Nutrition, Metabolism & Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Brian Downer

Brian Downer, PhD
Associate Professor

Research Expert Profile

Contact Information

301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1137

P: 409-747-1634
E: brdowner@utmb.edu

Research Areas

Quality and outcomes of post-acute care; Epidemiology of dementia and cognitive decline in diverse populations; Hispanic health and aging

Biography

Brian Downer, PhD is an Associate Professor of the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Progam for the Department of Nutrition, Metabolism and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

Dr. Downer received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Aquinas College and a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky.

Grants & Funding

  • Grant# R01 MD0103552016 - 2021
    • Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH
    • Study: Long-term Health Outcomes in Mexican American Older Adults
    • Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Al Snih)
  • Grant# K01 AG0587892018 - 2023
    • Source: National Institute on Aging, NIH
    • Study: Improvement in Patients’ Cognition and Relationship with SNF Quality Measures
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Grant# R01 AG0109392019 - 2023
    • Source: National Institutes of Health, NIH
    • Study: Longitudinal Study of Mexican American Elderly Health
    • Role: Co-Investigator (Pi: Markides)
  • Grant# RF1 AG0689882021 - 2024
    • Title: The Influence of Social and Cultural Context on Life Course Pathways for Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Care Resources for Older Mexican Adults
    • Source: National Institute on Aging, NIH
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Grant# R01 AG0657692019 - 2024
    • Source: National Institutes of Health, NIH
    • Study: Aging in Puerto Rico: Longitudinal Follow-Up of the PREHCO Study
    • Role: Co-Investigator (Pi: Crowe)
  • Grant# R01 AG0109392020 - 2025
    • Source: National Institute on Aging, NIH
    • Study: UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)
    • Role: Core leader in training (PI: Volpi)

Notable Publications

Note: A complete list of all publications can be found on the UTMB Research Experts web page.


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