2013 T. Franklin Williams Scholar Recipients

Dr. Nahid Rianon, MD

“Effects of ACE Inhibitor (ACEI) on Bone Turnover in Humans:
A Clinical Trial”

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Dr. Nahid Rianon, assistant professor of the geriatric medicine division at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, completed her residency in Family Medicine from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and her Geriatric fellowship from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.  She completed a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health, and also did a fellowship in Geriatric Epidemiology from the National Institute on Aging at the NIH, Bethesda, MD.  She sees patients in the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at the Memorial Hermann Hospital and at the Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) in Bellaire, TX.

Dr. Rianon runs the Geriatric Osteoporosis clinic at the CHA and her main research interest is osteoporosis due to age-related bone loss and fracture prevention.  Young investigator award from the ASBMR, and New Faculty Scholar from STFM are two of her recent awards that she received for her scholarly achievements.  She received multiple research grants including funding from NASA and the NIH.  As a T. Franklin Williams/GEMSSTAR Scholar, she will be pursuing a research project that investigates the role of ACE inhibitor (an antihypertensive medication) in prevention of age-related bone loss.


The recipient, selected by an academic selection committee composed of nationally prominent academic physicians, will receive a grant totaling $50,000 over a two-year period to supplement her Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) Award from the National Institute on Aging.  Her T. Franklin Williams Award is supported by the Health in Aging Foundation, the Association of Specialty Professors and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Research findings are presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting at the conclusion of the recipient’s grant.


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