Current and Recent Grant Support

TRIPLL researchers at all affiliated institutions are interested in a broad framework of research that facilitates pain management and knowledge into the community, throughout medicine and within academia. Current research support is listed below.

Comparing Patients’ and Surgeons’ Expectations of Lumbar Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Mancuso
Research Period: 9/30/14 – 9/29/16
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The goal of this project is to compare patients’ and surgeons’ expectations of Lumber Spine Surgery.

Treating Pain to Reduce Disability among Older Home Health Patients
Principal Investigators: Murtaugh and Reid
Research Period: 2/1/12 – 1/31/16
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The goal of this research study is to reduce disability among older home health patients by treating their pain more effectively. The study compares the effectiveness of usual care provided to older home health patients with activity-limiting pain, to usual care plus instruction by physical therapists in a cognitive-behavioral pain self-management (CBPSM) program. The study will include sizeable numbers of Hispanic, non-Hispanic African Americans and non-Hispanic white patients and will examine the heterogeneity of CBPSM treatment effects among patients with different pain conditions and minority group status.

Improving the Management of Pain in Later Life
Principal Investigator: Reid
Research Period: 9/30/09 – 8/31/14
Funding Source: National Institutes of Heath/National Institute on Aging
Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is a renewal of Cornell University’s Roybal Center Initiative and research program entitled the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA). TRIPLL is built on the experiences of CITRA and is able to utilize and benefit from Citra’s extensive network of previously established cross-disciplinary translational research collaborations. TRIPLL seeks to merge the strengths and expertise developed by CITRA. A key goal is to develop and maintain an effective infrastructure for conducting translational research on aging and pain with in the highly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment of New York City.

Improving the Management of Pain in Later Life(Minority Supplement to Reid’s Pain Center)
Research Period: 9/30/11- 8/31/13
Principal Investigator: Ahluwalia
Funding Source: National Institute on Aging
The goal of this project is to assess the impact of pain on Meals-on-Wheels recipient’s ability to eat and associated food modification practices.

Arthritis Intervention Program for People with Arthritis and Related Diseases
Principal Investigators: Robbins
Research Period: 1/1/13-12/31/14
Funding Source: The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
The goal of this 8-week exercise program is to help older Asian Americans with arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders who attend senior centers in the Chinatown section of NYC to reduce pain, stiffness, fatigue, and falls while improving balance and physical activity. The program uses simple and gentle movements to help participants increase joint flexibility and range of motion, maintain muscle strength, improve balance and coordination, decrease fatigue, and increase endurance.

Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging Geriatric Training Program
Principal Investigator: Robbins
Research Period: 9/1/12- Present
Funding Source: Greenberg Foundation Grant
The training program, developed by Dr. Charles Cornell in collaboration with the Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging (GASA), is designed to sensitize PGY3 orthopedic surgery residents at HSS to the needs of older adults and to teach better patient-doctor communication with this elderly population. Residents are asked to complete a geriatric training program that consists of three phases:  (1) an initial one-on-one meeting to explore their views and experiences of older adults both in their personal clinical experience and to gain better understanding of the older adult’s experience in the medical system; (2) resident rounds to present and illustrate specific Geriatric needs, and (3) presentations to participants of GASA.

A Palliative Care Community Needs Assessment in East and Central Harlem
Principal Investigators: Callahan and Reid
Research Period: 1/1/13-12/31/13
Funding Source: The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
The goal of the project is to develop a better understanding of the needs of older adults in East and Central Harlem, who suffer from or care for a loved one with symptoms related to chronic conditions.

Research Translation in Palliative Care
Principal Investigator: Pillemer
Research Period: 3/1/12- 2/1/14
Funding Source: Lawrence and Rebecca Stern Family Foundation
This project will deliver a research agenda for palliative care based on reviewed literature and input from established thought leaders in the field.

Working with Meals-on-Wheels to Address Oral Health
Principal Investigator: Ahluwalia
Research Period: 7/1/12 – 6/30/13
Funding Source: Cornell University Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
The goal of this project is to work use a community-based participatory approach to developing sustainable oral health related interventions for older adults receiving Meals-on-Wheels.

The Model Districts Project in India: Access to Achievement
Principal Investigator: Bajpai
TRIPLL Involved Investigator: Ahluwalia
Research Period: 7/1/12 – 6/30/17
Funding Source: IKEA Foundation
The goal of this project is to develop sustainable interventions to improve learning outcomes in children in two states in India.

Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth
Principal Investigator: Wells
TRIPLL Involved Investigator: Henderson
Research Period: 9/1/11- 9/30/13
Funding Source: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
The research under this grant implements and evaluates in a nationwide sample of schools a program involving nutritional education and participation in school-based gardens for youth

Creation of the Person-centered Wellness Home Across the Life Course
Principal Investigator: Mielenz
Research Period: 4/1/13 – 5/31/15
Funding Source: PCORI
This pilot project is the first step towards creating a new health prevention framework for older adults. Once created in older adults, this framework can serve as the template across the entire life course creating a platform for PCORI’s research agenda.

Translating a Falls Behavior Program to Urban Seniors with Mobility Disability
Principal Investigator: Mielenz
Research Period: 8/1/12-7/31/15
Funding Source: CDC/NCIPC
The project is translating an evidence-based cognitive behavioral falls prevention program to older adults who use a transportation program that provides free door-through-door travel with support from mobility facilitators.

Columbia Injury Control Research Center
Principal Investigator: LI
TRIPLL Involved Investigator: Mielenz
Research Period: 8/1/12-7/31/17
Funding Source: CDC/NCIPC
The goal of this injury control research center is to improve population health by reducing injury morbidity and mortality through knowledge creation, dissemination, and translation, development of innovative and structured training programs, and implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions and best practices.

Research Translation in Palliative Care
Principal Investigator: Pillemer
Research Period: 3/1/12- 2/1/14
Funding Source: Lawrence and Rebecca Stern Family Foundation
This project will deliver a research agenda for palliative care based on reviewed literature and input from established thought leaders in the field.

Treatment Modification to Reduce Symptom Burden in Hemodialysis Patients
Principal Investigator: Berman
TRIPLL Involved Investigator: Reid
Research Period: 7/1/12- 6/30/14
Funding Source: Weill Cornell CTSC Pilot Grant
Treatment of serum phosphorus, parathyroid hormone and high blood pressure in hemodialysis patients is associated with multiple potential risks and enormous cost, but with little proven benefit. The purpose of this study is to better understand the contribution of these treatments to symptom burden and quality of life in high-risk dialysis patients, which will lead to a better understanding of iatrogenic risk.

The Impact of a Hospital Based Exercise Program on Older Adults
Principal Investigator: Robbins
Research Period: 2012-Present
Funding Source: Hospital for Special Surgery
This study attempts to support the efficacy of hospital-based exercise programs in increasing physical activity and improving quality of life (QOL) through pain and fall reduction and improved balance in the older adult community.

A Community Health Needs Assessment: Insights for Strategic Planning
Principal Investigators: Robbins
Research Period: 2/1/12- Present
Funding Source: Hospital for Special Surgery
We conducted a survey to determine the musculoskeletal health needs of our culturally diverse New York City and Tri-State area of service.  A 39-item questionnaire was developed and distributed online, by mail, and in person (in English, Spanish, and Chinese). The questionnaire explored four general areas: musculoskeletal and rheumatological health conditions and management; quality of life; use of and access to healthcare; and sociodemographic characteristics. The data is currently being analyzed and will be used to inform our community-based education programs.