The Pepper Center at UTMB:
Continuously Funded Since 2000

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The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is the home of a diverse multidisciplinary team of investigators with complementary research interests. The Center supports investigators, research, and expertise in gerontology to accomplish the OAIC mission: To Improve Physical Function and Independence in Older Adults.

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Productivity Metrics

  • Publications (2000-2022): over 740
  • Scholars Trained (2000-2022): 33
  • External projects currently supported: 33

Contact Us

University of Texas Medical Branch
Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA)
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0177
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Phone: (409) 747-0008

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    New Video: Using National Data to Study Functional Recovery during a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay: Challenges and Opportunities by Brian Downer, PhD

    October 6, 2022, 10:55 AM by SCOA
    A video is now available online for the Pepper Investigator's Lecture on October 5, 2022, "Using National Data to Study Functional Recovery during a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay: Challenges and Opportunities," presented by Brian Downer, PhD.
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    New Mexican Health and Aging Study Website Launched

    October 5, 2022, 13:22 PM by SCOA
    The website for the Mexican Health & Aging Study has been redesigned and updated. It features improved content organization and layout and enhanced site performance/speed.
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    Muscle Disuse Study Featured on i45Now

    October 4, 2022, 08:29 AM by SCOA
    This study seeks healthy men and postmenopausal women aged 50-65. Participants are required to attend 9 study visits at the research site over a 4-5 week period and will be reimbursed for participating in this study. If you are interested in participating you can contact Sean Kilroe ( 409-747-1918) or Liza Durgens ( 409-772-2578).
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    Volunteer for Research on Aging at UTMB

    September 30, 2022, 10:11 AM by SCOA
    Researchers in Galveston studying physical function, strength, and recovery from illness are recruiting adult subjects for their studies. Study volunteers can learn more about their own health by participating in clinical trials. Join our mailing list to receive a quarterly newsletter with information about clinical trials, community events, volunteer opportunities, and research on aging news from UTMB.
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    Submit Your Abstract to the Forum on Aging

    September 29, 2022, 13:13 PM by SCOA
    Join us on October 25th for the 25th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB. This event allows faculty, fellows, and students to showcase their research and inform the UTMB community about the aging research being conducted here. It is also a great networking event and opportunity to learn about the research resources available from the Sealy Center on Aging and Research Services. Monetary awards for best student and fellow posters will be given, sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health, and Sigma Xi.
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301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0177 | p 409.747.0008 | f 409.772.8931
The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Award #P30-AG024832 is funded by
the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.