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Dr. Rene Przkora
IARS grants UT medical branch scientist $150,000 award for anesthesia research

BioNews Texas, July 11, 2014

The International Anesthesia Research Society awarded four promising, young investigators with $600,000 worth of new 2014 IARS Mentored Research Awards. Among them, the IARS grants program awarded Dr. Rene Przkora of UTMB $150,000 in grants for his work on anesthesia used in hip joint replacement surgeries.
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UTMB joins national study on fall prevention

UTMB is participating in a $30 million national study on preventing falls in older people. Each year, 1 out of 3 adults 65 and older will fall, sustaining injuries that can lead to a precipitous decline in health, loss of independence and potentially death. [Note: Link unavailable.]

Dr. Paddon-Jones
5 things you've got all wrong about protein

Huffington 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.
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Dr. Paddon-Jones
UTMB research on muscle protein synthesis points out the need for new American eating habits

BioNews 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.
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The New Rules of Protein
Outside Magazine, May 19, 2014

A new study from UTMB found that a blend of soy, casein, and whey prolongs the delivery of nutrients after a workout, enhancing muscle recovery and growth better than whey alone can.

Soy-Dairy Protein Blend and Whey Protein Ingestion After Resistance Exercise Increases Amino Acid Transport and Transporter Expression in Human Skeletal Muscle. Read the article at the Journal of Applied Physiology

Dr. Volpi
The risk of high-protein diets

Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014

"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."
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Dr. Paddon-Jones
Midlife nutrition: Helping women over 40 overcome nutrition challenges

Today's Dietician, March 2014

Douglas Paddon-Jones, a professor in the department of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB, says loss of lean body mass starts in the 30s and 40s. "Women need to understand the impact diet has on muscle loss the same way they understand how diet affects osteoporosis risk." Paddon-Jones explains that after age 40, women lose about 1 percent of their lean body mass per year if they're inactive.

Dr. Muir

Pepper Pilot Project Investigator Dr. Tristi Muir: Our Bodies, Our Lives - Fight Back Against Stress
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.

Dr. Muir

Pepper Pilot Project Investigator Dr. Tristi Muir Speaks at UTMB's "The Lunch Bunch"
March 11, 2014

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

Dr. Ottenbacher

Months after rehab, knee and hip patients keep improving
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 17, 2014

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 told Reuters Health.
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Dr. Kyriakos Markides
Decoding 'the Hispanic Paradox'
Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2014
Dr. Kyriakos Markides, a professor of aging studies at UTMB, coined the term Hispanic Paradox in 1986 while studying the health of Mexicans in the Southwest. "It's been many years since we discovered this, and people still haven't figured it out," he says. more »

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Welcome to the Claude D. 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. Our Pepper Center seeks to identify predictors of physical function and recovery from illness in older adults; identify novel 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. Read on for more information about us including our leadership and administration, mission, history, cores, research funding, scientific publications, volunteering opportunities, and other resources.

Senior patients at UTMB participate in study on reducing rehospitalization

The Pepper Centers Program is funded by the National Institute on Aging. The NIA supports centers at leading research institutions to develop and enhance those institutions' programs in key areas of aging research through the provision of resources to institutions to address key research problems, technological limitations, and needs for trained researchers. There are currently 14 Pepper OAICs in the U.S., with UTMB's Pepper Center serving as the only one in the Southwest. Visit the National Pepper Center Website.

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