UTMB Receives $3.4 Million to Continue Research on Maintaining Independence in Older Adults

VolpiThe UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, directed by Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, has renewed its funding for the next five years through a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. The grant enables the center to continue its mission to improve physical function and independence in older adults.

The UTMB Pepper Center, founded in 1999, nurtures scientific collaborations among translational research investigators by supporting research infrastructure, training and pilot studies. Dr. Volpi has been serving as the center’s director and Principal Investigator since 2010. The focus of the UTMB Pepper Center for the next five years is to identify pathways of physical function loss and gain, and develop targeted interventions to improve functional recovery from illness in older adults.

The UTMB Pepper Center is comprised of five cores led by senior investigators in the Sealy Center on Aging: the Leadership Administrative Core led by Drs. Elena Volpi and James Goodwin; the Research Career Development Core/KL2 Program led by Drs. Kenneth Ottenbacher, Rebeca Wong and James Goodwin; the Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core led by Drs. Taylor Riall and Melinda Sheffield-Moore; the Clinical Research Resource Core led by Drs. Elena Volpi, Douglas Paddon-Jones and Gulshan Sharma; the Metabolism and Biology Resource Core led by Drs. Blake Rasmussen and Labros Sidossis; and the Biostatistics and Data Management Resource Core led by Drs. Kristopher Jennings and Yong-Fang Kuo.

Congratulations to the UTMB Pepper Center leadership for this award.