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Cores The Pepper Center at UTMB

The UTMB OAIC Pepper Center is made up of four cores and a Research Education Component (REC):

Leadership/Administrative Core (LAC)

The Leadership/Administrative Core (LAC) of the UTMB OAIC provides the administration infrastructure for the operation and support of all activities of the Center.

  • Core Leader: Elena Volpi, MD, PhD [web bio]
  • Co-leader: James Goodwin, MD [web bio]
  • OAIC Administrator: Stephanie Burt, MS [email]
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Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core (PESC)

The goal of the Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core (PESC) is to foster the development of innovative research designed to accelerate translation of basic discoveries on the mechanisms of muscle loss and re-growth with aging to clinical practice for the promotion of functional recovery in older adults.

Core Leader: Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD [web bio]
Co-Leader: Kyriakos Markides, PhD [web bio]

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Clinical Research - Resource Core 1 (CR-RC1)

The Clinical Research Resource (CR-RC1) Core provides expertise and resources for subject recruitment in aging-related studies proposed by OAIC and other investigators at UTMB.

Core Leader: Elena Volpi, MD, PhD [web bio]
Co-Leader: Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH [web bio]
Co-Investigator: Jaques Baillargeon, PhD [web bio]
Research Operations Manager: Roxana Hirst, MS [email]

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Metabolism and Biology - Resource Core 2 (MB-RC2)

The MB-RC2 of the UTMB OAIC supports and promotes integrative and translational research on the biological mechanisms underlying muscle loss and functional recovery in older adults. It provides fundamental analytical services and expertise to explore the biological pathways (genetic, molecular, cellular and metabolic) involved in muscle loss and functional recovery in older adults.

Core Leader: Blake Rasmussen, PhD [web bio]
Co-Leader: Chris Fry, PhD [web bio]
Co-Leader: John Papaconstantinou, PhD [web bio]
Lab Manager: Ming-Qian Zhang [email]

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Biostatistics and Data Management Resource 3 Core (BDM-RC3)

Core Leader: Kristofer Jennings, PhD [web bio]
Co-Leader: Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD [web bio]

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Research Education Component (REC/RL5)

The Research Education Component of the UTMB OAIC promotes the development of the next generation of geriatric / gerontologic research leaders through direct financial support for salary and travel, structured mentoring, participation in interdisciplinary conferences, other didactic training, networking activities, and access to infrastructure support from the UTMB OAIC, and other OAICs as appropriate.

REC/RL5 Leader: Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR [web bio]
Co-Leader: Rebeca Wong, PhD [web bio]
Co-Leader: James S. Goodwin, MD [web bio]

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