By UTMB communications department

UTMB is accepting new, unused items for older patients. Requested items include robes, socks, blankets, jackets, puzzles, books and house shoes. Donations may be dropped off through Dec. 18 at the geriatric clinic at the Primary Care Pavilion, 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston, the Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City, and the ACE Unit on the 10th floor of John Sealy Hospital at Eighth and Market streets in Galveston.

Gastrointestinal cancer support group

Dr. Lyuba Levine, gynecological oncologist, will discuss “Understanding clinical trials” at the GI cancer support group meeting at 5:30 tonight in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building at the corner of Market and Eighth streets in Galveston. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or Captrwebster@aol.com.

Research studies on campus

As an academic health science center, UTMB is actively involved in clinical trials of all sorts — from basic science to medical technology and new vaccines. For a complete list of ongoing studies and volunteer opportunities, go to www.its.utmb.edu/research_postings.

Anesthesiology research volunteers

The department of anesthesiology is seeking healthy volunteers to take part in a study to evaluate a 3-D imaging technique to locate the femoral vein. Volunteers must be 21 to 35, with no history of bleeding disorders, and they will be reimbursed for time and travel.

The department also is seeking healthy volunteers, 8 to 40, to take part in a study examining the effects of simulated hemorrhage using the Lower Body Negative Pressure machine (a machine that creates a negative vacuum on the lower body). Volunteers will be reimbursed for time and travel. For more information on either study, contact Roger Seeton at rseeton@utmb.edu or 409-772-2039 or Nan Henkel at snhenkel@utmb.edu or 409-772-4401.

Volunteers needed for exercise training and 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.

For more information, call 414-758-9408 or contact Paul Reidy at ptreidy@utmb.edu.

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