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Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Dome topping at the new building

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging


VISION—Quality in Life, Wellness and Community

The story of the Knoebel Center began more than 10 years ago, when the University began to look for a signature project that could become a regional center of excellence as well as a focus of the institution's research and academic talent. In September 2006, DU submitted a paper to the Colorado Health Foundation.

Dr. Lynn Taussig was recruited to the University of Denver in 2006 with the task of growing life sciences. He has been instrumental in creating the vision for the implementation of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging and promoting interdisciplinary programs and research focused on Aging.

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

In 2012, the Knoebel Institute began funding internal grants to DU faculty in the area of aging research. The Institute has awarded three to five grants of $20,000 to $50,000 to DU faculty engaged in aging research each year. In May of 2014, DU broke ground on the new Engineering and Computer Science Building, with the intent of housing the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging on the fifth floor. 

In April 2015, Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley was appointed as the founding executive director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. Dr. Granholm-Bentley comes to DU from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she established the successful Center for Aging. She also has an appointment at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Dr. Taussig continues to help grow the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging through strategic planning within DU and collaborations with a number of clinical organizations to support research and education.