Dr. Randall Urban
Vice President for Research &
Chief Research Officer

Dr. Randall Urban

Dr. Randall Urban leads a diverse research community in the bold mission to improve medical practice through progressive translational research endeavors. He has 130 peer-review publications, is the Principle Investigator of UTMB's Clinical Translational Science Award, and has 3 major research interests funded by the NIH and private foundations. In addition to vice president for research and chief research officer, Dr. Urban is Vice Dean for Clinical Research in the John Sealy School of Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Institute for Translational Sciences, and Fellow, John P. McGovern Distinguished Chair in Oslerian Medicine.

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$6.3 million grant renews UTMB's Pepper Center

GALVESTON, TEXAS – A specialized research center at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston that helps older adults has received a $6.3 million renewal of its grant from the National Institute on Aging. The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at UTMB has been continually funded since 2000.

The center focuses on understanding how aging leads to loss of strength and function, and translating these findings into new treatments to optimize functional recovery from illness in older populations. Through the ongoing work of the center, a number of strategies have been developed and tested in clinical trials to accelerate the functional recovery of seniors in UTMB’s hospitals and clinics.

“We are thrilled this renewal will allow us to continue the important work of helping older patients as they deal with some of the challenges of aging,” said Dr. Elena Volpi, director of the Sealy Center on Aging and principal investigator of the UTMB Pepper Center.

The center is home to a diverse, multidisciplinary team of researchers with complementary research interests, working to improve physical function and independence in older adults.

The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers Program was established in honor of the late Florida Senator, Claude D. Pepper, to create centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research career development to increase scientific knowledge on better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons.

UTMB is one of 13 Pepper Centers located throughout the United States.