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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

Featured News

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    Customizing Self-Management for Older Stroke Patients with Multiple Health Issues

    September 13, 2023, 10:52 AM by SCOA
    A new study used computer analysis to understand the health problems of older stroke patients with many illnesses. Based on what they found, they created stories to make a better self-management program for these patients. Authors included Timothy Reistetter, Kimberly Hreha, Julianna Dean, Monique Pappadis, Rachel Deer, Chih-Ying Li, Ickpyo Hong, Annalisa Na, Sara Nowakowski, Hashem Shaltoni, and Suresh Bhavnani.
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    New Study Looks at Association Between Cognitive Impairment and Repeat Fractures

    September 12, 2023, 08:00 AM by SCOA
    A study by an interprofessional team of researchers including Huey-Ming Tzeng, Brian Downer, Chih-Ying Li, Mukaila A Raji, Allen Haas, and Yong-Fang Kuo investigates the association between cognitive impairment and repeat fractures.
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  • Medical professional, woman of color, helping an older adult woman of color

    Uncovering Potential Side Effects of Pain Medications: A Study on Gabapentinoids in Medicare Patients

    September 11, 2023, 09:40 AM by SCOA
    A new study by Yong-Fang Kuo, Efstathia Polychronopoulou, and Mukaila Raji investigates the safety of gabapentinoid medications used for pain management compared to opioids in Medicare patients. It reveals unexpected side effects like potential links to stroke and cancer in gabapentinoid users, suggesting the need for further research and careful consideration in prescribing these drugs
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  • New Community Connection Newsletter

    August 21, 2023, 10:12 AM by SCOA
    Read the latest issue of the Sealy Center on Aging Community Connection Newsletter, including a researcher highlight featuring Dr. Wong, an infographic about COVID in Mexico, information about volunteering in the community, participating in aging research, current clinical trials, and more.
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    Submit Your Abstract to the Forum on Aging by Oct 3

    August 16, 2023, 10:59 AM by SCOA
    Join us on October 18th for the 26th 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.