Sam W. Fagg

Dr. Fagg Awarded Pepper Pilot Project for "Does Cell-Free Amniotic Fluid Prevent or Reverse Frailty of Aging?"

Jun 29, 2023, 16:51 PM by UTMB Surgery

The UTMB Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that W. Sam Fagg, Ph.D., has been awarded a grant for his project focused on the frailty of aging. The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) has recognized the potential of Dr. Fagg's research, providing him with a grant of $50,000 for the period between September 2023 and August 2024. 

Dr. Fagg’s project, titled "Does cell-free amniotic fluid prevent or reverse frailty of aging?" underwent a rigorous evaluation by the OAIC Scientific Review Committee and Executive Committees. As a recipient of this grant, Dr. Fagg gains access to valuable resources offered by the OAIC Cores. The Clinical Research Resource Core will provide regulatory support, subject recruitment and screening, and standardized testing. Additionally, the Biostatistics and Data Management Resource Core will assist with data management and statistical analyses. These resources will undoubtedly strengthen the research process and contribute to the project's overall success. 

Dr. Fagg’s research project has the potential to shed light on the complexities of frailty in aging, with far-reaching implications for the well-being of older adults. By exploring the role of cell-free amniotic fluid in preventing or reversing frailty, Dr. Fagg aims to uncover new strategies to improve the quality of life for aging individuals. 

We extend our congratulations to Dr. Fagg for securing this funding opportunity and commend his dedication to advancing our understanding of frailty in aging. With the support of the OAIC, we anticipate significant contributions to the field and eagerly await the outcomes of Dr. Fagg's research project. 

A Message from Dr. Fagg: 

"I would like to thank the review committee, my lab group and collaborators, and the Department of Surgery leadership for providing us the opportunity to perform this pilot project. I hope that this will lead to significant findings that can allow us to continue this study on a larger scale, to the benefit of older patients."