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Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Knoebel Institute

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging



Colorado consistently ranks as a top destination for retirees. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age at the rate of 10,000 per day, the population of Coloradoans older than 65 will increase from close to 500,000 in 2010 to more than 1.2 million by 2030.

What will be the economic, social and health consequences of the overall aging of Colorado's population? What are the specific needs of this population, and how will those be served by current and future industries here? What bioscience research and development will address health and wellness for these Colorado residents? 

Click here to find out!

Dr. Granholm Presentation at 4Gen now power partners summit

On November 17, Dr Granholm held a round table on "Technology and Business Opportunities." Download the presentation here.  

KIHA PILot RFP announced

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging is proud to announce the annual pilot grant program. The deadline for this year's pilot grant funding is December 15, and funding is expected to begin in March of 2018. Read the RFP here. 


To see some of the research in aging funded by the 2017 KIHA Pilot Grants, click here.
And now for an intergenerational, feel-good story, watch this.
Read an article about guardianship gone wrong here.

Leslie Hasche, Associate Professor in DU's Graduate School of Social Work and member of KIHA's Strategic Planning Group, is quoted in the New York Times. Read the story here.

Colorado senior lobby

Check out Colorado Senior Lobby News & Event Highlights here!

Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer's and Dementia: A Community Education Event

We had a great turnout for this community event! Thanks to Dementia Friendly Denver and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for partnering with us on this informational event for the public. Topics covered included:

• What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?
• What are the warning signs for dementia?
• How do I communicate with someone with dementia?
• What are the latest research updates?
• What resources are available in my community?

Here is the link to the presentation from this event. 

check out this web story on our CONCUSSION SEMINAR

View the news story about our Concussion Research Seminar, held on May 30, 2017, here

KIHA offers tai chi

Join KIHA from 1-2 pm on Fridays for a class of Tai Chi Chuan, a gentle relaxing mind-body exercise that promotes health and longevity to millions around the world. Our instructor is Mike Sanin, is certified to teach Tai Chi through the Consortium for Older Adults and the Arthritis foundation, as well as the Colorado Health Foundation and the Tai Chi Health Institute. Mike specializes in slow gentle movements, mindfulness, fall prevention, and deep relaxation for better health and peace of mind. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or previous knowledge in Tai Chi. Click here for more information. View the news story here.

Concussion study part of KIHA's research

KIHA's executive director, Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley, is conducting an interdisciplinary study on concussions. Athletes from DU are helping serve as test subjects. The Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) will help follow concussed athletes later in life. And the project includes Bradley Davidson, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of DU's Human Dynamics Lab. Read  more about the concussion study here.

Dan Linseman works with students to study ALS and Alzheimer's

Dan Linseman, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, leads a team of undergraduate and graduate researchers trying to determine how nutraceuticals — food components used for medicinal purposes — might protect the neurons in the brain that underlie neurodegenerative diseases. The researchers have looked at coffee, green tea, strawberries, blackberries, rosemary, dark chocolate and more in the search for neuroprotective properties. Click here for more details. 

Health and Aging Presented at Pioneer Symposium

The first Pioneer Symposium of the 2016-2017 year was held on September 16, 2016 with the theme of Health and Aging. Dr. Harry Johns, CEO and President of the National Alzheimer's Association, gave the opening address at the lunch that opened the symposium. Dr. Johns was introduced by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. Following this luncheon, many faculty presented their research and education on aging-related matters in parallel sessions, followed by a well-attended reception hosted by the DU Alumni. Learn more about this Pioneer Symposium.  

Learn about KIHA

Find out more about the history of KIHA in this DU Magazine story.

Pilot GrantS Previously funded

Click on the name of the principal investigator to see a video of a previously funded project. 

  1. Drs. Gareth and Sandy Eaton, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Development of a novel imaging method that would allow measurement of oxidative stress (a pathological condition in aging cells) in living cells and eventually in living brain.
  2. Dr. Brian Michel, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Collaboration with Dr. Sean P. Colgan, Dept. of Medicine, CU Anschutz. For discovery of novel drugs to treat kidney associated anemia and improve selectivity and reduce potential side-effects. Chronic kidney disease is a major health problem in the elderly.
  3. Dr. Daniel Linseman, Biology and KIHA. Collaboration with Dr. Kim Gorgens, Psychology, and Dr. Don Gerber, Craig Hospital. Investigators will test the hypothesis that reduced levels of glutathione (GSH), a major anti-oxidant the body produces, is a principal factor underlying the poorer recovery of older adults from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  4. Drs. Jennifer Greenfield and Leslie Hasche, GSSW. The proposed pilot study will address this gap in knowledge by testing and administering a survey with caregivers in Colorado, and testing the associations of workplace characteristics with caregiver financial security and wellbeing.
  5. Dr. Mohammad Mahoor, Engineering. Collaboration with Dr. Adam Hebb, Colorado Neurological Institute. Machine learning algorithms to detect and classify behavior based on analysis of electro-physiological signals from the human brain. The ultimate goal is development of a closed-loop system for deep brain stimulation that would improve therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.