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)
Congratulations to our May 2015 graduates!
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. A farewell celebration will be held on July 1st at 3pm in RSH 5.100.
June 2015: Congratulations to recent grad Paul Reidy, PhD for receiving the Jeane B. Kempner Post-doctoral Fellowship
Rehab Sciences May 2015 Graduate Dr. Paul Reidyl recently received the Jeane B. Kempner Post-doctoral Fellowship for his research next year. Paul will start a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. He will be working with Dr. Micah Drummond, who was a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Rasmussen's lab before moving to the University of Utah.
June 2015: Congratulations on Publication by Rehab Sciences Faculty and PhD Students Jessica Jarvis and Koyya Lewis-Powell
Zakkoyya Lewis-Powell and Jessica Jarvis - Rehabilitation Sciences PhD students, are authors of a systematic review recently accepted for publication in the journal BMC Public Health: "Using an electronic activity monitor system as an intervention modality: A systematic review". This paper was developed as part of a PMCH class on systematic reviews taught by Dr. Baillargeon, and Dr. Lyons was an additional author. Congratulations to Koyya and Jessica!
June 2015: NIH Common Fund launches physical activity research program
Funding opportunity announcements for this program are expected later this year. This program is supported by the NIH Common Fund and is managed by a trans-agency Working Group representing multiple NIH Institutes and Centers, led by the Office of the Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
For more program information, please visit http://commonfund.nih.gov/MolecularTransducers.
June 2015: Faculty Visitors
Trudy Mallinson PhD, OTR from the George Washington University will be visiting campus on Thursday (June 18). She will be working with faculty in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Sealy Center on Aging using Medicare data from Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Natalie Leland PhD, OTR, from the University of Southern California will be visiting UTMB on Thursday/Friday (June 29-30). Dr. Leland will be working with faculty in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Sealy Center on Aging using Medicare data from Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Several Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty were involved in the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Annual Meeting June 22-23 in Gainseville, Florida.
Dr. Amol Karmarkar is one of the new scholars.
Since the program's inception, there have been 30 physical and occupational therapy scholars. The purpose of the program is to develop faculty to become independent investigators. Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher is the PI on this project and we partner with the University of Florida at Gainesville and the University of Southern California.
Our completed scholars and their projects are:
June 2015: Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Student and Faculty on Recent Publication
Congratulations to Amit Kumar, Amol Karmarkar, James Graham and Soham Al Snih on authorship of an article in a special issue of the Salud Pública de México (the preimar journal of Public Heath in Mexico): "The effect of obesity on incidence of disability and mortality in Mexicans aged 50 years and older."
June 2015: Congratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Student Koyya Lewis-Powell
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student Zakkoyya Lewis-Powell for being elected Chairperson of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) at UTMB for the 2015-2016 school year!
Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition Lecture: June 12, 2015
On June 12th, 2015, Daphne Hernandez, PhD, from the University of Houston, Department of Health and Human Performance presented, Addressing Food Insecurity and Health Disparities Through Research and Community Outreach
June 2015: Rehab Sciences Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Addie Middleton, PhD, DPT
Please welcome Dr. Middleton to campus. She has a background in exercise science and is studying rehabilitation outcomes. She will work with Dr. Ottenbacher and Dr. Graham in Rehabilitation Sciences.
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.
May 2015: Rehab Sciences Associate Professor Soham Al Snih Presents in Mexico
Invited by Dr. Rebecca Wong, Rehab Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Soham Al-Snih presented,"Biomarkers and Undiagnosed Disease" at a workshop entitled, "Strengthening the Scientific Foundation for Policymaking to Meet the Challenges of Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean," at the National Academy of Medicine in Mexico City.
This event was sponsored by: National Academy of Medicine, Mexico National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Institute on Aging, U.S. Pan American Health Organization National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico University of Michigan, U.S. University of Texas Medical Branch and the U.S. Inter-American Development Bank on May 28-29, 2015.
Dr. Al-Snih will present this topic at UTMB in July. Stay tuned for details.
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Student on Successful Dissertation Defense
Congratulations to Doctoral Student Maria Chondronikola on her successful dissertation defense on May 26, 2015: "The Role of Brown Adipose Tissue on Substrate Metabolism and Insulin Sensitivity in Humans."
On May 20th, Dr. Ottenbacher presented, "Reform and Readmission: The Changing World of Post-Acute Care," at the University of Florida as a member of the UF College of Public Health & Health Professions Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series.
Dr. Ottenbacher holds the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation at UTMB. He is professor and director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions. He is also director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, and associate director for the Sealy Center on Aging. Dr. Ottenbacher's current research involves using large datasets to study rehabilitation outcomes with a focus on functional assessment, disability and frailty in older adults. He has published more than 300 articles in refereed journals and has received continuous federal funding as principal investigator to support research and training since 1984.
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Commencement Ceremony
UTMB's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 33 degrees during its 47th commencement ceremony on May 15 at 4 p.m. in the William C. Levin Hall Main Auditorium. GSBS Chief Research Officer, vice president and Dean David W. Niesel presided over the convocation and Dr. David L. Callender, UTMB president conferred the degrees.
Congratulations to our Rehabilitation Sciences PhD graduates: Candice Osborne and Paul Reidy!
CERPAN Lecture Series - May 14, 2015
The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition Lecture Series continued May 14th with a presentation given by Dr. Marcas Bamman, Director of University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for Exercise Medicine: "Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Aging and Parkinson's Disease."
Dr. Bamman is the founder of NExtNet (National Exercise Clinical Trials Network), a group of 59 collaborating CTSAs (and other institutions) with an interest in performing multi-site exercise clinical trials. UTMB is a member of NExtNet.
CRRLD Visiting Scholar - May 12, 2015
On May 12th, the Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets hosted Visiting Scholar Dr. Lynn Freeman, who presented on Association Between Rehabilitation and Nursing Outcomes in Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Parents Magazine, May 8, 2015
Continuing coverage: New UTMB research by (Rehab Sciences Core Faculty Member) Labros Sidossis says mothers with unhealthy lifestyles set their unborn children up for obesity in later life. The study found children whose mothers smoked, drank alcohol, didn't exercise or gained excessive weight in pregnancy were more likely to be overweight by age eight. The news also appears in Houston Chronicle, Nursing in Practice, Medical Xpress, MedIndia.com, Bright Surf, Business Standard, News Medical and Biospace.
Galveston Brain Injury Conference May 7-8; Angela Colantonio, PhD, OTR wins Moody Prize
The Galveston Brain Injury Conference (GBIC) was held May 7-8, 2015 at the Moody Gardens Hotel. The GBIC is an annual invitation only conference addressing research issues in brain injury. The conference is co-sponsored by SHP, the Center for Rehabilitation, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN) and the Transitional Learning Center (TLC). In addition to the two-day conference, the annual Robert L. Moody Prize for Contributions to Brain Injury Research & Practice is awarded at a dinner during the conference.
Angela Colantonio from the University of Toronto recently was honored as this year's winner of the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. The Moody Prize is presented annually by the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions at UTMB and The Transitional Learning Center of Galveston. The award recognizes significant contributions in acquired brain injury rehabilitation and research. The annual award consists of a $10,000 honorarium from UTMB, a citation, and an inscribed statue.
May 2015: Rehab Sciences Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ted Graber
Please welcome Dr. Graber to campus. He has a background in exercise science and he will study muscle metabolism, nutrition and exercise with Dr. Rasmussen with the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism.
Dr. Suzanne Kneuper Linder Research Award Fund Established
The Dr. Suzanne Kneuper Linder Research Award Fund has been set up in memory of Dr. Suzanne Linder. This endowment in the School of Health Professions will recognize distinction in a fellow, student or trainee in the field of patient centered research. Awardees will be selected by the Director of the Sealy Center on Aging in conjunction with the Dean of the School of Health Professions. To donate by check, please make check payable to "UTMB" and include "Linder Research Award Fund FRS 150029". You can also contribute via a one time or monthly pre-tax paycheck deductions (contact Margo J. Wolanin, MBA, Associate Vice President for Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-772-8767). The fund was started by an anonymous donor to honor Dr. Linder's memory.
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Student Amit Kumar on winning Poster
Best Oral Presentation in Public Health and Best Oral Presentation in Orthopedics at the National Student Research Forum at UTMB in April 2015.
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Student Tony Chao for Election to SGA
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student Tony Chao for his election to Executive Vice President to the Student Government Association at UTMB, May 2015 - April 2016.
Rehab Sciences Core Faculty Member Dr. Volpi named Sealy Center on Aging Director
Office of the Provost, April 9, 2015
"I am happy to announce that Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, has agreed to continue leading the Sealy Center on Aging (SCOA) as its Director, effective March 1, 2015. Dr. Volpi has successfully been serving as SCOA's Interim Director for the past year ..." -Dr. Danny O. Jacobs. Read the Provost's Letter and visit the Sealy Center on Aging website.
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Students Amit Kumar, Koyya Lewis-Powell and Kay Kulkarni
The UTMB Public Health Symposium was held at Levin Hall on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Congrats to the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD students who presented posters: Amit Kumar, Koyya Lewis-Powell and Kay Kulkarni.
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Student Koyya Lewis-Powell
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student Zakkoyya Lewis-Powell for her third place award in the clinical category at the Center for Interdiscplinary Research in Women's Health (CIRWH) Poster Session for Research in Women's Health held on March 25, 2015.
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Core Faculty Member Chris Fry, PhD on Summer Training with NIA
Dr. Chris Fry was recently selected from a competitive pool of applicants for the National Institutes for Aging Buck Institute 2015 Annual Summer Training Course in Aging. The course is for junior faculty with an interest in aging research and exposes trainees to a variety of aging researchers and different aging models. The course also provides feedback on aging-related grant submission with mock study sections. Visit the course website for more informtion.
Congratulations to May 2015 Graduates: Candice Osborne and Paul Reidy.
Practical Evaluations: Effective Collaborations between Evaluators and Providers by Craig Thornton, PhD