The Brock Institute Glennan Lecture was established in 2015 with the support of Robert Goodman, Esq., and The Cooke Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to highlight the latest in geriatric academic research. Leveraging the experience and network of Robert Palmer, MD, this lecture series has brought world-renowned leaders in geriatric care to EVMS to share their knowledge with the students, faculty, community physicians and leaders in healthcare throughout Hampton Roads. 

A full day of informative and timely presentations were developed in partnership with the Brock Institute and the Glennan Center in an effort to offer insights on how challenges in this research can be addressed through various interventions and disciplines. 

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, presented her research titled "Palliative Care Futurist: Matching Care to Our Patient's Needs," on Oct. 16, 2019.

Her presentation demonstrated the value of palliative care and made a case for its widespread adoption.

Dr. Meier's lecture covered three objectives:          

  • Articulate the two primary differences between eligibility for palliative care and hospice.
  • Operationalize the link between the integration of palliative care and improved performance on key CMS hospital star and USNWR quality rankings.
  • Identify the 6 predictors of a high-value, system-wide palliative care strategy.

Video of her presentation is available here.

William Applegate, MD, MPH, presented his research titled "Applying SPRINT Research Findings to Hypertension Treatment Goals in Older Persons" on Oct. 17, 2017.

Dr. Applegate is the Former Dean and Chair of Department of Medicine, Clinician and Clinical Researcher, Department of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest University; Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

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Joseph Ouslander, MD, Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Geriatric Programs, and Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, presented the following research on Nov. 1, 2016. 

"Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations and ED Visits: Lessons Learned from the INTERACT Program"

  • Objectives: 
    • Describe the impact of potentially avoidable hospitalizations and ED visits in relation to health care reform initiative
    • Incorporate strategies to improve care and reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations, including implementation of the INTERACT  Program 
    • Utilize updated INTERACT Program tools, including INTERACT Compatible Clinician Order Sets

  "Reducing Unnecessary Hospitalizations and ED Visits from Skilled Nursing Facilities"

  • Objectives: 
    • Explain the incidence, costs, and impact of health care reform initiatives of potentially avoidable hospitalizations and ED visits from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) 
    • Incorporate strategies to improve care and reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations from ED visits from SNFs
    • Utilize care transitions programs that may contribute to reducing potentially avoidable hospitalizations from and ED visits from SNFs


Thomas Gill, MD, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Investigative Medicine and Humana Foundation, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Yale University, presented the following research on Sept. 25, 2015.

"Our Grandparents, Our Parents, Our Future Selves: Optimizing Function in Old Age" 

  •    Objectives:
    •     Relate the Epidemiology of functional decline and disability among older persons 
    •     Identify the risk factors and precipitants of disability among older persons
    •     Apply strategies that may forestall disability and/or optimize function in old age 

 "A Walk Through the Park: Promoting Independent Mobility in an Aging Society"

  •      Objectives: 
    •      Relate the epidemiology of mobility disability among older persons
    •      Recommend a program of physical activity and exercise to your older patients to enhance independence