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The UTMB Pepper Center Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)

The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), currently directed by
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, has been continuously funded since 2000. Our Center nurtures a multidisciplinary translational research culture to fulfill our mission, which is to improve physical function and independence in older adults. Central to this mission is the career development and training of the next generation of leaders in geriatric research. Our scientific focus has evolved over the years from a narrow interest in the mechanisms of sarcopenia to the translation of our findings in patient-centered interventions to improve physical function and independence in older adults.

The Pepper Center at UTMB has recently been refunded through 2020 by a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Read more about us.

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Breast Cancer Grant

Dr. Lyons awarded $391,014 by the National Cancer Institute for a study to increase physical activity in breast cancer survivors

By SCoA | June 18, 2018

Dr. Lyons awarded $391,014 
by the National Cancer Institute 
for a study to increase physical 
activity in breast cancer survivors

Elizabeth J. Lyons, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, The University of Texas Medical Branch, has been awarded $391,014 by the National Cancer Institute for her study entitled “Narrative visualization for breast cancer survivors' physical activity.” The study seeks to determine if breast cancer survivors will exercise more if they engage in narrative visualization, a process of adding photo - graphs, drawings and text to a data chart to make the information more meaningful. This addition may help increase the long-term willingness of such survivors to continue exercise and therefore reap the associated benefits. Dr. Lyons is a previous Pilot Project PI and RL5 Scholar at the UTMB Pepper Center. She is a fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging and a member of the core faculty at the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Scientific Writing Tips

Pepper Investigator's Lecture Video Now Available

By SCoA | May 2, 2018

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This month's Pepper Investigator's Lecture "Sixteen Suggestions to Improve Skills in Scientific Writing," was presented by, James S. Goodwin, MD, George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics on May 2, 2018 at UTMB.

 

Annual Pepper Meeting

Research Investigators Attend Annual Pepper OAIC Meeting

By SCoA | May 1, 2018

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Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and the UTMB Pepper OAIC attended the Annual Pepper Meeting on April 30 & May 1, 2018.

Dr. Volpi presented, "How to Grow in Leadership Roles," with David Reuben, MD from UCLA. Blake Rasmussen, PhD, gave a report on the second year of MoTrPAC.

Best Poster Award

Best Poster Award Annual Pepper OAIC Meeting

By SCoA | May 1, 2018

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Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and the UTMB Pepper OAIC attended the Annual Pepper Meeting on April 30 & May 1, 2018.

Investigators participated in a poster session where Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD and co-authors received a Best Poster award for their work, "Enhancing Wellbeing of Older Hispanics with Dementia and their Caregivers: The Role of Functional and Cognitive Decline."

Diabetic Volunteers Needed

Diabetic Volunteers Aged 60-85 for Study

By SCoA | April 25, 2018

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Nutrition, Exercise and Muscle Growth in Diabetes DIABETIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Ages 60-85

Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB need volunteers for a new study on exercise, nutrition and muscle growth.

To participate in this trial, you must be between the ages of 60 and 85 and not suffer from a serious medical condition except Type II Diabetes. We are recruiting for Type II Diabetes. You will be compensated for time and travel. You shall receive regular medical exams and tests. You will be given a copy of your test results. Dr. Elena Volpi is the Principal Investigator of this study. Contact Paula Skinkis: 409-772-1907 pskinkis@utmb.edu

NIH / NIAMS Award

National Institutes of Health / NIAMS Award

By SCoA | March 23, 2018

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Christopher Fry, PhD receives an NIH / NIAMS R01 award. Dr. Fry is a former Pepper Research Education Component (REC) Scholar and current co-leader for the Metabolism and Biology Resource Core. The award of $2,186,072 is for 5 years, March 26, 2018 through February 28, 2023. The goal of the grant is to determine the efficacy of myostatin blockade in a mouse model of ACL injury to improve muscle mass, strength and morphology. Additionally, the goal is to determine the contribution of myostatin activation in patients following an ACL injury and reconstruction to underlying muscle cellular deficits that contribute to protracted muscle weakness.

Elite Reviewer 2017

Dr. Pappadis Named Elite Reviewer at Archives of PM&R

By SCoA | January 18, 2018

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Rehabilitation Sciences Assistant Professor Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has been named an Elite Reviewer for Archives of PM&R Journal for 2017.

Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness, and quality of reviews for the Archives in 2017 as judged by the editors. Selection reflects critical thinking and effective participation in the process of peer review. After examining the performance of reviewers, approximately 3 percent of reviewers (97 people out of 2,985 reviewers who submitted 1,730 reviews in 2017) were judged to be deserving of this recognition.

Experienced Physicians

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

By HealthExec | January 02, 2018

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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.

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