The Pepper Center
301 University Blvd.
The overall mission of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) program is to increase scientific knowledge that will lead to better ways to maintain or restore independence to older persons. Supported by the National Institute on Aging, investigators at leading research institutions seek to develop and enhance those institutions' programs in key areas of aging research. Currently in its third five-year cycle (2010-2015), UTMB's OAIC theme is "Translating Biological Mechanisms of Muscle Growth and Loss to Improve Function and Recovery in Older Adults". Building on the aims and accomplishments of UTMB's second OAIC award, the current Center focuses on translating basic discoveries on the mechanisms of muscle loss and re-growth with aging to clinical practice to promote functional recovery and prevent disability in older adults.
The specific aims are as follows:
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.