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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Baltimore GRECC

Baltimore GRECC

10 N. Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone  410-605-7185
Fax      410-605-7913

GRECC Director

Leslie Katzel, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Research (Acting)

Thomas Hornyak, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical

Jacob Blumenthal, MD, FACP

Associate Director, Biostatistics

John Sorkin, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Beth Hogans, MD, PhD

Administrative Officer

Nathanial Wright

research foci heading
  • Exercise and nutrition interventions for functional performance: body composition and cardiovascular health in multimorbidity and aging
  • Aging brain and nervous system: dementia; movement and balance; sensory, cognitive, and motor integration
  • Pain and whole health: patient-reported and functional outcomes in aging and chronic illness
  • Large data in aging science: omics, continuous monitoring, cancer, and genetics of complex diseases
  • Future direction: Geroscience
research heading
  • Reducing fall risk with the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to maximize the hip abductor muscles in older Veterans
  • The development and implementation of a peer-led diet and exercise intervention in older urban dwelling Veterans with dysmobility
  • Increasing muscle capillarization to enhance responses to strength training in sarcopenia
  • A balanced reach training platform to address balance disorders in older and neurologically disabled Veterans
  • Balance reach training to address balance disorders in older people with stroke
  • Virtual reality cognitive-motor training to enhance balance and reduce fall risk in older Veterans
  • Hip muscle power, lateral balance function, and falls in aging
  • Evidence-based multidimensional pain self-management planning: personalized by and for Veterans via web-based application
  • Cooperative study project #2009: Sequential and comparative evaluation of pain treatment effectiveness response
  • Glucose variability and cognition in prediabetes
  • Whole Health(y) aging with Gerofit
  • Activity to improve outcomes in peripheral arterial disease
  • A feasibility and pilot study of combined treatment protocol using aerobic exercise and duloxetine in older adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis and comorbid depression
  • Preventing diabetic foot ulcers through manipulating the skin microbiome
  • Cooperative studies program #2028: Epidemiology, immunology and clinical characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3)
  • Resistive training combined with nutritional therapy after stroke
  • Promotion of successful weight management in overweight and obese Veterans
  • Effects of 12-weeks of high-intensity resistance aerobic circuit exercise training on epigenetic aging and inflammation in older HIV-infected Veterans
  • Geriatric and functional assessments in non-AIDS defining cancers
  • Home-based exercise tele-rehabilitation in high-risk Veterans: Impact of COVID-19 exposures and socioeconomic factors
education heading
  • Integrative medicine rotation for family medicine residents
  • Pain in Aging Education Assessment of Needs group (PAEAN)
  • Office of Rural Health National Geriatric Scholars modules in pain and substance use, in collaboration with Pittsburgh and Tennessee Valley GRECCs
  • In collaboration with VAMHCS GEC and ambulatory care VA Office of Academic Affiliations, nurse practitioner residencies in primary care and geriatrics
  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
  • Advanced Fellowship in Gerontology
  • University of Maryland Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Training Program (SPORT) for medical students
  • ORD-Summer Research Program to support increased Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in VA workforce through research education
clinical heading
  • Gerofit to Home virtual group exercise classes for Veterans
  • Vets Foster Pets matching Veterans with companion foster dogs for physical and mental health
  • Balance and Mobility Clinic – interdisciplinary gait and balance assessment for high fall risk Veterans
  • Home Exercise Program for homebound older Veterans (HEX) – multi-component home exercise program for Veterans enrolled in Home Based Primary Care to improve functional outcomes and quality of life
  • Tele-Prehab – virtual pre-habilitation program (education and exercise) to improve functional mobility, quality of life, and decreased length of stay post elective total joint replacement
  • Vets & Veggies – improving dietary quality in older Veterans with dysmobility through multifocal and immersive programming (Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen, Weekly Farmer’s Market, nutritional education seminars)
  • Geri Qwik: Geri Qwik is a self-administered geriatric assessment tool to screen for geriatric healthcare conditions.
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