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.
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.
Quick Links Research Programs Supported by SCoA
- World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization
- The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
- Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly
- Mexican Health and Aging Study
- Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly
New Study by UTMB Investigators and Colleagues Looks at Discharge to the Community After Rehabilitation
By SCoA Manuscript Office | November 11, 2018
For patients who need rehabilitation before they can leave the hospital, does the hospital make a difference in whether they go home at discharge?
That was the question Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR and colleagues attempted to answer in their new paper published in JAMA Network Open on November 9th, “Facility and Geographic Variation in Rates of SuccessfulCommunity Discharge after Inpatient Rehabilitation amongMedicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries."
The article looks at the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. Dr. Addie Middleton, an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and a former faculty member at UTMB, is the lead author on the study. She is also a scholar in the Rehabilitation Sciences Career Development Program. Dr. Janet Bettger, another author on this study, is a former pilot project awardee of the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation.
Daily Aspirin Found to Have No Benefit for Healthy Seniors
By Advertiser-News | October 31, 2018
Low-dose aspirin therapy in older healthy adults without previous cardiovascular events did not prolong healthy independent living, according to an international study.
“This is a critically important study because many older adults who never had a heart attack or a stroke are taking aspirin,” says Dr. Elena Volpi, principal investigator of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Sealy Center on Aging, one of 34 clinical sites in the United States taking part in the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly trial. “In this study aspirin did not protect from developing dementia or physical disability, but it increased the risk of death.”
More than 19,000 people 65 and older in the United States and Australia participated in the study, which began in 2010 to see if aspirin would increase survival free of persistent physical disability or dementia. This news is reported in the Advertiser-News.
The 22nd Annual Forum on Aging
By SCoA | October 18, 2018
The 22nd Annual Forum on Aging was held October 18th at Levin Hall. The major purpose of the forum is to inform gerontology researchers, in particular, and the UTMB community, in general, of the types of research on aging conducted at UTMB and of the resources available from the Sealy Center on Aging. This year, we are proud to say we have posters from teams of investigators encompassing all UTMB Schools here to showcase their research.
Dr. Volpi thanked each participant for sharing their aging-related work at the forum. There were 83 total participants. Each poster was reviewed and scored by the judges and a total of 14 winners awarded, 11 students and 3 fellows. The complete photo gallery of each winner receiving their award and the winners' name, abstract title, and category can be viewed on the Forum on Aging winners webpage.
Dr. Volpi also thanked Roxann Grover for developing the website and electronic voting system, Stephanie Burt and Kelly Prevou for administrative support.
Pepper Team Leadership Training Program
By SCoA | October 9, 2018
Kevin Wooten, PhD and Eugene Frazier, MSC, CEAP, PCC, MCC, SCC, CPLC who developed the content specifically for team science leadership, spent two full days with the trainees. The leadership training program was interactive and the 27 attendees were engaged in the lecture and activities.
The UTMB Pepper center provided 25 scholarships based on merit including hotel accommodations for Wednesday and Thursday. Breakfast and lunch provided free of charge for all attendees.
NIA P30 Grant Awarded to Dr. Kyriakos Markides
By SCoA | September 28, 2018
Kyriakos Markides, PhD receives P30 Grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to establish a Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) in collaboration with UT Austin. It will provide an infrastructure that facilitates the development of research on aging in minority populations and developing researchers from underrepresented minorities.
Drs. Yong-Fang Kuo, Kristen Peek, Rebeca Wong and others are also involved.
Dr. Markides is a Professor and Director, Annie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging for Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH), and Editor for the Journal of Aging and Health.
The Rise and Fall of T
By Texas Health Journal | September 27, 2018
The Texas Health Journal’s September edition focused on big data research projects. Included in the issue was the work of UTMB’s Jacques Baillargeon and his team to determine why there has been a decrease in men receiving testosterone therapy. Baillargeon encourages new graduate students and postdocs to be careful when using large databases. “Most of these big data sources were not designed for research, but for billing. If something is not a billable claim or related to billing in some meaningful way, it may not be accurately and consistently recorded,” said Baillargeon.
Dr. Baillargeon is a fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging and a core research investigator at the UTMB Pepper Center.
Dr. Toombs Smith Presents Lecture
By SCoA | September 24 2018
Dr. Toombs Smith, director of the Sealy Center on Aging Manuscript Office, participated in a workshop for School of Medicine applicants on September 24, 2018 to assist with re-application to UTMB. Her presentation was entitled, “Hacking the Personal Statement.” The event was funded by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Minority Health Research and Education Program (MHGP) 2018-2020 (PI, Norma Perez, MD, DrPH).
New Muscle Study Grant from NIA
By SCoA | September 19, 2018
SCoA Fellow and co-leader of the Pepper Center Metabolism and Biology Resource Core 2, Chris Fry, PhD is the UTMB Site PI on a new grant from the National Institute on Aging that will study age-related muscle degeneration. The one-year study, “Dose-ranging safety and efficacy studies to advance novel mechanism-of-action drug candidates to reverse age-related muscle degeneration,” is a partnership with Ridgeline Therapeutics.
Low-dose aspirin found to have no effect on healthy life span in seniors
By UTMB Newsroom | September 17, 2018
GALVESTON, Texas – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston participated in an international study finding that low-dose aspirin therapy in older healthy adults without previous cardiovascular events did not prolong healthy independent living.
UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging was one of 34 clinical sites in the United States taking part in the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly trial.
“This is a critically important study because many older adults who never had a heart attack or a stroke are taking aspirin,” says Dr. Elena Volpi, principal investigator of the UTMB clinical site. “In this study aspirin did not protect from developing dementia or physical disability, but it increased the risk of death.”
This is also posted at TMC News.
10 Sleep Tips for College Students
By TeenVogue | September 12, 2018
A recent study found that a lack of sleep has a negative impact on a college student’s GPA. The impact was as high as or higher than that of stress, drinking and drug use. In this story, SCoA fellow Sara Nowakowski, contributes tips to help students get a good night’s rest.
The full article can be read online at TeenVogue
Congratulations to Pepper Pilot Awardees
By SCoA | September 11, 2018
The Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core (PESC) is to stimulate new research addressing the issues of functional loss and gain and promoting functional recovery from serious illness in the elderly. The PESC funds one- or two-year pilot grants with budgets up to $50,000 per year and also small exploratory projects with seed money budgets of up to $10,000. This year's Pepper Pilot Awardees are:
Ickpyo Hong, OTR, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Title: Development of a Cross-National Independence Measure for Asian Stroke Survivors
Vineet Menachery, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
Title: Parabiosis and Age-dependent Viral Pathogenesis
- Maria Swartz, PhD, MPH, RD, LD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Nutrition and Metabolism Title: A Web-based Active Video Games Intervention in Aging Breast Cancer Survivors
Much of what you've heard about protein may be wrong
By Nutrition Action | August 30, 2018
Dr. Rasmussen was recently interviewed by The Center for Science in the Public Interest - a Washington DC based non-profit watchdog and consumer advocacy group. The interview “Much of what you’ve heard about protein may be wrong” was published in their September 2018 issue of 'Nutrition Action Health Letter’.
Sorry, but that protein shake probably isn’t going to get you jacked
By Men's Health | August 16, 2018
Ingesting large amounts of protein does not always translate to a size gain, it turns out there is a limit to how much protein your body can absorb in one sitting. “Skeletal muscle protein synthesis is maximized by 25 to 35 grams of high-quality protein during a meal,” said UTMB’s Doug Paddon-Jones. The full article can be read at Men's Health. Dr. Paddon-Jones is the director for UTMB's CeRPAN Physical Activity and Functional Recovery Translational Research Laboratory.
Rev Appelberg Honored at Galveston Beach Band Concert
By SCoA | August 14, 2018
Rev Helen Appelberg, Senior Fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB was honored at the final Galveston Beach Band concert of the season on August 14, 2018. Rev Appelberg has organized outreach activities at SCoA for many years.
Testosterone prescriptions have sharply dropped in the past few years
By UTMB Newsroom | July 11, 2018
UTMB researchers found drop after use was reported to be linked to heart attacks and strokes.
GALVESTON, Texas – Testosterone use in the United States tripled between 2001 and 2011, mostly in men without a clear indication for it. This new study shows, however, that testosterone use dropped significantly after testosterone use was reported to be linked to heart attacks and strokes. Jacques Baillargeon and colleagues from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston tracked testosterone use and their findings are available in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fox26 Houston also reported on Testosterone prescription decline.