VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)
24 July 2020
The research foci of Eastern Colorado GRECC are:
- Consequences and Treatments of Obesity in Older Adults; and
- 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.