Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences & Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN)
Refreshments served. Please mark your calendars. All UTMB faculty, fellows and students are invited to this opportunity to inform gerontology researchers, in particular, and the UTMB community, in general, of the types of aging research going on at UTMB as well as the resources available from the Sealy Center on Aging. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION ARE DUE ONLINE BY NOON OCTOBER 9th. Visit the Forum on Aging website for more information.
September 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Ottenbacher on Competitive Renewal of Rehabilitation Grant
Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, has received notice of the competitive renewal of his grant entitled "Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation" for a period from 9-18-15 through 6-30-20. Congratulations to Dr. Ottenbacher and his successful team!
Fall 2015: Welcome, New Students & Congratulations to Transitioning Students and Postdocs.
With the new academic year, we have new students and some transitions. Two new PhD students are starting in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program this semester: Jaspreet Sodhi and Efi Polychronopoulou.
Brad Lambert, PhD, completed his postdoctoral fellowship and has accepted a position as a Research Scientist at the Methodist Research Institute. Paul Riedy, PhD, completed his PhD in May and has accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Utah. Maria Chondronikola, PhD, completed her PhD in August and will remain at UTMB as a postdoctoral fellow at the Shriner's Burns Hospital.
A Welcome Reception for new and returning students, postdocs and faculty in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences is scheduled Friday, September 18th. See your email for details.
September, 2015: Shilpa Krishnan to serve on UTMB Diversity Council
September 16, 2015: Blake Rasmussen Receives New Grant from NIH/NIA
Blake Rasmussen, Associate Director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN) received funding for his grant on Nutrition Sensing & Signaling in Aging Muscle - 1R56AG051267-01.
"The grant has two parts. The first part will be a small clinical trial in which we will enroll 20 older adults into a 3 month weight training program to determine whether an improvement in muscle strength and function causes muscle to become more sensitive to nutrients such as amino acids. In the second part we will perform a small study in transgenic mice in an effort to identify how aging results in muscle becoming less sensitive to nutrients." ~ Dr. Rasmussen.
The body fat that burns calories more quickly
The Daily Star
September 1, 2015
New UTMB research that finds under the right conditions it is possible for white fat to become brown fat. Brown fat has been shown to burn calories and keep blood sugar levels in check. The research showed it's possible to make white fat burn more calories, something that could be the start of a new way of addressing obesity and diabetes.
Carry that weight
Galveston County Daily News
August 25, 2015
Research conducted at UTMB suggests that lifting weights is better for you than you might think. The research looked into how human mitochondria are affected after they begin a resistance training regimen. [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact UTMB Media Relations for details.]
August 21, 2015: Michael Borack Successfully Defends Dissertation
Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral student Michael Borack for sucessfully defending his dissertation, "Amino Acid Sensing in Muscle: Role of the Lysosome and the Effect of Protein Supplementation on Improving Amino Acid Sensitivity in Aging Muscle" on August 21, 2015.
August 19, 2015: Rehab Sciences Faculty Member Monique Pappadis, PhD and Colleagues Host Webcast
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) will host a webcast, Conducting Culturally Humble Rehabilitation Research to discuss issues related to conducting research with ethnic and racial minorities and the medically underserved. Presenters include Angelle M. Sander, PhD and Allison N. Clark, PhD from the Baylor College of Medicine; and Monique R. Pappadis, PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Turning white fat into brown
Galveston County Daily News
August 11, 2015
Research conducted by UTMB's Labros Sidossis, PhD, Craig Porter, PhD and a team of university researchers finds that white fat can undergo browning in humans. They explain that two kinds of fat exist in our bodies, brown adipose and white adipose. Brown fat has the ability to burn calories and stabilize sugar, while white fat can be the troublesome fat that sits around our abdomen, stomach and intestines.
August 2015: Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Corec Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellow on President's Cabinet Award
Congratulations to faculty member Liz Lyons, PhD, MPH and postdoc Maria Swartz, PhD on their recent President's Cabinet Award for their project entitled, Pink Warrior: Support Group Toolkit for Breast Cancer Survivors. They will be formally recognized at a reception on Sept. 11, 2015.
August 2015: Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences Director on Appointment to TEP
Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, has been appointment to a technical expert panel (TEP) on potentially preventable readmissions associated with post-acute care.
The technical expert panels provide recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and are related to national health care reform and the Affordable Care Act.
August 2015: Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty on Appointment to TEP
Amol Karmarkar, PhD, has been appointed to a technical expert panel on discharge settings following post-acute care sponsored by the National Quality Forum in Washington, DC. The technical expert panels provide recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and are related to national health care reform and the Affordable Care Act.
August 6, 2015: Rehab Sciences Faculty Member James Graham, PhD Presents on Career Development
A Committee for Career Development Workshop - Career Opportunities in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) was presented by James Graham, PhD, for GSBS students and postdocs at UTMB on August 6, 2015.
July 2015: Congratulations to Carlos Diaz-Venegas, PhD for Completing Postdoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Diaz-Venegas. Carlos is completing his postdoctoral fellowship the end of July. He will be joining the Max Planck Institue in Germany to continue his research career, where he will conduct research with an internatioinal team and continue to work with the MHAS data, along with other international datasets. Carlos will continue to collaborate with Dr. Wong and members of the MHAS research team.
UTMB Receives $3.4 Million to Continue Research on Maintaining Independence in Older Adults
The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, directed by Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, has renewed its funding for the next five years through a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. The grant enables the center to continue its mission to improve physical function and independence in older adults. The UTMB Pepper Center, founded in 1999, nurtures scientific collaborations among translational research investigators by supporting research infrastructure, training and pilot studies. Dr. Volpi has been serving as the center's director and Principal Investigator since 2010. The focus of the UTMB Pepper Center for the next five years is to identify pathways of physical function loss and gain, and develop targeted interventions to improve functional recovery from illness in older adults. Read more at the Provost's website.
JOB ID 46540 - Assistant Professor, Health Services Research in Disability, Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Care in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health Professions, at The University of Texas Medical Branch.