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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.


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Dr. Pappadis Publishes New Qualitative Study on TBI Among Immigrants

Nov 2, 2020, 09:51 AM by SCOA

Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has published a new article, "Soy diferente: a qualitative study on the perceptions of recovery following traumatic brain injury among Spanish-speaking U.S. immigrants."

The authors concluded, "Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic immigrants held a strong faith and positive outlook after TBI in spite of the significant barriers to recovery. A need exists for programs to support creatively the recovery of Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic immigrants with limited access to care and resources.

One participant nicely summed up the unique experiences of Spanish-speaking immigrants who sustain a TBI in the United States:

That's life and God knows why. And here we are struggling in this country because the opportunities in this country aren’t available over there [in our country]. It’s never available there… Here we are struggling for life. And we will continue until we are fine. Let's see how it goes, God willing. If God wants to take us, let it be. (P507, male, mild TBI, 6 months post)"


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.