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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 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
  • 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 and residents
  • Support of trainees in optometry, social work, psychology, audiology, and speech pathology
  • VISN 20 Dementia Committee and VA Puget Sound education implementation for VA Dementia System of Care Directive
  • Hub site for GRECC Connect (virtual geriatrics) and Navigator pilot project
  • GRECC Aging Cognition and Education (ACE) workgroup with various Health Aging Brain educational products and home of the 3Ds (Delirium, Dementia, and Depression) pocket card
  • GRECC Forum on Aging newsmagazine (a biannual GRECC publication editor
  • Advanced training in geriatrics scholarship following completion of clinical training
clinical heading
  • Patient Priorities Care (PPC) in CLCs, CBOCs
  • Mov-ing FREE-ly (Multipomponent, Otago, Virtual, Falls Reduction, Education, and Exercise Class)
  • Pre-operative frailty screening for elective orthopedic surgeries
  • Drug Burden Index (DBI) as a way to encourage deprescribing in older adults at risk of falling
publications heading