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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 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.


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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

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Volpi GSBS Award

Dr. Volpi GSBS Distinguished Faculty Research Award

By UTMB Newsroom | May 25, 2018

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UTMB’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences held commencement on May 18, 2018. The Distinguished Faculty Research Award was presented to Dr. Elena Volpi, professor in the departments of internal medicine-geriatrics, neuroscience and cell biology, nutrition and metabolism. Dr. Volpi was recognized for her prominent global reputation in metabolism research within the important field of aging. She serves as the director of the Sealy Center on Aging and the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. She is also the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

WHO/PAHO Redesignation

World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on Aging and Health

By Galveston Daily News | May 23, 2018

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The Sealy Center on Aging has been re-designated as a World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on Aging and Health, under the direction of Dr. Rebeca Wong. Collaborating centers are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the WHO’s programs. Our center plays an essential role in research and clinical training in public health, geriatrics and gerontology. The designation begins June 30, 2018 and will be effective for four years.

Scientific Writing Tips

Pepper Investigator's Lecture Video Now Available

By SCoA | May 2, 2018

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This month's Pepper Investigator's Lecture, "Sixteen Suggestions to Improve Skills in Scientific Writing," was presented by, James S. Goodwin, MD, George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics on May 2, 2018 at UTMB.

 

Annual Pepper Meeting

Research Investigators Attend Annual Pepper OAIC Meeting

By SCoA | May 1, 2018

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Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and the UTMB Pepper OAIC attended the Annual Pepper Meeting on April 30 & May 1, 2018.

Dr. Volpi presented, "How to Grow in Leadership Roles," with David Reuben, MD from UCLA. Blake Rasmussen, PhD, gave a report on the second year of MoTrPAC.

Best Poster Award

Best Poster Award Annual Pepper OAIC Meeting

By SCoA | May 1, 2018

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Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and the UTMB Pepper OAIC attended the Annual Pepper Meeting on April 30 & May 1, 2018.

Investigators participated in a poster session where Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD and co-authors received a Best Poster award for their work, "Enhancing Wellbeing of Older Hispanics with Dementia and their Caregivers: The Role of Functional and Cognitive Decline."

Diabetic Volunteers Needed

Diabetic Volunteers Aged 60-85 for Study

By SCoA | April 25, 2018

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Nutrition, Exercise and Muscle Growth in Diabetes DIABETIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Ages 60-85

 

Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB need volunteers for a new study on exercise, nutrition and muscle growth. To participate in this trial, you must be between the ages of 60 and 85 and not suffer from a serious medical condition except Type II Diabetes. We are recruiting for Type II Diabetes. You will be compensated for time and travel. You shall receive regular medical exams and tests. You will be given a copy of your test results. Dr. Elena Volpi is the Principal Investigator of this study. Contact Paula Skinkis: 409-772-1907 pskinkis@utmb.edu

NIH / NIAMS Award

National Institutes of Health / NIAMS Award

By SCoA | March 23, 2018

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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

Objectives:

  • 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

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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

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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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