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Dr. Paddon-JonesUTMB 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.

Doug Paddon-Jones, muscle metabolism expert at UTMB, and one of the scientists involved in the research, explained that consuming proteins later in the day doesn’t allow the body to process it in the most effective way. “So we’re not taking enough protein on board for efficient muscle building and repair during the day, and at night we’re often taking in more than we can use.” The news also appears in HealthDay, the Times of India, Medical News Today, Bay Area Citizen, Science Daily, Medical Xpress, among other outlets. 


Dr. VolpiThe risk of high-protein diets

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.


Dr. Paddon-JonesMidlife nutrition: Helping women over 40 overcome nutrition challenges

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 Speaks at UTMB's "The Lunch Bunch"

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.

 


TRAM Lecture Special TRAM Lecture Mar. 10

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


Dr. Muir

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

In a world where stress is a constant companion, what can we do to fight back? Read the article at the Galveston Daily News.

 


19th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
Jan through March 2014
Lefeber Winter Series

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. For more information, contact Kelley Prevou at kaprevou@utmb.edu or 409-747-1987.

Tuesday evenings, January 28 - March 4, 2014

Contact: Kelley Prevou


Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition Seminar
March 6

2013-14 Seminar Series
Center for Recovery, Physical Activity
and Nutrition
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. VAHThe 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


Pepper Investigators Meeting March 5

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 Presented by Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation SciencesPlease 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


Contact: Stephanie Burt


Special TRAM meeting March 4

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 UniversityPlease 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


Dr. Ottenbacher

Months after rehab, knee and hip patients keep improving

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. "In a sense, these patients become their own physical therapists," he said. Ottenbacher directs the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB.


February 5, 2013  Pepper Investigator's Lecture

Pepper Investigator's Lecture

"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 *Lunch provided, first come, first served*

**Please remember to acknowledge the Claude D. Pepper OAIC grant # 5P30-AG024832 in all applicable publications.** Contact: stburt@utmb.edu.


Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2014

Dr. Kyriakos Markides

Decoding 'the Hispanic Paradox'

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. Back in the '80s, Markides' research showed that the health of Hispanics in the Southwest resembled that of Anglos, although Hispanics were poorer, were more likely to be unemployed and had less access to health care. "It was so paradoxical," he says. A recent study that found that Hispanics in Texas are usually diagnosed with cancer much later than Anglos. But even then, Hispanic immigrants are more likely than whites to survive cancer. It's yet another paradox. "It's a very puzzling fact," says Dr. James S. Goodwin, a doctor at UTMB, who led the cancer study. Goodwin agrees that the importance of family may lie at the heart of the Hispanic Paradox and that the survival advantage might be explained by the fact that Hispanics who are sick and hospitalized are more likely to be discharged home and taken care of by family, compared with other groups.


Posted January 2014

2014 OAIC Annual Meeting Information & Registration

Download Registration Form

Event: 2014 OAIC Annual Meeting
Date: April 7 & 8, 2014
L
ocation: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Dates to remember:
March 3, 2014: All attendee registrations & Junior Faculty Mock Study Section proposals due to the coordinating center
March 10, 2014: All Poster information and abstracts due
March 16, 2014: Cut-off Date for the Room Block (Room Block Dates: Sunday April 6th and Monday April 7th)

Contact: stburt@utmb.edu.


December 6th Pepper Investigator Lecture

Translational Research on Aging & Metabolism (TRAM)

PHS 6250 Directed Studies in Metabolism students, please see your email for updates to this schedule. Contact: stburt@utmb.edu.

Download the Lecture Schedule


December 6th Pepper Investigator Lecture

Pepper Investigator's Lecture

"Functional Remodeling of Human Skeletal Muscle by Sildenafil" Presented by William J. Durham, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism


Liz Lyons, PhD, MPH

A visit with Dr. Elizabeth Lyons, Guidry News

UTMB's Dr. Elizabeth Lyons recently received a $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association and visited with Guidry News Service about her project that can be described as "working out with the living dead." Read the full article.

 


Please join us for the next Pepper Investigator’s Lecture:   November 6, 2013 Noon-1pm RSH 6.100   "Browning of Subcutaneous White Adipose Tissue in Humans"   Presented by      Labros S. Sidossis, PhD Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine   *Lunch provided, first come, first served*   **Please remember to acknowledge the Claude D. Pepper OAIC  grant # 5P30-AG024832 in all applicable publications.**      

Pepper Investigator's Lecture

"Browning of Subcutaneous White Adipose Tissue in Humans" Presented by Labros S. Sidossis, PhD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine

 


Dr. Al-ShihCongratulations to Dr. Al-Snih

Dr. Soham Al Snih was inducted as a Fellow in the Geriatric Society of America (GSA), a very prestigious honor in the field of aging, at the organization's annual meeting in New Orleans November 2013.

 


Liz Lyons

You'd run faster if a zombie were chasing you, too

Continuing coverage: Medical studies have proven that certain types of music can make athletes go faster or train harder, but can a game have the same effect? That's what UTMB behavioral-science researcher and assistant professor Elizabeth Lyons wants to find out. With a fresh $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association, Lyons is studying how effective the smartphone app "Zombies, Run!" is at increasing the activity level of its users.


Steve FisherTrapped in the hospital bed

Forty-three minutes. That's the median time a hospitalized elderly patient spends standing or walking daily. Anyone gets weaker after days spent horizontally, but older people have less of what doctors call physiologic reserve. The good news is that research by UTMB's Dr. Steven Fisher showed that elderly patients went home two days earlier if they did modest amounts of early walking.


Dr. GoodwinUTMB gets $5M to study health care for elderly

UTMB has been awarded a $4.9 million grant to study how to care for and promote the health and well-being of elderly patients. All four of UTMB's schools will participate in the study. Dr. James Goodwin, director of UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging in Galveston, will head up the project. This award comes on the heels of a $1.8 million, five-year grant UTMB researchers in Galveston were awarded to apply methods of gene therapy to pain that arises from malfunctions in the nervous system, known as neuropathic pain.


Dr. Paddon-JonesThe metabolism miracle for women over 40

You already know to keep calories and fat in check, but you'll fan the flames of your metabolism by putting another nutrient on your radar: protein, the building block of lean muscle mass. "The amino acids enter your bloodstream and are then absorbed by your muscle tissues and other cells," says UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones. "Once the amino acids end up in your muscles, your body starts putting them back together - sort of like Legos - into your muscle tissue."


Paddon Jones and Volpi

What you can do now to help prevent age-related muscle loss

UTMB's Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones and Dr. Elena Volpi weigh in on how best to prevent age-related muscle loss.


Steve FisherRecovery in motion: Post-discharge activity level linked to risk of hospital readmission in elderly

A new UTMB study has found a link between the activity levels of elderly people who have just been released from the hospital and the risk that they will require readmission within 30 days. The investigation draws on data collected from 111 patients aged 65 and older, each of whom was fitted with a "step activity monitor" during his or her hospital stay. Worn on the patient's ankle, the pager-sized device counted every step the person took during hospitalization and for a week after discharge.


Kenneth OttenbacherInside UTMB: OT prof earns national award

Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, professor of occupational therapy and the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in the School of Health Professions, has received a prestigious national award for his contributions to occupational therapy. Ottenbacher is the recipient of the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Foundation joint President's Commendation Award in honor of Wilma L. West.


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