Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division and Research Center
Rehabilitation Science, as defined by the Institute of Medicine, encompasses "basic and applied aspects of health services, social sciences, and engineering as they are related to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interaction with the surrounding environment. As such, Rehabilitation Science is, by definition, interdisciplinary and extends beyond the boundaries of traditional academic departments.
Programs provided within the Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division and Research center include the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program, the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets, The PhD Program, and Postdoctoral Training, as well as Monthly Seminars.
UTMB gets $5M to study health care for elderly
Houston Business Journal, May 21, 2013
UTMB has been awarded a $4.9 million grant to study how to care for and promote the health and well-being of elderly patients. All four of UTMB's schools will participate in the study. Dr. James Goodwin, director of UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging in Galveston, will head up the project. This award comes on the heels of a $1.8 million, five-year grant UTMB researchers in Galveston were awarded to apply methods of gene therapy to pain that arises from malfunctions in the nervous system, known as neuropathic pain.
The metabolism miracle for women over 40
Prevention, May 21, 2013
You already know to keep calories and fat in check, but you'll fan the flames of your metabolism by putting another nutrient on your radar: protein, the building block of lean muscle mass. "The amino acids enter your bloodstream and are then absorbed by your muscle tissues and other cells," says UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones. "Once the amino acids end up in your muscles, your body starts putting them back together - sort of like Legos - into your muscle tissue."
What you can do now to help prevent age-related muscle loss
MSN Healthy Living, May 15, 2013
UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones and Dr. Elena Volpi weigh in on how best to prevent age-related muscle loss. more »
Public Health Symposium on April 3 - Public Health is Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money.
April 3, 2013
PMCH held its third annual Public Health Symposium on April 3. Amol Karmarkar and Amit Kumar of Rahabilitation Sciences were commended. (pictured, l to r: Abishek Parmar, Gabriela Vargas, Christine Arcari, Lawrence Panas, Amit Kumar and Amol Karmarkar). more »
Recovery in motion: Post-discharge activity level linked to risk of hospital readmission in elderly
Science Daily, March 12, 2013
A new UTMB study has found a link between the activity levels of elderly people who have just been released from the hospital and the risk that they will require readmission within 30 days. The investigation draws on data collected from 111 patients aged 65 and older, each of whom was fitted with a "step activity monitor" during his or her hospital stay. Worn on the patient's ankle, the pager-sized device counted every step the person took during hospitalization and for a week after discharge. more »
Inside UTMB: OT prof earns national award
Galveston County Daily News, Jan. 29, 2013
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, professor of occupational therapy and the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in the School of Health Professions, has received a prestigious national award for his contributions to occupational therapy. Ottenbacher is the recipient of the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Foundation joint President's Commendation Award in honor of Wilma L. West. more »
2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award
Rehabilitation Sciences's Amit Kumar is a recipient of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. The award is presented annually to individuals who carry out Dr. King's dream and have made significant and tangible contributions in the area of servant leadership, community partnership and civic engagement.
The 16th annual Forum on Aging
The 16th annual Forum on Aging Poster Session took place on November 8th. There were over 150 in attendance and 64 poster presentations, including 16 student and 14 postdoctoral fellow posters. Among the 10 poster winners were some of our own. Paul Reidy, David Gundermann and Rebecca Galloway (all Rehabilitation Sciences graduate students) and Carlos Diaz-Venegas (Rehabilitation Sciences postdoctoral fellow). Congrats to all! more »
Rehabilitation Sciences Students Receive Scholarships
Several Rehabilitation Sciences PhD students received scholarships from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) for the 2012-2013 academic year, including Kirk English, David Gundermann, Amit Kumar, and Paul Reidy... more »
UTMB's Dr. James Graham will be honored at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the San Luis Grand Ballroom as recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, given by the Preventive Medicine and Community Health Graduate Student Organization.
UTMB receives $4.2 million for training
The Daily News
Published Sept 11, 2012
UTMB has received a $4.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health to help expand scientific training and research to improve the rehabilitation and treatment of people with a disability. "The Rehabilitation Research Career Development program will increase the number of rigorously trained and scientifically competent rehabilitation scientists who will conduct translational investigations, lead clinical research teams and eventually mentor the next generation of occupational and physical therapy investigators," said UTMB's Kenneth Ottenbacher.
David Gundermann, a Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student at The University of Texas Medical Branch, has received a $10,000 fellowship through the Jess Hay Endowment for Chancellor's Graduate Student Research Fellowships, which supports graduate student research fellowship grants to students attending any of the UT institutions. Mr. Gundermann's research examines mechanisms of Blood Flow Restriction Exercise in Skeletal Muscle Adaptations...
The Daily News
Published Sept 25, 2012 more »