Dr. Jose M. Garcia, M.D., Ph.D., is a Physician-Scientist at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. He is also the Director of the Clinical Research Unit and the Acting Director for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System. His current research focuses on the role of ghrelin, androgens, and other anabolic pathways in different wasting conditions including sarcopenia of aging and cancer cachexia. His basic laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular underpinnings of muscle wasting, fat atrophy, and anorexia in these settings, and the development of novel targets for these conditions. His group also participates in several human trials in patients with cancer aiming at characterizing the pathways involved, identifying the mechanisms of action of different potential therapies, and testing them in multicenter trials. He also leads a clinical research program to study neuroendocrine abnormalities in the setting of traumatic brain injury (TBI).