The Pepper Center
301 University Blvd.
Welcome to The Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. These Centers honor the memory of Claude Denson Pepper, a Florida congressman and career-long advocate for the rights of older adults. A vigorous man throughout his life, he rejected the idea that physical and mental decline were an inevitable part of normal aging. UTMB is one of fourteen Pepper Centers located throughout the United States and funded by the National Institute on Aging. 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.
The UTMB OAIC Pepper Center is made up of five cores:
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.