Teaching & Research

The Nerken Center for Research and Grants

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation maintains an on-site clinical and health services research and grants center, specifically for the study of emerging issues of aging.

In an environment encompassing thousands of adult patients annually, 527 long term and sub-acute care beds, a wide range of community health care services, including home health care and hospice programs, and an on-site pharmacy, the Nerken Center offers the optimal setting for conducting research that will foster advances in basic science and methods of patient and resident care. These studies are primarily supported through grant funding of investigator-initiated research and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials. View some recent research papers.

An Academic Setting

The research team at Parker possesses a broad range of experience in diverse clinical settings. The team includes:

  • Physician-Investigators
  • Geriatric Fellows
  • Doctoral-Level Health Services Researchers
  • Gerontologists
  • Specialists in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
  • Certified Study Coordinators

Clinical Research Activity

The Nerken Center is engaged in a broad range of clinical and health services research investigations:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anemia
  • Anti-Infectives
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Constipation
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Geriatric Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Influenza
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain and Palliative Medicine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Skin Ulcers
  • Stroke
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vaccines
  • Weight Loss
  • Wound Healing

Clinical Trials and Older Adults

Volunteers are needed for trials and studies going on now. See what’s involved in a clinical trial and find out about the benefits and risks, as well as the safeguards.

To learn more, check out the Tip Sheet, “Clinical Trials and Older People” or visit these websites: Clinical Trials.gov and NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.

Enrolling in Research Studies

If you are interested in enrolling in a research study, click here to learn more.

Companies interested in conducting a clinical study are invited to contact:

The Nerken Center for Research and Grants
Email: research@parkerinstitute.org

Research Papers and Presentations

For further information, contact:

Lorraine Breuer, VP, Research and Grants

Andreoli, N.A., Gordon, A., Williams, S. & Breuer, L. (2010) Midnight snack program: Nighttime difficult behaviors in dementia patients. Presented at the Aging in American Conference, March 15-19, Chicago, IL.


Andreoli, N.A., Williams, S. & Breuer, L. (2010) Participation of CNAs in the care planning process. Presented at the Aging in American Conference, March 15-19, Chicago, IL.


Rosenblut, M.N.  (2010) Culture change: Customer responsiveness. Presented at Association of Jewish Aging Service’s Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.


Rosenblut, M.N. & Foley, C.J. (2010) Transitional care: Assuring successful resident transitions. Presented at CMS Stakeholders Conference, New York, NY.


Rosenblut, M.N, Williams, S., Sackman, J. & Phillips, M. (2010) Using the Hatch Tool to empower elders and staff in a large urban facility. Presented at Pioneer Network Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.


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