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Dr. Galvin's Research

Dr. Galvin’s current NIH-funded research focuses on detection of multiple chronic conditions in a multicultural cohort of older adults and measure behavioral change associated with detection of disease. He recently received an Administrative Supplement from the National Library of Medicine to create a public access database to promote translational research. Recent findings include characterization of impact of sarcopenia and obesity on risk of cognitive and physical impairment, role of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in cognitive decline, and the impact of race, social status and gender on health-seeking behaviors. Dr. Galvin is internationally known as thought-leader in characterizing the clinical, cognitive, behavioral, and biomarker features of Lewy Body Dementia, and as the creator of novel clinical assessment scales to improve dementia detection, including the AD8 and the Quick Dementia Rating System.

Dr. Galvin has created or co-created a number of novel intervention programs to improve the care of older adults with dementia and their caregivers leading to improved care confidence and mobility, delayed nursing home placement, reduced hospital re-admission, and decreased health care costs. Dr. Galvin has led efforts to establish a collaborative care model for delivery of clinical services and psychoeducation to older adults with cognitive impairment and their family to improve health outcomes. Dr. Galvin has served as a mentor for 20 post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members. His current mentees have career development awards from the National Institute on Aging, National Palliative Care Research Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cambria Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association. 

In particular, Dr. Galvin’s research focusing on older adults is well positioned to address a growing crisis facing US healthcare systems. Much of the discussion on aging has centered on the impact the demographic shift will have on healthcare delivery, however we must also seek to recast the role of this segment of society as a productive one. Aging, as it currently stands, is often viewed by society as a problem rather than an opportunity . However, it is now as meaningful to speak of vitality, well-being, and healthfulness as it is to the degrees of impairment, sickness, and disability. Dr. Galvin’s research program is a transdisciplinary, multi-school, evidence-based approach to translational research on healthy aging based on four “cornerstones” that will drive our clinical and research themes: (1) Health Maintenance with behavioral changes to reduce risk, limit disability, and promote adaptive aging; (2) Models of Excellence testing innovative peer-led programs to improve older adult well-being; (3) Promoting Recovery linking inpatient and outpatient care to improve health outcomes, and reduce unnecessary acute care utilization; and (4) Facilitating Life Transitions by developing programs to lead a productive life upon retirement and other transition periods (e.g., widowhood, change in living situation). 

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