Research - Infections in the Elderly

Cleveland VAMC Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

GRECCThe Cleveland GRECC operates an Infectious Disease on-site consultation program in the Community Living Center (CLC) in Cleveland and has expanded to include the CLC at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center. This is an innovative and novel approach to providing infectious disease consultation for Veterans. Infectious disease needs are addressed by a GRECC ID physician and nurse practitioner who conduct weekly rounds or provide consultation through televideoconference. This has resulted in a reduction in the need to transfer patients to acute care settings. The effect of circadian light on the behavior of patients with dementia is also being studied.

Cleveland GRECC Research Focus:  Infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance, immunology of aging & treatment of chronic viral infections (HIV, HCV), Influenza & varicella zoster virus (VZV) post herpetic neuralgia, dementia care