News Release

August 9, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Dr. Phillip P. Smith Honored by American Geriatrics Society

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Dr. Phillip P. Smith, head of the Center for Continence and Voiding Disorders at the University of Connecticut Health Center, is the recipient of a Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award from the American Geriatrics Society.

The Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards Program provides two-year grants of $200,000, including an institutional match, to assist young faculty as they initiate and ultimately sustain a career in research and education in the geriatrics aspects of their discipline. Smith is the only 2009 Jahnigen scholar from Connecticut and one of seven nationwide. The grant will support his research in the area of lower urinary tract function in old age under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Albertsen, chief of the UConn Division of Urology, and Dr. George A. Kuchel, director of the UConn Center on Aging.

An abstract of Smith’s winning proposal is available at

Smith, who lives in Farmington, runs the Health Center’s urodynamics lab in West Hartford and is an assistant professor of urology and gynecology in the UConn School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. More information about the Center for Continence and Voiding Disorders is available at

Caption: Dr. Phillip P. Smith, who specializes in urology and gynecology at the UConn Health Center, has been chosen by the American Geriatrics Society to receive a Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholar Award. A two-year, $200,000 grant will support his research on lower urinary tract function in old age. Smith is one of seven 2009 Jahnigen scholars and the only one from Connecticut.

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