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UW Geriatrics and Gerontology

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology in the Department of Medicine was established in 1980 and is one of the premier academic divisions in the country, supporting nationally renowned programs in geriatrics research, education and patient care. Through its extensive network of primary care and specialty clinics, the division supports a breadth of clinical activities providing state-of-the-art medical care to thousands of geriatric patients referred from across Wisconsin and beyond.

Comprised of over 30 faculty, the division sponsors one of the oldest Geriatric Medicine Fellowship programs in the country, training numerous highly-successful academic geriatricians including those currently providing national leadership to the field of gerontology. It has a distinguished history of providing widely-acknowledged leadership in geriatric education and training in addition to conducting cutting-edge research across the full-spectrum of gerontology, including dementia, biology of aging, patient care, health services, community-based and dissemination studies. 

The division is internationally recognized for its extensive research programs in aging and geriatrics. The current total research funding for the division exceeds $60 million. This funding supports cutting-edge investigations in several areas of primary research interests of geriatrics faculty, including Alzheimer's disease, transitional care, metabolism of aging, dysphagia, community-based studies, and geriatric education and training. Notably, the majority of research funding comes from NIH, the Department of Veterans Affairs, national research foundations and philanthropy. In addition to research funding, the division receives grant support to train and create a pipeline of young, talented investigators in all aspects of aging research. The current training grants include an NIA-funded T32, the Advanced Geriatrics VA Fellowship and the HRSA-funded Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

The UW Division of Geriatrics works collaboratively with the Madison VA GRECC, 1 of only 20 Centers of Excellence in aging research in the country. The Madison GRECC was established in 1991 to coordinate and enhance all aspects of aging research throughout the Madison VA and UW campus. The GRECC supports the nationally renowned UW Geriatric Fellowship Program that has trained over 100 geriatric fellows over the past 25 years.

The division faculty direct several nationally renowned centers and institutes, focusing on aging research and training. Among these include the NIH-funded Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (Director: Sanjay Asthana, MD), Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (Interim Director: Cindy Carlsson, MD), Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (Director: Sanjay Asthana, MD), the Center for Women's Health Research (Director: Molly Carnes, MD), and the Osteoporosis Clinical Center and Research Program (Director: Neil Binkley, MD).