The Sealy Center on Aging builds bridges between basic scientists and clinicians who share common interests in aging. The center sponsors a variety of activities directed toward fostering, strengthening and expanding efforts in aging research, education and community service at UTMB.
The SCoA underwent a comprehensive external review in 2001 and was identified as one of the top aging research programs in the country. Through the work of SCoA, external funding for aging research was increased from 4 million in 1997 to over 20 million in 2005. The Pepper Center, also known as the Older Americans Independence Center, provides expert research in muscle function among older adults. Research development and training within the Pepper Center provides junior investigators and established researchers the opportunity to work toward preserving independence of older americans. Pre and postdoctoral training and research is also available concentrated in older minorities.
SCoA established an Advisory Council made up of more than 60 representatives from the UTMB community, and has expanded its collaboration with other Pepper Centers to enhance muscle research in clinical trials of interventions to improve function in aging populations.
The Sealy Center on Aging is directed in interim by Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Director, UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences.
The Center Associate directors are Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair and Rebeca Wong, PhD, Peaches & Shrub Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities, Director of The WHO/ PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health.