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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Greater Los Angeles GRECC

Greater Los Angeles GRECC

Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

West Los Angeles Campus
11301 Wilshire Blvd. Bldg. 158
Los Angeles, CA 90073

Sepulveda Campus (SACC)
16111 Plummer St., Bldg. 25
North Hills, CA 91343

Phone 818-891-7711 x39311
Fax (SACC) 818-895-9519
Fax (WLA) 310-268-4842

GRECC Director

Cathy Alessi, MD

Associate Director, Basic/Laboratory Research

Gregory Cole, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical & Health Services Research

Jennifer L. Martin, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical

Steven Castle, MD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Josea Kramer, PhD

Administrative Officer

Misty Dantzler


research foci heading
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Sleep
  • Vulnerable Elders
research heading
  • Discontinuation of sedative-hypnotic use in older adults with insomnia disorder
  • Treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in women Veterans
  • Improving care coordination for complex VA patients
  • Improving implementation of fall prevention programs in community-dwelling and hospitalized older adults
  • Basic science of traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases
  • Optimizing outcomes for older Veterans with chronic low back pain syndrome: Aging Back Clinics
  • Transforming Health by Reversing Inactivity among older Veterans Everywhere (THRIVE)
  • PREVENTABLE study (PRagmatic EValuation of evENTs And Benefits of Lipid-lowering in oldEr adults)
education heading
  • VA Geriatric Scholars Program, a national initiative to integrate geriatrics into primary care practices
  • Programs for Indian Health Services: Interdisciplinary Team Care for Elders and Addressing Behavioral Challengeswith Dementia (ABCD)
  • Group cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI)
  • Clinical training for medical residents and fellows and associated health trainees
  • UCLA undergraduate club supports VA Gerofitexercise, pre-habilitation prior to surgery and post-surgical exerciserehabilitation
  • Interdisciplinary VA Fellowships: Quality Scholars Program and National Clinical Scholars 
  • Interdisciplinary VA Fellowships: Health Services Research and National Clinical Scholars
  • Adaptation of the VA Geriatric Scholars Program by the Indian Health Service
clinical heading
  • Infinity virtual reality treadmills to improvefitness, cognition and balance in older adults
  • OnTheMUV miniTREAD chair-based treadmill toimprove fitness in pre-habilitation and post-operative care for older adults with limited ability to ambulate
  • Gerofit Pre-habilitation Program: Preparing frail older Veterans for surgery to improve surgical outcomes
  • TAP –Telehealth Assistance Promotion: a structured approach to facilitating olderVeterans to access technology for video healthcare visits, including VA Video Connect
  • GerofitTelehealth group exercise and fitness assessments
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