Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC) - VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)



Research Overview

13 July 2021

The research foci of Eastern Colorado GRECC are:

  1. Consequences and Treatments of Obesity in Older Adults; and
  2. Gender Differences in Health (focusing on women’s health)

These are both areas of significant existing research interest, resources, strengths, and achievements within the CU-SOM Division of Geriatric Medicine. These areas are of consequence due to the increasing number of female Veterans and greater understanding of the multiple functional, metabolic and cognitive risks of obesity. However, they have received only modest attention to date from existing GRECCs.

In 2010, the VA Women’s Health Services Research Conference identified complex chronic conditions, aging, and long-term care as a focus area for defining the future direction of VA women’s health research and its potential impact on practice and policy. Research priorities identified under this initiative included advancing the understanding of aging issues of women Veterans in such areas as menopause, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure.

The proposed GRECC has a high potential to make significant contributions in Gender Differences in Health. The importance of focusing on Consequences and Treatments of Obesity in Older Adults is highlighted by the observation that more than one-third of Veterans seen in primary care in 2002 met the criterion for obese and the prevalence is likely even higher now and in older Veterans. The GRECC will establish a cadre of investigators with expertise to both investigate mechanistic causes for the numerous health conditions and diseases associated with obesity and test translational therapeutic strategies for improving health.

Research Categories


The following graph shows the research categories that have been tagged in 83 Eastern Colorado GRECC grants. The graph shows that prevention and aging are the most frequent categories cited. There is also a strong amount of support for nutrition (ranked 3rd), obesity (6th) and diabetes (10th). The categories referred to in our grants also shows a focus on gender equity in individual grants and also in categories such as estrogen, contraception/reproduction and osteoporosis.


EC-GRECC Research Categories

Simply click on the category to expand the research category and find which PI's have used that category and how often. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of times the category was used. You will be able to click on the name of the PI to learn more about their work. Click on the minus (-) to close the section.

Clinical Research (73)

Aging (47)

Prevention (46)

Nutrition (37)

Behavioral and Social Science (34)

Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities (29)

Obesity (24)

Rehabilitation (23)

Neurosciences (14)

Diabetes (13)

Physical Rehabilitation (13)

Cardiovascular (13)

Bioengineering (13)

Chronic Pain (10)

Pain Research (10)

Arthritis (10)

Estrogen (8)

Comparative Effectiveness Research (7)

Health Services (7)

Contraception/Reproduction (6)

Cancer (5)

Osteoporosis (5)

Tobacco (5)

Tobacco Smoke and Health (5)