The Pepper Center
301 University Blvd.
The goal of the OAIC program is to increase scientific knowledge that will lead to better ways to maintain or restore independence to older persons. UTMB has one of fourteen Pepper Centers located throughout the United States and funded by the National Institute on Aging. Click below to visit the National Pepper Center Website.
The OAIC theme is Translating Biological Mechanisms of Muscle Growth and Loss to Improve Function and Recovery from Illness in Older Adults. OAICs provide support for research to develop and test clinical interventions, and for core laboratories in the basic sciences. OAICs also train individuals in research approaches to develop and test methods of maintaining and increasing independence, and to enhance expertise in aging research by providing training in the relevant fundamental scientific disciplines.
We seek to identify predictors of physical function and recovery from illness in hospitalized geriatric patients; identify potential treatments to improve function and accelerate recovery; determine the efficacy of the identified treatments in clinical trials in geriatric patients; and increase the number of junior and senior investigators involved in geriatric research.