The University of Florida Center for Advancing Minority Pain & Aging Science ( UF CAMPAS) is one of the 18 centers under the National Institute on Aging Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). We aim to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by recruiting and training promising investigators from underrepresented backgrounds and supporting their mentored experiences conducting innovative social and behavioral research addressing pain and disability among older adults. The UF CAMPAS leverages multiple institutional strengths and resources and represents a partnership between the UF Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) and the UF Institute on Aging (IOA). Our Core Faculty comprises of a multidisciplinary group of talented and productive scientists whose expertise spans the spectrum of clinical and translational research related to our theme of biopsychosocial contributions to pain and disability among older adults.
- Promote diversity of the aging research workforce by identifying, supporting, and mentoring promising investigators from underrepresented backgrounds
- Enhance the health of older populations by conducting state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research investigating social and behavioral contributions to pain and disability in later life.
These aims are accomplished through the synergetic efforts of four cores:
Provides intellectual leadership and programmatic oversight to the center. The AC assumes responsibility for implementing all aspects of the UF CAMPAS program and for coordinating activities and promoting cohesion and synergy across the other Cores.
Establish an innovative research training and mentoring program designed to promote the career development of promising early career investigators from underrepresented backgrounds. The REC administers all of our pilot funding and provide montlhy Research Education Series Seminars
Supports all research activities in the planning, implementation, and analytical phases. The AnC supports all pilot projects through development and implementation of appropriate analytical strategies and mentoring of UF CAMPAS Scientists related to statistical knowledge and skills.
Provides support for UF CAMPAS Scientists by assisting them with recruitment of diverse samples into their research protocols. The CLRC also promotes community engagement, ensuring that the UF CAMPAS’ goals and processes are aligned with community needs.
Once an RCMAR Scientist, always an RCMAR scientist!
Meet our RCMAR Scientist
|Year||Name||Current Position||Department||University/College||Pilot Title|
|2018-2019||Staja “Star” Booker, PhD, RN||Assistant Professor||Biobehavioral Nursing Science||UF College of Nursing||Modeling OstePilotoarthritis and Validating Evoked-Pain (MOVE) in Ethnically Diverse Older Adults|
|2018-2019||Ellen Terry, PhD||Assistant Professor||Biobehavioral Nursing Science||UF College of Nursing||Contribution of Pain Catastrophizing to Race Group Differences in Pain and Pain-Related Brain Responses in Older Adults with Knee OA.|
|2018-2019||Henry Young II, M.D., FACEP||Asst. Residency Prg.Director & Clinical Asst.Professor||Emergency Department||UF College of Medicine||Are Geriatric Patients Willing to Accept Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department for the Treatment of Pain?|
|2019-2020||Keesha Roach, PhD, RN||Research Assistant Professor||Biobehavioral Nursing Science||UF College of Nursing||Exploring let-7, OPOIDS, and Quality of life in Sickle Cell Disease Younger and Older Adults|
|2019-2020||Pedro Valdes-Hernandez, PhD||Postdoctoral Fellow||Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science||UF College of Dentistry||Neurologic Signatures of Pain in Older Adults with and without Chronic Pain|
|2019-2020||Dottington Fullwood, PhD||Postdoctoral Associate||Aging Clinical Research||UF-COM-Institute on Aging||Ecologically Assessed Movement Evoked Pain and Manifestations of Mobility Limitations Among Older Adults|
Intested in becoming a UF CAMPAS Scientist? Apply today for 2021 pilot funding