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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

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

In the fall of 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 since.

In April 2015, Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley was appointed founding executive director of the Institute for Healthy Aging. Dr. Granholm-Bentley comes to DU from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she established the Center for Aging. She also has an appointment at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The Knoebel Institute moved both offices and research labs into the fifth floor of the new Engineering and Computer Science Building in August 2016.