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Leadership/Administrative Core (LAC) The Pepper Center at UTMB

The overall goal of the Leadership/Administrative Core (LAC) is to provide the administrative infrastructure and leadership to support the activities and growth of the entire UTMB OAIC, and fulfill our mission, which is to stimulate translation of the research findings to improve physical function and independence in older adults.

The Leadership/Administrative Core is closely tied administratively to the Sealy Center on Aging, the Institute for Translational Sciences Clinical Research Center, the newly refunded UTMB CTSA, the Office of Biostatistics, and other UTMB administrative entities. The Sealy Center on Aging provides administrative and secretarial resources as well as office supplies, telephone, etc. OAIC governance and administrative issues are brought before the Executive Committee, which meets monthly and is comprised of Dr. Volpi as Chairperson, plus the Core Leaders and Co-Leaders, and other senior investigators. An Internal Advisory Panel, comprised of chairpersons of relevant clinical and basic science departments and the deans of the Schools of Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, and Graduate Biomedical Sciences, meets twice yearly to review progress of the Center, particularly in faculty development.


Core Leader: Elena Volpi, MD, PhD [web bio]
Co-leader: James Goodwin, MD [web bio]
OAIC Administrator: Stephanie Burt, MS [email]
OAIC Web Designer: Roxann Grover, MA [web bio]

Pepper External Advisory Committee (EAC)

Current External Advisory Committee Members
Thomas M. Gill, MD, Yale School of Medicine
Stephen Kritchevsky, PhD, Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Past External Advisory Committee Members
Neil Alexander, MD, University of Michigan
Richard Allman, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Bill Evans, PhD, University of Arkansas
Richard Baumgartner, PhD, University of Louisville
Nicolas Musi, MD, UT Health Science Center - San Antonio
Marco Pahor, MD, University of Florida
Stephanie Studenski, MD, University of Pittsburg
Lisa Tenover, MD, PhD, Emory University

The Specific Aims of the LAC are to:

  1. Provide overall leadership and direction for all activities of the UTMB OAIC. We will:
    1. Evaluate new opportunities for research and collaborations at the local, national and international level with support from our Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) and External Advisory Committee (EAC);
    2. Attract new investigators by providing training opportunities, as well as pilot and developmental projects;
    3. Coordinate and integrate Core functions, promoting scientific coherence, access to Core resources and expertise, and new utilization of Core resources;
    4. Coordinate and leverage OAIC Cores with other institutional resources;
    5. Foster collaborations between UTMB OAIC investigators and Cores with other OAICs and institutions.
  2. Administer the UTMB OAIC program. This includes:
    1. Monitor all fiscal matters;
    2. Track and evaluate Core utilization, productivity, quality and efficiency (timeliness), with re-allocation of resources among cores as appropriate;
    3. Assure compliance with university and governmental policies regarding human subjects, animal care, and the responsible conduct of research;
    4. Organize research and administrative meetings, including the Scientific Review Panel (SRP) meetings for selection of pilot/developmental projects and scholars;
    5. Organize participation of UTMB investigators at the annual OAIC national scientific meeting
  3. Communicate with the NIA and the community. We will:
    1. Prepare all administrative documents;
    2. Maintain open communication with the scientific community, and healthcare professionals, older adults and caregivers to translate our research findings to the geriatric population;
    3. Maintain and expand the UTMB OAIC website.

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The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Award #P30-AG024832 is funded by
the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.