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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

Debby Tsuang, MD, MSc

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 how DOPA decarboxylase modulates tau in disease
  • Inhibiting pathological TDP-43 phosphorylation as a therapeutic strategy for ALS
  • AirpPollution, the aging brain and Alzheimer's disease
  • Approach to the aberrant androgen receptor signaling in lethal prostate cancer
  • Neural mechanisms of impulsivity and attention following TBI
  • The role of APOE locus genes regulation in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Genetic movement disorders: etiologies and pathogeneses
  • Intranasal insulin in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease
education heading
  • Support of Northwest Geriatrics Education Center lecture series (which spans across the VISN)
  • Practicum site for Geriatric Scholars program, which enhances geriatric education in rural facilities
  • Training site for psychiatry and medicine fellows, residents and medical students
  • Support of trainees in optometry, social work, psychology, and audiology/speech pathology
  • VISN 20 Dementia Committee member and education implementation site for the VA Dementia System of Care Directive
  • Geriatric Scholars practicum site and GRECC Connect (virtual geriatrics) implementation site
  • Chair of the GRECC Aging Cognition and Education (ACE) workgroup with various Healthy Aging Brain educational products and home of the 3Ds (Delirium, Dementia and Depression) pocket card
  • Editor of the GRECC Forum on Aging newsmagazine (a biannual GRECC publication)
  • Advanced training in geriatrics scholarship following completion of clinical training
clinical heading
  • Falls screening and intervention programs for Veterans at high risk of injury
  • Telemedicine, Adherence, and Geriatric Veterans (TAG Vets): improving medication compliance using mobile technology
  • Patient Priorities Care (PPC) in CLCs
  • Healthy Aging Project – Brain (HAP-B)
  • Veteran Increased Access to neuropsychological services via Telehealth (VIA TeleNP)
publications heading