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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Minneapolis GRECC

Minneapolis GRECC

VA Minneapolis Health Care System
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Phone 612-467-2051
Fax     612-725-2084

GRECC Director

Howard A. Fink, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Research

Catherine Kotz, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical Inovations

Hilary Mosher, MFA, MD 

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation 

Huai Yong Cheng, MD, MPH, MS

Administrative Officer

Ann Bolan


The University of Minnesota Medical School
The University of Minnesota College of Nursing
The University of Minnesota (UMN) Consortium on Aging (CoA)

research foci heading
  • Implementation strategies to increase geriatric-attuned care and care delivery in ambulatory and hospital practice.
  • Sociotechnical interventions to leverage electronic health record features to enhance diagnostic quality in older adults.
  • Mechanisms of brain diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Metabolism of aging and effects on cognition, physical activity and obesity.
  • Assessment measures for dementia and programs for care of dementia patients.
  • Prevention and treatment strategies for Veterans with cognitive challenges.
  • Osteoporosis epidemiology/fracture prediction.
research heading
  • MicroRNA regulation of phospholipid homeostasis in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis.
  • Leveraging natural processing and machine learning tools to identify prodromal cognitive and physical declines which influence driving performance of older drivers.
  • Unobtrusive remote monitoring to identify and track meaningful change in daily function in community dwelling older adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cognition in Healthcare Assessment, Research, and Training (CHART) Lab: a National Center of Patient Safety PSCI (Patient Safety Center of Inquiry) focused on designing and testing strategies for highly effective examination of the electronic health record (EHR), including a focus on diagnostic safety in older adults.
  • Reducing the post weight-loss energy expenditure gap with orexin agonists.
education heading
  • Inter-professional training in clinical care of Veterans with dementia.
  • Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics, interprofessional post-graduate.
  • Direction of neurology residency rotation focused on neurocognitive disorders.
  • Direction of VISN-wide continuing education webinars, with a focus on the age-friendly health system initiative.
  • Educational collaboration with University of Minnesota Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and state professional organizations.
  • Geriatrics rotation for geriatrics psychiatry residents, internal medicine and pharmacy residents.
  • Mentoring Hennepin County Medical Center geriatric fellows, Doctorate of Nursing Practice students, medical students, neurology residents, psychiatry residents and internal residents from University of Minnesota.
  • Interprofessional geriatrics education for NP residents, pharmacy residents, and internal medicine residents.
clinical heading
  • Collaborating with the geriatric pharmacy residency program to help PACT prescribers and pharmacists improve medication management in patients with dementia.
  • Development and testing of a prototype power-assisted walker to improve Veterans community mobility.
  • Expanded post-hospitalization follow-up with caregivers of Veterans with dementia aimed to prevent rehospitalization and reduce need for nursing home care.
  • Care Partner Information Improvement Project (CPI-IP) applying a human factors approach to improve the current state of caregiver identification, documentation, and retrieval.
  • Dementia services redesign effort to align and integrate clinical services for dementia from initial concern through end-of-life care: Phase 1, environmental scan and trajectory mapping.
publications heading
  • Performance of Fracture Risk Assessment Tools by Race and Ethnicity: A Systematic Review for the ASBMR Task Force on Clinical Algorithms for Fracture Risk. J Bone Miner Res. Publication Link
  • Association of covert brain infarcts and white matter hyperintensities with risk of hip fracture in older adults: the Cardiovascular Health Study. Osteoporos Int. Publication Link
  • Obesogens and Obesity: State-of-the-Science and Future Directions Summary from a Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptors Strategies Workshop. Am J Clin Nutr. Publication Link
  • Effect of a dementia friends information session on health professional students' attitudes and knowledge related to dementia. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. Publication Link
  • Effects of Nurse Staffing on Resident Outcomes in Nursing Homes: A Systematic Review. J AM Med Dir Assoc. Gerontol Geriatri Educ. Publication Link