June 7, 2011
Julie Locher, PhD, Director of the Center for Aging and Lister Hill Center Public Policy and Aging Program, has been appointed as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Planning Committee for a Workshop on Nutrition and Healthy Aging in the Community. Dr. Locher is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care and Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. Dr. Locher conducts research on nutrition in older adults and recently provided leadership for the fourth annual UAB/AARP Aging Policy Conference entitled, "Paving the Way: A Roadmap for Ending Food Insecurity & Hunger."
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.
Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies , which comprises the National Academy of Sciences , the National Academy of Engineering , the National Research Council , and the IOM.