding of aging and develop new ways of ameliorating age related changes. In support of this aim the RIA working with Dr. Kimberly Engber, the dean of the honors college established a Summer Research Institute (SRI) that provide high school students the opportunity to spend a week working on research related to aging at WSU.