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The Pepper Center at UTMB:
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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
Email: aging.research@utmb.edu


Featured News

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    Sadaf Milani Receives Ottenbacher Award

    August 9, 2022, 13:51 PM by SCOA
    We are pleased to announce that the 1st recipient of the Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, Junior Faculty Research Award is Assistant Professor of Geriatrics, Dr. Sadaf Milani. Dr. Milani is a former T32 Health of Older Minorities Postdoctoral Trainee at the Sealy Center on Aging and a current UTMB Pepper Center Scholar. The Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR Jr. Faculty Research Award is funded for the benefit of junior faculty at UTMB who are conducting research related to rehabilitation, disability, and recovery.
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    Dr. Xu Appointed President-Elect of CHPAMS

    August 5, 2022, 09:25 AM by SCOA
    Dr. Huiwen Xu, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Population Health and UTMB Pepper Center Scholar has been appointed President-Elect of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS).
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    Researchers Attend Annual Pepper Meeting

    August 4, 2022, 11:50 AM by SCOA
    Researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and UTMB Pepper Center attended an annual meeting presented by the Coordinating Board of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center in April 2022. Attendees from UTMB included Elena Volpi, Blake Rasmussen, Rafael Samper-Ternent, Erin Hommel, Sadaf Milani, Neil Mehta, Andrew Murton, and Huiwen Xu.
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    SCOA Redesignated as PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre

    July 22, 2022, 13:52 PM by SCOA
    The Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB has been redesignated as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Centre through 2026.
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    Dr. Wong Appointed as the Sheridan Lorenz Distinguished Professor in Aging and Health

    July 5, 2022, 16:10 PM by SCOA
    Rebeca Wong, PhD, has been appointed as the Sheridan Lorenz Distinguished Professor in Aging and Health in the School of Public and Population Health through June 2025. Dr. Wong is a Professor in the School of Public and Population Health; Director of the WHO/ PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health; and Associate Director of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center as well as the Sealy Center on Aging.
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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.