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

Dr. Samper-Ternent Contributes to Videos en Español for People with Dementia and their Caregivers about COVID-19, Research and More

Mar 24, 2021, 10:45 AM by SCOA

In collaboration with Université Laval and SilverScience20, Dr. Rafael Samper-Ternent is working with Dr. Julie Faieta to present videos in a series of “State of the Science” segments about topics for people with dementia and their caregivers.

The first video discusses the effect of COVID-19 infection on later risk of dementia. Dr. Samper-Ternent is presenting the information in Spanish to increase outreach in the Hispanic population. 

State of the Science: Does COVID-19 Impact Risk of Developing Dementia?

The second video discusses COVID-19 vaccination: 

Quick Tips for Dementia Caregivers: COVID-19 Vaccine

The third video is about participating in research:

State of the Science: Participating in Research




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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.