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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)


Eastern Colorado GRECC Team

9 February 2021

Leadership | Administration | Investigators | Fellows


Robert S. Schwartz, MD
Title: Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: robert.schwartz@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Hormone supplementation, exercise, diabetes/metabolism, cognition and clinical/translational research

Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD
Title: Associate Director for Research
Contact: wendy.kohrt@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC): NIH Common Fund initiative to establish a comprehensive map of the molecular responses to endurance and resistance exercise, with long-term goal of understanding mechanisms for health benefits of exercise. CU-AMC is one of seven Clinical Centers that will enroll 3000 participants.
— Bioenergetic and Metabolic Consequences of the Loss of Gonadal Function
— Novel Modifiers of Musculoskeletal Adaptations to Exercise

Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA
Title: Associate Director, Education and Evaluation, VA Eastern Colorado GRECC; Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine; founder, coordinator and facilitator of the Older Veteran Engagement Team
Contact: kathryn.nearing@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Aging as a moderator of behavior change
— Rural Veteran health disparities
— Community-based Participatory Research, including stakeholder engagement
— Qualitative research (e.g., regarding patient and caregiver experience)
— Innovative approaches to inclusion of diverse older adults in clinical trials
— Education, training and career development, including interprofessional education and training

Lauren Abbate, MD PhD
Associate Director, Clinical
Director, RMRVAMC Geriatric Emergency Department
Medical Director GeroFit
Former GRECC Advanced Research Fellow – Emergency Medicine
Contact: lauren.abbate@cuanschutz.edu | lauren.abbate@va.gov
Research Activities:
— Evidence-based exercise interventions for Veterans with knee osteoarthritis
— Non-pharmacological interventions for managing chronic diseases (specifically arthritis) in older adults

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Colleen Costello
Title: Administrative Officer
Contact: colleen.costello@va.gov

Karleen Stratton
Title: Administrative Support Assistant
Contact: Karleen.Stratton@va.gov

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Michael Bade, PT, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: michael.bade@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Improving rehabilitation in individuals with degenerative joint disease or following joint arthroplasty

Emmy (Marian) Betz, MD
Director, Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, Patient Centered Injury Prevention
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Contact: marian.betz@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Innovative approaches in firearm injury prevention for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers, working collaboratively with affected communities to develop solutions that are tailored to the preferences and values of firearm owners
— Older driver safety and considerations about driving retirement

Cory Christiansen, PT PhD
Title: Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: cory.christiansen@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Translational science focused on clinical trials for targeting biobehavioral and biomechanical mechanisms for physical function and activity in older adult populations with chronic health conditions (e.g., Physical Activity Behavior Change for Older Veterans after Dysvascular Amputation)
— Optimizing movement patterns for people with unilateral dysvascular amputation to prevent secondary pain problems

Marc Cornier, MD
Title: Professor, Endocrinology
Contact: marc.cornier@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Appetite Regulation in Older-Aged Obese Individuals

Russ Glasgow, PhD
Director, Dissemination and Implementation Science Program, Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Research Professor of Family Medicine
Contact: russell.glasgow@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Chronic illness prevention and care models that can improve healthcare in the real world
— Original developer of RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance)

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA
Title: Visiting Professor, CU Physical Therapy Program
Contact: Michael.Harris-Love@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Clinical trials involving participants with myopathy and neuromuscular disease within the NIH Intramural Research Program
— Developing viable methods of assessing muscle quality and employing innovative exercise interventions for those with sarcopenia.

Sean Iwamoto, MD
Title: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology
Former GRECC Advanced Research Fellow – Endocrinology
Research Activities:
— Transgender health outcomes – specifically, effects of acute and chronic cross-sex hormone therapy (CSHT) on cardiometabolic risk factors, vascular endothelial function, medical/psychiatric comorbidities and morbidity/mortality among transgender veterans and older individuals compared to non-transgender (cisgender) people

Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Biostatistics and Informatics, Colorado School of Public Health
Research Activities:
— Models for data with dependencies at different levels including longitudinal and clustered data
— Models for repeated events
— Joint modeling of multiple outcomes
— Data with many zeros
— Modeling of epileptic seizures

Dwight Klemm, PhD
Title: Professor, Pulmonary Sciences
Contact: dwight.klemm@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Age- and Sex-associated Production of Adipocytes from Bone Marrow Stem Cells

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: hillary.lum@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Patient-centered Outcomes Research to Support Diverse Communities with Advance Care Planning (including Advance care planning group visits; Advance care planning patient portal tools)
— Geriatric and Palliative Care Telehealth for Older Rural Veterans and their Caregivers
— Virtual Reality and Music Therapy in Hospitalized Palliative Care Patients
— Respite Use among Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

Daniel Matlock, MD
Title: Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: daniel.matlock@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Shared Decision Making; Hospice Decision Aids
— Decision Aids for ICDs and LVADs
— Doctor-Patient Communication and Patient Engagement

Ed Melanson, PhD
Title: Professor, Endocrinology and Geriatric Medicine
Contact: ed.melanson@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Effects of Lifestyle Factors (physical activity, diet, and sleep) on Bioenergetics (energy and substrate metabolism, and physical activity), particularly related to Obesity and Aging
— Brown fat metabolism, specifically regulation by endogenous sex steroids

Kerrie Moreau, PhD
Title: Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: kerrie.moreau@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Gonadal Regulation of Cardiovascular Aging and Vascular Contributions to Alzheimer’s Disease and its Related Dementias

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT PhD
Title: Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: jennifer.stevens-lapsley@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Improving Function in Older Veterans with Hospital-associated Deconditioning
— Improving Rehabilitation Outcomes After Total Hip Arthroplasty
— Shifting Rehabilitation Paradigms in Skilled Nursing Facilities toward Higher-Intensity Rehabilitation

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Jacob J. Capin, PT, DPT, MS, PhD candidate
Title: GRECC Advanced Research Fellow, Physical Therapy
Contact: jacob.capin@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Investigate prevention of osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases affecting people as they age, including our service Veterans

Teresa S Jones MD, MS FACS
Title: GRECC Advanced Research Fellow
Contact: teresa.jones@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Develop a home-based prehabilitation program for patients prior to surgery

Laura Swink, OTR, PhD
Title: GRECC Advanced Research Fellow – Occupational Therapy
Contact: laura.swink@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Conduct a mixed-methods study that will identify changes in Veteran perceptions across the course of TKA rehabilitation related to: (1) barriers and facilitators of PA and (2) self-reported life participation and participation restrictions

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