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Personnel

Leadership, External Advisory Committee, Investigators and Staff

In 2015, the NIA extended Pepper funding into 2020 under Principal Investigator, Elena Volpi, MD, PhD.

Leadership

Leadership/Administrative Core (LAC)

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD

Core Leader: Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
More about Dr. Volpi

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD is the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Director, Sealy Center on Aging; Director, UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences; and Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Nutrition and Metabolism, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UTMB.

James S. Goodwin, MD

Co-Leader: James S. Goodwin MD
More about Dr. Goodwin

Dr. Goodwin is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics; he is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health Professions at UTMB.

Stephanie Burt, MS

OAIC Administrator: Stephanie Burt, MS
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Ms. Burt is the OAIC Administrator and Administrative Manager in the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.


Research Education Component (REC/RL5)

Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Core Leader: Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
More about Dr. Ottenbacher

Dr. Ottenbacher is the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation; He is Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Science; Director, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition; and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, School of Health Professions at UTMB.

Rebecca Wong, PhD

Co-Leader: Rebeca Wong, PhD
More about Dr. Wong

Dr. Wong is the P. & S. Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities; She is Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging and Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community as well as Health Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at UTMB.

James S. Goodwin, MD

Co-Leader: James S. Goodwin MD
More about Dr. Goodwin

Dr. Goodwin is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics; he is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health Professions at UTMB.


Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core (PESC)

Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD

Core Leader: Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD
More about Dr. Paddon-Jones

Dr. Paddon-Jones is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Senior Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging, and Director of the Physical Activity and Functional Recovery Translational Research Laboratory at UTMB.

Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD

Co-Leader: Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD
More about Dr. Markides

Dr. Markides is the Annie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging and Studies; Editor, Journal of Aging and Health; and Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health at UTMB.


Clinical Research - Resource Core 1 (CR-RC1)

 

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD

Core Leader: Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
More about Dr. Volpi

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD is the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Director, Sealy Center on Aging; Director, UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences; and Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Nutrition and Metabolism, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UTMB.

Jaques Baillargeon, PhD

Co-Investigator: Jaques Baillargeon, PhD
More about Dr. Baillargeon

Dr. Baillargeon is a Professor in Preventative Medicine and Community Health at UTMB.

Roxana Hirst, MS

Research Operations Manager: Roxana Hirst, MS
Email Ms. Hirst

Ms. Hirst is the OAIC Research Operations Manager and Recruitment Manager; She is the Assistant Director for Research in the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.


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

Blake Rasmussen, PhD

Core Leader: Blake Rasmussen, PhD
More about Dr. Rasmussen

Dr. Rasmussen is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism and in the School of Health Professions and Assistant Director of the Center for Recovery Physical Activity at UTMB.

Chris Fry, PhD

Co-Leader: Chris Fry, PhD
More about Dr. Fry

Dr. Fry is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions Department of Nutrition and Metabolism and a fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

John Papaconstantinou, PhD

Co-Leader: John Papaconstantinou, PhD
More about Dr. Papaconstantinou

Dr. Papaconstantinou is the Bertha and Robert Bucksch Distinguished Professor of Aging in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UTMB


Statistical Core - Resource Core 3 (RC3)

Kristofer Jennings, PhD

Core Leader: Kristofer Jennings, PhD
More about Dr. Jennings

Dr. Jennings is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. He also has affiliations with the Division of Epidemiology and Office of Biostatistics at UTMB.

Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD

Co-Leader: Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
More about Dr. Kuo

Dr. Kuo is the Don W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine. She is also Director of Biostatistics at the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

External Advisory Committee

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

 

Internal Advisory Committee

Pepper Internal Advisory Committee (IAC)

Current Internal Advisory Committee Members

  • David N. Herndon, MD, Department of Surgery
  • Charles Mouton, MD, MS, Department of Family Medicine
  • Mukaila Raji, MD, MS, FACP, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, Department of Internal Medicine


 

Investigators

Staff

Pepper Center Support Staff

Stephanie Burt, MS

OAIC Administrator: Stephanie Burt, MS
Email Ms. Burt

Ms. Burt is the OAIC Administrator and Administrative Manager in the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

Roxana Hirst, MS

Research Operations Manager: Roxana Hirst, MS
Email Ms. Hirst

Ms. Hirst is the OAIC Research Operations Manager and Recruitment Manager; She is the Lead Research Project Manager in the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

Roxann Grover, MA

Internet Production Designer: Roxann Grover, MA
Email Ms. Grover

Ms. Grover is the OAIC Web Designer; She is Internet Production Designer for the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

Stephanie Settlemire, BFA

Web Production and Design Associate: Stephanie Settlemire, BFA
Email Ms. Settlemire

Ms. Settlemire is the OAIC Web Production and Design Associate; She is Web and Graphic Designer for the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

CR-RC1 Staff
  • Roxana Hirst, MS, Research Operations Manager [email]
  • Shawn Goodlett, Clinical Research Coordinator [email]
  • Eloisa Martinez, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator [email]
  • Sneha Siva Prasad Nagamma, Clinical Research Coordinator [email]
  • Paula Skinkis, Clinical Research Coordinator [email]

 


 


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