The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch is committed to primary care and community health. We engage in interdisciplinary research with faculty, residents, students, and community collaborators to advance health equity and to improve the health of communities. 

Our Vision and Mission

  • Support the research careers and development of Department of Family Medicine faculty and trainees
  • Foster clinical and educational creativity by collaborating among the broader range of faculty at UTMB and the Texas Medical Center
  • Increase research opportunities in health equity, clinical care, health policy, and education
  • Serve as a thought-leader in structural and social determinants of health research 
  • Promote health equity initiatives in the Galveston community and beyond


Research in the Department of Family Medicine focuses on five broad research areas that reflect the interests of the faculty and principles of Family Medicine.

Recent Projects

Research Publications and Presentations

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

  • Call for Pilot Project Proposals
    LOI Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2022


    The NIH-funded UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (P30 AG024832) encourages UTMB investigators to submit pilot research proposals for translational aging research on physical function and recovery from illness in older adults. Proposals from basic science, clinical trials, patient-centered outcomes, population health, and any other area of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome.

    High-priority areas of research include but are not limited to:
    • Geroscience and basic mechanisms of aging
    • Interventions to improve function and recovery from illness
    • Resiliency and functional reserve

    • Health disparities and health equity


    The purpose of this pilot funding is to support aging-related research that will realistically lead to external funding. Pilot awardees will have access to clinical research resources, such as a research coordinator, provided by the Pepper Center. Projects will be funded for one year (09/01/2022 – 08/31/2023), with total annual direct costs not to exceed $50,000. If applicable, approval by UTMB’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required by pilot start date.


    Proposals are encouraged from all investigators interested in initiating studies on aging.

    The pilot proposal selection will follow a 2-step process:
    • Step 1: Letter of Intent & Biosketch – Interested investigators should write a brief letter of intent describing in one page or less their research idea, the relevance to the Pepper Center theme, and how this idea would lead to external funding in aging. Letters & biosketches can be submitted to Stephanie Burt (Pepper OAIC Administrator) via e-mail to stburt@utmb.edu.
    o Deadline for receipt of the letter of intent and biosketch is Monday, May 23, 2022.
    o Letters of Intent will be evaluated by the Pepper Executive Committee, and those selected will be asked to submit a full proposal.
    • Step 2: Full Proposal –If selected to submit a full proposal, a 5-page proposal in NIH format will be required outlining your research plan. If requested, a research mentor and biostatistician can be assigned to assist with development of the proposal.
    o Deadline for receipt of the full proposal is Friday, July 1st, 2022.

    o Full proposals will be evaluated by the Pilot Review Committee, comprised of UTMB Pepper Center leaders and experts in the field, and at least one independent external reviewer with specific expertise in the area of the

    pilot application.

    Please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues.
    More information can be found at: www.utmb.edu/pepper
    Questions should be sent to Stephanie Burt, phone: (409) 266-9675 or e-mail: stburt@utmb.edu. The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center is funded by NIH grant #P30 AG024832.

Department of Family Medicine
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Galveston, Texas 77555-1123