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.

Productivity Metrics

  • Publications (2000-2020): over 650
  • Scholars Trained (2000-2020): 31
  • Pilot/Developmental studies completed (2000-2020): 63
  • Externally funded projects supported in the current cycle (2015-2020): 53
  • External projects supported in the current cycle, total dollar award (2015-2020): $93.9 million

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
Email: aging.research@utmb.edu


Featured News

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    Pepper OAIC Funding Opportunities

    July 22, 2021, 12:12 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The OAIC National Coordinating Center for the Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers has announced funding opportunities including multi-center and freezer RFAs.
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  • UTMB Pepper Center Offers Research Support

    July 21, 2021, 12:35 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    UTMB researchers have the opportunity to request core support services from our Pepper Center by visiting our website. Services include support for researchers whose research is in line with the Center’s mission: To improve physical function and independence in older adults.
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    Featured Article in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    July 12, 2021, 15:00 PM by SCOA
    An article by researchers in the Sealy Center on Aging was selected as a featured article in the July 2021 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "Association of Occupational and Physical Therapy With Duration of Prescription Opioid Use After Hip or Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Medicare Enrollees" by Kevin T. Pritchard, MS, OTR, Jacques Baillargeon, PhD, Mukaila A. Raji, MD, MS, Lin-Na Chou, MS, Brian Downer, PhD, and Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD.
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  • Monique Pappadis, PhD

    Dr. Pappadis Receives 2021 ACRM Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award

    June 22, 2021, 11:35 AM by SCOA
    Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2021 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award.
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    "All of Us" Research Program - UTMB Health Policy Dialogue June 16, 2021

    June 16, 2021, 10:36 AM by SCOA
    The UTMB Office of the President presents an online Health Policy Dialogue on the “ALL of US” Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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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.