The Forum on Aging

Event Info
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm Levin Hall Dining Room

The Annual Forum on Aging, now in its 24th year, informs gerontology researchers and the community about aging research at UTMB.

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The Sealy Center on Aging and the Department of Research Services invite all faculty, fellows, and students to attend the Annual Forum on Aging. This event informs gerontology researchers and the community about aging research at UTMB. Learn more about resources available for aging research. 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.

2019 Student Poster Winners

StudentPoster TitleCategory
Josha Patiño
Depressive symptoms predict decline in physical  performance in older Mexican American adultsEducation
Phillip CantuHousehold extension and life expectancy estimates of duration of dependencyHealth Disparities
Jaqueline Contrera AvilaThe 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 MonsivaisEffect of vision and hearing impairment on life space among older Mexican-AmericansHealth Disparities
Megan FranciscoHow does posture affect your life? Patient perspectives illustrated through cognitive mapping.Rehabilitation & Recovery
Nithin ThaimuriyilIntensive body weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) on motor relearning and muscle activation in a patient with chronic strokeRehabilitation & Recovery
Emily MuellerUse of occupational therapy in older adults with hospice careRehabilitation & Recovery
Matthew SchollDetermining the prevalence of sarcopenia in an inpatient geriatric population using EWGSOP2 or FNIH definitionsMuscle Aging
Jeffrey SnowdenMutant Huntington preferentially induces DNA damage in the actively transcribing genome by inactivating DNA strand break repair enzyme PNKP.Neuroscience
Cerin TomsonEffects of Muscle Strength and Physical Function on Hospitalization Risk in Older AmericansImplementation
Emre VardaliAssociation 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

StudentPoster TitleCategory
Chiara Pascucci
A novel oral glucose tolerance test to measure insulin secretion and hepatic glucose metabolism in older adults with type 2 diabetesClinical Research
Sadaf MilaniMeasures of lower body function as predictors of mortality among Mexican Americans aged 75 and older.Health Disparities
Daniel Puebla NeiraAssociation of the hospital readmissions reduction program implementation with mortality outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Outcomes Research
Anna FracassiModulation of antioxidant response and neuroinflammation in frontal cortex of demented vs. non-demented individuals with Alzheimer’s neuropathology.Basic Science
Subrata PradhanMutant Huntington impairs mitochondrial DNA repair and transcription.Basic Science

2018 Student Poster Winners

StudentPoster TitleCategory
John Davis, MD
Do Statins Really Cause Muscle Symptoms? A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials of Statin TherapyPatient-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 ImplicationsBasic Sciences & Neuroscience Research
Nicole Huang, BS
Nurse Practitioner Involvement in Medicare Accountable Care Organization: Impact on Quality of CarePatient-Centered Outcomes & Clinical Effectiveness Research
Jason Johnson, BS
Frailty as a Predictor of Life-Space Mobility Among Community Dwelling Older Mexican AmericansHealth Disparities Research
Claudia Marino, PhD
Modulation of neurotoxic amyloid beta oligomers: A role for Hsp60Basic Sciences & Neuroscience Research
Erin Maxwell, BS
Adequacy of Protein Consumption 1-Week and 4-Weeks After Hospital Discharge in Older AdultsClinical Research
Christina Nguyen, BS
End-of-Life Healthcare Utilization of Older Hispanics with and without a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related DementiasHealth Disparities Research
Amanda Randolph, MS
Anticonvulsant Use Associated with Fall and Fracture in Elders with Diabetic Peripheral NeuropathyClinical Research/td>
Rahul Shah, BS
Prolonged Opioid Prescriptions in Older Cancer Survivors: A Retrospective Cohort StudyPatient-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 StudyRehabilitation Sciences Research
Brenda Velarde, BS
Whey protein hydrolysate as a potential nutritional intervention to increase blood amino acids concentration and uptakeClinical Research

2018 Post-Graduate Fellow & Resident Winners

Post-Graduate Fellow or ResidentPoster TitleCategory
Tatiana Moro, PhD
Muscle Fibre-Specific Response to Resistance Exercise Training in Older AdultsClinical & 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 PatientRehabilitation Research
Mo Ray-Zack, MD
Costs of Radical Cystectomy Versus Trimodal Therapy for Patients with Muscle-Invasive Bladder CancersPopulation-Based Research

2017 Student Poster Winners

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

2017 Post-Graduate Fellow & Resident Winners

Post-Graduate Fellow or ResidentPoster TitleCategory
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 CenterComparative Effectiveness/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Chih-Ying Li
Post-Acute Care Trajectory Among Hip Fracture Medicare Beneficiaries:  Hospital Referral Regions PerspectivesRehabilitation Sciences
Chih-Ying Li
Association Between Gait Speed and Mobility Disabilities in Mexican Older AdultsHealth 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


PostdocPoster TitleCategory
Hadley, EmilyEffect of Amnion Exosomes on Feto-Material Gestational Cells: New Signalers in The Labor CascadeBasic Science & Neuroscience
Hong, IckpyoInternational Disability Comparisons Between Old Adults in the United states and Korea Using the Rasch ModelHealth Disparities
Bishwakarma, RajuMetformin and Health Care Utilization in Patients with Coexisting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and DiabetesPCOR & Medical Effectiveness
Osasona, AyodeleFactors Affecting Likelihood of Obtaining Thoracoscopic Verus Open Lobectomy: A NSQIP AnalysisPCOR & Medical Effectiveness
Deer, RachelImplementing Post-Hospital Interventions in Community Dwelling Older Adults: Feasibility & AdherenceClinical Trials & Implementation
Galvan, ElfegoPreserving Muscle Mass and Function In Bedridden Older Adults: Effects of Low-Intensity ExerciseClinical Trials & Implementation

2016 Student Poster Winners

StudentPoster TitleCategory
Barber, KaraActive Zone Proteins Are Transported Via Distinct Mechanisms Regulated by Par-1 KinaseNeuroscience
Marino, ClaudiaAPP/ABETA-HSP60 Functional Interaction: Relevance to Alzheimer's DiseaseNeuroscience
Cortez, DaneloAged Dominant Negative P38A MAPK Mice are Resistant to Age Dependent Decline in Adult - Neurogenesis and Context Discrinination Fear ConditioningBasic Science
Kulkarni, KayAssociation of Obesity and Hospital Readmissions, and Reasons For Readmission, Following Inpatient Rehabilitation for Total Hip or Knee ArthroplastyRehabilitation
Contrera Avila, JaquelineHealthcare Expenditures and Utilization Among Mexican Older AdultsHealth Disparities
King, Mary MargaretExploring the Need for Skilled OT Intervention at St. Vincent's Clinic, Galveston to Address Behavioral Risk Modifications for Chronic DiseasesHealth Disparities
Perino, KeliRelationship of Diet Quality and Socioeconomic Status in Hospitalized Older AdultsMedical Effectiveness
Akhverdiyeva, LeylaEstimation of Appendicular Skeletal Muscle Mass with Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Acutely Ill Older AdultsClinical Trials & Implementation


PostdocPoster TitleCategory
Behnia, FaranakAntioxidant Reduction and p38MAPK Signaling: Mechanistic Activators of Fetal Membrane SenescenceBasic Science & Neuroscience
Deer, RachelImprovement in Timed Up and Go Measures in Acutely Ill Older Adults After 1-Month of Post-hospitalization InterventionsClinical Research
Downer, BrianThe Effect of Adult Children Living in the United States on the Likelihood of Cognitive Impairment for Older Parents Living in MexicoEvaluation
Middleton, AddieFunctional Status and Cognition are Associated with 30-day Unplanned Re-hospitalization Following Postacute CareClinical Research
Nenov, MiroslavControl of Neuronal Excitability by Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 in the Nucleus AccumbensBasic Science & Neuroscience

2015 Student Poster Winners

StudentPoster TitleCategory
Comerota, MicheleNear Infrared Light Treatment Reduces Amyloid Beta Oligomer Binding to Synapses in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's DiseaseNeuroscience
Kumar, AmitEvaluating Comorbidity Indices as Predictors of 30-day Readmission in Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Following Inpatient RehabilitationRehabilitation & Disability
Lewis, ZakkoyyaThe Role of Physical Activity and Physical Function on the Risk of Falls in Older Mexican AmericansMinority Health/Health Disparities
Loresto, FigaroSocial Network Analysis to Examine Physician Use of Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy on Elderly Medicare PatientsClinical (Epidemiology/ Physiology)
Moran, JacobQuality Improvement: Geriatric Medication ReviewCER/PCOR
Nilson, AshleyTau Oligomers and Inflammation in Alzheimer's Disease and Frontal Temporal Lobe DementiaNeuroscience
Saenz, JosephFacets of Socioeconomic Position and the Onset and Progression of Functional Limitation in MexicoMinority Health/Health Disparities
Sheller, SamanthaPackaging of Alarmin, HMGB1, in Oxidative Stress Induced Amnion Cell Exosomes: A Signal from Senescent Fetal Cells at TermBasic Sciences


PostdocPoster TitleCategory
Agarwal, AmiteshProcess and Outcome Measures for COPD Patients Under Different Care ModelsClinical Epidemiology
Behnia, FaranakEnvironmental Pollutant Pollybromated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Induces Primary Amnion Senescence Through P38MAPK ActivationBasic Science
Deer, RachelFeasibility of Post-Hospitalization Interventions to Improve Physical Function in Older AdultsPatient-Centered Research
Diaz-Venegas, CarlosFamily Size and Old Age Well-Being Effects of the Fertility Transition in MexicoClinical Epidemiology
Lambert, BradleyEffect of 10 Grams of Whey Protein Hydrolysate or 18 Grams of Whey Protein on Muscle Protein Synthesis Following Resistance ExerciseClinical Physiology
Nenov, MiroslavImpaired Firing Properties of Dentate Granule Neurons in an Alzheimer's Disease Animal Model are Rescued by PPARΓ AGONISMNeuroscience Research
Simmons, CarrieA Process Change for End-of-Life AutonomyClinical Research
Tamirisa, NinaRelative Contributions of Complications and Failure to Rescue on Mortality in Older Patients Undergoing PancreatectomyComparative Effectiveness Research

2014 Student Poster Winners

StudentPoster TitleCategory
Borack, MichaelProtein Supplementation Following Resistance Exercise Overcomes Anabolic Resistance in Older MenClinical Physiology
English, KelseyProgression of Inflammation and Tau Oligomer Formation in Alzheimer's DiseaseNeuroscience Research
Kumar, AmitPrevalence of Pre-Diabetes and Underdiagnosed Diabetes Among Older Adults in MexicoClinical Epidemiology
Loresto, FigaroExamining Patient's Health Status, Functional Status, and Health Behavior Among Primary Care Models Involving Nurse Practitioners and PhysiciansComparative Effectiveness Research
Marino, ClaudiaThe Inhibitory Effect of HSP60 on Amyloid Beta Aggregation: A Biophysical StudyNeuroscience Research
Randolph, AmandaMetabolic Effects of Aerobis Exercise and Post-Exercise Amino Acid Supplementation in Healthy Older AdultsMSTAR Research
Saenz, JosephEducational Gradients and Pathways of Disability Onset Among Older Mexicans: Cohort and SexClinical and Health Disparities
Umbaugh, CharlesTargeting Laminin Receptor to Modulate Survival of Prostate Cancer and Neural CellsBasic Science


PostdocPoster TitleCategory
Parmar, AbhishekEvaluating Comparative Effectiveness with Observational Data: Endoscopic Ultrasound and Survival in Pancreatic CancerComparative Effectiveness Research
Fongang, Bernard A comprehensive study of age-dependence in gene expression in four human tissue types 
Diaz-Venegas , CarlosGender Differences in the Disablement Process: The Case of MexicoHealth Disparities Research
Vargas, GabriellaTiming of Chemotherapy and Primary Tumor Resection in Patients with Stage IV Colorectal CancerComparative Effectiveness Research
Singh, GurinderTrends in 30-day readmission rates in fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with COPD: 2001-2009Clinical Epidemiology
Lwin, KyawNew onset of Bulimia Nervosa in an elderly patient: sustained clinical response to MirtazapineClinical Research
Guerrero-Munoz, MarcosAmyloid oligomer aggregation state: a common feature of different amyloidogenic proteins in Alzheimer's diseaseNeuroscience Research
Markofski, MelissaExercise with Amino Acid Intake Increases Muscle Microvascular Perfusion in Older AdultsClinical Physiology Research
Meena, RagaiBurn injury associated with domiciliary oxygen use in patients with COPDClinical Epidemiology
Challa, SoujanyaMiliary Tuberculosis presenting with laryngeal symptoms in HIV negative maleClinical Research

2013 Student Poster Winners

StudentPoster TitleCategory
Danquah, VanessaDoes Emotional Vitality Protect Against Functional Decline? Findings from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging.Clinical Research
Kulkarni, KshitijaPotentially Preventable Hospital Readmissions Following Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation for Surgical Repair of Hip FractureRehabilitation Research
Saenz, JosephA Life Course Approach to Mortality in MexicoClinical  Epidemiology
Fang, XiaoComparing different methods applying propensity score in controlling selection bias for prostate cancer studyPCOR/CER
Reidy, PaulPost-exercise leucine-enriched essential amino acid ingestion improves translational capacity in human skeletal muscle of older adults.Clinical Physiology Research
Barnes, KevinThe age related GTPASE RHEB regulates synaptic stabilityNeuroscience 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 injuryBasic Science Research
Briley, DavidHigh resolution volumetric imaging in the Murine RetinaBasic Science Research

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. The 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 the day of the Forum on Aging event.

Poster Guidelines

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. Templates are available at the Academic Resources: Graphic Design and Printing Services website.

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 Academic Resources: 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 comfortably 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?