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The Sealy Center on Aging facilitates communication and collaborative scholarship among researchers at UTMB related to aging. A specific goal is to build 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. Read more at our About Us page »

A Visit with Dr. Elena Volpi
by Jim and Lynda Guidry
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Sealy Center on Aging News

UTMB researchers discover brown fat protects against diabetes and obesity

Labros SidossisImpact 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.

How brown fat benefits your health

Labros SidossisCBS News, Aug. 4, 2014
Continuing coverage: While white fat is mainly used to store energy, brown fat keeps the body warm by burning calories once it is activated. Even better, brown fat seems to primarily "pick" those calories that come from fat and sugar, said Labros Sidossis, a professor of internal medicine in the division of geriatric medicine at UTMB. This in turn may be particularly helpful in fighting health issues such as diabetes and being overweight. "If you can activate it [brown fat], it can help you burn calories," Sidossis said.

Please join the Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer's - Join team "UTMB - Internal Medicine"

Participate in Walk to End Alzheimer'sPlease join the Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer's Team UTMB - Internal Medicine! The Walk will be at the Stewart Beach Pavilion, East Beach, on October 11th at 9:00 am. Click on "Join My Team" - there is no registration fee and it is very easy to join! You may also donate if you like, any amount is welcome.

Contact: Danielle Lipscomb

Healthy 'brown fat' may cut odds for diabetes

Labros SidossisWebMD, July 24, 2014
Continuing coverage: People with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Unlike white fat, which lowers insulin sensitivity, researchers found that brown fat actually improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control and fat-burning metabolism. "This is good news for overweight and obese people," said Labros Sidossis, a professor of internal medicine in the division of geriatric medicine at UTMB. "This is great news for people with insulin resistance and diabetes, and suggests that brown fat may prove to be an important anti-diabetic tissue." The news continues to receive widespread coverage, appearing on MSN.com, CBS News, Everyday Health, Huffington Post, BioNews Texas and Men’s Fitness. More»

Having the right kind of fat can protect against diabetes, study says

Labros SidossisTime Magazine, July 23, 2014
In a report published in the journal Diabetes, scientists led by Labros Sidossis, professor of internal medicine at UTMB, found for the first time that adults who retained more amounts of brown fat were better able to keep blood sugar under control and burn off fat stores. Previous studies have linked brown fat to better weight control, but these results also hint that the tissue may be important for managing diabetes. More»

UTMB study shows testosterone therapy does not increase heart attack risk

Photo of Jacques Baillargeon and link to UTMB study shows testosterone therapy does not increase heart attack riskImpact Newsletter, July 16, 2014
Testosterone prescriptions for older men in the United States have increased more than three-fold over the past decade. Recent studies linking testosterone use with increased risk of heart attack and stroke have caused widespread concern among patients and their families. A new U.S.-based study of more than 25,000 older men shows that testosterone therapy does not increase men's risk for heart attack.

Senior patients at UTMB participate in study on reducing rehospitalization

Rehospitalization Study at UTMBImpact Newsletter July 16, 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.

Balancing daily protein intake across meals increases muscle protein

Dr. Paddon-JonesForbes, July 15, 2014
In a new paper published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers asked a simple question, assuming that a total of 90 grams per day would be best: Would human subjects make more muscle protein if their optimal intake was evenly split across the three meals when compared with typical protein intake patterns skewed toward a protein-heavy dinner? The study was conducted with a group of five men and three women between ages 25 and 55. The subjects were physically active, but not athletically trained, averaging 32 percent body fat and with an average body mass index in the normal range. The research team was led by Douglas Paddon-Jones at UTMB and Donald K. More »

Testosterone use doesn't increase heart risk, study finds

Jacques BaillargeonThe Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2014
Continuing coverage: Although recent research has linked testosterone therapy with a higher risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study involving more than 25,000 older men suggests otherwise. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, may help ease some fears about testosterone therapy for patients and their families, the study authors said. "Our investigation was motivated by a growing concern, in the U.S. and internationally, that testosterone therapy increases men's risk for cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attack and stroke," said lead researcher Jacques Baillargeon, an associate professor of epidemiology at UTMB. More »

The news is receiving international coverage, appearing in the U.S. News & World Report, Times of India, WebMD, MSN, Science Daily, MedPage Today, Business Standard, HealthDay, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, Drugs.com and Yahoo! Health, among many other outlets.

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Congratulations to 2014 MSTAR Students

afar MSTAR website linkWe congratulate the MSTAR students who presented their research results on June 25, 2014:

  • Travis Urban, Project: Developing an investigational and screening assay for cognitive enhancing protein complexes, Mentor: Kelly Dineley, PhD.
  • Destiny Pegram, Project: The effect of aging on the metabolic response to severe burn injury, Mentors: Labros Sidossis, PhD, Maria Chondronikola, MS
  • Amanda Randolph, Project: Metabolic effects of aerobic exercise and post-exercise amino acid supplementation in healthy older adults, Mentors: Elena Volpi, MD, PhD / Melissa Markofski, PhD
  • Abigail Richison, Project: Effect of protein blend supplementation after exercise on muscle protein synthesis in older adults, Mentors: Blake Rasmussen, PhD, Michael Borack, MS

Seeking 1st year medical students to attend an intensive summer program in aging research
Visit the MSTAR Program web page »

The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2014 Fellows

Ken OttenbacherJuly 1, 2014
UTMB's Kenneth Ottenbacher was awarded a fellow status in The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, Education, and practice in the field of aging.

The status of fellow - the highest class of membership within the Society - is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual's career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity. This includes research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of GSA's four membership sections.
The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 5 to 9 in Washington, DC. Full details of this conference are available at www.geron.org/2014.

"The Hallmarks of Aging" Lecture Videos Posted

Dr. PapaconstantinouInvited by Dean Protas, Dr. John Papaconstantinou, Professor in our Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and holder of the Bertha and Robert Bucksch Distinguished Professor of Aging presents:

5 things you've got all wrong about protein

Dr. Paddon-JonesHuffington Post, June 10, 2014
Continuing coverage: "Our research shows that eating about 30 grams of protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner is more beneficial for muscle protein synthesis than eating a large amount at dinner," explains Douglas Paddon-Jones, professor of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB. The study, reported in the Journal of Nutrition found a 25 percent increase in muscle protein synthesis when protein is divided into three, 30-gram doses at breakfast, lunch and dinner compared to eating the same total protein (90 grams) but in this distribution pattern: 11 grams protein at breakfast, 16 grams at lunch and 63 grams at dinner.

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