News and Events


Annual Events

The Sealy Center on Aging supports a number of events related to research, education, and community service throughout the year focusing on improving the health and well-being of the elderly. Follow @UTMB_SCoA on Twitter and visit our Facebook Page for announcements.

News Archive

  • SHP/SON Grant

    Multidisciplinary Development of Walk and Talk Videos to Increase Physical Activity Among Diverse Older Women

    September 28, 2020, 12:46 PM by SCOA
    New School of Health Professions / School of Nursing Grant: Multidisciplinary Development of Walk and Talk Videos to Increase Physical Activity Among Diverse Older Women. Annalyn DeMello PhD, MPH, RN​ (SON) Elizabeth Lyons, MPH, PhD (SHP), and Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD (SHP) were awarded a fiscal year 2021 SHP/SON grant for a new project that aims to increase physical activity in older women.
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    Dr. Deer Leads Research Arm of Post-COVID Recovery Clinic at UTMB

    September 25, 2020, 13:02 PM by SCOA
    Rachel Deer, PhD is leading the research arm of a new Post-COVID Recovery Clinic at UTMB. Recovery from COVID-19 is posing a new set of challenges for patients and physicians alike. The Post-COVID Rehabilitation Clinic has a multidisciplinary team from a broad range of specialties to address the issues of COVID-19 aftercare. Make an appointment by calling (832) 632-6666.
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    Study in Parkinson's Disease of Exercise - UTMB is a Clinical Site

    September 24, 2020, 14:21 PM by SCOA
    UTMB is participating as a clinical site for the Study in Parkinson's Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial. The SPARX3 (NCT04284436) study is the first randomized control trial designed to investigate the effects of moderate- and high-intensity aerobic exercise on disease progression in untreated patients with Parkinson’s.
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    Really heartbreaking: Social isolation can have harmful effects on seniors - Tammie Michael, DNP

    September 23, 2020, 15:23 PM by SCOA
    This degree of social isolation can lead to depression, loss of appetite, changes in sleeping patterns and, perhaps most alarming, can exacerbate already existing illnesses in seniors, said Tammie Michael, a nurse practitioner based at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
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    COPD readmissions reduction program decreases 30-day hospital readmission, may increase mortality

    September 21, 2020, 16:05 PM by SCOA
    “An important concern is the current penalties for readmission do not to take into consideration the impact on mortality. Reducing readmissions may inadvertently affect minority and disadvantaged patients. These patients are not only at higher risk for readmission, they may also be at higher risk of dying,” said senior author Dr. Gulshan Sharma, director of the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.
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    UTMB Researchers: Call for Pepper Center RL5 Scholar Applications - Due 10/9

    September 17, 2020, 16:30 PM by SCOA
    The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit RL5 scholar applications. The Research Education Component engages early-stage investigators in a mentored research experience to support the development of externally funded research. Deadline: October 9, 2020.
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    UTMB Researchers: Call for Pepper Center Pilot Project Proposals - Due 9/25

    September 14, 2020, 09:27 AM by SCOA
    Proposals from any domain of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome. Projects will be funded for one year, with total annual direct costs not to exceed $50,000. LOI Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020
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    Members of the Sealy Center on Aging Serve the Community

    August 4, 2020, 10:18 AM by SCOA
    Ritchie, Alice and Candy continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by volunteering to feed those in need.
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    Sealy Center on Aging Postdoc Joins Geriatrics at UTMB

    August 4, 2020, 08:51 AM by SCOA
    Sadaf MIlani, PhD has joined the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, as an assistant professor and BIRCWH scholar focusing on pain, prescription opioids, and cognition, among older women.
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    In the news: Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds

    August 3, 2020, 14:26 PM by SCOA
    United Press International: Research conducted at UTMB found that 90 percent or more of people undergoing total knee or hip replacement in 2017 received a prescription for opioid pain relievers within 60 days of surgery, up from 82 percent three years earlier.
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    Drs. Raji, Kuo & team publish new article on Opioid use in JAMA

    August 3, 2020, 13:38 PM by SCOA
    Mukaila Raji, MD and Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD with their team published, "Opioid Use and Pain Control After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in the US, 2014 to 2017," in JAMA on July 30, 2020. Fourth year medical student Rahul Shah was the first author on the article.
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    Drs. Raji & Kuo receive $1.42M in second round of funding to study Opioid prescribing

    July 24, 2020, 17:15 PM by SCOA
    Mukaila Raji, MD and Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD received a second round of funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH for grant, "Effectiveness, toxicity and safety of opioid and benzodiazepine substitutes," through 2024.
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    Dr. Pappadis receives funding from the National Institute on Aging to study Geriatric TBI

    July 23, 2020, 17:47 PM by SCOA
    Monique R. Pappadis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Aging for her 5-year project, "Chronic Care Management of Geriatric Traumatic Brain Injury."
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    UTMB Pepper Center Receives $6.3M in Fifth Round of Funding

    July 22, 2020, 19:29 PM by SCOA
    The National Institute on Aging has announced $6.3M in continued funding for the UTMB Pepper Center for the next five years (through June 2025). Funded since 2000, the Center has focused on helping older adults improve muscle strength and regain function after an illness.
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    New Press Release: Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders

    July 10, 2020, 10:51 AM by SCOA
    The eagerly awaited results for the Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders (STRIDE) Trial are now available in the New England Journal of Medicine. This was a team effort among multiple institutions and health care systems across the US.
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    Research Continues In-hospital and Post-discharge

    July 8, 2020, 18:29 PM by SCOA
    ​The Volpi/Deer hospital research team has been recruiting for in-hospital and post-discharge studies since late April 2020 when Phase 1 research came back online after the COVID19 shutdown. They are currently recruiting for two randomized clinical trials investigating pragmatic interventions to slow muscle loss during hospitalization and accelerate recovery of physical function after discharge.
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    Pepper OAIC Webinars of Interest

    July 7, 2020, 10:45 AM by SCOA
    Researchers are invited to join two upcoming webinars from The Pepper Coordinating Center. July 10 - Succeeding in aging research during the pandemic: a webinar for research fellows and junior faculty. July 15 - Spotlight on AGS20 Virtual Sessions: Preventing Serious Fall Injuries: Primary Findings from the STRIDE Study.
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    Caregiver Connection Goes Virtual

    July 6, 2020, 12:44 PM by SCOA
    The Caregiver Connection Support Group is meeting virtually on Zoom on the first Wednesday monthly from 12 -1 p.m. All family caregivers of older adults with dementia or other special needs are welcome.
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  • DCARE Study

    Dementia Care Study Progress (DCARE)

    July 3, 2020, 14:58 PM by SCOA
    The DCARE Study has recruited 20% of the target sample and that we are now ready to include participants that only speak Spanish into the study. Are you caring for someone experiencing memory problems? Enrollment is ongoing. Contact us today. Call (409) 266-9641.
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    Alice Williams Participates in The Longest Day

    June 24, 2020, 13:26 PM by SCOA
    Alice Williams participated in the Longest Day fundraiser on June 20th. Alice rode her bicycle at sunrise and sunset along the beautiful back roads by Galveston's West Bay to honor family caregivers of people with dementia. She raised $1,000 to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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    UTMB COVID-19 Research Virtual Workshop - COVID-19 in Older Adults

    June 24, 2020, 13:21 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Chief Research office and UTMB CTSA in collaboration with UTMB infectious disease research community hosted a COVID-19 Research Virtual Workshop to facilitate learning and discussion around critical research questions related to the pandemic. On Thursday June 11, researches from the Sealy Center on Aging gave presentations about COVID-19 in older adults.
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    Dr. Watowich COVID-19 Research Collaboration News

    June 24, 2020, 13:17 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    As the world continues dealing with the pandemic, an international team of computational scientists, medicinal chemists, biochemists, and virologist, led by Texas researchers, are working to rapidly identify drug like molecules that stop SARS-CoV-2.
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    Dr. Li Publishes Article on Post-Acute Care

    June 24, 2020, 13:08 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Dr. Cynthia Li and colleagues published a new scientific article, "Impact of Self-Care and Mobility on One or More Post-Acute Care Transitions". This paper is a result of a pilot project from the UTMB Pepper Center previously awarded to Dr. Li.
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    Dr. Ko Publishes Article on Stroke

    June 24, 2020, 13:03 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Dr. Mansoo Ko and colleagues published a new scientific article, "Gait Deviation Associated with Absent Terminal Stance Phase in People with Stroke." Dr. Ko is a past recipient of a pilot project from the UTMB Pepper Center.
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    RSVP of Galveston County Continues to Help the Community

    May 27, 2020, 10:10 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The RSVP of Galveston County continues to help the community. Alice Williams and Ritchie Adoue have teamed up to be back-up volunteers for the local Meals on Wheels program. Catherine Cooksley, a retired member of the Sealy Center on Aging and volunteer with the RSVP Program, also helps deliver meals. Each month, Ritchie Adoue serves dinner at Salvation Army.
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    Lefeber Prize Awarded to Usama Jazzar

    May 14, 2020, 18:44 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Congratulations to former Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) graduating medical student Usama Jazzar, this year’s recipient of the Edward J and Ellie Weisiger Lefeber, Sr Prize in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.
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    Welcome, New MSTAR Program Participants

    May 14, 2020, 18:37 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Sealy Center on Aging welcomes three students in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program this summer. Welcome, Lan Vu, Michael Sewanaku, Sun Paek.
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    Aging in Mexico: The Most Vulnerable Adults

    May 13, 2020, 10:15 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    A new factsheet from Dr. Wong and the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) is now available. Download Aging in Mexico: The Most Vulnerable Adults MHAS Factsheet 20-2 May 2020 at the WHO/PAHO website.
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    Dr. Cantu Presents Special Lecture: “Living Arrangements of Older Mexican Americans”

    April 20, 2020, 09:56 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    April 20, 2020 at noon: Sealy Center on Aging & Health of Older Minorities Special Lecture, “Living Arrangements of Older Mexican Americans," presented by Phillip A. Cantu, PhD, Project Director, Texas Resource Center for Minority Aging Research and the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly.
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    Dr. Li Receives New NIH/NICHD and AOTF Grants

    April 7, 2020, 09:31 AM by SCOA
    Former UTMB Pepper Center Pilot award recipient Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, Dept of Occupational Therapy has been selected to receive a 2 year AOTF grant and a 5 year NIH/NICHD grant award.
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    Caregiver Connection moves to Teleconferencing as of April 1, 2020

    April 2, 2020, 10:23 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Caregiver Connection support group, led by Alice Williams, Community Education Specialist with SCOA, held its first teleconference meeting on April 1. The group will continue to meet virtually until further notice. Contact Alice Williams at alwillia@utmb.edu for more info.
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    Dr. Ottenbacher Receives New NIH/NIA Grant

    April 1, 2020, 14:19 PM by SCOA
    Dr. Ottenbacher received a new 5-year grant from the NIH/NIA, titled “Academic Leadership Award in Data Science and Discovery” (K07AG064031)
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    Lefeber Winter Series Videos Now Available

    April 1, 2020, 08:15 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Announcing the availability of online videos from the 25th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging at UTMB. Watch 5 one-hour videos from this year's selection of experts, and browse previous recordings.
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  • AliceWilliams

    Presentation on Navigating Resources for Local Providers

    March 31, 2020, 13:27 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Community Education Specialist Alice Williams, LBSW, MS and others visited HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland on February 27, 2020 where they presented “Navigating the Resource Jungle – Tips and resources for quickly finding care and services in our community” at the Community Assistance Providers of Galveston County (CAPGAL) monthly meeting.
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  • Attendees at Abundant Living 2020

    17th Annual Abundant Living Conference

    March 31, 2020, 13:18 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    One hundred seniors from across Texas came together in the piney woods of Camp Allen to celebrate aging abundantly through fellowship, learning, being in nature, fishing, music, yoga and much more March 2-4, 2020 at Camp Allen, Navasota, TX.
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    2020 Texas Senior Corps Association Conference, Thanks to Ritchie Adoue

    March 31, 2020, 12:30 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    RSVP Program Director Ritchie Adoue hosted coordinated the 2020 Texas Senior Corps Association Conference here in Galveston on February 26 – 28, 2020.
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    Melissa Lockhart is President Elect of GAPNA

    March 6, 2020, 14:11 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Melissa C. Lockhart, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC is President Elect of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Gulf Coast Region (Dallas, Brownsville, San Antonio Region). She will take office in July, 2020. Dr. Lockhart is currently involved in the Dementia Care Study (D-CARE) supported by the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.
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  • Elena Volpi

    Sarcopenia associated with increased cardiometabolic risk

    February 11, 2020, 16:20 PM by Doug Brunk, Clinical Endocrinology News
    “Loss of lean body mass and function with aging decreases the amount of metabolically active tissue, which can lead to insulin resistance,” Elena Volpi, MD, said at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. “Insulin resistance reduces muscle protein anabolism and accelerates sarcopenia, perpetuating a vicious cycle.”
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    Alice Williams Visits Gulf Parkinson's Source Meeting

    February 11, 2020, 16:09 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Community Education Specialist Alice Williams, LBSW, MS, visited Gulf Parkinson's Source (GPS) meeting on February 6, 2020 where she presented about current research at SCOA, UTMB resources for community education & caregiving, and the Abundant Living Conference.
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    Melissa Lockhart Presents in UTMB's "Time-Out" Session

    February 5, 2020, 10:25 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Melissa C. Lockhart, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC was recently invited to present, "Protect Your Loved Ones. Obtain the Forms Everyone Should Have," in the weekly "Time-Out" Session hosted by the UTMB Health Resource Center on February 5, 2020 at 2pm in Jennie Sealy 2.506A. Dr. Lockhart is currently involved in the Dementia Care Study (D-CARE).
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    Alice Williams Presents About Opportunities for Seniors

    January 23, 2020, 13:04 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Community Education Specialist Alice Williams, LBSW, MS visited Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church where she gave a presentation about the annual Abundant Living Conference and the RSVP of Galveston County. She also presented about current opportunities to participate in aging research at UTMB.
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    Video: Dr. Markides Presents Update on Hispanic EPESE

    January 15, 2020, 15:16 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly: An Update Presented by Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD, Professor, Annie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging; Editor, Journal of Aging and Health
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    Dr. Lyons Receives Aging Professorship

    January 14, 2020, 09:24 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Congratulations to Elizabeth J. Lyons, PhD, MPH, on new professorship: the Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging.
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    Dr. Pappadis Collaborates with Chronic Brain Injury Task Force on Special Issue

    January 14, 2020, 09:14 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD collaborated with the Chronic Brain Injury Task Force of American College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) on a special issue of Brain Injury Professional.
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    Mexican Health and Aging Study Users Meeting

    December 18, 2019, 10:37 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Rebeca Wong, PhD and colleagues hosted the annual meeting for users of the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) November 20-22 in Mexico. Sixty-five international scholars and students attended the meeting and thirty-six oral presentations were given. Participating institutions included eleven from Mexico and sixteen from outside of Mexico.
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    UTMB Researchers Help Older Patients Recover Better

    December 11, 2019, 12:23 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    A new paper in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows potential new ways to speed up recovery from the hospital. UTMB researchers tried different strategies to boost the function of older adults hospitalized for an acute illness.
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    Texas RCMAR Call for Pilots Due Jan 31

    December 10, 2019, 13:50 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research is accepting pilot applications until January 13, 2020.
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    Podcast with Dr. Goodwin at JAMA on new publication about hospitalists

    December 6, 2019, 15:01 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Hospitalist schedules promoting inpatient continuity of care may be associated with better outcomes of hospitalization. James S. Goodwin discusses in a podcast with JAMA.
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    Can our muscles stay young even as we get old? UTMB researchers are studying how to maintain muscle strength as we age

    November 21, 2019, 15:48 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Physical activity and diet play a vital role in protecting muscle health. Doug Paddon-Jones, PhD studies how to retain muscle strength and how to consume proteins to help with this process.
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    Older Mexican American adults experiencing pain are at risk of developing frailty

    November 21, 2019, 15:38 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Recent PhD program graduate Jaspreet Sodhi and colleagues published a paper, Pain as a predictor of frailty over time among older Mexican Americans in the Journal PAIN. A video and press release are now online.
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    Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting

    November 21, 2019, 14:39 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Faculty and student researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and the Pepper Center at UTMB attended the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of American November 13-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
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