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The Sealy Center on Aging is an independent, multidisciplinary component of UTMB that brings together a wide range of expertise in research, education and clinical care related to aging studies. Research activities in the Center cover four primary areas of research, including medical effectiveness, Hispanic aging, muscle aging, and implementation.


New Grants

Dr. Li Receives New NIH/NICHD and AOTF Grants

Apr 7, 2020, 09:31 AM by SCOA
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Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, Dept of Occupational Therapy has been selected to receive a FY2020 American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Health Services Research Grant Award ($100K/2 years) for the project: “OT Service Intensity in Home Health and Impact on Health Outcomes”. Dr. Li will work with Dr. Ottenbacher (Project Mentor) and Dr. Mroz (Co-I) from the University of Washington on this project. In addition, Dr. Li received a K01 career development award from the NIH/NICHD, “Standardized Patient Assessment across Post-Acute Care: Opportunities and Challenges.” Dr. Li is a former UTMB Pepper Center Pilot award recipient. 


The Sealy Center on Aging is supported by:

  • Sealy & Smith Foundation
  • Gnitzinger Research Endowment Fund
  • Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine
  • Annie and John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship of Aging 
  • Bertha and Robert Bucksch Distinguished Professorship of Aging
  • Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging
  • Grace B. Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging
  • Sheriden Lorenz Distinguished Professorship in Aging and Health
  • Lloyd and Sue Ann Hill Endowed Professorship in Healthy Aging
  • Don W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging
  • John H. Antonelli Endowment

Core Investigator Funding

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The Sealy Center on Aging membership brings UTMB more than $25 million per year in extramural research funding on aging. Large, multidisciplinary research programs spearheaded by the Center include the Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), a $5.9 million Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), the $2.1 million Hispanic Established Populations Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (Hispanic-EPESE), a $8.2 million grant for Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas (CERCIT) funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research in Texas (CPRIT), the $2.7 million Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded UTMB Health Services Research Training Program and a $4.8 million AHRQ R24 on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly.