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Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging


The  Knoebel  Institute for Healthy Aging  (KIHA) Transition  

The University of Denver is proud to provide interdisciplinary research opportunities to our faculty and students through the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA). Today, we are sharing with you details of the next chapter for KIHA, one that will expand the institute’s focus.

After many years of distinguished service, Lotta Granholm-Bentley will embark on her next professional adventure with CU-Anschutz. Dr. Granholm-Bentley will continue to work as a partner with DU, which is great news for DU and our continued efforts to partner with like-minded entities in the region.

Click HERE to read more.

KIHA & Fellows in the news

The Aspen Times authored an article interviewing a trio of experts, including our own Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley & Dr. Eric Chess on research, care, and living with Alzheimer's and dementia-related illnesses. Read the full article HERE.

Dr. Mohammed Mahoor was in the news talking about Ryan, a social robot, or a social companion bot, that has been designed to help people with mental disabilities and cognitive disabilities. Click HERE to read more.

Family Voices

LuMind IDSC interviewed five American families to learn about their experiences with Down syndrome, how the recent pandemic has impacted their lives, and their perspectives on clinical research in Down Syndrome. 

Mark Koebrich from 9News interviewed Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley on her latest Alzheimer's discovery.

Click here to read the full article. 

New research from Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital

New Research from Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hosipital shows that many people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 demonstrate so-called T-cell-mediated immunity to the new coronavirus, even if they have not tested positive for antibodies. According to the researchers, this means that public immunity is probably higher than antibody tests suggest. This article is freely available on the bioRxiv server and has been submitted for publication in a scientific journal. Read the full article here.

Does the Immune System Play a Role in Parkinson's Disease?

Research sheds light on one potential cause of this mysterious condition, which could open new avenues for treatment.
Sarah Ellis,
a Health Writer at Health interviewed Dr. Daniel Parades, a researcher at the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging on this topic. Read the full Article here.

DU Community and Values featured KIHA Faculty

DU Community and Values featured Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley, Professor and Founding Executive Director of the Knoebel Institution for Healthy Aging; Professor Daniel Linseman, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Lilia Koza, Cellular and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Candidate, Knoebel Institution for Healthy Aging. The panelists will discuss how maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding aging can improve physical and mental health, quality of life, wellness, and community. See full Webinar Record Here.  See also Resources slides Healthy Aging 2020 by clicking here.

KIHA researchers collaborating with a local Alzheimer clinic which appeared in the DU Magazine

Here's the link to the DU magazine:

Here is the Alumia story:

KIHA has issued its April 2020 Newsletter.

Please click here to read the full issue.

Denver Alzheimer's Researcher Plays Key Role in Colorado COVID-19 Response.

Please click here for more information

Coronavirus Resources: Local, State & National

Please see this Coronavirus Resource page for older adults, caregivers, etc. on Longevity Colorado


Click here to read the full memo.

Want to connect to family, friends, and colleagues who are isolated due to COVID-19? Use these easy instructions for video chatting!

Zoom:  Click here for Users' Guide

Google Hangouts:  Click here for Users' Guide

Skype Video Calls:   Click here for Users' Guide

FaceTime calls for Mac, iPhone, and iPad:  Click here for Users' Guide

Roddy McInnes submitted an article about his own work, a DU student's work, and a community collaboration project. 

The publication is Focal Plane, a Journal for Photography Educators and Students.  His description of the Memory Cafe project is a hybrid of what Amy, Anne and himself wrote in the Blurb magazine describing the project. Please click here to read the full Article.

In honor of the 2020 Biophysics week, we are organizing the inaugural KIHA Biophysics Conference on March 27th, 2020 here at DU.  

This invitation is open to graduate students as well if they are interested in attending and/or participating.  Please click here for more info and to register for the conference.

Center for Conscious Aging has issued its Feb 2020 Newsletter with the upcoming event.

Please click here for more details and to RSVP

Join The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging on Friday, December 6, 11 am | Seminar by Dr. Bazan at 11 am| RSECS 510, 5th Floor

Seminar Topic: "Elovanoids regulation of the senescence gene program and neuroprotection." For more information and to RSVP for this Seminar, please click here.

Engineering Student Prints Device for Cutting-Edge Brain Research

To continue her cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease, Lotta Granholm-Bentley had a not-so-simple request... Click here for more details

KIHA Mindfulness Class for Winter

Starting in January 2020... Read more

The Colorado Senior Lobby December Newsletter

please click here to read more

A multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health

The grant will allow faculty and staff at the University of Denver to study the links between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease, with hopes of catching... Read more

Congratulations Dr. Eric Chess

KIHA is proud to announce that Dr. Eric Chess, director of KIHA's Financial Security and Healthy Aging Initiative, was appointed as a University of Denver 2019 Public Impact Fellow. Learn more about this prestigious appointment here.

Step aside, biomarkers. Look to the bank account for early signs of dementia

An Article By Dr. Eric Chess was published December 5, 2019.  Please click this link to read the full article.

Mind Over Money

To detect heart disease, doctors test cholesterol. To catch diabetes, they examine blood sugar. But uncovering Alzheimer's? An accountant may have the edge... Read more

KIHA's Financial Security and Cognitive Health Initiative

KIHA's Financial Security and Cognitive Health Initiative has attracted attention on campus in late 2018! Dr. Eric Chess received an IMPACT 2025 grant to kickstart this research. This work is featured on the IMPACT 2025 site. Read the IMPACT 2025 update here. And, the University of Denver Magazine reported on the research of Dr. Eric Chess and KIHA's Financial Security and Cognitive Health Initiative. Learn more here.

Want to learn more about KIHA's Concussion Study?

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

Dr. Daniel Linseman's Research was Featured

Dr. Daniel 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.


GSA TV featured KIHA.  Please watch full movie on KIHA below.

Bill Gates' blog, GatesNotes, has a post today about Alzheimer's disease. The movie follows scientists and clinical trial volunteers as they work to develop a more effective drug for Alzheimer's. Click here to watch the Movie

Daniel Linseman discusses how art can spark memories to help maintain neural networks for those with Alzheimer's, dementia on WPTV Watch here

Dr. Granholm-Bentley, executive director of KIHA, discussed her research on Alzheimer's and healthy aging on 9News. Watch here

Dr. Eric Chess, director of KIHA's Financial Security and Cognitive Health Aging Initiative, discussed finances and aging as he wrapped up participation in a week-long discussion with 9News. Listen here

Roddy MacInnes, DU photography professor and KIHA collaborator, paired photography students with residents of Clermont Park to connect people across generations! Watch here


Listen to KIHA's latest interview with No Copay Radio! Click below to hear the segment. 

New York Times

Why Didn't She Get Alzheimer's? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease.  Researchers have found a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from dementia even though her brain has developed major neurological features of the disease. Click here to read full article.

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.