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UTMB to Study New Approach for Hip Fracture Recovery

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A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for women recovering from hip fractures.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is part of a consortium of seven universities that has received $15.6 million from the National Institute on Aging for a multisite clinical trial to study the use of testosterone therapy and exercise in post-menopausal women recovering from hip fracture. Dr. Elena Volpi, director of UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging, is one of the seven principal investigators.

The project will evaluate hip fractures in elderly women and the benefits of short-term testosterone therapy combined with supervised exercise during the recovery process.

Results of the study may help reduce the significant burden of hip fracture now faced by many older women.

“Hip fracture is a major contributor to loss of independence in older women. With this study, we hope to find a novel therapeutic approach to accelerate recovery of physical function and independence in these patients,” Volpi says. 

More than 260,000 hip fractures occur annually in the U.S. Many of those experiencing a fracture also incur a significant functional decline. Many patients also end up dealing with persistent strength and mobility issues that can impair their ability to live independently.

A primary goal of the research funded by the National Institute on Aging is to develop the fundamental knowledge to improve health and reduce the burden of disability.

UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging focuses on improving the health and well-being of elderly through research, education, and community service.

The other participating institutions are Washington University, Harvard University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Connecticut.

About UTMB Health: 
Texas' first academic health center opened its doors in 1891 and today has three campuses, four health sciences schools, three institutes for advanced study, a research enterprise that includes one of only two national laboratories dedicated to the safe study of infectious threats to human health, a Level 1 Trauma Center and a health system offering a full range of primary and specialized medical services throughout Galveston County and the Texas Gulf Coast region. UTMB Health is an institution in the University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center. 

Article written by Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes, director of media relations at UTMB, has an extensive background in communications with more than 30 years experience in journalism. Before joining UTMB in 2007, he was an editor at The New York Times and also worked as an editor at the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. When he and his wife, Linda, worked at the Houston Chronicle in the 1980s, they used to dream about living and working in Galveston. Some things do come true. Raul is at UTMB and Linda edits a couple of Dallas magazines from their home in Galveston.