• Welcome to the Sealy Center on Aging
  • UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging presents the 23rd Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging beginning Jan 30th
  • Abundant Living Conference details for 2018: March 12-14

Welcome to the Sealy Center on Aging

The Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA) focuses on improving the health and well-being of the elderly through interdisciplinary research, education, and community service by integrating the resources and activities relevant to aging at UTMB.

The Center also implements our research findings in hospitals and clinics, bringing excellence and visibility to our health care system, and improving the health of our seniors.

Center Director:
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine and Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics, Neuroscience & Cell Biology and Nutrition & Metabolism.

Fast Facts

10 years

Over the past 10 years, we have trained 61 graduate students, 41 medical students, 88 postdoctoral fellows and 58 junior faculty.


All SCoA medical students, 28 pre-doctoral students, 21 post-doctoral fellows and all junior faculty scholars have been supported by our grants with either salary support or pilot funding.

The Center increased the number of active clinical trials with effective treatments from 11 to 22 in the past five years.

SCoA News



National Institutes of Health / NIAMS Award

By SCoA | March 23, 2018

photo of Dr. Fry

Christopher Fry, PhD receives an NIH / NIAMS R01 award. Dr. Fry is a former Pepper Research Education Component (REC) Scholar and current co-leader for the Metabolism and Biology Resource Core. The award of $2,186,072 is for 5 years, March 26, 2018 through February 28, 2023. The goal of the grant is to determine the efficacy of myostatin blockade in a mouse model of ACL injury to improve muscle mass, strength and morphology. Additionally, the goal is to determine the contribution of myostatin activation in patients following an ACL injury and reconstruction to underlying muscle cellular deficits that contribute to protracted muscle weakness.

New Pub is Editor's Choice

New Publications is Editor's Choice in Journal of Gerontology

By SCoA News | March 16, 2018

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Former SCoA Postdoctoral Trainee Rachel Deer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences is lead author on article selected as Editor's Choice in the February 2018 issue of Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Medical Sciences, A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Interventions to Improve Functional Recovery After Hospitalization in Older Adults: Feasibility and Adherence.

Congratulations to all, including co authors Shawn Goodlett, Steve Fisher, Jacques Baillargeon, Jared Dickinson, Mukaila Raji, and Elena Volpi.

We are especially proud that this is Clinical Research Coordinator Shawn Goodlett's first publication!

Dr. Raji Receives Award

Dr. Mukaila Raji Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

By SCoA News | February 14, 2018

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Mukaila Raji, MD, MS, FACP has been selected as one of the 2018 recipients of the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards. This award was established by UTMB's John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, these awards recognize faculty who excel in teaching students and residents in clinical settings, thus modeling the ideal of compassionate, scientifically sound, patient-centered care exemplified by Sir William Osler.

The award will be presented to Dr. Raji at the annual Osler Oration to be held on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Quantitative Seminar Series

The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research - Quantitative Seminar Series at UTMB - Feb 21, 2018

By SCoA News | February 13, 2018

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The UTMB Office of Biostatistics, Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) Present: TRCC (Texas Regional CTSA Consortium) Quantitative Seminar Series

The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research
Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
Vice President, Chief Medical & Clinical Innovation Officer
Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Research Building 6, Room 1.206

This seminar contributes to achieving one or more of the CTSA core competencies in the category of Statistical Approaches.

Topic: The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research


  • Understand the current landscape of EHR/s
  • Use of EHR at national/international, regional, and local UT system level for research purposes
  • Future direction Participating TRCC Institutions include: UTMB, UTHSC-Houston, UTHSC-San Antonio, and UT Southwestern The Hope, Hype and Reality of EHR for Research

Fight Against Alzheimer's

UTMB Physicians and Scientists Join Together in the Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

By SCoA News | January 29, 2018

photo of UTMB Physicians and Scientists

An estimated 5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation. In an effort to learn more about the disease and provide patient care and social support to patients and their families, UTMB has enlisted a team of physicians and scientists with expertise in neurology, geriatric care and radiology to launch a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Program. Read full article.

Microscopic Photography

Artistic Presentations Chosen by the Scientific Merit and Diversity of Study

By SCoA News | January 26, 2018

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Congratulations to research investigator Christopher Fry, PhD for his winning microscope image. Dr. Fry's image displays primary mouse fibroblasts isolated from skeletal muscle.

The contest was held by Vector Laboratories and each winner received a canvas depicting their work as art.



Healthy Eating

Achieving Healthy Eating among Hispanic Elders

By SCoA News | January 24, 2018

photo of Dr. Perez-Velazquez Lecture

SCoA and WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center welcome postdoctoral trainee candidate, Carmen M. Perez-Velázquez, DrPH, MSHN, RDN, LND and Instructor from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

Dr. Perez-Velázquez lecture was entitled "Achieving Healthy Eating among Hispanic Elders to Reduce Their Disease Burden".


Experienced Physicians

Patients more likely to die under care from 1st-year hospitalists

By HealthExec | January 02, 2018

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An extra year of experience for a physician can make an impact on patient mortality in a hospital, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found 30-day and hospital mortality rates were higher for hospitalists in the first year of practice than their second.

The study, led by James Goodwin, MD of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, looked at more at Medicare data from between Jan. 2007 and Dec. 2013 for more than 3,800 first-year hospitalists. Only physicians who continued to practice as hospitalists four or more years after their initial year of experience were included. Read full article at HealthExec.com.

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