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The UTMB Pepper Center Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)

The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), currently directed by
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, has been continuously funded since 2000. Our Center nurtures a multidisciplinary translational research culture to fulfill our mission, which is to improve physical function and independence in older adults. Central to this mission is the career development and training of the next generation of leaders in geriatric research. Our scientific focus has evolved over the years from a narrow interest in the mechanisms of sarcopenia to the translation of our findings in patient-centered interventions to improve physical function and independence in older adults.

The Pepper Center at UTMB has recently been refunded through 2020 by a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Read more about us.

Pepper Center News:
Dr. Craig Porter: New research on weightlifting | August 25, 2015

Resistance Exercise Training Alters Mitochondrial Function in Human Skeletal Muscle


UTMB Receives $3.4 Million to Continue Research on Maintaining Independence in Older Adults | June 5, 2015
Dr. Elena VolpiThe UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, directed by Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, has renewed its funding for the next five years through a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. The grant enables the center to continue its mission to improve physical function and independence in older adults. The UTMB Pepper Center, founded in 1999, nurtures scientific collaborations among translational research investigators by supporting research infrastructure, training and pilot studies. Dr. Volpi has been serving as the center's director and Principal Investigator since 2010. The focus of the UTMB Pepper Center for the next five years is to identify pathways of physical function loss and gain, and develop targeted interventions to improve functional recovery from illness in older adults. Read more at the Provost's website.
ASPREE Presentation | May 28, 2015
A senior attends a presentation on the ASPREE Study at UTMB. Click for more photos.

Dr. Volpi presented about the ASPREE Study at UTMB to seniors at Open Gates on May 28, 2015. ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) is an international clinical trial to determine whether daily low dose aspirin improves quality of life for older people around the world. The randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled study for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and some cancers is being undertaken in 19,000 participants in the US and Australia. Read more about ASPREE. View pictures of the event. Download flyer.


STRIDE Provider Training | May 6, 2015
Thomas W. Storer, Ph.D.

A two-hour training was provided on May 6th for area healthcare professionals involved in the STRIDE study currently going on at UTMB. See below for more information about the STRIDE Study.

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The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Award #5P30-AG024832 is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA),
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