The M. Powell Lawton Award


2005 Recipient:
Mary E. Tinetti, M.D.

Mary E. Tinetti, M.D. is the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor
of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of Yale Hartford
Foundation Center of Excellence in Aging. She is also Director of the Yale
Program on Aging and Director of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans
Independence Center.

She was nominated by her peers to receive the award because;
Dr. Tinetti is a world class investigator, an outstanding program leader, a
superb mentor and an exceptional individual.”

Dr. Tinetti's research has changed the way health care
professionals view and treat falls in the elderly. Falls had been considered an
inevitable part of aging. As a result of her work, falls are now understood to
result from recognizable and measurable risk factors, which respond to
intervention. Dr. Tinetti has developed an innovative approach to falls
prevention that addresses the harmful effects of multiple risk factors. This
approach has been shown to reduce the risk of falling among community-living
elders. Her research is currently directed to translating this intervention into
everyday clinical practice.