Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
The Miami GRECC has been serving older Veterans in South Florida since 1981.
Research Focus Areas
Adult Stem Cells in Tissue Regeneration/Repair
Vitamin D/Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (e-health & comparative effectiveness)
Exercise Interventions for Frailty, Falls, and Injuries
Patient Education and Self-Management with Information Technology
The Center's investigators are university faculty from multiple schools and departments. Our coordinated clinical and basic geriatric research effort emphasizes the following areas: Basic Biomedical: Bone and cartilage metabolism; neuroregeneration; prostate neoplasia; reparative use of adult stem cells. Applied Clinical: Osteoporosis; osteoarthritis; metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk factors; frailty; vitamin D and soy isoflavones; prostate cancer. Health Services: Rehabilitation (falls and injuries; exercise interventions); telehealth and care coordination for high utilizers; clinical decision support systems; prevention (MOVE, frailty, diabetes, pain).
The Center supports a wide array of educational research, especially on the role of e-learning and educational technology in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for healthcare professionals and the lay public. In Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), a variety of learning methodologies support a longitudinal theme spanning all four years of medical school; in Graduate Medical Education (GME), medicine residents rotate through the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit (GEM), hospice and palliative care, and home care models for interdisciplinary geriatric care; in Continuing Medical Education (CME), education in the recognition and assessment of geriatrics syndromes occurs through competency-based curriculums with online training of physicians and allied healthcare disciplines.