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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.

Pepper Center News

Annual Pepper OAIC Meeting

Dr. Downer Receives Best Poster Award at the National Pepper Meeting

March 24, 2017 Sealy Center on Aging

photo of Brian Downer

Brian Downer, PhD, Assistant Professor in Rehab Sciences received the Best Poster Award at the 2017 National Pepper Older American Independence Center Meeting for his work titled, "Cohort Differences in Pre-Frailty and Frailty for Mexican Americans Aged 77 and Older". Co-Authors were Rafael Samper-Ternent, Bret Howrey, Soham Al Snih, Kyriakos Markides, and Ken Ottenbacher.

TRT Good or Bad?

Is Testosterone-Replacement Therapy Good or Bad?

March 3, 2017 Men's Fitness

Testosterone is important to male health but most normal, healthy 30 to 40 year old men don't need testosterone-replacement therapy. "If you go in and say, 'Well, you know, in the past 10 years I've gotten more tired, I'm having trouble keeping weight off...' that's simply not enough-it's a natural phenomenon!" UTMB's Jacques Baillargeon told Men's Fitness magazine.

Dr. Volpi in LA Times: Muscle

Muscle mass declines with age. Here's what you can do

February 23, 2017 LA Times

Older adults exercising

A small amount of muscle loss is nearly inevitable with age. While the rate varies quite a bit, studies suggest the average person loses about 1% of muscle every year after about age 50, says Dr. Elena Volpi, director of the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
This news also reported in The Morning Call.

Winter Series 2017

The 22nd Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging Tuesday Evenings January 31 through February 28

Click for more info: UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging presents the 22nd Lefeber Winter Series on Aging.

The Sealy Center on Aging presents the Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 22nd year. The Winter Series features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. Each speaker presents a lecture on an important aspect of aging research and consults with students, faculty and staff on research topics, grant applications and articles being written for publication.

The lecture series is open to the general public and attracts a number of seniors and healthcare providers from the Galveston community in addition to UTMB scientists and providers. A reception follows each one hour lecture.

Winter Series 2016

The 2017 Series begins Tuesday, January 31: "Modernizing Survey Measures of Late-Life Disability"

Alan Jette, PT, MPH, PhD
Director, Health and Disability Research
Professor of Health and Management
Boston University

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Six Facts About Protein

6 'Facts' About Protein You Should Stop Believing

February 13, 2017 Women's Health Magazine

The average American eats twice the daily amount of recommended protein, UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones tells Women's Health Magazine. If you are eating an omnivorous diet then "protein inadequacy is really not an issue," Paddon-Jones said.


Here's How You Can Slay Your Workout Hunger

February 07, 2017 Men's Health

UTMB's Doug Paddon-Jones is quoted in this article on what to eat after working out. "Twenty-five to 35 grams of high-quality protein per meal seems to maximize the building and repairing of muscle," says Paddon-Jones.

Functional food and supplement manufacturers urged to get creative with whey protein offerings

January 13, 2017 Dairy Reporter

UTMB's Doug Paddon-Jones spoke about the benefits protein may provide in dealing with Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle tissue due to aging. "Awareness is still growing for the general population, who are currently learning the benefits [of whey protein] for older demographics as well as for weight management and satiety," said Paddon-Jones according to Dairy Reporter.com.

Getting Fit After 55

Getting fit after 55 is easier than you think

Galv Daily News  1/15/17


Staying fit after 55 comes with many benefits. UTMB’s Jim Goodwin said one of the best reasons to exercise is that people feel better when they do. “For the last million years as we’ve been evolving, the species has been very active and stayed very active until recently,” Goodwin told The Daily News. Contact UTMB Media Relations for details.

Weight Loss is No Secret

The secret to weight loss is no secret

Galv Daily News  1/2/17


A new year means many people will be hitting the gym looking to trim a few pounds. UTMB's Jean Gutierrez and Elizabeth Lyons were quoted in a story on exercise and weight loss in The Daily News. "Very small changes can have a very large impact on your health," Lyons said according to The Daily News.

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