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A Visit with Dr. Elena Volpi
by Jim and Lynda Guidry
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
- See more at: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000062545#sthash.lF91fq4r.dpufRead the article "A Visit with Dr. Volpi" at Guidry News »

STRIDE assesses first patient at UTMB, NIH funded falls prevention studyView "The STRIDE Study: An Introduction" presented by Dr. Volpi

Sealy Center on Aging News

Holiday Drive Benefitting Underpriveleged Seniors

The Sealy Center on Aging sponsored a donation drive through December 16th for holiday gift boxes for local area underpriveleged seniors. Thanks to the faculty and staff who participated!

UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging redesignated a Collaborating Center
UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging redesignated a Collaborating Center
Galveston Daily News, December 9, 2014

The world experts on aging research at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have again received an international designation acknowledging their niche in an area that grows more complex every day as the elderly population explodes worldwide. UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging has been redesignated by the World Health Organization as a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center in Aging and Health. WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centers assist the global organization to investigate public health issues from many angles, ranging from basic science and animal studies to clinical trials, public policy, training and dissemination. UTMB is one of only three institutions in the United States to receive this designation. UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging plays a role as an information resource and a center for innovative, multidisciplinary research on a tremendous range of different aging issues, from stroke and dementia to falls, hospital readmissions, exercise, nutrition, palliative care decision-making, physical therapy, chronic disease, poverty, pensions, and a wide array of other clinical and health-policy related issues. [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact UTMB Media Relations for details.] The news also appears in The Guidry News. Listen to an interview with Dr. Wong.

Forum on Aging WinnersCongratulations to the Poster Winners of the 18th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB
December, 2014

Postdoc Winners - From left to right: Nina Tamirisa (CER), Miroslav Nenov (Neuroscience), Carlos Diaz-Venegas (Clinical Epidemiology), Carrie Simmons (Clinical Research), Amitesh Agarwal (Clinical Epidemiology), Rachel Deer (PCOR), Bradley Lambert (Clinical Physiology), Faranak Behnia (Basic Science), Tony DiNuzzo (Director, Forum on Aging) and Elena Volpi (Director, Sealy Center on Aging). View a slideshow of the event.

Forum on Aging WinnersCongratulations to the Poster Winners of the 18th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB
December, 2014

Student Winners - From left to right: Charles Umbaugh (Basic Science), Kelsey English (Neuroscience), Claudia Marino (Neuroscience), Michael Borack (Clinical Physiology), Figaro Loresto (CER), Joseph Saenz (Health Disparities), Amanda Randolph (MSTAR Research), Amit Kumar (Clinical Epidemiology) and Tony DiNuzzo (Director, Forum on Aging). View a slideshow of the event.

Blake Rasmussen, PhDNew grant awarded to Blake Rasmussen: "Effect of Specific Amino Acids on Human Muscle Protein Synthesis"sponsored by Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc
November, 2014

About Navitor Pharmaceuticals: Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines by targeting cellular nutrient signaling pathways. The company's proprietary drug discovery platform targets mTORC1, which responds to and integrates the cell's response to nutrient availability and plays a key role in protein synthesis and cellular growth. Navitor's therapeutics are designed to selectively modulate the cellular signals that are aberrant in disease processes caused by the dysregulation of mTORC1 activity to address a wide range of diseases, including metabolic, neurodegenerative, autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases, as well as several rare disorders. For more information, please visit www.navitorpharma.com.

Reducing Hospitalization
Senior patients participate in UTMB study on reducing rehospitalization
Galveston Daily News, Nov. 18, 2014

Marie Butera sits down in a straight chair in the middle of her living room and holds a long red strip of elastic material stretched between her hands. She pulls her arms away from each other, then relaxes; pulls again, then relaxes. The two women sitting on the couch instruct her to place her foot on the exercise band. She pushes her foot away from her, struggling against the resistance of the elastic, then relaxes. She pushes again, knowing that every movement makes her stronger. [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact UTMB Media Relations for details.] This was also covered by UTMB Impact Newsletter.

Brian Downer, PhD
If you're over 60, drink up: alcohol associated with better memory
UTMB Newsroom, Oct. 22, 2014

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late... more »

7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)
UTMB SCOA Represented at ICAAA September, 2014
7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)

The 2014 International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA) was held 23-25 September 2014 at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado-Boulder. It is the seventh installment of the conference on aging in the Americas series, a partnership between the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California, and the University of California - Los Angeles. This year UTMB co-sponsored and co-organized. Our support came from the P&S Kempner Endowment and the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at UTMB.

Co-Organizers: Rebeca Wong (UTMB) and Fernando Riosmena (CU-Boulder).

7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)
UTMB SCOA Represented at ICAAA September, 2014
7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)

Prizes were awarded to Posters. The winners were: 1st Carlos Diaz-Venegas (Post-Doc, UTMB-SCOA), Family Size and Old-Age Well Being: effects of the fertility transition in Mexico 2nd Jacqueline Torres (Post-Doc, UCSF), Gender, Migration, and Old-Age Health: effects of the spousal U.S. migration on the health of older Mexican women 3rd Joseph Saenz (Pre-doc, UTMB-PMCH and SCOA), Educational Inequalities and Disability Onset among Older Mexicans. Congratulations, winners!

Local study: Testosterone therapy doesn't raise heart-attack risk
Local study: Testosterone therapy doesn't raise heart-attack risk
Houston Chronicle, Sept. 25, 2014

Continuing coverage: Testosterone treatment prescribed for men whose bodies produce little or no hormones doesn't increase the risk of heart attack, according to a Houston-area study that should ease fears of men with the condition. The study, conducted by researchers at UTMB, rebuts recent research that suggested the steroid hormone may be hazardous to men's cardiovascular health. The research had stirred much concern among both doctors and patients because testosterone use has exploded in recent years. "Testosterone's perceived risk and impact on patients has been in the news a lot lately," said Jacques Baillargeon, a UTMB professor of epidemiology and the study's lead author. "I hope this study brings some balance to the debate, that it's weighed alongside all the evidence."

Labros Sidossis
UTMB researchers discover brown fat protects against diabetes and obesity
Impact Newsletter, Aug. 4, 2014

Continuing coverage: Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have shown for the first time that people with higher levels of brown fat, or brown adipose tissue, in their bodies have better blood sugar control, higher insulin sensitivity and a better metabolism for burning fat stores.

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