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Elena Volpi, MD, PhDElena Volpi, MD, PhD

Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Director, Sealy Center on Aging; Director, UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences; Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Nutrition and Metabolism, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch

301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0117
Phone: (409) 772-1977
Fax: (409) 772-8931
Email: evolpi@utmb.edu

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Research Areas

Physical functioning and sarcopenia in older adults; Protein metabolism; Muscle metabolism in type 2 diabetes; Exercise and nutritional regulation of muscle growth; Sex/gender disparities in metabolism; Ethnic/racial disparities in metabolism


MD 1989 University of Perugia, Italy; PhD 1995 University of Perugia, Italy

Recent Publications
  1. Timmerman KL, Dhanani S, Glynn EL, Fry CS, Drummond MJ, Jennings K, Rasmussen BB, and Volpi E. A moderate acute increase in physical activity enhances nutritive flow and the muscle protein anabolic response to mixed nutrient intake in older adults. Am J Clin Nutr 95:1403-1412, 2012. PMID: 22572647. PMCID: PMC3349455.
  2. Drummond MJ, Timmerman KL, Markofski MM, Walker DK, Dickinson JM, Jamaluddin M, Brasier AR, Rasmussen BB, Volpi E. Short-term bed rest increases TLR4 and IL-6 expression in skeletal muscle of older adults. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 305(3):R216-23, 2013. PMID: 23761639. PMCID: PMC3743002.
  3. Markofski MM, Dickinson JM, Drummond MJ, Fry CS, Fujita S, Gundermann DM, Glynn EL, Jennings K, Paddon-Jones D, Reidy PT, Sheffield-Moore M, Timmerman KL, Rasmussen BB, Volpi E. Effect of age on basal muscle protein synthesis and mTORC1 signaling in a large cohort of young and older men and women. Exp Gerontol. 2015 Feb 28;65:1-7.
  4. Lyons EJ, Baranowski T, Basen-Engquist KM, Lewis ZH, Swartz MC, Jennings K, Volpi E. Testing the effects of narrative and play on physical activity among breast cancer survivors using mobile apps: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2016 Mar 9;16(1):202. Baillargeon J, Deer RR, Kuo YF, Zhang D, Goodwin JS, Volpi E. Androgen Therapy and Rehospitalization in Older Men With Testosterone Deficiency. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 May;91(5):587-95.
  5. Deer RR, Dickinson JM, Fisher SR, Ju H, Volpi E. Identifying effective and feasible interventions to accelerate functional recovery from hospitalization in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 Jul;49:6-14.


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