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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 extends a positive impact by implementing 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.


Muscle mass declines with age. Here's what you can do about it

Older adults exercising LA Times  02/23/17

Center Director Dr. Volpi Quoted in LA Times: A small amount of muscle loss is nearly inevitable with age. While the rate varies quite a bit, studies suggest the average person loses about 1% of muscle every year after about age 50, says Dr. Elena Volpi, director of the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


Lefeber Winter Series 2017

The 22nd Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging

Tues Evenings January 31 through February 28, 2017

Click for more info: UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging presents the 22nd Lefeber Winter Series on Aging.

The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 22nd year, features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. Each speaker presents a lecture on an important aspect of aging research and consults with students, faculty and staff on research topics, grant applications and articles being written for publication.

The lecture series is open to the general public and attracts a number of seniors and healthcare providers from the Galveston community in addition to UTMB scientists and providers. A reception follows each one hour lecture.

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Welcome Back, Rafael!

Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD returns to UTMB

January 13, 2017

Dr. Samper-Ternent

Dr. Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD earned his MD from Javeriana University in Colombia and then earned his PhD from UTMB in Clinical Sciences. Following the completion of his residency in Geriatrics from Javeriana University in Colombia, he joins UTMB's Division of Geriatrics as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Samper-Ternent will spend 20% of his time as a physician in the Geriatrics clinic and the remainder devoted to research and collaboration with SCOA investigators. His research interests include working on Hispanic aging resilience and sarcopenia.


Physical Activity Grant

New Grant Awarded to UTMB and UTHSC San Antonio

December 14, 2016

Dr. Rasmussen

GALVESTON, Texas – ­The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received a $6.6 million grant to take part in a national project that will analyze what molecular changes occur in people as a result of physical activity. The research could lead to people engaging in more targeted and optimized types of physical activity.

UTMB will be a part of the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium and Blake Rasmussen, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, will be the principal investigator.

This news also reported in Public Now, Genome Web, Targeted News Service and Galveston.com.


Professorships Awarded

Professorships Awarded

November, 2016

Dr. Paddon-JonesDr. Sheffield-Moore

Congratulations to Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD for appointment to the Sheridan Lorenz Distinguished Professorship in Aging and Health. Dr. Paddon-Jones has been a UTMB faculty member since 2003. His research activities focus on the regulation of muscle metabolism, mass, and function in healthy and at-risk populations.

Congratulations to Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD for appointment to the Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging. Dr. Sheffield-Moore joined UTMB's faculty in 2000. Her clinical research program is focused on investigating the systemic and skeletal-muscle specific endocrine and metabolic dysfunction that accompanies cancer, aging, spaceflight, and traumatic brain injury.


ACRM Gold Key

Dr. Ottenbacher Receives ACRM Gold Key

October 30, 2016 - November 4, 2016

Dr. Ottenbacher

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Meeting was held Oct 30-Nov 4, 2016. The Center for Large Data Research in Rehabilitation (CLDR) hosted a booth and sessions by Drs. Ottenbacher and Graham.

Congratulations to Dr. Ottenbacher, recipient of the Gold Key Award, presented at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala.


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