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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


Associate Director, Education and Evaluation (Acting)

Edward Ratner, MD

Administrative Officer

Ann Bolan

research foci heading
  • Brain diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolism of aging and effects on cognition, 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
  • Neurodegeneration during aging, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolic aging
  • Cellular senescence in aging
  • Development and evaluation of skeletal fracture prediction calculators
  • Neuromodulation 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 disorders
  • 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
  • Collaborating with Primary Care, Mental Health, Neurology, and Informatics on an electronic medical record Cognitive Impairment Consult template and related decision support
  • Standardizing use of and documentation of a VA-created cognitive assessment tool (SLUMS) across VISN 23
  • Collaborating with the geriatric pharmacy residency program to help PACT prescribers and pharmacists improve medication management in patients with dementia
  • Collaborating with Hospitalist Medicine to improve prevention, recognition, and management of post-operative delirium
  • 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
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