• UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging presents the 23rd Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging beginning Jan 30th
  • Abundant Living Conference details for 2018: March 12-14
  • Welcome to the Sealy Center on Aging

Welcome to the Sealy Center on Aging

The Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA) focuses on improving the health and well-being of the elderly through interdisciplinary research, education, and community service by integrating the resources and activities relevant to aging at UTMB.

The Center also implements our research findings in hospitals and clinics, bringing excellence and visibility to our health care system, and improving the health of our seniors.

Center Director:
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine and Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics, Neuroscience & Cell Biology and Nutrition & Metabolism.

Fast Facts

10 years

Over the past 10 years, we have trained 61 graduate students, 41 medical students, 88 postdoctoral fellows and 58 junior faculty.


All SCoA medical students, 28 pre-doctoral students, 21 post-doctoral fellows and all junior faculty scholars have been supported by our grants with either salary support or pilot funding.

The Center increased the number of active clinical trials with effective treatments from 11 to 22 in the past five years.

SCoA News


Dr. Raji Receives Award

Dr. Mukaila Raji Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

By SCoA News | February 14, 2018

photo of Mukaila Raji

Mukaila Raji, MD, MS, FACP has been selected as one of the 2018 recipients of the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards. This award was established by UTMB's John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, these awards recognize faculty who excel in teaching students and residents in clinical settings, thus modeling the ideal of compassionate, scientifically sound, patient-centered care exemplified by Sir William Osler.

The award will be presented to Dr. Raji at the annual Osler Oration to be held on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Quantitative Seminar Series

The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research - Quantitative Seminar Series at UTMB - Feb 21, 2018

By SCoA News | February 13, 2018

photo of Dr. Gulshan

The UTMB Office of Biostatistics, Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) Present: TRCC (Texas Regional CTSA Consortium) Quantitative Seminar Series

The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research
Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
Vice President, Chief Medical & Clinical Innovation Officer
Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Research Building 6, Room 1.206

This seminar contributes to achieving one or more of the CTSA core competencies in the category of Statistical Approaches.

Topic: The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research


  • Understand the current landscape of EHR/s
  • Use of EHR at national/international, regional, and local UT system level for research purposes
  • Future direction Participating TRCC Institutions include: UTMB, UTHSC-Houston, UTHSC-San Antonio, and UT Southwestern The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research

Fight Against Alzheimer's

UTMB Physicians and Scientists Join Together in the Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

By SCoA News | January 29, 2018

photo of UTMB Physicians and Scientists

An estimated 5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation. In an effort to learn more about the disease and provide patient care and social support to patients and their families, UTMB has enlisted a team of physicians and scientists with expertise in neurology, geriatric care and radiology to launch a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Program. Read full article.

Microscopic Photography

Artistic Presentations Chosen by the Scientific Merit and Diversity of Study

By SCoA News | January 26, 2018

photo of Dr. Fry

Congratulations to research investigator Christopher Fry, PhD for his winning microscope image. Dr. Fry's image displays primary mouse fibroblasts isolated from skeletal muscle.

The contest was held by Vector Laboratories and each winner received a canvas depicting their work as art.

Healthy Eating

Achieving Healthy Eating among Hispanic Elders

By SCoA News | January 24, 2018

photo of Dr. Perez-Velazquez Lecture

SCoA and WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center welcome postdoctoral trainee candidate, Carmen M. Perez-Velázquez, DrPH, MSHN, RDN, LND and Instructor from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

Dr. Perez-Velázquez lecture was entitled "Achieving Healthy Eating among Hispanic Elders to Reduce Their Disease Burden".

Experienced Physicians

Patients more likely to die under care from 1st-year hospitalists

By HealthExec | January 02, 2018

photo of Dr. Goodwin

An extra year of experience for a physician can make an impact on patient mortality in a hospital, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found 30-day and hospital mortality rates were higher for hospitalists in the first year of practice than their second.

The study, led by James Goodwin, MD of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, looked at more at Medicare data from between Jan. 2007 and Dec. 2013 for more than 3,800 first-year hospitalists. Only physicians who continued to practice as hospitalists four or more years after their initial year of experience were included. Read full article at HealthExec.com.

Gifts for Seniors

Volunteers Are a Gift as They Prepare Gifts for Seniors

By SCoA News | December 13, 2017

photo of volunteer activities

Senior volunteers from the RSVP Program of Galveston County assisted with this 20-year-old tradition at the Sealy Center on Aging.

Postdoctoral Fellow Wins

SCoA Postdoctoral Fellow Wins Award at SCWD Conference

By SCoA News | December 11, 2017

photo of SCWD Conference 2017

Tatiana Moro, PhD wins the Young Clinical Investigator Award at the Sarcopenia Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD) 2017 Conference in Rome, Italy. As an international and multidisciplinary organization, the SCWD seeks to further research on cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle wasting in order to bring practical solutions to healthcare teams worldwide.

MHAS Book Published

What they Shared: Memories from the Mexican Health and Aging Study Book Unveiling Event Dec 18 | Now Available Online

By SCoA News | December 4, 2017

photo of MHAS book covers - click to read online

MHAS Book Unveiling Event
Monday, December 18th, 2018
Admin Building Caduceus Room 6.300

"To mark nearly 20 years of the study we produced a coffee table book of photographs and testimonials from the Interviewers of the Mexican Health and Aging Study that highlights what Interviewers and respondents have shared from all around Mexico."

Rebeca Wong, PhD is Principal Investigator of the MHAS at UTMB

New Approach for Recovery

UTMB to study new approach for hip fracture recovery
Texas Medical Center News

By SCoA News | November 2, 2017

photo of Dr. Volpi

A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for elderly women recovering from hip fractures. UTMB’s Elena Volpi is one of seven principal investigators and part of a consortium of seven universities that received $15.6 million from the National Institute on Aging for the research project. Story also found at Press Release Point and Publicnow.

2017 Volunteer Luncheon

2017 SCoA Volunteer Luncheon
Appreciation Luncheon

By SCoA News | October 24, 2017

photo of luncheon

The 2017 Annual SCoA Volunteer Luncheon was held at Fisherman's Wharf. SCoA and Pepper investigators explain the clinical trial results to the volunteers and their guests. Top-left photo: Attendees mingle and take their seat for the luncheon. Bottom-left photo: Ms. Rose Daniels speaks about the help she received from SCoA through the clinical trials. (l to r) Dr. Elena Volpi, Ms. Rose Daniels and Dr. Brian Downer. Right photo: Ms. Sherry Keel wins the door prize. (l to r) Ms. Sherry Keel and Dr. Elena Volpi.

Ability Resource Group

SCoA Sponsors Inaugural Ability Resource Group Meeting
Congrats, Ritchie Adoue on appointment by UTMB Diversity Council

By SCoA News | October 23, 2017


The Sealy Center on Aging recently sponsored the first meeting of the Ability Resource Group on October 23, 2017. RSVP Program of Galveston County Director Ritchie Adoue has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Ability Resource Group by the UTMB Diversity Council. The mission of the Ability Resource Group is to help ensure UTMB’s ongoing commitment to diversity, especially concerning individuals with disabilities and allies in providing them with opportunities of inclusion.

21st Annual Forum on Aging

Thank you for another successful Forum on Aging at UTMB

By SCoA News | October 20, 2017

group photo

The Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB informs gerontology researchers and the community about aging research at UTMB. This year, sixteen awards were given to students, post-graduate fellows and residents for outstanding work in aging research.

Harvey Relief at SCoA

SCoA Supports Harvey Relief
Volunteering a helping hand

By SCoA News | September 22, 2017

photos of volunteers with text "thank you" and Texas map with flag

UTMB staff and volunteers with the RSVP Program of Galveston County, sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging, have been busy helping with Harvey relief efforts. Groups of volunteers mucked out seniors’ and veterans’ homes in Dickinson; and diaper, food and other donations were collected, sorted and distributed to Dickinson, La Marque and Santa Fe areas.

One of the first people to answer the call for help cleaning up seniors’ homes was David Hileman, administrator for the School of Medicine.

“David really came to the rescue,” said Ritchie Adoue, director of the RSVP senior program. “He has always been a strong supporter of our RSVP program and certainly proved it over the weekend! RSVP leads by example.”  

In addition, staff in the Sealy Center on Aging participated in a cake auction to collect donations for Harvey relief at UTMB.

photos of cakes and auction participants


Ability Resource Group

RSVP Director Appointed as Ability Resource Group Co-Chair
Congrats, Ritchie Adoue on appointment by UTMB Diversity Council

By SCoA News | September 21, 2017

Ritchie Adoue

RSVP Program of Galveston County Director Ritchie Adoue has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Ability Resource Group by the UTMB Diversity Council. The mission of the Ability Resource Group is to help ensure UTMB’s ongoing commitment to diversity, especially concerning individuals with disabilities and allies in providing them with opportunities of inclusion. As a co-chair of this employee resource group (ERG) Ritchie will play in important role in leading efforts to advance a culture of inclusion, especially for individuals with disabilities and allies.

2017 Pepper Pilot Projects

2017 Pepper Pilot Projects
UTMB Pepper Center has funded the following pilot projects:

By SCoA News | September 18, 2017

photo of people exercising with text: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center 2017 Pilot Project Awardees
  • Rachel Deer, PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences: Validating a Screening Tool for Sarcopenia Using a Model for BIA Analysis
  • Ted Graber, PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences: Aging Skeletal Muscle and Sarcopenia in the Murine Model
  • Mansoo Ko, PhD, Physical Therapy: Initiating Gait with the Non-Paretic Limb Affects Walking Performance in People with Hemiparesis
  • Cynthia Li, PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences: Functional Trajectory and Successful Community Discharge in Older Adults

Student Receives Grant

MD-PhD Student Receives Grant from NIH

By SCoA News | September 18, 2017

Amanda Randolph

Congratulations to Amanda Randolph, student in the MD-PHD Training Program in Health Disparities and Aging for receipt of NIH grant # 1 F30 AG058381-01 for project, “Advanced Glycation End-products, Exercise, and Sarcopenia.”

Mentors of this project include Elena Volpi, MD, PhD (lead mentor), Blake Rasmussen, PhD and Chris Fry, PhD.


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