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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Puget Sound GRECC

Puget Sound GRECC

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Phone  206-764-2842
Fax      206-764-2569

GRECC Director

Jose Garcie, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Research

Brian Kraemer, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical

Katherine Ritchey, DO, MPH

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Emily Trittschuh, PhD

Administrative Officer

Elizabeth Aigbe, MS

research foci heading
  • Aging, genetics, and environmental factors in neurodegeneration and dementia
  • Brain pharmacodynamics and drug transport in normative aging, injury, and dementia
  • Endocrinology relating aging, body composition, and cancer
research heading
  • Genetic dissection of catecholaminergic innervation of the cognitive cerebellum
  • Mechanisms of action of ghrelin in muscle and adipose tissue in cancer-related cachexia
  • Understanding the interplay between pathological tau and TDP-43 in dementia
  • Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy for Veterans with TBI and AGHD and Gulf War Illness and AGHD.
  • Approach to the aberrant androgen receptor signaling in lethal prostate cancer
  • The role of APOE locus genes regulation in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Genetic movement disorders: etiologies and pathogeneses
  • Air Pollution, the aging brain and Alzheimer's disease
  • Inhibiting MSUT2 as a candidate intervention for aging related tauopathy
education heading
  • Partner with Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NWGWEC), which conducts inter-professional education and training programs to improve the primary care of older adults in the Northwest United States.
  • Hub site for the Geriatric Scholars program which enhances geriatric education in rural VA facilities, virtual and in-person experiences. 
  • Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics training site, as well as a training site for Psychiatry and Medicine fellows and residents.
  • Support of VA Puget Sound trainees in optometry, social work, psychology, audiology, chaplaincy, and speech-language pathology.
  • VISN 20 Dementia Committee and VA Puget Sound geriatrics education.
  • Hub site for GRECC Connect (virtual geriatrics).
  • GRECC Aging Cognition and Education (ACE) workgroup with Healthy Aging Brain educational products and home of the 3Ds (Delirium, Dementia, and Depression) pocket card
clinical heading
  • Implementation and effect of Patient Priorities Care (PPC) in CLCs, CBOCs.
  • MOV-ing FREE-ly (Multicomponent, Otago, Virtual, Falls Reduction, Education, and Exercise Class).
  • Implementation of the Risk Analysis Index (RAI) into general and specialty surgery clinics.
  • The ability to screen and appropriately refer frail and non-frail patients to pre-operative rehabilitative, nutrition and geriatric consultative care.
  • Drug Burden Index (DBI) as a way to encourage deprescribing in older adults at risk of falling.
  • Dissemination of Patient Priorities Care in VA and home site for the PPC Mentored Partner Program.
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