New York, NY – The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), a national not for profit whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research, is proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN. recognized with the Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award 2021 in Health Services and Aging Research.

This award honors a health care researcher early or mid-stage in his career who has already made important contributions with work that respects the value of multidisciplinary health care science and is expected to shape practice and research for decades to come.

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi is the deputy director of the UW Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR); Computer Science Director, Care Core, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Research Center; and an Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. It is also an Affiliate Faculty, Department of Geriatrics, Health Services Research Program, University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and UW-Madison College of Engineering.

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi is recognized for her dementia-focused health research program, which examines social and behavioral communication patterns in people with moderate to advanced dementia and plays the role of temporal observation measures and the involvement of dementia sufferers and their carers in research line. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi is currently leading a large observational study to explore episodes of clarity in advanced dementia and considerations to improve progress in outcome assessment in people with dementia through multidisciplinary and community-informed health research.

The award is named in honor of Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD, who has dedicated her career to three related areas. She has worked tirelessly to incorporate age-related health services research into public health. She has lovingly and effectively cared for hundreds of new investigators across a wide range of disciplines. As inaugural Dean, she built a thriving School of Public Health at Brown University while leading efforts to improve age-related content in public health curricula. Professor Wetle sets an example of visionary leadership, mentoring and administrative excellence. In her honor, AFAR launched the Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research in 2019.

“The needs of America’s growing older population call for innovative health services,” notes Stephanie Lederman, EdM, AFAR Executive Director. “The visionary work of Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi and Dr. Wetle is an example of the application of research to improve the wellbeing of seniors and communities. AFAR is proud to support the future of health care and aging research with this award. “

Nominations for the award are made by invitation and are judged by an independent jury of leading age researchers. The award is a framed quote and is endowed with $ 5,000.

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi will accept the award and will speak at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in November 2021. She will discuss advances in studying social and behavioral communication patterns in those with moderate to advanced dementia, particularly minors and diverse populations.


About the winner

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi is Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Nursing, Investigator and Informatics Lead of the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) Care Research Core, currently a Paul B. Beeson fellow and affiliated faculty in the Geriatrics Department of the UW School of Medicine & Public Health. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi leads a research program focused on promoting effective and equitable care and research for people living with, and at risk of, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, particularly among vulnerable and high-risk groups in difficult healthcare settings and in the care continuum, as in acute illness and advanced illness Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi was PI on 8 federal / endowed research grants. Many of their contributions have focused on underrepresented and vulnerable populations and examined structural and nursing barriers to optimal care and health care for those with ADRD. Dr. Gilmore-Bykvoskyi has spearheaded advances in ADRD health services research, which has led new areas of research into ADRD-specific care patterns and outcomes; Having identified specific nursing approaches that induce or mitigate non-cognitive symptoms (e.g., agitation), established the first electronic health record-based phenotype model to detect ADRD cases from unstructured clinical data, and led some of the early research that led the describe the specific transitional care needs of ADRD patients after acute disease care. In an effort to ensure that the benefits of these advances reach all populations, Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi also led formative and pioneering efforts to identify barriers to integrative research and to intervene in the fundamental mechanisms of research participation disparities of underrepresented ADRD populations. Many of these contributions required the integration of several complex data sources in novel ways, including mixed and qualitative methods, behavioral observation, intervention research, as well as electronic health records and Medicare data analysis. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi supervised over 25 students with different backgrounds in these studies. For much of this work, Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi established new and successful partnerships with a number of clinical and community partners and worked directly with people with dementia and caregivers to fully integrate their perspectives into the research process and results. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi has participated in regional and national initiatives to manage the symptoms of people with dementia and has received funding from the American Nurses Foundation, the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities .

About AFAR

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a national, not-for-profit organization that supports and drives breakthrough biomedical research that is revolutionizing how we live healthier and longer. AFAR has served as a talent incubator in the field for four decades, providing more than $ 184 million to more than 4,200 researchers at leading research institutions nationwide. As a trustworthy leader and strategist, AFAR also works with public and private donors to manage high-quality funding programs and interdisciplinary research networks. AFAR-funded researchers find that the modification of basic cellular processes can often delay or even prevent many chronic diseases at the same time. They discover that it is never too late – or too early – to improve health. This groundbreaking science paves the way for innovative new therapies that promise to improve and extend our quality of life – at all ages. Find out more at http: // or follow AFARorg on Twitter and Facebook.

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