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  • Injury Prevention in Wheelchair Users: Measuring Movement and Mobility during Daily Life by Melissa (Missy) Morrow, PhD - March 27, 2024
  • Multi-parametric Thrombus Profiling Microfluidics Uncovers Mechanobiology of Hypertension and Aging-related Thrombosis by Yunfeng Chen, PhD - Feb 28, 2024
  • Multimodal Effects of Neo-adjuvant and Adjuvant Exercise on Tumor Pathology and Survivorship by Darpan Patel, PhD - Jan 24, 2024


  • Crumbling Pillars Accelerate Aging after Spinal Cord Injury and Multimorbidity - Toward an Understanding of Complex Interactions by Letitia Graves, PhD, RN - Oct 25, 2023
  • Using Electronic Health Resources for Health Assessment to Improve Older Adult Wellbeing by Erin Hommel, MD - Sept 27, 2023
  • International Variation in Treatment and Outcomes for Older Adults Hospitalized with Acute Illness: Findings from the IHSRC Investigators by Peter Cram, MD, MBA - June 7, 2023
  • Studies of Genome Organization at the Single-Cell Level by Guy Nir, PhD - May 3, 2023
  • Non-Parametric Approach to Predict the Recruitment for Randomized Clinical Trial in Elderly Inpatient Setting by Xiaoying Yu, PhD, and Alejandro Villasante-Tezanos, PhD - April 5, 2023
  • Strategies for Rejuvenating Senescent Cells by Low-Frequency Ultrasound by Michael P. Sheetz, PhD - March 1, 2023
  • Gaps and Opportunities in Developing a Chronic Disease Management Model of Traumatic Brain Injury by Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD - Feb 1, 2023
  • Recent Trends in the Functional Status of U.S. Adults: Evidence from the NHIS by Neil K. Mehta, PhD, MSc, MA - Jan 4, 2023


  • Excess Deaths from COVID-19 Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Psychiatric Diagnoses: Community Versus Nursing Home by Huiwen Xu, PhD, MHA - Dec 7, 2022
  • Putting Patient-Centered Programs to the Test: The Case of Medical Visit Audio Recording by Meredith Masel, PhD, MSW - Nov 2, 2022
  • Using National Data to Study Functional Recovery during a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay: Challenges and Opportunities by Brian Downer, PhD - Oct 5, 2022
  • Signal Detection of Adverse Events Associated with Gabapentinoid Use for Chronic Pain by Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics & Data Science - Aug 3, 2022
  • Enhancing the Focus of the Pepper Center on Hispanic Health: The Role of the Hispanic Aging Council by Rebeca Wong, PhD & Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD, Hispanic Aging Council Co-Directors - July 6, 2022
  • The Association between Pain and Cognition across Contexts: Findings from Puerto Rico and Mexico by Sadaf Milani, PhD - May 4, 2022
  • Education: More Than Just Training by Melodi Moore & Heidi Lutz, CRA, UTMB Research Training & Development, Research Administration - March 2, 2022
  • The Stagnation in the Decline in U.S. Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: A Search for Explanations by Neil Mehta, PhD, MSc - Feb 2, 2022


  • A Path to Better Care of Older Hispanics with Multiple Chronic Conditions and Dementia by Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD - Dec 1, 2021
  • Long COVID: Insights into the Unknown by Rachel Deer, PhD - Nov 3, 2021
  • Healthcare Utilization by Older Mexican Americans with and without Dementia by Brian Downer, PhD - Oct 6, 2021
  • Exercise, Disuse, and Sarcopenia: Update on Human Clinical Trials and Mouse Skeletal Muscle Studies by Blake B. Rasmussen, PhD - Sept 1, 2021
  • Rehabilitation Therapy and Its Effects on Physical Function and Healthcare Utilization Among Older Patients with Cancer Admitted to Nursing Homes by Huiwen Xu, PhD - August 4, 2021
  • Gender Differences in Activity-Limiting Pain Trajectories Over a 17-Year Period in the Mexican Health and Aging Study by Sadaf Milani, PhD, - July 7, 2021
  • Incorporating Sex as a Biological Variant in Your Research, by Abbey Berenson, MD, PhD - May 5, 2021
  • Using Medicare Data to Study the Impact of SARS-Co-V on Older Americans (Especially Nursing Home Residents), James S. Goodwin, MD - April 7, 2021
  • The Impact of Age and Diet on Muscle Metabolic Health, Andrew J. Murton, PhD - March 3, 2021
  • Improving Outcomes of Older Hispanics with Dementia and their Family Caregivers, Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD - February 3, 2021
  • Changing Cardio-metabolic Risk Profile of Older Americans: Implications for Mortality and Overall Functioning, Neil Mehta, PhD - January 6, 2021


  • Patient Priorities Care: Aligning Decisions and Care with Patients' Health Priorities, Aanand D. Naik, MD - December 3, 2020
  • Meeting the Needs of Older Adults Amidst Our Changing Healthcare Landscape, Lorraine Evangelista, PhD, RN - October 7, 2020
  • Introduction to the 5th Cycle of the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, Elena Volpi, MD, PhD - September 2, 2020
  • Therapeutics for Aged-Linked Muscle Degeneration, Stanley J. Watowich, PhD - June 3, 2020
  • The Independent and Joint Effects of Obesity and Diabetes on Cognitive Impairment and Mortality: Findings from the Mexican Health and Aging Study 2012-2015, Sadaf Milani, PhD - May 12, 2020
  • Opioid Utilization in Geriatric Patients After Operation for Degenerative Spine Disease, Anthony V. Nguyen, BA (MS4); Mukaila Raji, MD; Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD - April 1, 2020
  • Frailty Transitions Predict Healthcare Use and Medicare Payments in Older Mexican Americans: A Longitudinal Cohort Study, Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, OTR - March 4, 2020
  • Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Guidelines to the Elderly Population, Cecil B. Kumfa, MD, MBA - February 5, 2020


  • The Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly: An Update, Kyriakos Markides, PhD - December 4, 2019
  • Aging: From Population Averages to Individual Patterns – The Story of Blood Pressure, Majd AlGhatrif, MD, MA, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - November 6, 2019
  • Health Disparities in Physical Function: Focus on U.S. Hispanics and Mexicans, Rebeca Wong, PhD - September 4, 2019
  • Role of Antioxidant Pathways in Mucosal Antiviral Immunity in the Aging Host, Roberto Garofalo - June 5, 2019
  • Development of a Cross-National Independence Measure for Asian Adult Populations, Ickpyo Hong - June 5, 2019
  • Improving Goal-Setting to Increase Physical Activity among older Adults, Liz Lyons - May 1, 2019
  • Compelled Weight Shifting to Enhance the Use of Paretic Limb During the Task of Gait Initiation in People with Stroke, Mansoo Ko - March 6, 2019
  • Closing Gaps in Rehabilitation and Community, Kimberly Hreha - February 6, 2019


  • The STEP-HI Study: Combining Testosterone Therapy and Exercise to Improve Function Post Hip Fracture, Elena Volpi - December 5, 2018
  • The Impact of Self-Care and Mobility on the Sequence of Post-Acute Care Services and 90-Day Readmission in Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries, Cynthia Li - November 7, 2018
  • Strategies to Preserve Muscle Health in Older Adults during Inactivity, Emily Lantz - September 5, 2018
  • Sleep Assessment and Intervention in Hospital and Community-Based Settings, Sara Nowakowski - August 1, 2018
  • Wearables, Games, and Scrapbooking: An Update on a Series of Technology-based Physical Activity Interventions, Elizabeth Lyons - June 6, 2018
  • Ways to Improve Writing Skills, James S. Goodwin - May 2, 2018
  • A Formative Evaluation of a Breast Cancer Screening Decision Aid for Use Among Women Aged 70 Years and Older, Monique Pappadis - April 4, 2018
  • The Effects of a 4-week PT Intervention on Posture, Physical Function, Pulmonary Function, and Patient Perspectives: A Case Series, Lynne Hughes - March 7, 2018
  • The Effects of a Physical Therapy Intervention for Urinary Incontinence on Fear of Falling in Older Women, Steve Fisher - February 7, 2018


  • Preventing Dementia by Improving Physical Functioning: Current Evidence and Future Directions, Brian Downer - December 6, 2017
  • Muscle Protein Anabolic Resistance to Essential Amino Acid Does Not Occur in Healthy Older Adults Before or After Resistance Exercise Training, Tatiana Moro - November 1, 2017
  • Potentially Inappropriate Medications and Claims-based Functional Status in Older Adults, Hemal Mehta - October 4, 2017
  • Improving Healthcare of Older Hispanic Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Rafael Samper-Ternent - June 7, 2017
  • Improving Care for Older Adults, Addie Middleton - May 3, 2017
  • Muscle-live Cross Talk and Amino Acid Metabolism in NAFLD and Sarcopenia, Amalia Gastaldelli - April 5, 2017
  • Progenitor Cell Cross-talk Promotes Aging Skeletal Muscle Adaptation: A New Proposal, Chris Fry - March 1, 2017
  • Perception of Decreased Mood and Cognitive Function Among Community-dwelling Adults Aging with Stroke, Monique Pappadis - February 1, 2017


  • Measuring Functional Change and Developing Cross-Walk: Application of Rasch Analysis in Large Data and Longitudinal Study, Cynthia Li - December 7, 2016
  • Post Hospitalization Interventions to Improve Physical Function in Older Adults (PACE Clinical Trial), Rachel Deer - November 2, 2016
  • Measuring Cognition in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Brian Downer - October 5, 2016
  • Center for Large Data Research (CLDR): Resources, Opportunities & Priorities, Kenneth Ottenbacher - September 7, 2016
  • Physical Activity Promotion in Primary Care: A Provider’s Prospective, Zakkoyya Lewis - July 6, 2016
  • Disability and Recovery from Hispanics and Mexicans – Why Study These Populations?, Rebeca Wong - June 1, 2016
  • PCOR Project 1: Screening Mammography in Older Women, Elizabeth Jaramillo - May 4, 2016
  • Transfers to a Long Term Nursing Home as a Marker of Poor Quality for Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, James Goodwin - April 6, 2016
  • Pros and Cons of Inhibiting Inflammation During Aging, Nicolas Musi - March 2, 2016
  • Motor and Cognitive Functional Status are Associated with 30-day Unplanned Rehospitalization following Post-Acute Care in Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries, Addie Middleton - February 3, 2016
  • Central and Peripheral Effects of the Gut Hormone GLP-1, Amalia Gastaldelli - January 7, 2016