Dr. Jane Mahoney to Head Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute
Mahoney is professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics and gerontology, where she leads research and outreach programs that are focused on healthy aging and improved health care for older adults.
She is founding director of the Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN), and has developed highly successful programs in falls prevention in older adults.
“Dr. Mahoney has received world-wide recognition for her leadership in the emerging field of dissemination and implementation science, and her background and experience will help WAI continue to grow as a vitally important Alzheimer’s disease resource for Wisconsin,” says Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Mahoney adapted a community-based fall prevention program from Australia, “Stepping On.” The program was successfully introduced in Wisconsin, and then expanded nationally. She also developed a multifactorial falls prevention program. In a randomized controlled trial, for cognitively impaired older adults at high risk for falls, she demonstrated that the intervention successfully reduced falls, nursing home stays, and hospitalizations.
She is also working with the CDC to help spread their falls-prevention program STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries), and has partnered with the state of Wisconsin and its Aging Network to bringing several evidence-based healthy aging programs into communities across our state.
In her role as director, Dr. Mahoney will advance the critical research and outreach missions of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, building on its existing excellence. The institute focuses on clinical, translational, and population research that concentrates on earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, promising new treatments for the disease, and improved care of Alzheimer’s patients.
In addition, WAI does outreach to educate a wide range of health professionals within a network of diagnostic clinics across the state. These clinics address critical health care needs in Wisconsin and hold considerable promise as research sites for the development and dissemination of new interventions and improved care.
Dr. Mahoney earned her medical degree at University of California-San Francisco and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at UW Hospital and Clinics. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in geriatrics at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank again the founding director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, Dr. Mark Sager, for the strong foundation that he created,” Golden says. “I also thank Dr. Bruce Hermann for his selfless leadership and steadying hand as interim director.”
Date Published: 11/30/2015