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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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New England GRECC

The New England GRECC has been serving older Veterans since 1975. The GRECC has two sites: The Bedford Division and the Boston Division.

Research Focus Areas 

Aging Brain
Technology and Telehealth
Function and Frailty

Research

Our research spans from basic science to the implementation of innovative clinical care.  We have been awarded several research grants and have made substantial contributions to understanding how trauma, alcohol and vascular risk factors affect the aging brain, associated cognitive and psychological function, as well as the the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and risk factors for falls. The development of a model of diseases of aging with induced pluripotent stem cells and studies of mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease pathophysiology are examples of the contributions of our basic scientists. Our innovative Tele-health programs have helped us to explore and understand the medical, functional, psychological and social needs of older Veterans. Our function and frailty portfolio includes clinical research and epidemiological approaches. Recent work has established four neuromuscular impairments that can be modified with rehabilitative care have been identified as critical to decline in mobility skills among older adults. Additionally, the association between cognitive impairment and mobility limitations among community dwelling older adults has been highlighted and novel treatment paradigms addressing these concerns are being piloted. Intervention studies targeting the enhancement of both physical and cognitive function are underway.

 Education and Evaluation

 NE-GRECC’s educational initiatives include:

Conferences in Geriatric Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through the VA “Geriatric Scholars” program
Mobile and tele-education to rural New England staff through “GRECC Connect”
Monthly webinars on Ethical Issues in Aging, and on Becoming an Educator
Educational partnerships with Harvard Medical School and Boston University affiliates
Our educational initiatives target staff and trainees at all levels and across disciplines. We aim to keep innovation and evaluation at the center of our educational programs.


Clinical

NE-GRECC’s clinical demonstration projects include:

Coordinated Transitions of Care (C-TraC) Program
Coordinated Care and Case Management Program (CCCM) Program
The Geri-Renal Clinic
The Geriatric Cardiology Clinic
Geropsychiatry Unit
Dementia Caregiver Web Application (GRECC App)
Tele-Health in the Home Dementia Care
The Dementia Home Safety Toolkit (HST)

Our clinical component focuses on development, evaluation, and dissemination of care innovations.



New England GRECC Profile

New England GRECC (182B)
Bedford Campus
200 Springs Road
Boston, MA
Telephone: (781) 687-2927
Fax: (781) 687-3520

Boston Campus
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 S. Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Telephone: (857) 364-5677
Fax: (857) 364-2784

Affiliation
Boston University School of Medicine

GRECC Director
Jonathan Bean, MD

Site Director (Bedford)
Peter Morin, MD, PhD

Asssociate Director, Research
William Milberg, PhD (Boston)
Weiming Xia, PhD (Bedford)

Associate Director, Education & Evaluation
Jennifer Moye, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical
Jane Driver, MD (Boston)
Peter Morin, MD (Bedford)

Administrative Officer
Thomas Luciano (Bedford)
Myriame Wortham(Boston)