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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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Salt Lake City GRECC

Salt Lake City GRECC

George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84148

Phone 801-584-2522
Fax     801-584-5640

GRECC Director

Randall Rupper, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Research (Acting)

D. Walter Wray, PhD

Acting Associate Director, Clinical

Paul Eleazer, MD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Jorie Butler, PhD

Administrative Officer

Natalie A. Miya, MHL


University of Utah

research foci heading
  • Blood pressure, blood flow, and metabolic regulation in both aging and disease
  • Cellular mechanisms of vascular aging and atherosclerosis
  • Neuroinflammation and brain metabolism with aging
  • Decision support tools and collection of data for surveillance, analysis, and program evaluation
research heading
  • Passive limb movement: a tool to assess vascular health and guide rehabilitation
  • Targeting oxidative stress to prevent vascular and skeletal muscle dysfunction during disuse
  • Efficacy of exercise training in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Novel approaches for improving vascular function in Veterans with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Vascular endothelial function: a potential therapeutic target in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Premature fatigue in patients with heart failure: neuronal influences
  • Nicotine effects on host inflammation
  • Mechanisms of augmented atherosclerotic progression with aging
  • Amelioration of aged endothelial dysfunction by nampt and caloric restriction
  • Telomere uncapping and arterial dysfunction
  • Platelet reprogramming during inflammation
  • The role of dacilzumab or disease through interaction with oligodendrocyte
  • Pragmatic evaluation of events and benefits of lipid-lowering in older adults (PREVENTABLE) clinical trial site
education heading
  • Interprofessional training in that cultivates future geriatrics leaders (Advanced Geriatrics Fellowship and T32 training programs)
  • Regular host of the Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference for attendees nationwide on key geriatrics topics
  • A resource locally and nationally for staff and associated health trainee continuing education
  • Collaboration with the Utah Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
clinical heading
  • Dementia telemedicine initiatives for Veterans and their caregivers, especially in the rural, Intermountain West
  • Coordination of benefits with community agencies such as Area Agencies on Aging and home health agencies
  • Operational initiatives that train providers to promote completion of advance planning of life sustaining treatment
  • Improving access for highly rural Veterans
  • Leveraging informatics data resources to inform geriatric clinical care
  • Exercise promotion and support for older adults
  • Care Transitions from Hospital to SNF, including use of PharmD as well as RN led teams
  • Improving care for older adult surgical patients through use of a Geriatric Surgery Interdisciplinary Team
publications heading