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Feb 17, 2006

Medical Student Buri Receives Award For Paper On Elder Abuse

Hilary Buri, a second-year medical student in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, was recently honored for her research paper on elder abuse.

Buri was chosen as the first recipient of the Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Award for the Best Student Paper/Poster. The award is given to a student for "excellence in research and best treatment of the topic of elder abuse." The award is issued by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in association with the International Association of Gerontology. A $500 monetary award is included with the honor.

Buri participated in the UI Department of Family Medicine summer research program in 2004 and 2005. She collaborated with Jeanette Daly, Ph.D., Arthur Hartz, M.D. and Gerald Jogerst, M.D., to produce the winning paper titled, "Factors Associated with Self-Reported Elder Mistreatment in Iowa's Frailest." The paper will be published in the journal Research on Aging.

"The paper grew out of our original project looking at the reliability and validity of screening questions to identify elders who are abused or neglected. While reviewing the literature for that project, I realized that items from a questionnaire used in an earlier study would afford us insight into characteristics associated with mistreated or at-risk elders," Buri said.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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