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Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging



Quality in Life, Wellness, and Community

With its beginnings in 2006, the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, was initially conceptualized in a paper on the establishment of a center on aging submitted to the Colorado Health Foundation. During the same year Dr. Lynn Taussig became instrumental in creating the vision for implementation of the Institute and promoting interdisciplinary programs and research to further its development.

DU received a generous gift from Betty Knoebel, widow of Denver food services pioneer Ferdinand "Fritz" Knoebel, in May 2010 and used the gift to establish the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. This gift also funds faculty positions in molecular life sciences and bioengineering. The Institute is named in recognition of this donation.

The Institute has continued to grow and fund internal grants to DU faculty in the area of aging research. In 2015 Lotta Granholm-Bentley was appointed as Executive Director.


The Institute creates and implements solutions for aging issues through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach. KIHA serves as an information clearinghouse for media on matters related to aging. KIHA educates and trains a diverse workforce to serve a rapidly aging population. KIHA promotes innovation, research and business development related to aging.


We believe that developing interdisciplinary aging programs across DU can reduce barriers between colleges, increase research and innovation, and provide DU students with a unique experience, well suited for the growing job market in the aging field.