Dr. Stephanie Studenski joins NIA as BLSA director and chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section in the Translational Gerontology Branch of NIA’s Intramural Research Program.
On January 24, 2014, NIA welcomed Dr. Stephanie Studenski as chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section in the Translational Gerontology Branch of NIA’s Intramural Research Program . In this role, she will direct the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging  (BLSA), one of the nation’s longest and most prestigious studies of aging.
“I am pleased and honored to join such an exciting enterprise and look forward to new collaborations within and beyond NIA,” Dr. Studenski commented.
Over her 30-year career, Dr. Studenski has conducted observational studies and clinical trials focusing on human aging and age-related disease, mainly using biomechanical and neuroimaging techniques to evaluate risk factors and mechanisms of late-life disability. She has translated her findings into clinical practice by leading efforts to develop physical performance measures for clinical use and by designing and testing novel interventions to improve mobility and reduce falls.
“Stephanie has been at the front edge of research on aging all her professional life, and her creativity never ceases to amaze me,” said Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, NIA scientific director and former BLSA director. “She brings to the BLSA outstanding expertise in the area of geriatrics and research on aging and mobility decline. Both are key to begin translating some recent study results into clinical assessment tools and potentially new interventions. In her hands, the BLSA will continue to grow in innovation and scientific productivity.”
Dr. Studenski comes to NIA from the University Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where she was a professor of geriatrics in the Department of Medicine, with a secondary professorship with the Schools of Allied Health, Public Health, and Nursing. At UPMC, she served as associate director for research in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology as well as the Aging Institute. She also held a part-time staff physician appointment at the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pittsburgh. Before joining the UPMC staff in 2002, she held positions at University of Kansas Medical Center (1992-2002) and Duke University Medical Center (1979-1992).
Dr. Studenski has co-authored more than 200 peer-review journal publications, three books, and nearly 40 invited papers and book chapters. She has presented at many national and international meetings, often as a keynote speaker, and served on several advisory boards, including NIA’s national advisory council.