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Pepper Center Cores and Collaboration

The UTMB Pepper Center is one of fourteen Claude D. Pepper Older Adults Independence Centers (OAICs), prized research centers funded by the National Institute on Aging.


Our Center nurtures a multidisciplinary translational research culture to fulfill the OAIC mission, which is to improve physical function and independence in older adults. Our Center is comprised of six primary cores and components. The Leadership / Administrative Core provides overall scientific and administrative leadership. The Research Education Component is the home of our training program and Scholars. The Pilot / Exploratory Studies Core is the main source of scientific innovation through the funding of Pilot Studies. Resource Cores provide infrastructure support in basic sciences (Metabolism and Biology Resource Core), clinical sciences (Clinical Research Resource Core), and data management and analysis (Biostatistics and Data Management Resource Core).

UTMB Pepper Center Cores

Partner Research Programs

Developmental Projects

  • Biostatistics & Data Management Resource Core
  • A non-parametric approach to predict the recruitment for a randomized clinical trial in an elderly inpatient setting
  • Alejandro Villasante-Tezanos, PhD and Xiaoying Yu, PhD
  • 2022-2024
  • Metabolism & Biology Resource Core
  • Is the 3D position of aging-related genes a biomarker for aging?
  • Guy Nir, PhD
  • 2022-2023

Institutional Partners