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Lefeber Winter Series on AgingTuesday Evenings January 28 through February 25, 2020

photo of Dr. Volpi introducing speaker to crowd at the Lefeber Winter Series on Aging

The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 25th year, features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. Each speaker presents a lecture on an important aspect of aging research and consults with students, faculty and staff on research topics, grant applications and articles being written for publication. The lecture series is open to the general public and attracts a number of seniors and healthcare providers from the Galveston community in addition to UTMB scientists and providers. A reception follows each one hour lecture. The series honors Dr. Edward James Lefeber. The late UTMB Professor of Medicine had been a strong proponent of elder care and the study of aging at a time when few doctors were prepared to care for older patients.

“As a doctor, there are challenges when taking care of older adults. It is time consuming, complicated and quite different from general internal medicine,” SCoA Director Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, said. “Dr. Lefeber was the one who started geriatric medical care on Galveston Island.”

Read more from the UTMB Office of the Provost on the Lefeber Winter Series on Aging



John P. Schuster, MA

January 28, 2020
Presented by John P. Schuster, MA, Author, executive coach, CEO mentor, consultant The Schuster Kane Alliance; Speaker at Abundant Living Conference at Camp Allen in 2019

George E. Taffet, MD

February 4, 2020
Presented by George E. Taffet, MD, Professor, Geriatrics and Cardiovascular Sciences; Robert J. Luchi, M.D. Chair in Geriatric Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; Head of the Division of Geriatrics, Houston Methodist Hospital

Jennifer Manly, PhD

February 11, 2020
Presented by Jennifer Manly, PhD, Professor, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center

David Reuben, MD

February 18, 2020
Presented by David Reuben, MD, Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics and Gerontology; Chief, Division of Geriatrics; Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine; Director, UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, University of California

Charlotte A. Peterson, PhD

February 25, 2020
Presented by Charlotte A. Peterson, PhD, Professor, College of Health Sciences, Director, Center for Muscle Biology, University of Kentucky



Videos now available:

Mitochondrial Energetics and Insulin Resistance in Aging
January 29, 2019
Presented by Bret H. Goodpaster, PhD, Senior Investigator & Director, Exercise Metabolism Core Translational Research Institute for Metabolism & Diabetes Florida Hospital, Orlando

Why is Age a Risk Factor? Insights from Population Studies
February 5, 2019
Presented by Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Epidemiology Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Sciences Director, Center for Aging and Population Health Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh

Integrating Physical and Cognitive Function Outcomes into Large Clinical Trials: The SPRINT Example
February 12, 2019
Presented by Jeff D. Williamson, MD, MHS, Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology Chief, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation Wake Forest Baptist Health

Creating a Culture of Hospital Mobility for Older Adults
February 19, 2019
Presented by Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH, Professor and Director, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care Director, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging University of Alabama at Birmingham

Economic Insecurity among Older Adults of Color ─ Housing and Health as Cause and Effect
February 26, 2019
Presented by Steven P. Wallace, PhD, Professor, Community Health Sciences Fielding School of Public Health Associate Director, Center for Health Policy Research Center Director, Resource Centers for Minority Aging Resource National Coordinating Center University of California, Los Angeles




Videos now available:

Is the Risk for Alzheimer's and Dementia on the Decline?: Epidemiological Evidence from Around the World
January 30, 2018
Presented by Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD, Cyrus Sturgis Professor of Medicine Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine, Health Management and Policy, and Institute for Gerontology Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Optimizing the Prescription to Counteract Aging Muscle Atrophy
February 6, 2018
Presented by Marcas M. Bamman, PhD, Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology; Medicine; and Neurology Director, Center for Exercise Medicine University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor, Departments of Physiology & Biophysics, Medicine and Nutrition Sciences Director, Center for Exercise Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Institutional Policy Changes and the Growing Inequality in US Health and Mortality
February 13, 2018
Presented by Mark D. Hayward, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center University of Texas at Austin

Alzheimer's Disease in African Americans: Unraveling Genetics Using a Campus and Community Based Model for Recruitment, Inclusion and Empowerment
February 20, 2018
Presented by Goldie S. Byrd, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology Director, Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health (COAACH) North Carolina A&T State University

Recovery after Hip Fracture: How Can We do Better?
February 27, 2018:
Presented by Ellen F. Binder, MD, Professor, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

2018 Photo Gallery



Videos now available:

Modernizing Survey Measures of Late-Life Disability
January 31, 2017

Presented by Alan Jette, PT, MPH, PhD, Director, Health and Disability Research, Professor of Health and Management, Boston University

Merits of Late Life Cognitive Training: Findings, Controversies, and a Way Forward
February 7, 2017

Presented by Michael Marsiske, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida

Searching for Ways to Reduce Muscle Wasting During Aging
February 14, 2017

Presented by Christopher M. Adams, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology & Metabolism, Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, University of Iowa

Aging and Cognition in Mexican Population
February 21, 2017

Presented by Silvia Mejia-Arango, PhD, Director, Department of Population Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)

Drug Therapy in Older Persons: Beliefs, Myths, and Challenges
February 28, 2017

Presented by Jerry Gurwitz, MD, Meyers Professorship in Primary Care Medicine, Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School




Videos now available:

Advancing the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease by 2016
February 2, 2016

Presented by Kathleen Anne Welsh-Bohmer, PhD, ABCN, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Director, Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Duke University School of Medicine

What's Really Happening at the End of Life? Insights from the Yale PEP Study
February 9, 2016

Presented by Thomas M. Gill, MD, Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine, Director, Yale Program on Aging, Yale School of Medicine

A Pragmatic Trial for COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS)

February 16, 2016

Presented by Pamela Duncan, PhD, FATPTA, FAHA, Professor, Department of Neurology, Sticht Center on Aging, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Fifty Years of Elderly Empowerment in Brazil
February 23, 2016

Presented by Cassio Turra, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Demography/Cedeplar, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

Diabetes in the Elderly
March 1, 2016

Presented by Nicolas Musi, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, UT Health Science Center -San Antonio



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