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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.

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

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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

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Volunteers Needed for the Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial: SPARX3

Apr 22, 2021, 11:11 AM by SCOA
The SPARX3 Study is now recruiting research participants. 

Study Title: Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial: SPARX3

We are seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research trial to learn more about the effects of aerobic exercise on people with Parkinson’s disease. 

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within the last 3 years and are not yet taking medication for your PD symptoms
  • You do not plan to start medication for PD within the next 6 months
  • Are willing to take part in a regular treadmill exercise program 4x/week for 18 months  and participate in study visits periodically for 24 months
  • Are 40-80 years old
  • Are not already participating in a structured exercise program

Principal Investigator:  Blake B. Rasmussen, PhD
Department: UTMB Nutrition & Metabolism

If interested, please contact:
Summer  Chapman, MSN, RN, CCRP
(409) 266-9666
srchapma@utmb.edu

Participants will be recruited under study number: 20-0205

Download Flyer: https://utmb.us/4v7


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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.