Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine

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Clinical Trials are research studies performed in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Clinical trials are an important step in bringing new treatments to the public and improving health. Our investigators and research teams are dedicated to their research and the safety of their subjects.

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If you are interested in volunteering for a clinical trial, please click here to be redirected to our Volunteer Registry with the Claude Pepper

Current investigations are underway on Selenium and Vitamin E in prevention of Prostate Cancer in older men, as well as Vitamin E and Selenium in the prevention of Alzheimer's Disease under the expertise and supervision of Dr. Mukaila Raji. This research project is in its 6th year with a remaining 6 years to go and funded by the Southwest Oncology Group. Subjects involved in the trial will continue to be evaluated for the rest of their lives.    

ACE Research

The   Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at UTMB was the first hospital unit in Texas Designed exclusively to care for the acutely ill older adults and uses an interdisciplinary team model to help prevent the physical decline and weakness that can occur with hospitalization.

In 2003 and 2004 the ACE unit was ranked #1 nationwide in patient satisfaction among 900 geriatric hospital units surveyed by Press Ganey Associates.

In 2005, the ACE unit was expanded to 52 beds to better serve our growing older population and to focus on clinical research. The ACE unit is now the largest in the country with a patient service and clinical research mission.

Why Study hospitalized patients?

  • To provide outstanding patient care and service
  • To enhance patient quality of life
  • To plan programs of excellence that focus on the whole patient - mind and body.

What happens if I volunteer?

Trained professionals perform simple tests and ask you questions about your current health and well-being. For example, if you are well enough, you may be asked to walk a short distance down the hall, to see how long it takes. All research is carefully screened for safety and you are never personally identified. You are always told what will happen. You may refuse at any time.

Better understanding factors leading to disability may:

  • help delay the onset of functional impairment
  • help maintain independence
  • help reduce length of hospitalization
  • help reduce institutionalization
  • help improve psychological health and quality of life
  • provide social, health and economic benefits to patients and their families

For more information, please contact:

ACE Unit Research
UTMB Jennie Sealy Hospital
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555


ACE Unit Research: Growing older smarter

The Sealy Center on Aging was established in 1995 to integrate the resources and activities at the University of Texas Medical Branch devoted to research and education relevant to aging. The Sealy Center on Aging is directed by Elena Volpi, M.D., Ph.D., and is comprised of Senior Fellows and Fellows, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff who are involved in aging reseaarch and scholarly activities.