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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Madison GRECC

Madison GRECC

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
2500 Overlook Terrace
Madison, WI 53705

Phone  608-256-1901 ext. 17000
Fax      608-280-7291

GRECC Director (Acting)

Steven Barczi, MD

Associate Director, Research

Rozalyn Anderson PhD

Associate Director, Clinical Innovation (Acting)

Brian Lewis, MD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Elizabeth Chapman, MD

Administrative Officer

Ruth Roller

research foci heading
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Biology of Aging
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology of Aging
  • Dysphagia treatment in Older Adults
  • Transitions of Care
research heading
  • Novel mechanisms and targets for Alzheimer’s disease treatment
  • Clinical interventions for Alzheimer’s disease prevention
  • Metabolism as a target for sarcopenia prevention and treatment
  • Mechanistic studies in diabetes development, factors, targets and interventions
  • VA intensive dysphagia treatment program
  • Implementation of a coordinated transitional care program (C-TraC) supportive care pathway
  • Impact of novel rehabilitative approaches for dysphagia in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Defining novel pharyngeal pressure metrics to predict dysphagia treatment outcomes and clinical prognosis using high-resolution manometry
  • Improving blood pressure control and better defining blood pressure goals in older patients with and without cardiovascular disease
  • Epidemiology behind blood vessel stiffness and how this is impacted by aging and cardiovascular disease risk factors
  • Determination of how skeletal muscle mitochondrial bioenergetics and remodeling mediate aging 
  • Healthspan extending effects of exercise and/or metformin
  • Impact of the mTOR signaling pathway on the development of osteoarthritis to identify treatment targets
education heading
  • Training the next generation of clinicians across multiple specialties and disciplines to be skilled in geriatric care
  • Fostering development of interdisciplinary team skills to promote the best possible care for complex, older Veterans
  • Disseminating knowledge of geriatric best practices both locally and nationally to advance the care of Veterans
  • Creation of innovative educational tools in geriatrics to advance knowledge, skills and attitudes of trainees
clinical heading
  • Virtual Geriatrics, formally GRECC Connect, is a structured geriatric and dementia telemedicine initiative providing care to rural Veterans
  • Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative improves services and care for Veterans living with dementia across our entire hospital system
  • Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) employs standardized protocols to improve care transitions to reduce rehospitalization
  • Developing and implementing non-pharmacological interventions for Veterans with dementia and their caregivers
  • Telemedicine solutions for delivering geriatric consultation to Tribal Health Clinics
  • Virtual Gerofit Program integrated with Whole Health strategies
  • Integrating geriatric 5Ms into a comprehensive falls prevention program
publications heading