Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director and Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) Associate Director are pleased to announce awardee for the FY 2022 Junior Faculty Fellowship in geriatrics at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.
David Church, PhD, CSCS*D was notified of the decision in June 2021. The AGEC fellowship program objective is to support the career development of professionals who want to specialize in academic and clinical geriatrics. The award includes $25,000 in salary support and supported attendance at (1) national geriatric conference.
About Dr. David Church
David Church, PhD, CSCS*D is a faculty instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) in the Department of Geriatrics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University while playing football and baseball. He attended Baylor University for his Master’s Degree in Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry while completing a strength and conditioning coach internship with the athletic department. He completed his PhD at the University of Central Florida where he focused on skeletal muscle physiology where his love for geriatrics research began.
Currently, Dr. Church uses a variety of research methods to leverage exercise, nutrition, and pharmacological approaches to correct and enhance human physiology with an overall passion to help older adults increase their health span (the part of a person’s life when they are generally in good health). He is investigating strategies to prevent the deterioration of muscle health that occurs in old age and is exploring ways to prevent performance losses by soldiers during sustained operations using nutrients. Dr. Church aims to be an independent investigator within a collaborative interdisciplinary translational research team that is involved in educating and training the next generation of geriatric specialists. Furthermore, as an individual who grew up on a farm, he has a keen interest in addressing key health disparities of rural Arkansans.