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Our misson is to improve the health and well being of the elderly, not only within the Houston/Galveston area but also statewide and nationally, through education, research, clinical and social services, community participation and advocacy, and the establishment of cooperative linkages with other geriatric and gerontological centers. Read about our history » 

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 »

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"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:

Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly (PCOR) in the News: Improved access to healthcare may lead to unnecessary mammograms

Alai Tan, PhDMedical News Today, May 29, 2014
Researchers have concluded that providing better access to healthcare may lead to the overuse of mammograms for women who regularly see a primary care physician and who have a limited life expectancy. The cautionary note from researchers at UTMB is that screening women in this category could subject them "to greater risks of physical, emotional and economic suffering." Dr. Alai Tan, a senior biostatistician in UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging and lead author of the study, said that "there has been little systematic attempt to define guidelines that would help determine when breast cancer screening might not be appropriate or overused." News of the findings also appears in BioPortfolio, Medical Xpress and Health Canal.

A Visit with Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones at GuidryNews.com

Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhDTuesday, May 27, 2014
Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones, leader of a team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who last week announced their finding that a full serving of protein is needed at each meal for maximum muscle health. Listen (15:03)

UTMB research on muscle protein synthesis points out the need for new American eating habits

Dr. Paddon-JonesBioNews Texas, May 21, 2014
Continuing coverage: A group of scientists at UTMB recently concluded that people’s protein consumption should be distributed through all three daily meals for improved muscle growth and health, adding that greater portions should be taken at breakfast and lunch instead of being over-consumed at dinner. This conclusion, published in the Journal of Nutrition, actually contradicts the standard eating habits of many Americans who usually skip protein at breakfast, have a moderate consumption of it at lunch, and a large amount of protein at dinner. More »

Protas: Traumatic brain injuries on the rise

Dr. ProtasGalveston Daily News, May 20, 2014
In this guest column by UTMB's Elizabeth Protas: There has been a dramatic increase in the number of brain injuries treated in emergency departments. A recent study analyzing data from more than 950 hospitals across the country found there were 2.5 million emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries in 2010 - a 29 percent increase from 2006. During that same period, overall emergency room visits increased only 3.6 percent. The UTMB School of Health Professions and the Transitional Learning Center in Galveston recently hosted the Galveston Brain Injury Conference.

Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly (PCOR) in the News: Stroke rehabilitation different depending on region, UTMB study finds

Dr. ReistetterBioNews Texas, May 13, 2014
Continuing coverage: Researchers at UTMB recently found that people who have had a stroke recover differently depending on which part of the United States they live in. The team, led by UTMB's Timothy Reistetter, an associate professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, examined over 143,000 patients with stroke who were discharged from inpatient rehabilitation during 2006 and 2007. Considering that people who have had strokes represent the largest group benefiting from inpatient medical rehabilitation services in the nation, researchers aimed to find any regional variations in outcomes for these patients.

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