The Division of Geriatric Medicine has clinical research space at VA Chicago Medical Center which includes a physiology lab for measurement of autonomic function in elderly as well as a basic research lab for the study of molecular and cellular aspects of human aging.
The two hospital-based, 10 bed geriatric units at UIMC and VAMC serve as potential clinical laboratories for applied research in conjunction with the General Clinical Research Center at UIMC.
Translational research in geriatrics involves multiple settings in the continuum of healthcare, and specific teaching nursing homes are linked to the program for pursuit of clinical studies (e.g., Renaissance Skilled Nursing Facilities at Midway and Hillside, Bronzville Park Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Facility). In addition to these long term care facilities, the section of geriatric medicine maintains collaborative relationships with assisted living facilities (Renaissance @ Wicker Park, Rush-Barton, and Renaissance @ Hillside).
The outpatient care center is an UIMC ambulatory site for clinical research with community dwelling elderly, and the VA subspecialties clinics represent another clinical research site with urban dwelling minority men. Academic linkages with suburban geriatric sites, e.g., Northwest Community Hospital and the Continuum of Care Retirement Centers in Arlington Heights (The Moorings) and LaGrange (Bethlehem Woods) provide clinical investigations with a wide range of elderly men and women from varied cultural and economic backgrounds.
In addition to specific resources and facilities within the Section of Geriatric Medicine, there are numerous collaborations and sites linked to the section. These include physical training sites at the School of Public Health, a Falls Evaluation laboratory at the College of Allied Health, and other laboratories supervised by adjunct faculty.