Established in honor of Dr. Barbara Payne-Stancil, founder and Director Emeriti of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, and inaugurated in 1993, the lectureship each year brings a distinguished individual from the field of gerontology to the Georgia State University campus.
This year’s Distinguished Lecturer is Dr. Marie Bernard. Marie A. Bernard, MD, is the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As NIA’s Senior Geriatrician, she serves as the principal advisor to the NIA director, overseeing more than $3 billion in aging and dementia research conducted and supported annually by the Institute.
Dr. Bernard is a strong advocate for programs and services that address the wide range of issues, challenges, and needs of older adults. Notably, she co-chairs two Healthy People 2020/2030 objectives (one on Older Adults in general and the second has a specific focus on dementia). Across NIH, she co-leads the Inclusion Governance Committee, which facilitates responsiveness to 21st Century Cures Act provisions to ensure appropriate inclusion of individuals in clinical studies, including by sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and addition to children and older adults.
Dr. Bernard’s national leadership in geriatrics research, teaching, and clinical practice has been recognized by receipt of numerous prestigious awards.
We are delighted to feature Dr. Marie Bernard for this year’s Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship in Gerontology.
For additional information on Dr. Bernard and the work of NIA: https://www.nia.nih.gov/about/staff/bernard-marie
For additional information on the Gerontology Institute: please call 404-413-5210 or visit us online at gerontology.gsu.edu