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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Palo Alto GRECC

Palo Alto GRECC

Palo Alto Healthcare System
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Tel. 650-858-5000 x63933
Fax 650-849-0484

GRECC Director

Kurella Tamura, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Research

Salman Azhar, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical

Sowmya S. Iyer, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Christine E. Gould, PhD

Administrative Officer

Mary Westerman, MBA-HCM


Stanford University

research foci heading
  • Aging metabolism
  • Cognitive impairment and mental health disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic kidney disease
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  • Role of cholesterol in age-related decline in steroidogenesis
  • Cells processing high density lipoproteins
  • Mitigation of cognitive impairments from radiation therapy
  • Examining the role of mitochondrial energy metabolism in Gulf War illness
  • Investigating the role of unique proteins, called cytokines, in osteoarthritis
  • Targeting mast cells in post-traumatic joint rehabilitation and osteoarthritis
  • Gene regulation by anti-aging proteins called SIRT7
  • Management of hypertension among persons with and without dementia in long term care
  • Developing tools for dialysis decision support
  • Reducing anxiety and improving functioning in older Veterans
  • Preclinical characterization of small molecules with antidiabetic, antiatherosclerosis or anti-NAFLD potential
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  • Geriatric Scholars Program for psychologists and practicum site
  • Dementia education for staff (e.g., dementia simulation training)
  • Weekly geriatric seminars
  • Interdisciplinary team training for medical and allied health trainees
  • Teaching site for residents, fellows, and other health professionals
clinical heading
  • Dementia telehealth consults to serve 8 primary care sites
  • Multidisciplinary cognitive assessment clinic
  • Supporting older Veterans’ use of mobile devices and VA mental health mobile apps (Geri-Mobile Health)
  • Geriatrics video telehealth consultation
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