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Elena Volpi, M.D., Ph. D.
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine



Elena Volpi, M.D., Ph. D.

Elena Volpi, M.D., Ph. D.
Professor
Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX 77550

Education

Degree/Training Completed Year Name & Location
M.D. 1989 University of Perugia, Italy
Internship–Internal Medicine 1989 University of Perugia, Italy
Residency–Endocrinology and Diabetes 1991 University of Perugia, Italy
Ph.D. 1995 University of Perugia, Italy
Certifications
Italian Board of Medical Examiners
Italian Board of Endocrinology
USMLE
ECFMG

Publications: ARTICLES IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS:

  1. Volpi E, Liberman SA, Ferrer DM, Gilkison CR, Nagamani M, and Urban RJ. The relationship between testosterone, body composition and insulin sensitivity: a lesson from a case of extreme hyperandrogenism. Diabetes Care 28:479-432, 2005
  2. Bell JA, Fujita S, Volpi E, Cadenas JG, Rasmussen BB. Short-term insulin and nutritional energy administration do not stimulate muscle protein synthesis if blood amino acid availability decreases. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 289:E999-E1006, 2005
  3. Rasmussen BB, Fujita S, Wolfe RR, Mittendorfer B, Roy M, Rowe VL, and Volpi E. Protein metabolism is resistant to the anabolic action of insulin in older human skeletal muscle. FASEB J. 20:768-769, 2006
  4. Bell JA, Volpi E, Fujita S, Cadenas JG, Sheffield-Moore M, and Rasmussen BB. The skeletal muscle protein anabolic response to increased energy and insulin is preserved in poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. J Nutr 136:1249-55, 2006
  5. Fujita S, Rasmmussen BB, Cadenas JG, Grady JJ, and Volpi E. The effect of insulin on human skeletal muscle protein synthesis is modulated by insulin-induced changes in muscle blood flow and amino acid availability. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 291:E745-E754, 2006
  6. Bell JA, Volpi E, Fujita S, Cadenas JG, Rasmussen BB. Dysregulation of Muscle Fatty Acid Metabolism in Type 2 Diabetes is Independent of Malonyl-CoA. Diabetologia. 49:2144-52, 2006
  7. Dreyer HC, Fujita S, Cadenas JG, Volpi E, Rasmussen BB. Resistance exercise increases AMPK activity and inhibits translation initiation and protein synthesis in human muscle. J Physiol. 576:613-24, 2006
  8. Sheffield-Moore M, Paddon Jones D, Casperson S, Gilkison CR, Volpi E, Wolf SL, Jiang J, Rosenblatt J, Urban RJ. Androgen therapy induces muscle protein anabolism in older women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 91:3844-3849, 2006
  9. Fujita S, Rasmussen BB, Bell JA, Cadenas JG, Volpi E. Muscle intracellular amino acid kinetics in women and men. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 292:77-83, 2007
  10. Fujita S, Rasmussen BB, Cadenas JG, Drummond MJ, Glynn EL, Sattler FR, and Volpi E. Aerobic exercise overcomes the age-related insulin resistance of muscle protein metabolism by improving endothelial function and Akt/mTOR signaling. Diabetes 56:1615–1622, 2007
  11. Fujita S, Dreyer HC, Drummond MJ, Glynn EL, Cadenas JG, Yoshizawa F, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Nutrient Signalling in the Regulation of Human Muscle Protein Synthesis. J Physiol 582(Pt 2):813-23, 2007
  12. Fujita S, Abe T, Drummond MJ, Cadenas JG, Dreyer HC, Sato Y, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Blood Flow Restriction during Low-Intensity Resistance Exercise Increases S6K1 Phosphorylation and Muscle Protein Synthesis. J Appl Physiol 103:903-10, 2007
  13. Dillon EL, Volpi E, Wolfe RR, Sinha S, Sanford AP, Arrastia CD, Urban RJ, Casperson SL, Paddon-Jones D, and Sheffield-Moore M. Amino acid metabolism and inflammatory burden in ovarian cancer patients undergoing intense oncological therapy. Clin Nutr 26:736-743, 2007
  14. Dreyer HC, Drummond MJ, Fujita S, Glynn EL, Pennings B, Dhanani S, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Leucine-enriched essential amino acid and carbohydrate ingestion following resistance exercise enhances mTOR signaling and protein synthesis in human muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 294: E392-E400, 2008
  15. Drummond MJ, Fujita S, Takashi A, Dreyer HC, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Human muscle gene expression following resistance exercise and blood flow restriction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 40:691-698 2008.
  16. Drummond, MJ, Dreyer HC, Pennings B, Fry CS, Dhanani S, Dillon EL, Sheffield-Moore M, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Skeletal muscle protein anabolic response to resistance exercise and essential amino acids is delayed with aging. J Appl Physiol, 104:1452-1461, 2008.
  17. Drummond MJ, Bell JA, Fujita S, Dreyer HC, Glynn EL, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Amino acids are necessary for the insulin-induced activation of mTOR/S6K1 signaling and protein synthesis in healthy and insulin resistant human skeletal muscle. Clinical Nutrition 27(3):447-56, 2008
  18. Dreyer HC, Drummond MJ, Glynn EL, Fujita S, Chinkes DL, Volpi E, Rasmussen BB. Resistance exercise increases human skeletal muscle AS160/TBC1D4 phosphorylation in association with enhanced leg glucose uptake during postexercise recovery. J Appl Physiol 105(6):1967-74, 2008
  19. Volpi E, Chinkes DL, and Rasmussen BB. Sequential muscle biopsies during a six-hour tracer infusion do not affect human mixed muscle protein synthesis and muscle phenylalanine kinetics. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 295(4):E959-63, 2008
  20. Drummond MJ, Miyazaki M, Dreyer HC, Pennings B, Dhanani S, Volpi E, Esser KA, and Rasmussen BB. Expression of growth-related genes in young and old human skeletal muscle following an acute stimulation of protein synthesis. J Appl Physiol, In Press [e-pub ahead of print September 2008]
  21. Fujita S, Dreyer HC, Drummond MJ, Glynn EL, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Essential amino acid and carbohydrate ingestion prior to resistance exercise does not enhance post-exercise muscle protein synthesis. J Appl Physiol, In Press [e-Pub ahead of print, June 2008]
  22. Dillon EL, Janghorbani M, Angel JA, Casperson SL, Grady JJ, Urban RJ, Volpi E, Sheffield-Moore M. A novel non-invasive breath test method for screening persons at risk for diabetes. Diabetes Care, In press [e-pub ahead of print, December 2008]
  23. Drummond M.J., Fry CS, Glynn EL, Dreyer HC, Dhanani S, Timmerman KL, Volpi E, and Rasmussen BB. Rapamycin administration in humans blocks the contraction-induced increase in skeletal muscle protein synthesis. J Physiol, In Press [e-Pub ahead of print, Feb 2009]

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Currently available protocols are:
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  • Parenteral Opioids
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