Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Nutrition and Metabolism, holder of the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and associate director of the Institute for Translational Sciences has been appointed as Director ad Interim of the Sealy Center on Aging ("SCOA") effective March 1, 2014. Dr. Volpi succeeds Dr. James Goodwin.
Dr. Volpi received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Perugia, Italy, where she also trained in endocrinology. She completed her post-doctoral training fellowship in gerontology and metabolism at UTMB, and joined our faculty. She then joined the University of Southern California for several years and returned to UTMB in 2004. Dr. Volpi is a world renowned investigator in muscle aging, nutrition and metabolism, and has published more than 100 papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Her national and international reputation and leadership in aging research is evidenced by service on journal editorial boards and NIH study sections, and participation in consensus panels on nutrition in older adults, including those organized by the Institute of Medicine and the American Federation for Aging Research.
Dr. Volpi is a well-funded scientist. Over the past fourteen years she has received continuous funding from the NIH as principal investigator of R01 grants, as well as other grant mechanisms. In 2010, she received a $5.8M P30 grant from the National Institute on Aging for renewed support of the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, which she directs. The focus of the Pepper Center is to translate biological mechanisms of muscle aging and behavioral predictors of physical function into interventions to improve independence and recovery from illness in older patients. Dr. Volpi also promotes the research of other scientists on campus. She is recognized as a superb mentor of young investigators with a strong record of training students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and is a founding member of the UTMB Academy of Mentors.
A Message from the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine, April 11, 2014
ELAM participants undergo a year-long in-depth mentoring program focused on leadership. They will each work on an action project that will address a need or priority for our Institution. Dr. Taylor Riall joined UTMB in 2005 and is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes. Dr. Riall is holder of the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research and Associate Director of the Clinical Sciences Graduate Program. She is an outstanding academic surgeon and is an international expert in pancreatobiliary disease and pancreatic surgery outcomes research. A skilled and caring surgeon, Dr. Riall was listed in the SLD Industries, Inc. Guide to America's Top Surgeons in 2010 and as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. from 2008-2012 and by US News and World Report in 2012. She serves on the editorial board for the Annals of Surgery and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and has published over 115 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Riall has earned plaudits for her teaching excellence that include the UTMB Resident Teaching Award in 2006.
The East Texas Geriatric Education Center-Consortium presents:
Special Topics in Geriatrics: Health Care and the Older Patient Session 3: Surgery in the Elderly, April 16, 2014 12-2pm RSH 6.100
Monthly Video Series in Aging "Racing Against the Clock, April 24, 2014 12-1:30pm RSH 6.100
Please join us for the next Pepper Investigator's Lecture: April 2, 2013 Noon-1pm RSH 6.100 "Overuse of PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer in Older Men" Presented by Elizabeth Jaramillo, MD Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine - Division of Geriatric Medicine. **Please remember to acknowledge the Claude D. Pepper OAIC grant # 5P30-AG024832 in all applicable publications.**
Contact: Stephanie Burt
Please join us for the next CER/PCOR Lecture: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 "Care Provided by Nurse Practitioners vs. Primary Care Physicians" Presented by Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD Director, Office of Biostatistics Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine. **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
» Faces of Aging II: A Photographic Journey, presented by Marilyn Brodwick, MS, Research Associate, Sealy Center on Aging
» Back to the Future: Alzheimer's Prevention Trials, presented by Dean M. Hartley, PhD, Director of Science Initiatives, Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer's Association
» Is HIV a Model of Accelerated Aging? presented by Kevin P. High, MD, MS Professor of Medicine and Translational Cheif, Section of INfectious Diseases, Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine
» Aging in Mexico: Why we need to study it, presented by Rebecca Wong, PhD P. & S. Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities ; Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging; Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community Health; Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health
Dementia question and answers, Galveston Daily News, March 23, 2014
UTMB's Andrea Wirt and Helen Appelberg answer questions about dementia and offer advice. "What can families do to bring spiritual comfort to their loved ones with dementia?" Appelberg: Those with dementia enjoy attending their place of worship and being part of their church family. Most often they can recall the words and are deeply comforted by singing familiar hymns and religious songs they sang in their place of worship during their childhood. It is also calming and nurturing to have someone say familiar prayers with them and read religious stories to them. [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact Marketing and Communications for details.]
Please join us for the next CER/PCOR Lecture: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 Teaching Empathy to Physicians & Implications for Patient Outcomes Presented by Meredith Masel, PhD, MSW Program Manager, Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
UTMB Sealy Center for Aging and Galveston First Presbyterian Church Present Learning Dinner Parties for Persons with Dementia, their Families, Friends and Caregivers
Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
UTMB Levin Hall Dining Room, Second Floor, 10th and Market Streets
Galveston area families, their loved ones with dementia, friends and caregivers are invited to attend. Following each gourmet buffet dinner a panel of dementia and Alzheimer's specialists will lead an interactive conversation. Panel leader is Dr. Mikaila Raji. Other panelists will enjoy dinner with the attendees.
Panelists include Dr. Mukaila Raji, UTMB director of geriatric medicine; Dr. Erin Hommel, UTMB assistant professor of geriatrics; Adele Herzfeld and Lisa Moore, UTMB geriatric social workers; Bronja Michejenko, nurse educator at UTMB's Acute Center for Elders hospital unit; Ana Guerrero and Krista Dunn of the Houston Alzheimer's Association; Alice Williams, director of Libbie's Place Senior Day Care Program; Oma Morey, UTMB associate professor of geriatrics and author of the play Long Way Home; Andrea Wirt, UTMB geriatric nurse practitioner; Kristen Carlson, owner and administrator of Greater Galveston Right at Home;and the Reverend Helen Appelberg, director of UTMB's Center for Spirituality of Aging.
$5 per person Free parking at 11th St. lot between Market and Mechanic streets Reservations: 409-266-9635 Further information: Rev. Helen Appelberg, 409-789-1070 Reservations requested the Friday before each Tuesday dinner 409-266-9635 Contact: Email: Danielle Lipscomb For: Internal Medicine- Geriatrics Phone: 409-266-9635 Download the flyer
The UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education Center Consortium, in partnership with the Texas AHEC East present the Monthly Video Series in Aging on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12pm in RSH 6.100 - Breaking Point: Emotions and Ethics in Family Caregiving. Contact: Tony DiNuzzo
The UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education Center Consortium Alzheimer's Disease Education Program (ADEP) Webinar Series #4 will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12-1pm. "Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease" is presented by Oma Morey, PhD Distinguished Teaching Professor Assistant Professor/Senior Medical Educator Office of Educational Development University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. WEBINAR ACCESS: How to Access the Live Meeting and Conference Call from your PC: To join the meeting, click this link: https://emedia.utmb.edu/adep1/ Contact: Tony DiNuzzo
Please join us for the next CER/PCOR Lecture: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 Health Outcome Prioritization in Older People with Multiple Chronic Conditions Presented by Mukaila Raji, MD Professor & Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. Read associated article: What old people want, Fried, et al (PDF) **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
Monthly, 3-hour educational sessions provide information about the medical conditions that lead to memory loss, treatment, community resources and tips to relieve caregiver stress. Please note this is not a support group. Pre-registration is required. To register, email Adele Herzfeld or call the Geriatric Outpatient Clinic in Galveston (409) 747-7030 or League City (832) 505-2002. Please provide a phone number so pre-registration can be confirmed. Download the flyer & schedule.
Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014
Research shows that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help shed pounds and normalize blood-glucose levels, improvements that lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But will you live longer on a high-protein, low-carb diet? Two studies in the current edition of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism suggest the opposite. "High protein diets may be effective to lose weight rapidly," said Dr. Elena Volpi, a professor of geriatrics at UTMB. "But very high protein diets may also be harmful." Americans tend to consume the bulk of their protein at dinner, and the body isn't always able to process an entire day's worth in one sitting, said Volpi, who wasn't involved in either study. "It appears you can better use the protein you need if you distribute it across three meals, especially if you are a senior," she said.
BioNews Texas, March 7, 2014
One of the most recent high-profile Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awards has gone to UTMB, which will receive more than $3.2 million in new funding to continue research efforts to collect comprehensive data relating to population research on cancer treatments and outcomes in Texas. The grant comes as part of a larger collection of research grants awarded to a host of top Texas-based research institutions that will give them the necessary funding to continue previously CPRIT-funded cancer research. The ongoing study spearheaded by UTMB is titled the "Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas," and will be able to continue for the next two years. The study, which is headed by Dr. James Goodwin, vice president and chief research officer at UTMB, also includes researchers from MD Anderson, Rice University and the Texas Cancer Registry, in addition to a team of UTMB researchers supporting Goodwin's efforts. Over the next two years, the consortium of researchers will continue their look into how breast, colon, and prostate cancer screening is administered throughout Texas - specifically emphasizing any correlation between patient outcomes and patients' access to varying quality levels of cancer treatment care. The news also appears in BioPortfolio, the Bay Area Citizen and Phys.org.
AARP Bulletin, March 2014
Most people should have screening for colon cancer at 50 and then every five to 10 years after that, if the first test is normal. By age 75 - if you've always had normal colonoscopies - you can stop taking this test altogether. That should be good news, because a colonoscopy can cause serious complications in older people. "Just the preparation for colonoscopy can be exceptionally harsh," says UTMB's Dr. James Goodwin, who studies overuse of colonoscopies. Some patients become incontinent or experience weeks of pain, diarrhea and constipation. In worst cases, the procedure can perforate the colon. Despite such risks, recent studies have found that substantial numbers of people over 75, even over 85, are still getting screening colonoscopies.
Please join us for the next CER/PCOR Lecture: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 "Timing of Chemotherapy and Primary Tumor Resection in Older Patients with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer" Presented by Gabriela Vargas, MD Instructor, Department of Surgery Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes. **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
What should we do about all the symptoms of menopause? Are hormones helpful or harmful? As with all Lunch Bunch presentations, the event was free and open to the public. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email VictoryLakes@utmb.edu.
Please join us for a special lecture: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 3-4pm Shriners Hospitals for Children - 7th Floor Auditorium "Pharmacological Approaches to Modify Brown Fat Development and Energy Expenditure" Presented by Shingo Kajimura, PhD Assistant Professor, UCSF Diabetes Center Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research Department of Cell and Tissue Biology. Contact: Stephanie Burt
The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition 2013-14 Seminar Series, "Neural Plasticity in Neurorehabilitation of TBI: Facilitating Functional Neural Repair" Presented by: Theresa Pape, DPH, MA Deputy Associate Chief of Staff & Clinical Neuroscientist Research & Development Service, Edward Hines Jr. VA,
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 1.202 SHP/SON
Contact: Beth Cammarn
Please join us for the next Pepper Investigator's Lecture: March 5, 2013 Noon-1pm RSH 6.100 "Patient and Caregiver Preferences in Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes" Presented by Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. **Please remember to acknowledge the Claude D. Pepper OAIC grant # 5P30-AG024832 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
Please join us for a special TRAM Meeting: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12-1pm Rebecca Sealy 6.100 "Novel Strategies to Improve Physical Function in Older Adults: Discussing Potential Collaborations Between UTMB and Ritsumeikan University" Presented by Satoshi Fujita, PhD Professor, Ritsumeikan University. Contact: Stephanie Burt
Galv Daily News March 4, 2014
In a world where stress is a constant companion, what can we do to fight back?
Read the article at the Galveston Daily News
UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education Center Consortium In partnership with the Texas AHEC East present Monthly Video Series in Aging Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12 - 1:00 pm Rebecca Sealy Hospital Classroom 6.100 Healthy light lunch, popcorn and refreshments provided. Contact: Tony DiNuzzo
Sealy Center on Aging, February 2014
Please join us for the last of a four-part minicourse: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 "Implementation of Shared Decision Making in 'Real World' Clinical Practice" Presented by Robert Volk, PhD Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine Research, Division of Internal Medicine The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
The 19th annual Lefeber Winter Lecture Series, presented by the Sealy Center on Aging on consecutive Tuesdays through March 4, continues tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium, located at 10th and Market streets. "Is HIV a model of accelerated aging?" will be presented by Dr. Kevin P. High, professor of medicine and translational chief in the section of infectious diseases and associate dean for clinical research at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Next week's lecture will look at pathways to healthy aging. Tuesday evenings, January 28 - March 4, 2014
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 17, 201
People who have had a knee or hip replacement reap the benefits of intense rehab months after they've returned home, according to a new analysis. "If you can get patients to a certain threshold level, they can do the rest of the rehabilitation on their own," coauthor Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR told Reuters Health. "In a sense, these patients become their own physical therapists," he said. Ottenbacher directs the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB.
Please join us for the next CER/PCOR Lecture: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 "From CER to PCOR: The Evolution of a Study of Symptomatic Gallstone Disease in Older Adults" Presented by Abhishek Parmar, MD Gastrointestinal Research Fellow **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
Special Topics in Geriatrics - Health Care and the Older Patient Session 2: Social issues affecting Alzheimer's Patients and their Caregivers
"Memory Loss: A Family Affair" presented by Adele Herzfeld, LMSW, Sr. Social Worker University of Texas Medical Branch & Alice Williams, Executive Director Libby's Place Senior Day Program Galveston, TX
"An Intimate Look at Dementia: Examining Issues Surrounding Intimacy, Sexuality, and Ethics for PWD" presented by Sarah Taylor, BA, Education Manager Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter. Contact:Tony DiNuzzo or Rachel Little
Please join us for a Sealy Center on Aging Special Lecture, "A Life Span Approach to the Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease" Presented by Brian Downer, Graduate Research Assistant, ABD, University of Kentucky, Graduate Center for Gerontology. Thursday, February 6, 2014, 12-1pm Ewing Hall 1.104.
Please join us for the next CER/PCOR Lecture: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100 "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Stakeholder Engagement Methods" Presented by Sharon A. Croisant, MS, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health UTMB Center in Environmental Toxicology, Director, Community-Based Research Facility Director, Community Outreach and Education Core UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences, Co-director, Community Engagement Key Resource. **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
"Amino Acid Sensing in the Control of mTORC1 Signaling and Protein Metabolism in Aging Muscle" Presented by Blake B. Rasmussen, PhD Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism **Please remember to acknowledge the Claude D. Pepper OAIC grant # 5P30-AG024832 in all applicable publications.**
Contact: Stephanie Burt
Please join us for the third of a four-part minicourse: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1-2pm Rebecca Sealy 5.100, "The Role of Patients' Stories in Shared Decision Making" Presented by Robert Volk, PhD Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine Research, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX **Please remember to acknowledge the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant #1R24HS022134 in all applicable publications.** Contact: Stephanie Burt
ETGEC-C Monthly Video Series on Aging Double Feature : "Responding to Elder Abuse: What Community Corrections Should Know" and "Hope in Sight: Living with Macular Degeneration" January 23, 2014.
Contact: Tony DiNuzzo, PhD
Galveston County Daily News, Dec 18, 2013
Dr. James S. Goodwin has been appointed vice president and chief research officer at UTMB. Goodwin, who holds the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine, joined UTMB in 1992. "Dr. Goodwin will work with the research community to develop and implement a strategic plan for research and to develop new programs of excellence in translational research," said Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, provost and senior vice president. "He is uniquely experienced and qualified to guide our research programs."
UTMB Newsroom, May 21, 2013
UTMB has been awarded a $4.97 million grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) for a center on "Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) in the Elderly" led by Dr. James S. Goodwin, director of UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging. "The overall goal is to promote patient-centered care, by determining the range of different outcomes most important to patients with different diseases, and how well currently available treatments help achieve those outcomes," said Goodwin.
Join the team! The Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer's is at Stewart beach on October 12th, 9am. We have a UTMB-Geriatrics/SCOA team that you can join. The link to the Team Page is act.alz.org/goto/GeriatricsSCOA. Then, click on "Join My Team". You may donate if you like (from a dollar to any amount). We would really like to get more people to join the team--there is no registration fee and it is very easy to register! There is a "team kickoff/event" at Chilis on the Seawall on September 18th. Chilis will donate a portion of their proceeds to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Dunn: email@example.com or Ellen Register: firstname.lastname@example.org, 409.772.2473 or 409.266.9634. Thanks for your support!
Science Daily, Aug. 28, 2013
In an analysis of a procedure used to help prevent common duct injury during gallbladder removal surgery, use of intraoperative cholangiography (radiologic examination of the ducts during gallbladder surgery) was not associated with a reduced risk of common duct injury, according to a UTMB study in the August 28 issue of JAMA. Authors are Kristin M. Sheffield, Dr. Taylor S. Riall, Yimei Han, Yong-Fang Kuo, Dr. Courtney M. Townsend and Dr. James S. Goodwin.
Nurse.com, Aug. 5, 2013
Continuing coverage: A new UTMB study looked at the growth in care provided by nurse practitioners from 1998 to 2010 using state records and national Medicare data. The researchers found that the number of patients seeing nurse practitioners as their primary care provider is on the upswing. In 1998, only 0.2 percent of Medicare patients nationwide used nurse practitioners as their primary care provider, versus 2.9 percent in 2010, according to the release.
"We wanted to look at what happened in states that allowed nurse practitioners more or less authority," Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD, lead author of the study, said in a news release. "As you would expect, it makes a big difference. We can now clearly show that states with fewer regulations means more patients get the primary care they need."
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH has a new blog for scientists and those considering a career in research. Each week, we cover a new topic: funding, fellowships, training opportunities, grantsmanship tips, research priorities, and other issues that may be of interest to you. Subscribe to get a weekly email notifying you about new posts.
The East Texas Geriatric Education Center-Consortium is pleased to announce the release of our new website at http://etgec.utmb.edu. The ETGEC-C, in partnership with the Texas Area Health Education Centers East (Texas AHEC East), specializes in providing education and training efforts targeting all health professionals and students in health professions. Its purpose is to address health trends impacting older populations in medically underserved areas. These trends include changes in Medicare proposed due to health care reform, how society views aging and disease, and important updates on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Please visit our new site and share it with your colleagues, friends, and family who are interested in caring for older adults.
The Galv Daily News, April 29, 2013
Small lifestyle changes, such as staying more connected to family and friends, getting more sleep and preparing foods differently, can go a long way in slowing aging and the onset of related diseases, researchers say. "The single most important thing, in my opinion, is exercise," said Dr. James S. Goodwin, director of UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging. Dr. Robert Hirschfeld also advocates staying active - both physically and cognitively - to slow the effects of aging. That means turning off the TV and getting out there.
The CERCIT web site (txcercit.org) has added an online cancer screening query tool that references 100% Texas Medicare data obtained under CMS DUA# 21332. The goal of the CERCIT project investigators is to provide a tool for researchers and the general public that can be used to generate simple estimates of the percent of Medicare beneficiaries who received at least one screening test in each year for a screening mammogram, PSA or colonoscopy. Visit the CERCIT web site for more information and click on the "Data" tab.
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