United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

Ann Arbor GRECC


Ann Arbor GRECC
VA Medical Center
2215 Fuller Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: (734) 845-3072
Fax: (734) 845-3298
Website: http://www.va.gov/GRECC/ann_arbor_grecc_homepage.asp

Univ of Michigan Medical

GRECC Director:

Neil B. Alexander, M.D.

Associate Director for Research:

Raymond Yung, M.D. 

Associate Director for Education

Thomas Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Clinical Programs:
Lona Mody, MD 


The Ann Arbor GRECC has served elderly Veterans in parts of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois since 1988. In fiscal year 2009 staff from the Ann Arbor GRECC published 62 peer reviewed papers on geriatric topics, provided 5,495 person hours of geriatric education, and expended $5,963,350 in research grant money. Some of its current research interests include: how stress and injury change aging cells; nervous system disorders and aging; the role of aging cells in diabetic nerve damage; the role of diet in inflammation response in aging; altered glucose in aging and age related diseases; blood pressure and hypertension in the elderly; how to prevent falls and improve mobility in the elderly; controlling infections in nursing homes; how cost effective home care is and how it can be used; assessing end of life and mental health care in nursing homes; comparing Veterans and non-Veterans in nursing homes; and how aging negatively impacts motor function.