The Sealy Center on Aging presents the 19th annual Lefeber Winter Lecture Series, beginning today and continuing over the next five Tuesdays through March 4.

Lectures are 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium at 10th and Market streets. The series launches with Faces of Aging II: “A photographer’s view,” presented by Dr. Elena Volpi, distinguished professor and director of UTMB’s Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, in conjunction with Marilyn Brodwick, a research associate in the Sealy Center on Aging.

Next week’s lecture will discuss drug interactions in the elderly. Contact Kelley Prevou,, or 409-747-1987.

Global input

Jim LeDuc, director of the Galveston National Laboratory at UTMB, has been elected to the Steering Committee of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, or GOARN.

GOARN is a technical collaboration of existing institutions and networks that pool human and technical resources for the rapid identification, confirmation and response to (disease) outbreaks of international importance.

The network provides an operational framework to link this expertise and skill to keep the international community informed to the threat of outbreaks.

The group contributes to global health security by combating the international spread of outbreaks, ensuring that appropriate technical assistance reaches affected areas rapidly and contributing to long-term epidemic preparedness and capacity building.

EAC officers

Newly elected officers for the Employee Advisory Council are Chairwoman Julie Cantini; Vice Chairwoman Susanne Johnson; Vice Chairman for operations Frank Valiulis; and Vice Chairwoman for Communications Janet Gonzalez.

The council, which is sponsored and endorsed by the UTMB Office of the President, promotes a positive and collaborative work environment committed to assessing, prioritizing and communicating employees’ needs.

It serves as a sounding board or advisory group to provide a feedback loop on broad issues and potential new programs that impact all employees.

Volunteers needed for exercise training, nutrition study

The department of nutrition and metabolism is seeking male volunteers, 18 to 35, for a new study on exercise, nutrition and muscle growth. Volunteers may qualify to participate in this trial if they are in overall good health, have not taken dietary supplements in the past three months and have not performed regular, structured, high-intensity resistance training in the past six months.

The study will provide 13 weeks of personal training and supplements at no cost, with regular exams and reimbursements for time and travel. Enrollment is open until Jan. 30.

Call 414-758-9408 or contact Paul Reidy at

Weight loss seminar

The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting a free seminar on weight loss, including medical and surgical options available, at 6 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.

Call 832-505-1500.

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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