Sara J. Czaja Appointed to Institute of Medicine Committee and Board

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging, has been appointed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to the Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging and reappointed to the National Research Council Board on Human-Systems Integration.

The committee will make recommendations focused on the public health aspects of cognitive aging with an emphasis on definitions and terminology; epidemiology and surveillance; prevention and intervention opportunities; education of health professionals; and public awareness and education for a study the Institute will conduct to examine cognitive health and aging, as distinct from Alzheimer’s.

The committee’s first meeting will be February 3 in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Czaja has been reappointed to the Institute of Medicine’s National Research Council as a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration, part of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. The board provides new perspectives on theoretical and methodological issues concerning the relationship of individuals and organizations to technology and the environment. As a board member, Czaja will help identify critical issues in the design, test, evaluation, and use of new human-centered technologies and give advice on the research needed to expand the scientific and technical bases for designing technology to support the needs of its users.

“It is a great honor to participate in these activities and serve on these committees,” said Czaja, who is also Director of the Miami CTSI Tracking and Evaluation Program.

Czaja, who previously served on the National Research Council Board on Human-Systems Integration from November 2010-December 2013, will serve an additional three-year term until December 31, 2016.

Long recognized for developing innovative strategies and technologies to enhance the quality of life for older adults through research, education, service modeling and policy development, Czaja recently led investigators of the NIH-funded Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) to become the first group to receive the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovation.

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