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Nicolas Musi, M.D., named new director of Barshop Institute

Posted on Thursday, September 05, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 18


Nicolas Musi, M.D., (right) has been named the second director of the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. Dr. Musi says a top priority will be the translation of basic science discoveries to patient care. He is pictured with UT Health Science Center San Antonio President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, receiving a 2009 Presidential Award.
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Nicolas Musi, M.D., (right) has been named the second director of the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. Dr. Musi says a top priority will be the translation of basic science discoveries to patient care. He is pictured with UT Health Science Center San Antonio President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, receiving a 2009 Presidential Award. clear graphic

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SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 29, 2013) — Nicolas Musi, M.D., a physician-scientist in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named director of the Health Science Center’s world-recognized Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Musi is a professor of medicine and a faculty physician with UT Medicine San Antonio. He joined the Health Science Center in 2003. He occupies the Sam and Ann Barshop Endowed Chair in Clinical and Translational Research in Geriatrics and directs the Center for Healthy Aging within the Barshop Institute. He also is director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center within the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. He is fellowship-trained in endocrinology and metabolism at the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School.*

Dr. Musi sees diabetes patients on a weekly basis while conducting translational research that focuses on aging and metabolism, and the cellular and molecular effects of exercise.

Moving new discoveries into practice
“I want to make sure that the Barshop Institute maintains and even enhances its stature as one of the leading institutes in the basic biology of aging,” Dr. Musi said. “As we do this, we will have a more comprehensive program that will include a strong translational component to move the research conducted at the lab bench and apply it at the bedside.”

Advancing the Barshop’s reputation
David Weiss, Ph.D., vice president for research at the Health Science Center, stated: “Dr. Musi has an exceedingly well-funded research program. Although his emphasis is on research, he also provides patient care and is an attending physician at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and University Hospital. Dr. Musi has the credentials, experience, vision and demeanor to not just maintain, but advance, the already stellar reputation of the Barshop Institute.”

Dr. Musi is succeeding Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., the founding director of the Barshop Institute. The institute was established in 2001 to bring together the many investigators studying different aspects of aging and age-related diseases at the Health Science Center. The Barshop perennially is among the leaders in National Institute on Aging grants in the basic biology of aging. The institute is also riding the crest of a wave of good news in recent weeks.

New state funding for translational research
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, recently announced that the Texas Legislature approved $4 million in exceptional-item funding over the 2014-2015 biennium to establish a Translational Aging Research Program within the Barshop Institute. This program will focus on developing the strategies, personnel, infrastructure and study populations to evaluate whether interventions targeting the fundamental processes of aging can delay the onset of chronic diseases and disabilities in humans.

Largest NIA training grant in the nation
The National Institute on Aging July 2 announced a $3.4 million training grant to the Barshop Institute. The five-year grant will support 10 graduate students and six postdoctoral fellows at the Barshop Institute to pursue novel research on the basic biology of aging. It is the largest training grant of its kind in the biology of aging in the country.

Major Barshop programs
Existing programs will continue, Dr. Musi noted, including: Each of these programs is funded by the NIA and other sources.

Possible new center of excellence
The Center for Healthy Aging, which continues under Dr. Musi’s leadership, is progressing toward becoming a center of excellence for integrated, interdisciplinary geriatric care, translational and clinical research, and geriatrics and gerontology education.

All of these endeavors add up to the overall goal: making lives better.

“The individuals working at the Barshop Institute will be dedicated to realizing the vision of a world where people live long and enjoyable lives,” Dr. Musi said.

More about Dr. Musi
* Dr. Musi received his M.D. degree with honors from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City in 1995. He then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami. He carried out his clinical fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism from 1998 to 2001 at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School. He remained on the faculty at Harvard until he was recruited to the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center in 2003.

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