Achievements in Gerontological Research

As Oregon’s only academic health center, OHSU’s unique environment attracts a community of collaborative, accomplished, and persistent researchers. Together, we discover new ways to improve care for older people in Oregon and beyond.

The School of Nursing has access to an enviable array of resources. This includes collaboration with clinical partners at OHSU schools, clinical sites, and laboratories. It also includes strong research partnerships with institutions in the community.

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One of the overall goals of the HCGE is to advance the science of gerontological care by increasing faculty leadership and research productivity. The Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP), funded by the Frances Price Quasi-Endowment, reflects the Center's commitment to faculty research and innovation.

Research interests focus on important health issues for older adults. They are varied with strength in the areas of:

  • Chronic disease management
  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Dementia care
  • Aging well

Since the HCGE's inception in 2001, gerontological nurse scientists at OHSU School of Nursing have garnered over $34 million in direct cost research awards. This funding allows us to turn ideas into innovations.  We are committed to integrative biobehavioral research and translational research, i.e., research that focuses on inquiry related to practice transformation and implementation science. 

Community of scholars

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Our community seeks to build gerontological nurse leaders through education, research, practice and policy. Since 2001, the OHSU Hartford Center has been home to over 41 faculty members and 38 Ph.D. students.

During that time, five of our faculty members received John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) post-doctoral fellowships and twenty students received JAHF pre-doctoral scholar awards. Our community of scholars has presented over 675 papers and posters at professional meetings internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. This includes over 360 publications authored.