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UT Health Newsroom: Study: Physical exercise impacts every type of tissue in the body and affects males and females differently

May 15, 2024

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom MoTrPAC releases seven publications this month We all know that exercise is good for us, but figuring out the “why” and “how” of physical exercise’s effect on the body is the goal of a 10-year, multi-million dollar project through the National Institutes of Health called the Molecular Transducers […]




Congratulations to Nisi Jiang on his first-author publication in Geroscience!

May 2, 2024

Nisi Jiang is a PhD student in the Biology of Aging discipline under the mentorship of Dr. James Nelson. The Gehan test identifies life-extending compounds overlooked by the log-rank test in the NIA Interventions Testing Program: Metformin, Enalapril, caffeic acid phenethyl ester, green tea extract, and 17-dimethylaminoethylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin hydrochloride Nisi Jiang, Jonathan Gelfond, Qianqian Liu, Randy […]




Congratulations to Xianlin Han, PhD on his Owens Foundation Award!

April 12, 2024

Dr. Xianlin Han is the recipient of the 2024 William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation Award for $200,000. The project is titled “Myelin sulfatide deficiency alters galetin-3 signaling in AD”. Dr. Han is a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes and an investigator with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for […]




Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD and Kevin Koronowski, PhD on their Owens Foundation Award!

April 5, 2024

Dr. Juan Pablo Palavicini and Dr. Kevin Koronowski are the recipients of the 2024 William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation Award. The two-year, $200,000 project is titled “Modeling late-onset Alzheimer’s via gene-environment interactions”.  Dr. Palavicini and Dr. Koronowski have been named Multiple Principle Investigators on the project. Dr. Palavicini is an assistant professor in […]




Congratulations to Shangang Zhao, PhD on his R01 grant!

March 18, 2024

Dr. Zhao’s project, “Paracrine effects of leptin in regulating visceral fat expansion,” has been awarded an R01 grant by the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Zhao is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and an investigator with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.



The Washington Post: How a cheap, generic drug became a darling of longevity enthusiasts

March 15, 2024

Barshop Institute director, Dr. Elena Volpi, was interviewed in a recent rapamycin article by The Washington Post.  The article also mentions the original 2009 rapamycin study funded by The National Institute on Aging Interventions Testing Program (ITP), which includes a test site at the Barshop Institute led by Dr. Randy Strong. Read the story here: […]



Congratulations to Mengwei Zang, MD, PhD on her R01 grant!

March 1, 2024

Dr. Zang’s project, “Deciphering RNA Splicing Control of Lipid Metabolism and Alcoholic Liver Injury,” has been awarded an R01 grant by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  Dr. Zang is a Professor with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and the Department of Molecular Medicine.  She is also the […]




Congratulations to Roger Shi, PhD on his publication in Free Radical Biology and Medicine!

February 13, 2024

Dr. Shi is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Distinguished Chair in Metabolic Biology and a Professor with the Department of Pharmacology and the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. An upstream open reading frame (5′-uORF) links oxidative stress to translational control of ALCAT1 through phosphorylation of eIF2α Jun Zhang […]




Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD on his selection to participate in the NIA/AGS conference!

January 18, 2024

Dr. Juan Pablo Palavicini was selected to participate as a “Rising Star” for the NIA/AGS R13 Bench-to-Bedside Conference Series on “Stress Tests and Biomarkers of Resilience,” which takes place on March 4-5, 2024. He also received a travel scholarship to attend. Dr. Palavicini is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes […]




Texas Public Radio: Science & Medicine

December 15, 2023

Bess Frost, PhD, associate professor in the Barshop Institute, talks with Texas Public Radio about her work on jumping genes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Original Story: Texas Public Radio Science & Medicine: Alzheimer’s and the inflammatory trigger. By Bonnie Petrie A UT Health Science Center San Antonio researcher has discovered something really interesting about Alzheimer’s disease. […]