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Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Centers: Translating Aging Research into Clinical Geriatrics

Authors

  • Mark A. Supiano MD,

    Corresponding author
    1. VA Salt Lake City GRECC, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Division of Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Cathy Alessi MD,

    1. David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    2. VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System GRECC, Los Angeles, California
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  • Ronni Chernoff PhD, RD,

    1. Central Arkansas VA GRECC, Little Rock, Arkansas
    2. Reynolds Institute on Aging, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
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  • Andrew Goldberg MD,

    1. Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
    2. Baltimore VA Medical Center GRECC, Baltimore, Maryland
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  • John E. Morley MB, BCh,

    1. Division of Geriatric Medicine, St. Louis University Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri
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  • Kenneth E. Schmader MD,

    1. School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    2. VA Durham GRECC, Durham, North Carolina
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  • Kenneth Shay DDS, MS,

    1. Geriatrics and Extended Care, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, District of Columbia
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  • Writing on behalf of the GRECC Directors Association


Address correspondence to Mark A. Supiano, MD, Director, VA Salt Lake City Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (182), George E. Whalen Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System, 500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84148. E-mail: mark.supiano@utah.edu

Abstract

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) originated in 1975 in response to the rapidly aging veteran population. Since its inception, the GRECC program has made major contributions to the advancement of aging research, geriatric training, and clinical care within and outside the VA. GRECCs were created to conduct translational research to enhance the clinical care of future aging generations. GRECC training programs also provide leadership in educating healthcare providers about the special needs of older persons. GRECC programs are also instrumental in establishing robust clinical geriatric and aging research programs at their affiliated university schools of medicine. This report identifies how the GRECC program has successfully adapted to changes that have occurred in VA since 1994, when the program's influence on U.S. geriatrics was last reported, focusing on its effect on advancing clinical geriatrics in the last 10 years. This evidence supports the conclusion that, after more than 30 years, the GRECC program remains a vibrant “jewel in the crown of the VA” and is poised to make contributions to aging research and clinical geriatrics well into the future.

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