Minneapolis GRECC - Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


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Minneapolis GRECC

research foci heading
  • Brain diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolism of aging and effects on learning and memory
  • Assessment measures for dementia and programs for care of dementia patients
  • Prevention and treatment strategies for Veterans with cognitive challenges
research heading
  • Neurodegeneration during aging, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolic aging
  • Cellular senescence in aging
  • Dementia and driving
  • Bioinformatics
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation methods in brain disease
  • Remote sensing for cognitive impairment
education heading
  • Inter-professional training in clinical care of Veterans with dementia
  • Program direction for a required medical school geriatrics rotation
  • Direction of a neurology residency rotation focused on neurocognitive disorder
  • Supervision of internal medicine house officers on a geriatric rotation
  • Sponsorship 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
clinical heading
  • Teaching fellows, residents, medical students, advanced practice nurses and other healthcare professionals
  • Working with VA and community providers to augment the clinical experience of trainees
  • Employing consensus diagnoses to define, document and recommend management of diverse causes of cognitive impairment
  • Using telemedicine to address Advance Care Planning (ACP) for COVID-19 in Veterans with dementia
  • Collaborating with Primary Care, Mental Health, Neurology and Informatics on a Cognitive Impairment Consult template and point-of-care assistance
  • Implementing theta-burst stimulation (TBS) for depression to improve CLC quality metrics
publications heading

Transcendental meditation for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder Psychol Trauma https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30024219/

Chemogenetic Modulation of Orexin Neurons Reverses Changes in Anxiety and Locomotor Activity in the A53T Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease Front Neurosci https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6682689/

Tau is required for progressive synaptic and memory deficits in a transgenic mouse model of α-synucleinopathy Acta Neuropathol https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31168644/

Long-Term Drug Therapy and Drug Discontinuations and Holidays for Osteoporosis Fracture Prevention: A Systematic Review Ann Intern Med https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31009947/

A soluble tau fragment generated by caspase-2 is associated with dementia in Lewy body disease Acta Neuropathol Commun https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31362787/

Minneapolis GRECC

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

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


The University of Minnesota (UMN) Consortium on Aging (CoA)

GRECC Director

Howard A. Fink, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Research

Catherine Kotz, PhD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Edward Ratner, MD

Associate Director, Clinical

Riley McCarten, MD

Administrative Officer

Ann Bolan