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Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

In 1992 the Department of Medicine and VA Leadership established the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. The receipt of a NIH-NIA T32 Training Grant in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Aging, VA and NIH grants, Career Development Awards and a Geriatric Leadership Academic Award collectively led to the award of a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center in 1994. These prestigious grants fostered the growth of research in the Division by coalescing the efforts of an interdisciplinary team of investigators in the conduct of metabolism, exercise-rehabilitation, nutrition and cardiovascular-related clinical research in aging. Clinical and educational programs in rehabilitation, dementia management, frailty, palliative care, delirium and inpatient and outpatient consultation grew supported by an ACGME accredited fellowship and VA Special Fellowship in geriatric medicine.  Comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention programs focusing on the USPHS priority areas of physical activity and fitness, proper nutrition and rehabilitation to prevent cardiovascular disease, obesity and disability grew with these resources.  The award of a Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence in Neurological Diseases in 2005, NIH and VA career development awards and successful renewal of the Pepper Center, T32, GRECC, VA Merit Awards and NIH RO1’s over 20 years enhanced the growth of clinical and basic aging research in exercise, nutrition, rehabilitation and metabolism. 

The division is nationally recognized for its research in exercise rehabilitation and weight loss in the treatment of obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, the prevention of diabetes in the elderly, and rehabilitation of disabled stroke patients and frail elderly. This research is supported by the following VA and NIH grants and Research Centers:

The research goals of the Division are to:

  1. Conduct high-quality, peer-reviewed, funded gerontology research in exercise physiology, nutrition and metabolism in aging and disability;
  2. Advance the science of metabolic and exercise physiology research in aging, obesity, diabetes and associated chronic diseases to maintain a competitive edge for peer-reviewed funding;
  3. Develop new areas and techniques for the conduct of research in aging; and
  4. Mentor trainees and junior faculty to advance their academic careers and help them be competitive for independent research funding.

Education and training in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine is integrated within the research and clinical programs to enhance the trainees' experiences. The strength of the educational program is the interdisciplinary instruction provided by the professional staff of MD and PhD faculty, one-on-one mentorship by faculty, and the funding that is available for trainees from the T32 NIA training grant, GRECC, UM-OAIC, NORC and DRTC.

Learn about the University of Maryland Geriatric Medicine Fellowship.

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