Dr. Nicolas Musi, was recently named as director for the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in an effort to bring new leadership to the research institution’s aging studies and facilitate more research into clinical trials.
Dr. Musi’s specific focus is to develop a comprehensive approach to the UTHSC aging studies division, so that valuable research and clinical trials can lead directly to new treatment options and bedside care for geriatrics patients. He is particularly interested in studying human subjects and exercise interventions.
Musi notes, “We know that exercise is beneficial to improve metabolism and muscle function. So we want to understand at the molecular level how exercise works. If we know that, we could design medications that have an exercise-like effect.”
Developing medications that can mimic the benefits of exercise would surely benefit patients who can’t exercise such as individual who have disabilities brought about by stroke or severe arthritis.
Musi will have the opportunity to direct 10 graduate students and 6 postdoctoral fellow under a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. He has served as director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center in South Texas Veterans Health Care System and is the Sam and Ann Barshop Endowed Chair in Translational Research.
UTHSC has also received a $4 million grant from the state of Texas to establish the Translational Aging Research Program at the Barshop Institute. The goal of this program is to support the idea of a world where people live long and enjoyable lives.
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