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The Sealy Center on Aging and the Department of Research Services invite all faculty, fellows and students to attend the 23rd Annual Forum on Aging. This event informs gerontology researchers and the community about aging research at UTMB. Learn more about resources available from the Sealy Center on Aging and Department of Research Services at this event. Monetary awards for best student and post-doctoral posters will be given, sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging and Sigma Xi.

In an effort to be environmentally and fiscally conscientious, we're encouraging attendees to utilize the electronic version of the program that will be posted online prior to the event.

Past Winning Posters


2019 Student Poster Winners
Student Poster Title Category
Josha Patiño
Depressive symptoms predict decline in physical  performance in older Mexican American adults Education
Phillip Cantu Household extension and life expectancy estimates of duration of dependency Health Disparities
Jaqueline Contrera Avila The effect of diabetes on dementia in two cohorts of middle aged and older Mexican adults separated by a decade of rapid changes. Health Disparities
Viridiana Saenz Monsivais Effect of vision and hearing impairment on life space among older Mexican-Americans Health Disparities
Megan Francisco How does posture affect your life? Patient perspectives illustrated through cognitive mapping. Rehabilitation & Recovery
Nithin Thaimuriyil Intensive body weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) on motor relearning and muscle activation in a patient with chronic stroke Rehabilitation & Recovery
Emily Mueller Use of occupational therapy in older adults with hospice care Rehabilitation & Recovery
Matthew Scholl Determining the prevalence of sarcopenia in an inpatient geriatric population using EWGSOP2 or FNIH definitions Muscle Aging
Jeffrey Snowden Mutant Huntington preferentially induces DNA damage in the actively transcribing genome by inactivating DNA strand break repair enzyme PNKP. Neuroscience
Cerin Tomson Effects of Muscle Strength and Physical Function on Hospitalization Risk in Older Americans Implementation
Emre Vardali Association between objectively measured non-exercise physical activity levels and cardiovascular health markers independent of meeting the physical activity guidelines in us older adults. Implementation
2019 Post-Graduate Fellow & Resident Winners
Student Poster Title Category
Chiara Pascucci
A novel oral glucose tolerance test to measure insulin secretion and hepatic glucose metabolism in older adults with type 2 diabetes Clinical Research
Sadaf Milani Measures of lower body function as predictors of mortality among Mexican Americans aged 75 and older. Health Disparities
Daniel Puebla Neira Association of the hospital readmissions reduction program implementation with mortality outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Outcomes Research
Anna Fracassi Modulation of antioxidant response and neuroinflammation in frontal cortex of demented vs. non-demented individuals with Alzheimer’s neuropathology. Basic Science
Subrata Pradhan Mutant Huntington impairs mitochondrial DNA repair and transcription. Basic Science


2018 Photo Gallery
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2018 Student Poster Winners
Student Poster Title Category
John Davis, MD
Do Statins Really Cause Muscle Symptoms? A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials of Statin Therapy Patient-Centered Outcomes & Clinical Effectiveness Research
Whitney Franklin, BA
Decreased Synaptic Insulin Responsiveness in the Hippocampus After Traumatic Brain Injury: Relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease and Therapeutic Implications Basic Sciences & Neuroscience Research
Nicole Huang, BS
Nurse Practitioner Involvement in Medicare Accountable Care Organization: Impact on Quality of Care Patient-Centered Outcomes & Clinical Effectiveness Research
Jason Johnson, BS
Frailty as a Predictor of Life-Space Mobility Among Community Dwelling Older Mexican Americans Health Disparities Research
Claudia Marino, PhD
Modulation of neurotoxic amyloid beta oligomers: A role for Hsp60 Basic Sciences & Neuroscience Research
Erin Maxwell, BS
Adequacy of Protein Consumption 1-Week and 4-Weeks After Hospital Discharge in Older Adults Clinical Research
Christina Nguyen, BS
End-of-Life Healthcare Utilization of Older Hispanics with and without a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Health Disparities Research
Amanda Randolph, MS
Anticonvulsant Use Associated with Fall and Fracture in Elders with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Clinical Research/td>
Rahul Shah, BS
Prolonged Opioid Prescriptions in Older Cancer Survivors: A Retrospective Cohort Study Patient-Centered Outcomes & Clinical Effectiveness Research
Jaspreet Sodhi, PhD
Pain and Upper-Lower Extremity Disability among Older Adult Americans: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study Rehabilitation Sciences Research
Brenda Velarde, BS
Whey protein hydrolysate as a potential nutritional intervention to increase blood amino acids concentration and uptake Clinical Research
2018 Post-Graduate Fellow & Resident Winners
Post-Graduate Fellow or Resident Poster Title Category
Tatiana Moro, PhD
Muscle Fibre-Specific Response to Resistance Exercise Training in Older Adults Clinical & Basic Sciences Research
Ijeoma Oguike, MD
What your patients don't tell you: A Case of Polypharmacy and Nutraceutical Use Causing Hallucinations in a Geriatric Patient Rehabilitation Research
Mo Ray-Zack, MD
Costs of Radical Cystectomy Versus Trimodal Therapy for Patients with Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancers Population-Based Research


2017 Photo Gallery
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2017 Student Poster Winners
Student Poster Title Category
Leyla Akhverdiyeva
Estimation of Appendicular Skeletal Muscle Mass Using Bioelectrical Impedance in Hospitalized Geriatric Patients Clinical Trials/Clinical Physiology
Jaqueline Avila
High-Cost Inpatient Admissions Among Elderly Patients with Cancer Clinical Epidemiology
Kara Barber
Accumulation of Active Zone Protein Brp Within Axons Is Sufficient to Induce Synapse Dysfunction and Instability Neuroscience
Juliana Bores
Patient Characteristics Associated with Functional Status Change in Stroke Rehabilitation Sciences
Camille Brightwell
Diabetes Is Associated with Lower Limb Strength Decline in Hispanic Older Adults Rehabilitation Sciences
Catherine Cooper Hay
Investigation of Chronic Young Stroke Survivors' Goal Priorities Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Colleen McKenna*
Satellite Cell Depletion Impacts Skeletal Muscle Recovery Following a Burn Injury Basic Sciences
Jeffrey Snowden
Mutant Huntingtin Impairs Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair by Inactivating DNA Strand Break Repair Enzyme PNKP Neuroscience
Paul Wadsworth
Poor Lower-Body Functioning Is
Associated with Accelerated Cognitive Decline For Mexican Americans 75
Years and Older
Health Disparities

* Sigma Xi membership winner

2017 Post-Graduate Fellow & Resident Winners
Post-Graduate Fellow or Resident Poster Title Category
Byron Hughes
Surgscore: Development and Validation Of
A Risk Adjustment Model for Surgery
Comparative Effectiveness/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Morteza Komeylian
Isolated Hip Fracture Improvement at A Tertiary-Care Medical Center Comparative Effectiveness/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Chih-Ying Li
Post-Acute Care Trajectory Among Hip Fracture Medicare Beneficiaries:  Hospital Referral Regions Perspectives Rehabilitation Sciences
Chih-Ying Li
Association Between Gait Speed and Mobility Disabilities in Mexican Older Adults Health Disparities
Mauro Montalbano
Early Deposition of Tau and Amyloid-Β Oligomer Pathology Inretinal Ganglion Cell
Layer and Vessels in A Mouse Model Of
Alzheimer’s Disease
Basic Sciences & Neuroscience
Tatiana Moro
Effect of Resistance Exercise Training on Nutrient Sensing and Protein Synthesis
In Skeletal Muscle of Older Adults
Clinical Physiology


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2016 Postdoctoral Poster Winners

Postdoc Poster Title Category
Hadley, Emily Effect of Amnion Exosomes on Feto-Material Gestational Cells: New Signalers in The Labor Cascade Basic Science & Neuroscience
Hong, Ickpyo International Disability Comparisons Between Old Adults in the United states and Korea Using the Rasch Model Health Disparities
Bishwakarma, Raju Metformin and Health Care Utilization in Patients with Coexisting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Diabetes PCOR & Medical Effectiveness
Osasona, Ayodele Factors Affecting Likelihood of Obtaining Thoracoscopic Verus Open Lobectomy: A NSQIP Analysis PCOR & Medical Effectiveness
Deer, Rachel Implementing Post-Hospital Interventions in Community Dwelling Older Adults: Feasibility & Adherence Clinical Trials & Implementation
Galvan, Elfego Preserving Muscle Mass and Function In Bedridden Older Adults: Effects of Low-Intensity Exercise Clinical Trials & Implementation

2016 Student Poster Winners

Student Poster Title Category
Barber, Kara Active Zone Proteins Are Transported Via Distinct Mechanisms Regulated by Par-1 Kinase Neuroscience
Marino, Claudia APP/ABETA-HSP60 Functional Interaction: Relevance to Alzheimer's Disease Neuroscience
Cortez, Danelo Aged Dominant Negative P38A MAPK Mice are Resistant to Age Dependent Decline in Adult - Neurogenesis and Context Discrinination Fear Conditioning Basic Science
Kulkarni, Kay Association of Obesity and Hospital Readmissions, and Reasons For Readmission, Following Inpatient Rehabilitation for Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty Rehabilitation
Contrera Avila, Jaqueline Healthcare Expenditures and Utilization Among Mexican Older Adults Health Disparities
King, Mary Margaret Exploring the Need for Skilled OT Intervention at St. Vincent's Clinic, Galveston to Address Behavioral Risk Modifications for Chronic Diseases Health Disparities
Perino, Keli Relationship of Diet Quality and Socioeconomic Status in Hospitalized Older Adults Medical Effectiveness
Akhverdiyeva, Leyla Estimation of Appendicular Skeletal Muscle Mass with Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Acutely Ill Older Adults Clinical Trials & Implementation


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2015 Postdoctoral Poster Winners
Postdoc Poster Title Category
Behnia, Faranak Antioxidant Reduction and p38MAPK Signaling: Mechanistic Activators of Fetal Membrane Senescence Basic Science & Neuroscience
Deer, Rachel Improvement in Timed Up and Go Measures in Acutely Ill Older Adults After 1-Month of Post-hospitalization Interventions Clinical Research
Downer, Brian The Effect of Adult Children Living in the United States on the Likelihood of Cognitive Impairment for Older Parents Living in Mexico Evaluation
Middleton, Addie Functional Status and Cognition are Associated with 30-day Unplanned Re-hospitalization Following Postacute Care Clinical Research
Nenov, Miroslav Control of Neuronal Excitability by Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 in the Nucleus Accumbens Basic Science & Neuroscience

2015 Student Poster Winners

Student Poster Title Category
Comerota, Michele Near Infrared Light Treatment Reduces Amyloid Beta Oligomer Binding to Synapses in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease Neuroscience
Kumar, Amit Evaluating Comorbidity Indices as Predictors of 30-day Readmission in Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Following Inpatient Rehabilitation Rehabilitation & Disability
Lewis, Zakkoyya The Role of Physical Activity and Physical Function on the Risk of Falls in Older Mexican Americans Minority Health/Health Disparities
Loresto, Figaro Social Network Analysis to Examine Physician Use of Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy on Elderly Medicare Patients Clinical (Epidemiology/ Physiology)
Moran, Jacob Quality Improvement: Geriatric Medication Review CER/PCOR
Nilson, Ashley Tau Oligomers and Inflammation in Alzheimer's Disease and Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia Neuroscience
Saenz, Joseph Facets of Socioeconomic Position and the Onset and Progression of Functional Limitation in Mexico Minority Health/Health Disparities
Sheller, Samantha Packaging of Alarmin, HMGB1, in Oxidative Stress Induced Amnion Cell Exosomes: A Signal from Senescent Fetal Cells at Term Basic Sciences


2014 Postdoctoral Poster Winners
Postdoc Poster Title Category
Agarwal, Amitesh Process and Outcome Measures for COPD Patients Under Different Care Models Clinical Epidemiology
Behnia, Faranak Environmental Pollutant Pollybromated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Induces Primary Amnion Senescence Through P38MAPK Activation Basic Science
Deer, Rachel Feasibility of Post-Hospitalization Interventions to Improve Physical Function in Older Adults Patient-Centered Research
Diaz-Venegas, Carlos Family Size and Old Age Well-Being Effects of the Fertility Transition in Mexico Clinical Epidemiology
Lambert, Bradley Effect of 10 Grams of Whey Protein Hydrolysate or 18 Grams of Whey Protein on Muscle Protein Synthesis Following Resistance Exercise Clinical Physiology
Nenov, Miroslav Impaired Firing Properties of Dentate Granule Neurons in an Alzheimer's Disease Animal Model are Rescued by PPARΓ AGONISM Neuroscience Research
Simmons, Carrie A Process Change for End-of-Life Autonomy Clinical Research
Tamirisa, Nina Relative Contributions of Complications and Failure to Rescue on Mortality in Older Patients Undergoing Pancreatectomy Comparative Effectiveness Research
2014 Student Poster Winners
Student Poster Title Category
Borack, Michael Protein Supplementation Following Resistance Exercise Overcomes Anabolic Resistance in Older Men Clinical Physiology
English, Kelsey Progression of Inflammation and Tau Oligomer Formation in Alzheimer's Disease Neuroscience Research
Kumar, Amit Prevalence of Pre-Diabetes and Underdiagnosed Diabetes Among Older Adults in Mexico Clinical Epidemiology
Loresto, Figaro Examining Patient's Health Status, Functional Status, and Health Behavior Among Primary Care Models Involving Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Comparative Effectiveness Research
Marino, Claudia The Inhibitory Effect of HSP60 on Amyloid Beta Aggregation: A Biophysical Study Neuroscience Research
Randolph, Amanda Metabolic Effects of Aerobis Exercise and Post-Exercise Amino Acid Supplementation in Healthy Older Adults MSTAR Research
Saenz, Joseph Educational Gradients and Pathways of Disability Onset Among Older Mexicans: Cohort and Sex Clinical and Health Disparities
Umbaugh, Charles Targeting Laminin Receptor to Modulate Survival of Prostate Cancer and Neural Cells Basic Science


2013 Postdoctoral Poster Winners
Postdoc Poster Title Category
Parmar, Abhishek Evaluating Comparative Effectiveness with Observational Data: Endoscopic Ultrasound and Survival in Pancreatic Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research
Fongang, Bernard  A comprehensive study of age-dependence in gene expression in four human tissue types  
Diaz-Venegas , Carlos Gender Differences in the Disablement Process: The Case of Mexico Health Disparities Research
Vargas, Gabriella Timing of Chemotherapy and Primary Tumor Resection in Patients with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research
Singh, Gurinder Trends in 30-day readmission rates in fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with COPD: 2001-2009 Clinical Epidemiology
Lwin, Kyaw New onset of Bulimia Nervosa in an elderly patient: sustained clinical response to Mirtazapine Clinical Research
Guerrero-Munoz, Marcos Amyloid oligomer aggregation state: a common feature of different amyloidogenic proteins in Alzheimer's disease Neuroscience Research
Markofski, Melissa Exercise with Amino Acid Intake Increases Muscle Microvascular Perfusion in Older Adults Clinical Physiology Research
Meena, Ragai Burn injury associated with domiciliary oxygen use in patients with COPD Clinical Epidemiology
Challa, Soujanya Miliary Tuberculosis presenting with laryngeal symptoms in HIV negative male Clinical Research
2013 Student Poster Winners
Student Poster Title Category
Danquah, Vanessa Does Emotional Vitality Protect Against Functional Decline? Findings from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Clinical Research
Kulkarni, Kshitija Potentially Preventable Hospital Readmissions Following Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation for Surgical Repair of Hip Fracture Rehabilitation Research
Saenz, Joseph A Life Course Approach to Mortality in Mexico Clinical  Epidemiology
Fang, Xiao Comparing different methods applying propensity score in controlling selection bias for prostate cancer study PCOR/CER
Reidy, Paul Post-exercise leucine-enriched essential amino acid ingestion improves translational capacity in human skeletal muscle of older adults. Clinical Physiology Research
Barnes, Kevin The age related GTPASE RHEB regulates synaptic stability Neuroscience Research
Varma, A. Prophylactic treatment with monophosphoryl lipid-A(MPLA) - A toll-like receptor-4 (TRL-4) agonist - improves resistance to pseudomonas infection and mortality in young and aged mice following brain injury Basic Science Research
Briley, David High resolution volumetric imaging in the Murine Retina Basic Science Research

Poster Submission Guidelines

Participant Eligibility

UTMB faculty, fellows and students involved in aging research.


Monetary awards for best student and fellow posters will be given. Awards sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging and Sigma Xi.


  • Submit an abstract by the due date. Abstracts are included in the forum program.
  • Maximum poster size is 4’ vertically by 6’ horizontally.
  • You must be available to talk about your research during the Forum on Aging event.

What to present?

Your poster should give other UTMB scientists a sense of the type of work you are doing. This might be a poster that you presented at a national meeting within the last year or one that summarizes all of your current aging research. If you are just beginning, you could summarize the goals and proposed methodology of a new project.

Event Setup

Board assignments and name tags can be picked up at the registration desk starting at 3:00 p.m. on day of the Forum on Aging event.

Poster Guidelines

Download: UTMB Research Poster PowerPoint Template
Download: Example Poster

When developing and designing your poster, consider displaying the data and information in a way that can be easily read and understood from 4 feet away.

Suggested Format

  1. Title
  2. Authors and Addresses
  3. Abstract
  4. Purpose
  5. Methods
  6. Data/Results
  7. Conclusions
  8. Acknowledgment & References

Printing the Poster

Large single sheet poster prints and/or title banners can be ordered online through Graphic Design and Printing Services (409) 772-5900.

If billing through your department or grant, you will need to provide the PS Class (XXXXX) or Project-Bud Ref (XXXXX-XX). Allow for a 3-day turn around after you submit your poster online. Contact Academic Resources for more information about ordering posters.

Presenting the Poster

The posters will be mounted to 4’ X 6’ boards with push pins inside the Levin Hall Dining Room. A program specifying the location number for your poster will be given to you at the registration desk located at the entrance of the dining room.

Things to Remember

Posters should progress logically from an introductory abstract to your conclusions. Remember that few of the people who read your poster will know as much about the topic as you do. Make it easy for them to understand. It should also be legible with a font size of 20+ so that people reading your poster can comfortable read the material from 3-4 feet away.

Keep the text to a minimum and consider using graphs or charts of data whenever possible. Diagrams of techniques or experimental plans can be very helpful and are usually easier to understand than just text alone. For results, use mostly tables, figures and diagrams with a short set of bullets under each table, figure or diagram summarizing the major findings. Don't forget to number your graphs or tables, if necessary.

A good poster answers the following questions:

  • What problem or question did you address?
  • What approach did you take?
  • Did you use any unusual techniques?
  • What did you find out?
  • What did each experiment you present tell you?
  • Why was this project worth doing?
  • What conclusions did you draw based on your research?
  • If you could continue with the project, what would you do next?


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