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Geriatric Research

Faculty research in adult-gerontology across CU's Anschutz Medical Campus

Faculty at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus are actively researching interventions to improve geriatric patient care and enhance the quality of life for the older adult population. Read more about their stories below.

Wendy Kohrt, PhD 

Research Group Seeks to Improve Quality of Aging

Wendy Kohrt, PhD, combines a background in exercise science with a focus on geriatrics to lead a research group dedicated to preventing disease and maintaining functional independence in old age.

Catherine-Jankowski, PhD 

Geriatric Researcher Advocates Physical Activity in Aging

Catherine Jankowski, PhD, FACSM has conducted 13 years of research that investigates the connection between exercise and positive health outcomes for the elderly.

Nursing BS 

What Influences Quality of Dying?

Dean Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, and her research team investigate what factors contribute to quality end-of-life care.

Dan Cline, PhD 

Investigating Colorado's Rural Health Care for the Elderly

Coming from New York state with experience in geriatrics and rural health, Dan Cline, PhD, is intently focused on investigating and improving health care of older adults residing in local communities here in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Vande Griend 

Pharmacist Key Member of Seniors Clinic Health Team

Dr. Vande Griend is currently involved in a quality improvement project for medication management in the Seniors Clinic. His research will help providers feel confident they are only prescribing necessary medications to elderly patients.

Dr. Kutner 

Palliative Care Program Pioneers National Research

Dr. Jean Kutner works on a study that seeks to determine if patients with a life-limiting illness can do without statins. The study will look at statin use and also, its leaders hope, will demonstrate that national cooperation in palliative care can work, as it does in other fields.