Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC - Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
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Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC

research foci heading
  • Incontinence and related disorders
  • Mobility and rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Clinical decision support to manage chronic conditions, polypharmacy, and end-of-life care
  • Strategies to promote non-institutionalized care
research heading
  • Comparing treatments for urinary symptoms in Parkinson’s disease
  • Treating coexisting nocturia and insomnia
  • Improving access to urinary incontinence treatments
  • Prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Exercise interventions in cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, HIV and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hospital mobility programs
  • Genetics of osteoarthritis and joint replacement recovery
  • Reducing potentially inappropriate medication prescribing in the Emergency Department (EQUiPPED)
  • Implementation and dissemination of innovative programs in VA CLCs
  • Implementation of comfort care order sets
education heading
  • GRECC Associated Health Trainee Curriculum: Communicating with Older Patients, Family and the Healthcare Team
  • Aging sensitivity training for new employee orientation
  • OAA GRECC Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics – clinician scientist career development
  • Start Making Sense: How to Communicate Effectively with Veterans with Dementia, accredited video training/trainer package, face-to-face or TMS (# 15873)
  • Geriatric Scholars Program: advanced practica site for continence and palliative/supportive care
clinical heading
  • Increased access to geriatric care, including caregiver support, cognitive evaluation, and medication management, for rural areas in the Southeast
  • Continence care, including telehealth clinics
  • Fall prevention and mobility assessment and treatment
  • Created decision support toolkits for providers
  • Age-friendly health system participant sites
  • Teaching sites for residents, fellows, advanced practice nurses and other health professionals
publications heading

Individualization and the Health Care Mosaic in Assisted Living Gerontologisthttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29917071/

Behavioral therapy for urinary symptoms in Parkinson's disease: A randomized clinical trial Urol Urodyn https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31187552/

Effects of a Hypocaloric, Nutritionally Complete, Higher Protein Meal Plan on Regional Body Fat and Cardiometabolic Biomarkers in Older Adults with Obesity Ann Nutr Metab https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30754039/

Lower Limb Rigidity Is Associated with Frequent Falls in Parkinson's Disease Mov Disord Clin Pract https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31392245/

Academic Detailing to Reduce Sedative-Hypnotic Prescribing in Older Veterans Pharm Pract https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31446823/

Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC

Birmingham VAMC
700 19th St. S.
Birmingham, AL 35233

Phone 205-558-7064
Fax     718-584-9000

Atlanta VAMC
3101 Clairmont Road
Brookhaven, GA 30319

Phone 404-315-4100 ext. 373115
Fax     718-584-9000

Affiliations

Emory University
University of Alabama

GRECC Director

Alayne Markland, DO, MSc

GRECC Director (Atlanta)

Camille Vaughan, MD, MS

Associate Director, Research

Lisa Zubkoff, PhD

Associate Director, Research (Atlanta)

Molly Perkins, PhD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Katharina Echt, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical

Anna Mirk, MD

Associate Director, Clinical (Atlanta)

Theodore Johnson, MD, MPH

Muscle Research Laboratory Director

VACANT

Administrative Officer

Latricia Williams
Latricia.Williams@va.gov