2019 Recipients

Leah Bush

Leah Bush

University of Maryland, United States

Leah Bush is a doctoral candidate in the American studies program at the University of Maryland. She holds an MA in American studies with a graduate certificate in museum studies and material culture from the University of Maryland, where she undertook a practicum at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She also holds a BA in sociology from Eastern University. Her research interests center around an interdisciplinary examination of performances of middle age within musical subcultures. Leah is also a DJ and staff writer for WMUC FM 88.1, and she is a musician in the Baltimore area.

Dora Jandric

Dora Jandric

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dora Jandric is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Her PhD project explores how older same-sex couples in Scotland imagine their future. She has published three book reviews in the International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, participated in three COST Action (IS1409 and IS1402) training schools, and has presented her work at the 13th ESA conference in Athens, Greece (2017); the AgingGraz conference in Graz, Austria (2017);, and the Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference on Aging, Life-Course and Social Change in Norrkoping, Sweden (2016).

​Andreas Lazaris

​Andreas Lazaris

Brown University, United States

Andreas Lazaris is a fourth-year medical student Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. At Brown, Andreas is enrolled in a dual-degree program pursing both a medical degree (MD) and master’s segree (MSc) in primary care and population medicine. Andreas also holds a BA in cognitive science from the University of California at Berkeley. Between college and medical school, Andreas worked as a clinical researcher at the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, working with older adults experiencing cognitive changes. Andreas' current academic and clinical interests lie at the intersection of aging and confinement, exploring the subjective experiences and sociological impacts of older adults aging in prison and in nursing homes. He has spent much of his clinical time providing primary care in the prison setting and is pursuing a career in family medicine. Andreas presented at the 2017 Aging and Society Conference in Berkeley, CA and is honored to join again as an Emerging Scholar.

Sarah Assaad

Sarah Assaad

University of Cambridge, UK

Sarah is a public health researcher from Lebanon currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her project aims at understanding the patterns of change in health and social care needs of the older adults and the role of social well-being in healthy ageing. She is analysing longitudinal data from a rare cohort study of 28 years of follow-up, the Cambridge City over-75s Cohort Study (CC75C). She holds a BS in medical laboratory sciences and a master's in public health with emphasis on epidemiology and biostatistics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She also coordinated the implementation of the first 10/66 dementia cohort study in Lebanon (2016-17).

​Diego Larrotta-Castillo

​Diego Larrotta-Castillo

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Diego Larrotta-Castillo is a student from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, where he studied anthropology and is currently pursuing a degree in medicine and surgery. He is interested in health care policy assessment and has been extensively involved in the equity in health, humanization in health, and the health care technology and policy assessment research groups in his university. His future career interests include otolaryngology and health economics and management.

Daniel Jiménez

Daniel Jiménez

University of Chile, Chile

Daniel Jimenez is a neurologist and early-career academic at the University of Chile. In 2016, he was awarded with a scholarship that allowed him to complete an MSc in dementia at the University College London (UCL) and join the UCL Dementia Research Centre where he holds a research position since 2017. His main interest is the early diagnosis of Alzheimer´s disease and other dementias that are becoming more frequent in Chile and other Latin American countries. He organised the seminar, Challenges of Population Aging in Chile: An Inter-sectoral Approach (2018), and has led initiatives of interdisciplinary dialogue between clinicians and public health researchers aiming to improve health care provision in Chile.

Alyssa Harben

Alyssa Harben

Michigan State University, United States

Alyssa Harben is a 3rd year packaging PhD student with research focused on optimizing over-the-counter drug (OTC) packaging and labeling to help consumers notice warnings and comply with instructions. Current work is investigating how to optimize labeling specifically for older adult consumers of OTC medications; previous work investigated the packaging and labeling of sunscreen. She graduated with a BS in business administration with a concentration in consumer packaging solutions from California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo in 2015, and she earned her MS in packaging from MSU in 2017. Working as a member of Dr. Laura Bix’s Healthcare Universal Design and Biomechanics (HUB) Team for both her master's and PhD has enabled her to study the influence of packaging design on human behavior. She became the instructor of record for PKG 101: Principles of Packaging in the spring of 2018, and she recently worked to redesign PKG 101 to emphasize the role of well-designed packaging systems as a problem solving strategy for both retailers and consumers.

​Silvia Klokgieters

​Silvia Klokgieters

Amsterdam University Medical Center, Netherlands

Silvia Klokgieters is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam University Medical Center. She studied health sciences and medical anthropology. Her PhD research was about resilience among older Turkish and Moroccan immigrants living in the Netherlands. Her post-doctoral work is about cohort differences socioeconomic inequalities in health. Her interests are combining sociological and epidemiological insights in order to understand and study the health consequences of migration and socioeconomic inequalities in health in older age.

Lise Van de Beeck

Lise Van de Beeck

University of Ottawa, Canada

Lise Van de Beeck is a PhD candidate in the experimental psychology program at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Her PhD focuses on animal cognition and aims to discover the role of memory in bumblebees’ floral exploration behaviours. She was born in Belgium and completed a bachelor and a master's degree in psychology at the University of Liège. Through her studies, she has expanded her interests into different fields, such as animal cognition, statistics, and ageing. She is currently a member of the ACT (Ageing, Communication, and Technology) project that explores the use of technologies in older adults.

Chunhua Chen

Chunhua Chen

University of Bath, United Kingdom

Chunhua Chen is a third-year PhD student at the University of Bath, United Kingdom studying social policy. Her research interests are population ageing, social welfare, social policy, and inequality. Her PhD research, Policymaking for Long-term Care Provision for Older Disabled People in China − A Comparative Study of Beijing and Shanghai Municipality, intends to reveal welfare policy making processes in China. She holds a master's degree in public administration from Leiden University, Netherlands. Prior to returning to university for her PhD research, she worked for a leading think-tank in Beijing in the field of social policy and for the Red Cross Society of China.

Cat Forward

Cat Forward

University of West London, United Kingdom

Cat Forward is a second-year PhD Candidate at the University of West London and she currently lives in London. The focus of her present research project is the health and well-being of older women living alone. Her background is as an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom, and she has worked in the NHS since 2008. Her research interests are: older adults, the social and physical environments of ageing, health inequalities, and health behaviours.

In Their Words

I gained a whole new perspective on sharing scientific findings from different specialties. The different approaches in talking circles and garden talks gave me experiences that I've never had in any other scientific conference."

Nor Jannah Raduan, 2016 Awardee

I learned a lot about the experiences of the elderly in different societies. This prepared me to work with the elderly in different communities and to better understand their challenges."

Magen Mutepfa, 2014 Awardee

It was an excellent experience for me as I met participants from different regions and countries around the world. I learned how to interact with the presenters which gave me a lot of confidence to talk and to lead in such a nice event."

Chia-Ming Yen, 2014 Awardee