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Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Knoebel Institute

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging


Leslie Hasche in the new york times

See the story here.

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 Grant 2017

Thank you to the faculty who submitted a proposal. We received 13 submissions. We will announce who wins funding in early April. 

Last year KIHA funded 5 projects. Click on the name of the principal investigator to see a video of the 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.