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About the Sealy Center on Aging

The Sealy Center on Aging bridges between researchers, clinicians, and community leaders who share common interests in aging. The Center sponsors a variety of activities directed toward fostering, strengthening and expanding efforts in aging research, education and community service at UTMB.

SCoA recognizes individuals who work diligently to advance geriatric research, education, and health care. Through the efforts of investigators, health care providers, professors, community workers, and policy makers, they have raised a level of awareness of the problems associated with the elderly.


  1. 1995
    The Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA) was created to promote research in aging, improve education in aging, and support community outreach under the leadership of Dr. James S. Goodwin, George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics.
  2. 1995
    The first Lefeber Winter Series on Aging event occurred.
  3. 1996
    The first Forum on Aging event occurred.
  4. 1997
    SCoA received $4 million in external funding for aging research.
  5. 1999
    The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center was funded.
  6. 2001
    SCoA underwent a comprehensive external review in 2001 and was identified as one of the top aging research programs in the country.
  7. 2004
    Work began on the Program Project Grant, "Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Aging" by Dr. John Papaconstantinou from September 2004 - July 2011
  8. 2005
    SCoA designates the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center.
  9. 2005
    SCoA's external funding increases to over $20 million in external funding for aging research.
  10. 2008
    Dr. Rebeca Wong is appointed as the director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center.
  11. 2012
    Dr. Yong-Fang Kuo is appointed as the director of the UTMB Office of Biostatistics.
  12. 2014
    Dr. Elena Volpi is appointed as the Sealy Center on Aging Director by the Executive Vice President of the School of Medicine.
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