ALERT BAR

News Archive

  • sadaf-milani

    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.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    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).
    Full story
  • photo collage including researchers

    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.
    Full story
  • older person's hand holding a staff in a rustic environment

    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.
    Full story
  • Wong_Rebecca

    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.
    Full story
  • microscopic images showing senescent and rejuvenated cell

    Mechanomedicine of Aging Symposium to be held on campus and webcast July 1st

    June 28, 2022, 08:53 AM by SCOA
    A Mechanomedicine of Aging Symposium is planned for July 1st on campus and via webcast featuring presentations from members of the Sealy Center on Aging and Pepper Center at UTMB. All UTMB researchers are invited.
    Full story
  • application

    Reminder: Call for Pepper Center RL5 Scholar Applications - Due July 1

    June 15, 2022, 10:32 AM by SCOA
    The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit RL5 scholar applications. The Research Education Component engages early-stage investigators in a mentored research experience to support the development of externally funded research. Deadline: July 1, 2022.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    Video from i45Now about MoTrPAC at UTMB

    June 10, 2022, 19:52 PM by SCOA
    The MoTrPAC research study is the largest effort to date, aimed at understanding how physical activity improves health and prevents disease. The main goal of the MoTrPAC is to gain a better understanding of how the body changes with physical activity. This will help researchers and doctors to prescribe tailored exercise programs in the future. View a new video about the study.
    Full story
  • INtegration of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health NIH Council of Councils Working Group Report

    NIH Working Group on Integration of Behavioral and Social Sciences Issues Report

    June 10, 2022, 18:59 PM by SCOA
    During the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils Meeting in May, a report from the Working Group on Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Integration was presented and approved by the Council. It was prepared by a working group chartered by the NIH Council of Councils including Dr. Rebeca Wong from UTMB.
    Full story
  • graphic

    What your metabolic age really says about your health

    June 10, 2022, 18:43 PM by SCOA
    As we age, we could benefit from adding more protein to our diet. It's also one of the slowest macronutrients to digest, a 2008 study by the University of Texas Medical Branch explains, which means as well as helping to improve your metabolism, you'll also stay fuller for longer and gradually learn how to eat less.
    Full story
  • Want to lose weight? Doctors say it’s time to stop counting calories - MoTrPAC featured on TODAY Show

    June 9, 2022, 15:33 PM by SCOA
    See a video from the TODAY Show in a segment from June 6th to learn about MoTrPAC (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium). MoTrPAC is a research study and one of the largest efforts to study physical activity involving universities, medical centers, researchers, and most importantly, participants from all over the country.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Al Snih Appointed Assistant Dean for Doctorate Foundational Curriculum at SPPH

    June 8, 2022, 15:52 PM by SCOA
    Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Doctorate Foundational Curriculum at the UTMB School for Public and Population Health. She will oversee PhD curricula and PhD foundational courses, assess program changes, and monitor doctoral student progress and professional development for PhD students.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Wilma Afunugo Selected for Lefeber Award

    June 8, 2022, 15:42 PM by SCOA
    Congratulations to former MSTAR graduating medical student Wilma Afunugo, this year’s recipient of the Edward J and Ellie Weisiger Lefeber, Sr Prize in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.
    Full story
  • SPARX

    Learn about the Future of Parkinson's Disease Research - SPARX3: June 20

    June 8, 2022, 14:53 PM by SCOA
    If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you’ll want to attend this seminar and learn about SPARX3 research Monday, June 20, at 10 AM-Noon at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Presenters: UTMB Sealy Center on Aging Researchers, Summer Chapman, and Jessica Spahn.
    Full story
  • graphic of journal cover

    Why Does Health in the U.S. Continue to Lag Behind - Special Supplemental Issue in Gerontology

    June 8, 2022, 14:34 PM by SCOA
    Dr. Neil K. Mehta, current scholar in the UTMB Pepper Center and Associate Professor in the School for Public and Population Health is a guest editor of “Why Does Health in the U.S. Continue to Lag Behind,” a special supplemental issue of The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Several news outlets covered the release of the supplemental issue.
    Full story
  • logo text with star

    Call for Plots in Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer - Due May 27

    May 23, 2022, 09:22 AM by SCOA
    The Data Management and Analysis Core for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) on Cancer in Texas is looking for investigators in Texas academic and research institutes interested in conducting CER on cancer to submit pilot grant proposals.
    Full story
  • ElenaVolpi

    Guest commentary: Help battle osteoporosis, the 'silent thief'

    May 23, 2022, 08:56 AM by SCOA
    Known as the “silent thief,” osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break easily. Read more from Elena Volpi, MD, PhD in this guest commentary in the Galveston Daily News. Learn more about the STEP-HI Study at UTMB.
    Full story
  • DougPaddonJonesPhD

    In Memoriam: Doug Paddon-Jones, PhD, FACSM

    May 20, 2022, 08:16 AM by SCOA
    Professor Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD, FACSM passed away in August 2021 after a brief and aggressive illness. He was well-respected as a researcher and educator who sought the improvement in human health through the study of muscle mass regulation and function.
    Full story
  • application

    UTMB Researchers: Call for Pepper Center RL5 Scholar Applications - Due July 1

    May 18, 2022, 09:43 AM by SCOA
    The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit RL5 scholar applications. The Research Education Component engages early-stage investigators in a mentored research experience to support the development of externally funded research. Deadline: July 1, 2022.
    Full story
  • Call for Pilots in Aging Research - LOIs Due May 23

    May 5, 2022, 08:17 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The NIH-funded UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (P30 AG024832) encourages UTMB investigators to submit pilot research proposals for translational aging research on physical function and recovery from illness in older adults. Proposals from basic science, clinical trials, patient-centered outcomes, population health, and any other area of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Pappadis Named Elite Reviewer for ACRM

    April 29, 2022, 13:49 PM by SCOA
    Monique Pappadis, MED, PhD has been named an Elite Reviewer for 2021 for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, once more. She is 1 of 29 reviewers or the top 3% with this designation. Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness, and quality of reviews for the Archives in 2021. Congratulations, Dr. Pappadis!
    Full story
  • RebecaWong

    New research: Mexican immigrants have to work longer due to inadequate social security benefits

    April 28, 2022, 12:11 PM by SCOA
    A new journal article by Rebeca Wong, PhD and colleagues, Migration, work, and retirement: the case of Mexican-origin populations, is highlighted in an article at USC Price, New research: Mexican immigrants have to work longer due to inadequate social security benefits.
    Full story
  • photo of a woman and man

    H-EPESE Presentation Aril 27, 2022

    April 26, 2022, 12:23 PM by SCOA
    Please join us for the Secondary Data Analysis Seminar Series: Identifying Data Sources for High Impact Research as Drs Al Snih and Markides present, “The H-EPESE: Longitudinal Study of older Mexican Americans” sponsored by the Department of Population Health and Health Disparities on April 27th at Noon.
    Full story
  • Raji

    Dr. Raji Presents at Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium

    April 22, 2022, 13:03 PM by SCOA
    Dr. Raji was the Plenary Speaker at the 2022 Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium this month. He presented, “Opioid and Benzodiazepine Substitute Use in Older Adults Before and During COVID-19 Pandemic.”
    Full story
  • Conference logo April 6-9, Atlanta, Georgia

    UTMB Researchers Attend PAA2022

    April 6, 2022, 11:24 AM by SCOA
    UTMB researchers are presenting their work this week at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Sealy Center on Aging & UTMB Pepper Center members represented include Rebeca Wong, Brian Downer, Rafael Samper-Ternent, Neil Mehta, Matthew Miller, Phillip Cantu and Sadaf Milani. Population Health Sciences Doctoral Students Monica Hernandez and Mariela Gutierrez, who are mentored by our members, also presented their work.
    Full story
  • photo of group of 5 scholars, men and women

    Pepper Center Hosts Advisory Board

    April 4, 2022, 13:31 PM by SCOA
    The UTMB Pepper Center hosted its external advisory board on March 31, 2022, with members Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Thomas M. Gill, MD, Yale School of Medicine (via Zoom), and Stephen Kritchevsky, PhD, Wake Forest University Health Sciences (via Zoom). The agenda included a welcome from UTMB leaders, and an introduction from Pepper Center Director Elena Volpi, MD, PhD with Co-director Rebeca Wong, PhD. An open discussion for future plans was held prior to drafting a final report. Current scholars also gave presentations.
    Full story
  • DCARE-logo-white

    The Dementia Care Study Reaches Enrollment Goal

    March 21, 2022, 11:35 AM by SCOA
    The Dementia Care Study (D-CARE), a nationwide clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of different approaches to caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, has reached its recruitment goal. UTMB is one of the participating locations. The researchers expect to complete the trial in 2024, with results to be published in 2025.
    Full story
  • graphic of planet earth wearing an n-95 mask

    Hospital Deaths from Other Causes Up Among Seniors During COVID, New Study Finds

    March 10, 2022, 08:18 AM by SCOA
    Although COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has seized headlines recently, people are still dying of other causes. Recently, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, sought to answer this question. The authors published their findings in the online journal JAMA Network Open. Their article, "Hospitalizations and Mortality From Non–SARS-CoV-2 Causes Among Medicare Beneficiaries at US Hospitals During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic," appears in the March 9 issue of the journal. The study specifically looked at how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affected the hospital care of patients without SARS-CoV-2 illness. Click the title above to read more about this important study.
    Full story
  • Research Training & Development More than Just Training

    Video Now Online: Research Education, More than Just Training

    March 4, 2022, 12:08 PM by SCOA
    A recording of the latest Pepper Investigator's Lecture, "Research Education: More Than Just Training" presented by Melodi Moore & Heidi Lutz, CRA is now available at the UTMB Pepper Center website.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Geriatric Fellow Publishes Two New Papers

    February 22, 2022, 09:19 AM by SCOA
    Geriatric Fellow Dr. Shivani Priyadarshni has published two new peer-reviewed publications with mentorship from members of the Sealy Center on Aging & UTMB Pepper Center: "COVID-19 Infection and Incidence of Myocarditis: A Multi-Site Population-Based Propensity Score-Matched Analysis" in Cureus and "Association of Medication-Assisted-Therapy with New Onset of Cardiac Arrhythmia in Patients Diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorders" in ScienceDirect.
    Full story
  • photo of provider with patient

    A featured article in JAMDA by Dr. Goodwin and colleagues looks at the rise in full-time providers in US nursing homes

    December 17, 2021, 05:30 AM by SCOA
    A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association by Drs. James S. Goodwin, Yong-Fang-Kuo, and Mukaila Raji from the Sealy Center on Aging and others looked at the number of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who practice full time in nursing homes. Providers working full time in the nursing home is associated with better health outcomes for the approximately 1.3 million Americans who are residents in nursing homes.
    Full story
  • deer-rachel05

    Dr. Deer Receives new COVID-19 Funding

    November 23, 2021, 14:04 PM by SCOA
    Congratulations to Dr.Deer on new COVID-19 funding from the Institute for Human Infections & Immunity at UTMB, "Symptom-Based Phenotyping of PASC Patients: Translation to Patient Triage and Treatment"
    Full story
  • Congratulations to Winners in the 24th Annual Forum on Aging

    November 2, 2021, 09:38 AM by SCOA
    Congratulations to the winning poster authors and thanks to all who participated in the 24th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB. You can view winners and photos and download this year's program at the SCOA website.
    Full story
  • UTMB Pepper Center Awards 3 New Pilot Projects

    November 2, 2021, 09:31 AM by SCOA
    Three new pilot projects were awarded to Peter Cram, MD, Tse-Chuan Yang, PhD, and Sagar Gaikward, PhD by the Pepper Center for 2021-2022.
    Full story
  • sadaf-milani

    Substantial Mental Health Impact From COVID-19 Measures Found in New Research by former SCOA Postdoc

    November 1, 2021, 09:58 AM by SCOA
    "We hope that this study highlights the disproportionate effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, sex as a priority in research on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for interventions to address these sex disparities in the consequences of the pandemic,” said Dr. Sadaf Milani, Assistant Professor in Geriatrics at UTMB and a former Postdoctoral Trainee in the T32 Health of Older Minorities Program at SCOA.
    Full story
  • photo collage of past attendees with text repeated in post

    Join us for the 24th Annual Forum on Aging: New Location - Levin Hall Dining Room

    October 25, 2021, 06:49 AM by SCOA
    Join us Wednesday at 5 PM - 7 PM at Levin Hall Dining Room for the 24th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB. The program is available online (only) this year on our website.
    Full story
  • photo of group with awards

    Submit Your Abstract to the 24th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB

    October 1, 2021, 15:24 PM by SCOA
    The Forum on Aging is an opportunity for faculty, fellows, & students to showcase their research at UTMB. Network & learn more about resources available from SCOA and Research Services. Monetary awards for best student & fellow posters, co-sponsored by Sigma Xi.
    Full story
  • Call for Seed Projects for Aging Collaborations Between UTMB and UT Austin

    September 29, 2021, 15:39 PM by SCOA
    We invite teams of investigators from the University of Texas, Austin Center on Aging & Population Sciences, and the University of Texas Medical Branch Pepper Center / Texas RCMAR to submit collaborative proposals for seed projects to be completed during the period from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. An introductory meeting is planned for October 1, 2021.
    Full story
  • RebecaWong

    Dr. Wong Presents Keynote at the 2021 International Conference Series on Aging in the Americas

    September 23, 2021, 09:14 AM by SCOA
    Rebeca Wong, PhD is presenting a keynote address, "About Resilient Aging – Evidence using the Mexican Health and Aging Study," in the 21st International Conference Series on Aging in the Americas: Resilience and Aging in the Americas. This virtual conference is scheduled for Sept 23 and 24 from 1 pm CST to 5pm CST each day, including sessions on defining resilience and early career mentoring.
    Full story
  • rafael-samper-ternent-md-phd

    Dr. Samper-Ternent presents about Alzheimer's in i45 Now's Health Care Unmasked Sept 23

    September 22, 2021, 15:11 PM by SCOA
    The next Health Care Unmasked will take place this Thursday, 9/23 at noon with Drs. Giulio Taglialatela & Rafael Samper-Ternent. They will be discussing Alzheimer's disease and the latest research and clinical care.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    Dr. Downer Appointed Co-Director of Translational Research Scholars Program

    September 8, 2021, 09:44 AM by SCOA
    Brian Downer, PhD, has been appointed Co-Director of Translational Research Scholars Program in the Institution of Translation Sciences at UTMB.
    Full story
  • BlakeRasmussenPhD

    Dr. Rasmussen Appointed Associate Dean for Innovation & Commercialization

    September 8, 2021, 08:32 AM by SCOA
    Blake Rasmussen, PhD, has been appointed Associate Dean for Innovation & Commercialization for the School of Health Professions. Dr. Rasmussen is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Metabolism & Rehabilitation Sciences and has been continuously funded by the NIH for the past 17 years at UTMB.
    Full story
  • deer-rachel05

    Dr. Deer Presents about Covid Recovery

    September 7, 2021, 08:31 AM by SCOA
    Today at noon, Dr. Rachel Deer will present as part of the Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium Series, “The Long Road to COVID-19 Recovery: UTMB Post-COVID Recovery Clinic Research Updates”.
    Full story
  • kuo

    UTMB Awarded $2.9 million for State-wide Data Management and Analysis Core for Comparative Effectiveness Research

    August 19, 2021, 13:12 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    As part of $142 million in new grants, the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, (CPRIT) announced on August 18, 2021 an award of $2,936,731 to Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Director of the UTMB Office of Biostatistics. The award supports the establishment of a state-wide resource, The Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC) for Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas, at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
    Full story
  • COVID-19 Presentation Aug 16th on Zoom

    August 10, 2021, 09:49 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    UTMB’s Institute for Translational Science and the Sealy Center for Environmental Health & Medicine invites you to participate in a conversation on “Setting the Record Straight: Separating COVID and Vaccine Myth from Fact” featuring Scott Weaver, PhD and Rachel Deer, PhD.
    Full story
  • Pepper Call for Pilot LOIs Due Aug 5

    August 3, 2021, 14:33 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Pepper Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit pilot research proposals in the areas of aging, physical function, and recovery from illness in older adults. The deadline for a letter of intent is August 5, 2021.
    Full story
  • AJE American Journal of Epidemiology

    Article Selected One of Ten Best of 2020 by AJE

    August 3, 2021, 14:20 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    An article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has been selected by Editors as one of the 10 best of 2020. The article by Jacqueline Torres and colleagues uses data from the Mexican Health and Aging Study.
    Full story
  • OAIC_National

    Pepper OAIC Funding Opportunities

    July 22, 2021, 12:12 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The OAIC National Coordinating Center for the Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers has announced funding opportunities including multi-center and freezer RFAs.
    Full story
  • UTMB Pepper Center Offers Research Support

    July 21, 2021, 12:35 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    UTMB researchers have the opportunity to request core support services from our Pepper Center by visiting our website. Services include support for researchers whose research is in line with the Center’s mission: To improve physical function and independence in older adults.
    Full story
  • text in post

    Featured Article in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    July 12, 2021, 15:00 PM by SCOA
    An article by researchers in the Sealy Center on Aging was selected as a featured article in the July 2021 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "Association of Occupational and Physical Therapy With Duration of Prescription Opioid Use After Hip or Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Medicare Enrollees" by Kevin T. Pritchard, MS, OTR, Jacques Baillargeon, PhD, Mukaila A. Raji, MD, MS, Lin-Na Chou, MS, Brian Downer, PhD, and Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD.
    Full story
  • Monique Pappadis, PhD

    Dr. Pappadis Receives 2021 ACRM Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award

    June 22, 2021, 11:35 AM by SCOA
    Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2021 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award.
    Full story
  • photo of medical library table with books, sculptures and instruments

    "All of Us" Research Program - UTMB Health Policy Dialogue June 16, 2021

    June 16, 2021, 10:36 AM by SCOA
    The UTMB Office of the President presents an online Health Policy Dialogue on the “ALL of US” Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Full story
  • photo of group

    Dr. Ottenbacher Transitions to Professor Emeritus

    June 10, 2021, 11:31 AM by SCOA
    Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher, with over 25 years of exceptional contributions to UTMB, retired as of January 31, 2021. He served as Vice Dean of the School of Health Professions from 1995 to 2001 when he became the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Ottenbacher was appointed as Associate Director in the Sealy Center on Aging in 1998 and has served as a member leadership of the UTMB Pepper Center.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Nicole Huang Selected for Lefeber Award

    June 4, 2021, 08:32 AM by SCOA
    Congratulations to former MSTAR graduating medical student Nicole Huang, this year’s recipient of the Edward J and Ellie Weisiger Lefeber, Sr Prize in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Spratt Selected for Distinguished Faculty Award

    May 28, 2021, 10:04 AM by SCOA
    Heidi Spratt, PhD was selected by the Graduate Student Organization at the recent Commencement of the Graduation School of Biomedical Sciences at UTMB to receive the 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Al Snih Selected for Distinguished Teaching Award

    May 28, 2021, 09:52 AM by SCOA
    Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD was selected by the Graduate Student Organization at the recent Commencement of the Graduation School of Biomedical Sciences at UTMB to receive the 2021 Distinguished Teacher Award.
    Full story
  • downer_144x187

    Dr. Downer Awarded New NIH/NIA Grant

    May 24, 2021, 12:59 PM by SCOA
    Brian Downer, PhD has been awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institute on Aging for a grant titled, "The influence of social and cultural context on life course pathways for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, and care resources for older Mexican adults."
    Full story
  • September 23-24 Galveston, TX

    Texas RCMAR ICAA Call for Abstracts Due June 7, 2021

    May 19, 2021, 11:53 AM by SCOA
    Save the Date: UTMB in partnership with UT Austin, UCLA, and USC will host the 2021 International Conference on Aging in the Americas. Submit abstracts through June 7, 2021.
    Full story
  • Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH

    Dr. Lyons Invited to NIH Health Promotion in Communities Study Section through 2025

    May 4, 2021, 11:19 AM by SCOA
    Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH, has been invited to serve as a member of the Health Promotion in Communities Study Section, Center for Scientific Review at the NIH. Dr. Lyons was nominated because of her demonstrated competence and achievement in her scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of her research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.
    Full story
  • JamesGoodwin2016

    Video Now Available: Using Medicare Data to Study the Impact of SARS-Co-V on Older Americans

    April 23, 2021, 11:22 AM by SCOA
    A video from the recent Pepper Investigators Lecture presented by James S. Goodwin, MD, is now available, "Using Medicare Data to Study the Impact of SARS-Co-V on Older Americans".
    Full story
  • text available in new post

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

    April 22, 2021, 11:11 AM by SCOA
    The Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial: SPARX3 is now recruiting research participants. 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.
    Full story
  • rafael-samper-ternent-md-phd

    Dr. Samper-Ternent Awarded CTSA Diversity Supplement Grant

    March 30, 2021, 10:50 AM by SCOA
    Congratulations to Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine & Scholar in the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center on a new two-year CTSA Diversity Supplement grant funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
    Full story
  • rafael-samper-ternent-md-phd

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

    March 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 about topics for people with dementia and their caregivers. Three videos are now available: "State of the Science: Does COVID-19 Impact Risk of Developing Dementia?", "Quick Tips for Dementia Caregivers: COVID-19 Vaccine", and "State of the Science: Participating in Research."
    Full story
  • red data image

    Data Sciences & Discovery Pilot Grants Application Due: April 30, 2021

    March 5, 2021, 16:07 PM by SCOA
    CALL FOR PILOT PROPOSALS aimed at developing and/or utilizing state-of-the-art quantitative/data science methodologies and technologies to address aging-related research questions.
    Full story
  • Monique Pappadis, PhD

    Dr. Pappadis Named Elite Reviewer

    February 23, 2021, 11:26 AM by SCOA
    Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has been named as an Elite Reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for 2020. Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness, and quality of reviews for the Archives in 2020 as judged by the editors.
    Full story
  • RebecaWong

    Dr. Wong Joins NIH Working Group of the Council on Behavioral & Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Integration

    February 9, 2021, 16:02 PM by SCOA
    Rebeca Wong, PhD has been invited by the chair of the NIH Council of Councils to join a newly formed working group of the Council on Behavioral & Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Integration.
    Full story
  • dscf4070-edit

    Dr. Hreha Earns Travel Award from the American Federation for Aging Research

    January 26, 2021, 10:38 AM by SCOA
    Kimberly P. Hreha, EdD, OTR/L, is the recipient of a highly competitive travel award from the American Federation for Aging Research.
    Full story
  • deer-rachel05

    Dr. Deer Earns ITS Provost's Scholar Award

    January 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by SCOA
    Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences Rachel Deer, PhD, recipient of the Institute for Translational Sciences Provost’s Scholar Award for her proposal, "Feasibility Study of Multimodal Interventions to Accelerate Recovery and Improve Quality of Life in COVID-19 Survivors."
    Full story
  • Lefeber

    SAVE THE DATE: Lefeber Winter Series Starts Jan 26

    January 15, 2021, 16:55 PM by SCOA
    The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 26th year, features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. This year all lectures will be ONLINE. Register to receive virtual meeting details. ​
    Full story
  • WHO healthy aging

    Beyond Health: United Nations Announces a New Initiative to Improve the Lives of Older People, Their Families and Communities

    January 5, 2021, 14:41 PM by SCOA
    Beyond Health: United Nations announced a new initiative to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities. The initiative approaches different aspects of life including health services as well as other aspects of society such as employment and demand good and services.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Li Receives AOTF Early Career Research Excellence Award

    January 4, 2021, 12:13 PM by SCOA
    ​Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, OTR, Department of Occupational Therapy, is a new recipient of the AOTF Early Career Research Excellence Award. Dr. Li had a pilot project in the UTMB Pepper Center.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    New Coronavirus Variant Found In U.K. What Does It Mean For The World? - Dr Menachery is Interviewed

    December 22, 2020, 12:36 PM by SCOA
    Dr. Vineet Menachery, a leader in the Metabolism and Biology Resource Core of the UTMB Pepper Center, was interviewed by Ari Shapiro on, "All Things Considered," at NPR regarding the new strain of COVID-19 found in the UK.
    Full story
  • DCARE-logo-white

    D-CARE Study Benefits Patients in Unexpected Ways

    December 18, 2020, 12:09 PM by SCOA
    Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas, are enrolling participants in the Dementia Care (D-CARE) Study to determine the effectiveness of various types of care for dementia. One such story, related by Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Melissa C. Lockhart, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, involves a person with dementia who was enrolled in the D-CARE Study.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    Video Now Online: Pepper Investigator's Lecture - Patient Priorities Care by Aanand D. Naik, MD

    December 18, 2020, 10:32 AM by SCOA
    A video is now available online for the Pepper Investigator's Lecture on December 3, 2020, "Patient Priorities Care: Aligning Decisions and Care with Patients' Health Priorities," presented by Aanand D. Naik, MD, Professor and Robert J. Luchi, MD, Chair in Geriatric Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine.
    Full story
  • 2020ENASEM-MHAS-cropped

    5th Annual MHAS Users Workshop Event a Virtual Success

    December 3, 2020, 12:53 PM by SCOA
    For the 5th time, the annual Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS/ENASEM) seminar for users of the data was organized in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Geriatrics (Instituto Nacional de Geriatría, INGER). A trademark of this meeting is the time devoted for questions and answers. Thirty institutions were represented, including 15 from Mexico and 15 from US, Canada, Netherlands, and Cuba.
    Full story
  • SPARX

    Study in Parkinson's Disease of Exercise - UTMB Clinical Site

    November 17, 2020, 15:26 PM by SCOA
    UTMB is participating as a clinical site for the Study in Parkinson's Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial. The SPARX3 (NCT04284436) study is the first randomized control trial designed to investigate the effects of moderate- and high-intensity aerobic exercise on disease progression in untreated patients with Parkinson’s.
    Full story
  • VisualAnalytic

    Using Big Data to Understand Care for Hip Fractures

    November 10, 2020, 15:55 PM by SCOA
    A multidisciplinary team of physicians, rehabilitation specialists, nurses, and data scientists looked at hip fractures. Using a visual analytical method, the team was able to identify subgroups who shared pre-existing conditions and map out how these could lead to a higher risk of readmissions.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Pappadis Publishes New Qualitative Study on TBI Among Immigrants

    November 2, 2020, 09:51 AM by SCOA
    Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has published a new article, "Soy diferente: a qualitative study on the perceptions of recovery following traumatic brain injury among Spanish-speaking U.S. immigrants."
    Full story
  • kenottenbacher

    GSA Honors Dr. Ottenbacher with The Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award

    October 29, 2020, 14:49 PM by SCOA
    Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR has been selected to receive The Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award for 2020 at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of the rehabilitation of aging individuals. A lecture in the name of this award is part of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Online and will feature an address by Dr. Ottenbacher on November 5, 2020.
    Full story
  • factsheet graphic

    Aging in Mexico: Frailty MHAS Factsheet

    October 26, 2020, 11:33 AM by SCOA
    A new factsheet from Dr. Wong and the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) is now available. Download Aging in Mexico: Frailty MHAS Factsheet 20-3 October 2020 at the WHO/PAHO website.
    Full story
  • SHP/SON Grant

    Multidisciplinary Development of Walk and Talk Videos to Increase Physical Activity Among Diverse Older Women

    September 28, 2020, 12:46 PM by SCOA
    New School of Health Professions / School of Nursing Grant: Multidisciplinary Development of Walk and Talk Videos to Increase Physical Activity Among Diverse Older Women. Annalyn DeMello PhD, MPH, RN​ (SON) Elizabeth Lyons, MPH, PhD (SHP), and Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD (SHP) were awarded a fiscal year 2021 SHP/SON grant for a new project that aims to increase physical activity in older women.
    Full story
  • deer-rachel05

    Dr. Deer Leads Research Arm of Post-COVID Recovery Clinic at UTMB

    September 25, 2020, 13:02 PM by SCOA
    Rachel Deer, PhD is leading the research arm of a new Post-COVID Recovery Clinic at UTMB. Recovery from COVID-19 is posing a new set of challenges for patients and physicians alike. The Post-COVID Rehabilitation Clinic has a multidisciplinary team from a broad range of specialties to address the issues of COVID-19 aftercare. Make an appointment by calling (832) 632-6666.
    Full story
  • copd

    COPD readmissions reduction program decreases 30-day hospital readmission, may increase mortality

    September 21, 2020, 16:05 PM by SCOA
    “An important concern is the current penalties for readmission do not to take into consideration the impact on mortality. Reducing readmissions may inadvertently affect minority and disadvantaged patients. These patients are not only at higher risk for readmission, they may also be at higher risk of dying,” said senior author Dr. Gulshan Sharma, director of the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.
    Full story
  • application

    UTMB Researchers: Call for Pepper Center RL5 Scholar Applications - Due 10/9

    September 17, 2020, 16:30 PM by SCOA
    The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit RL5 scholar applications. The Research Education Component engages early-stage investigators in a mentored research experience to support the development of externally funded research. Deadline: October 9, 2020.
    Full story
  • application

    UTMB Researchers: Call for Pepper Center Pilot Project Proposals - Due 9/25

    September 14, 2020, 09:27 AM by SCOA
    Proposals from any domain of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome. Projects will be funded for one year, with total annual direct costs not to exceed $50,000. LOI Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020
    Full story
  • Opioid-prescriptions-after-knee-hip-replacement-on-rise-study-finds

    In the news: Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds

    August 3, 2020, 14:26 PM by SCOA
    United Press International: Research conducted at UTMB found that 90 percent or more of people undergoing total knee or hip replacement in 2017 received a prescription for opioid pain relievers within 60 days of surgery, up from 82 percent three years earlier.
    Full story
  • Rahul Shah

    Drs. Raji, Kuo & team publish new article on Opioid use in JAMA

    August 3, 2020, 13:38 PM by SCOA
    Mukaila Raji, MD and Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD with their team published, "Opioid Use and Pain Control After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in the US, 2014 to 2017," in JAMA on July 30, 2020. Fourth year medical student Rahul Shah was the first author on the article.
    Full story
  • photo of two people

    Drs. Raji & Kuo receive $1.42M in second round of funding to study Opioid prescribing

    July 24, 2020, 17:15 PM by SCOA
    Mukaila Raji, MD and Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD received a second round of funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH for grant, "Effectiveness, toxicity and safety of opioid and benzodiazepine substitutes," through 2024.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Pappadis receives funding from the National Institute on Aging to study Geriatric TBI

    July 23, 2020, 17:47 PM by SCOA
    Monique R. Pappadis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Aging for her 5-year project, "Chronic Care Management of Geriatric Traumatic Brain Injury."
    Full story
  • diverse group of older people

    UTMB Pepper Center Receives $6.3M in Fifth Round of Funding

    July 22, 2020, 19:29 PM by SCOA
    The National Institute on Aging has announced $6.3M in continued funding for the UTMB Pepper Center for the next five years (through June 2025). Funded since 2000, the Center has focused on helping older adults improve muscle strength and regain function after an illness.
    Full story
  • group photo

    New Press Release: Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders

    July 10, 2020, 10:51 AM by SCOA
    The eagerly awaited results for the Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders (STRIDE) Trial are now available in the New England Journal of Medicine. This was a team effort among multiple institutions and health care systems across the US.
    Full story
  • three women in lab with masks, socially distanced from one another

    Research Continues In-hospital and Post-discharge

    July 8, 2020, 18:29 PM by SCOA
    ​The Volpi/Deer hospital research team has been recruiting for in-hospital and post-discharge studies since late April 2020 when Phase 1 research came back online after the COVID19 shutdown. They are currently recruiting for two randomized clinical trials investigating pragmatic interventions to slow muscle loss during hospitalization and accelerate recovery of physical function after discharge.
    Full story
  • webinar

    Pepper OAIC Webinars of Interest

    July 7, 2020, 10:45 AM by SCOA
    Researchers are invited to join two upcoming webinars from The Pepper Coordinating Center. July 10 - Succeeding in aging research during the pandemic: a webinar for research fellows and junior faculty. July 15 - Spotlight on AGS20 Virtual Sessions: Preventing Serious Fall Injuries: Primary Findings from the STRIDE Study.
    Full story
  • COVID-19 graphic

    UTMB COVID-19 Research Virtual Workshop - COVID-19 in Older Adults

    June 24, 2020, 13:21 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Chief Research office and UTMB CTSA in collaboration with UTMB infectious disease research community hosted a COVID-19 Research Virtual Workshop to facilitate learning and discussion around critical research questions related to the pandemic. On Thursday June 11, researches from the Sealy Center on Aging gave presentations about COVID-19 in older adults.
    Full story
  • StanWatowichPhD

    Dr. Watowich COVID-19 Research Collaboration News

    June 24, 2020, 13:17 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    As the world continues dealing with the pandemic, an international team of computational scientists, medicinal chemists, biochemists, and virologist, led by Texas researchers, are working to rapidly identify drug like molecules that stop SARS-CoV-2.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Li Publishes Article on Post-Acute Care

    June 24, 2020, 13:08 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Dr. Cynthia Li and colleagues published a new scientific article, "Impact of Self-Care and Mobility on One or More Post-Acute Care Transitions". This paper is a result of a pilot project from the UTMB Pepper Center previously awarded to Dr. Li.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    Dr. Ko Publishes Article on Stroke

    June 24, 2020, 13:03 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Dr. Mansoo Ko and colleagues published a new scientific article, "Gait Deviation Associated with Absent Terminal Stance Phase in People with Stroke." Dr. Ko is a past recipient of a pilot project from the UTMB Pepper Center.
    Full story
  • mhas-factsheet-vulnerability

    Aging in Mexico: The Most Vulnerable Adults

    May 13, 2020, 10:15 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    A new factsheet from Dr. Wong and the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) is now available. Download Aging in Mexico: The Most Vulnerable Adults MHAS Factsheet 20-2 May 2020 at the WHO/PAHO website.
    Full story
  • photo of man

    Dr. Cantu Presents Special Lecture: “Living Arrangements of Older Mexican Americans”

    April 20, 2020, 09:56 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    April 20, 2020 at noon: Sealy Center on Aging & Health of Older Minorities Special Lecture, “Living Arrangements of Older Mexican Americans," presented by Phillip A. Cantu, PhD, Project Director, Texas Resource Center for Minority Aging Research and the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Li Receives New NIH/NICHD and AOTF Grants

    April 7, 2020, 09:31 AM by SCOA
    Former UTMB Pepper Center Pilot award recipient Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, Dept of Occupational Therapy has been selected to receive a 2 year AOTF grant and a 5 year NIH/NICHD grant award.
    Full story
  • kenottenbacher

    Dr. Ottenbacher Receives New NIH/NIA Grant

    April 1, 2020, 14:19 PM by SCOA
    Dr. Ottenbacher received a new 5-year grant from the NIH/NIA, titled “Academic Leadership Award in Data Science and Discovery” (K07AG064031)
    Full story
  • Elena Volpi

    Sarcopenia associated with increased cardiometabolic risk

    February 11, 2020, 16:20 PM by Doug Brunk, Clinical Endocrinology News
    “Loss of lean body mass and function with aging decreases the amount of metabolically active tissue, which can lead to insulin resistance,” Elena Volpi, MD, said at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. “Insulin resistance reduces muscle protein anabolism and accelerates sarcopenia, perpetuating a vicious cycle.”
    Full story
  • Hispanic EPESE update

    Video: Dr. Markides Presents Update on Hispanic EPESE

    January 15, 2020, 15:16 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly: An Update Presented by Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD, Professor, Annie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging; Editor, Journal of Aging and Health
    Full story
  • Lyons Aging Professorship

    Dr. Lyons Receives Aging Professorship

    January 14, 2020, 09:24 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Congratulations to Elizabeth J. Lyons, PhD, MPH, on new professorship: the Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging.
    Full story
  • photo of woman

    Dr. Pappadis Collaborates with Chronic Brain Injury Task Force on Special Issue

    January 14, 2020, 09:14 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD collaborated with the Chronic Brain Injury Task Force of American College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) on a special issue of Brain Injury Professional.
    Full story
  • photo collage of attendees

    Mexican Health and Aging Study Users Meeting

    December 18, 2019, 10:37 AM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Rebeca Wong, PhD and colleagues hosted the annual meeting for users of the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) November 20-22 in Mexico. Sixty-five international scholars and students attended the meeting and thirty-six oral presentations were given. Participating institutions included eleven from Mexico and sixteen from outside of Mexico.
    Full story
  • Rachel Deer, PhD

    UTMB Researchers Help Older Patients Recover Better

    December 11, 2019, 12:23 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    A new paper in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows potential new ways to speed up recovery from the hospital. UTMB researchers tried different strategies to boost the function of older adults hospitalized for an acute illness.
    Full story
  • graphic

    Texas RCMAR Call for Pilots Due Jan 31

    December 10, 2019, 13:50 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research is accepting pilot applications until January 13, 2020.
    Full story
  • photo of man with podcast icon

    Podcast with Dr. Goodwin at JAMA on new publication about hospitalists

    December 6, 2019, 15:01 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Hospitalist schedules promoting inpatient continuity of care may be associated with better outcomes of hospitalization. James S. Goodwin discusses in a podcast with JAMA.
    Full story
  • Paddon-Jones-muscle

    Can our muscles stay young even as we get old? UTMB researchers are studying how to maintain muscle strength as we age

    November 21, 2019, 15:48 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Physical activity and diet play a vital role in protecting muscle health. Doug Paddon-Jones, PhD studies how to retain muscle strength and how to consume proteins to help with this process.
    Full story
  • PAIN

    Older Mexican American adults experiencing pain are at risk of developing frailty

    November 21, 2019, 15:38 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Recent PhD program graduate Jaspreet Sodhi and colleagues published a paper, Pain as a predictor of frailty over time among older Mexican Americans in the Journal PAIN. A video and press release are now online.
    Full story
  • graphic with text

    Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting

    November 21, 2019, 14:39 PM by Sealy Center on Aging
    Faculty and student researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging and the Pepper Center at UTMB attended the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of American November 13-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
    Full story