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


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Pittsburgh GRECC

research foci heading
  • Mechanisms of recovery and the development of novel treatment strategies for stroke, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and the chronic effects of TBI
  • Pharmacoepidemiology, drug safety and clinical and translational informatics to improve medication and patient safety in the long-term care setting
  • Novel rehabilitation paradigms for stroke, aphasia, frailty and cardiac disorders
  • Developing novel clinical care systems that address pain and long term care in elderly Veterans
research heading
  • Role of tau protein and drug discovery for Alzheimer’s Disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Mechanisms of white matter injury and recovery in stroke, vascular dementia and TBI
  • Novel clinical pathways for elderly Veterans with chronic low back syndrome
  • Prehab and modified cardiac rehabilitation for older adults
  • Novel rehabilitation strategies for motor and language
  • Identifying risk factors for elder abuse in older Veterans
education heading
  • Interactive interprofessional education activities during which students teach each other
  • Training of primary care-based practitioners in evidence-based interdisciplinary chronic pain management
  • Advanced training in geriatrics scholarship following completion of clinical training
clinical heading
  • Improved access of rural Veterans with cognitive decline to interdisciplinary telehealth team
  • Collaboration regarding telehealth care to rural Veterans w/other GRECC clinical teams throughout the nation in the Virtual Geriatrics group (previously GRECC Connect)
  • Implemented e-consults to reconcile medications and deprescribe inappropriate medications in older Veterans
  • Ongoing intensive therapy program to improve aphasia (Program of Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education - PIRATE) and successful implementation to other sites
  • Virtual caregiver support program for caregivers of Veterans with dementia
  • Innovative cardiac rehab program that manages cardiovascular disease in older adults and addresses the context of multimorbidity, frailty, cognitive impairment, disability and polypharmacy
publications heading

Robot-Assisted Arm Training in Chronic Stroke: Addition of Transition-to-Task Practice Neurorehabil Neural Repair https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31328671/

Aging Back Clinics-a Geriatric Syndrome Approach to Treating Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: Results of a Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial Pain Med https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31503275/

Central Nervous System Medication Burden and Risk of Recurrent Serious Falls and Hip Fractures in Veterans Affairs Nursing Home Residents J Am Geriatr Soc https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30306541/

Frailty Among Older Adults With Acute Myocardial Infarction and Outcomes From Percutaneous Coronary Interventions J Am Heart Assoc https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31475601/

Role of UCHL1 in axonal injury and functional recovery after cerebral ischemia Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331095767_Role_of_UCHL1_

Pittsburgh GRECC

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15240

Phone 412-360-2917
Fax     412-360-4922


University of Pittsburgh

GRECC Director

Steven H. Graham, MD, PhD

Associate GRECC Director

Steven M. Handler, MD, PhD, CMD

Associate Director, Research

Debra K. Weiner, MD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, MS

Associate Director, Clinical

Michelle I. Rossi, MD, MPH

Administrative Officer

Dawn M. Fuhrer, BA