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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 by the Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division include the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program, the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets, the PhD Program and Postdoctoral Training, as well as Events and Seminars, among other services.


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Labros SidossisHaving the right kind of fat can protect against diabetes, study says Time Magazine, July 23, 2014

In a report published in the journal Diabetes, scientists led by Labros Sidossis, professor of internal medicine at UTMB, found for the first time that adults who retained more amounts of brown fat were better able to keep blood sugar under control and burn off fat stores. Previous studies have linked brown fat to better weight control, but these results also hint that the tissue may be important for managing diabetes. "Our data suggest that brown fat may function as both anti-obesity and anti-diabetic tissue in humans," says Sidossis. "And that makes it a therapeutic target in the battle against obesity and chronic disease. Anything that helps in this area, we need to pursue and make sure that if there is potential there, we exploit it."

Jacques BaillargeonTestosterone use doesn't increase heart risk, study finds The Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2014

Continuing coverage: Although recent research has linked testosterone therapy with a higher risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study involving more than 25,000 older men suggests otherwise. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, may help ease some fears about testosterone therapy for patients and their families, the study authors said. "Our investigation was motivated by a growing concern, in the U.S. and internationally, that testosterone therapy increases men's risk for cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attack and stroke," said lead researcher Jacques Baillargeon, an associate professor of epidemiology at UTMB.

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Ken OttenbacherThe Gerontological Society of America Selects 2014 Fellows July 1, 2014

UTMB's Kenneth Ottenbacher was awarded a fellow status in The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.

The status of fellow - the highest class of membership within the Society - is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual's career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity. This includes research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of GSA's four membership sections.

The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 5 to 9 in Washington, DC. Full details of this conference are available at www.geron.org/2014.


The cover image shows an immunohistochemical analysis of human vastus lateralis for quantification of fibre type-specific satellite cell content. Pink, type 1 myosin heavy chain; green, laminin; white, Pax7; blue, DAPI-stained nuclei. See Fry et al. pp. 2625–2635.Dr. Fry's work featured in The Journal of Physiology

Chris Fry, PhD authored a paper recently published in The Journal of Physiology. An image from that paper was chosen for the cover of this week's issue.

The cover image shows an immunohistochemical analysis of human vastus lateralis for quantification of fibre type-specific satellite cell content. Pink, type 1 myosin heavy chain; green, laminin; white, Pax7; blue, DAPI-stained nuclei. See Fry et al. pp. 2625-2635.

Article: Fibre type-specific satellite cell response to aerobic training in sedentary adults by Christopher S. Fry, Brian Noehren, Jyothi Mula, Margo F. Ubele, Philip M. Westgate, Philip A. Kern and Charlotte A. Peterson.

CRRLD Webcast June 23, 2014

CRRLD News: Special Webcast June 23, 2014
Medicare Post Acute Care: Moving Beyond the Silos

Presented by

Barbara J. Gage, PhD, MBA
Managing Director, Engelberg Center for HealthCare Reform and Fellow of Economic Studies,
The Brookings Institute
Director, Scientific Research & Evaluation, PACCR

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Dr. Arentson-LantzCongratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow Emily Arentson-Lantz

Emily has been appointed Postdoctoral Representative for the Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism Research Interest Section for the American Society for Nutrition for 2014-2015.

About this position: Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism members research the function and metabolism of major energy yielding substrates (carbohydrates, lipids and their derivatives), amino acids and proteins. This Section encompasses research concerned with cellular, tissue, organ, and whole body metabolism and the integration and regulation of metabolism in vivo, under normal healthy and various pathophysiological chronic disease conditions. It covers basic and applied research on the influence of macronutrients and dietary supplements on metabolism, human performance, and body composition.

Dr. Paddon-Jones5 things you've got all wrong about protein
Huffington Post, June 10, 2014

Continuing coverage: "Our research shows that eating about 30 grams of protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner is more beneficial for muscle protein synthesis than eating a large amount at dinner," explains Douglas Paddon-Jones, professor of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB. The study, reported in the Journal of Nutrition found a 25 percent increase in muscle protein synthesis when protein is divided into three, 30-gram doses at breakfast, lunch and dinner compared to eating the same total protein (90 grams) but in this distribution pattern: 11 grams protein at breakfast, 16 grams at lunch and 63 grams at dinner.

2014 RRCD Annual MeetingRRCD Annual Meeting
Galveston, May 19-20, 2014

The Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program hosted its annual meeting in Galveston on May 19-20, 2014. The itinerary included a meeting of the Executive Group and an Advisory Board Meeting as well as a Program Overview and updates from consortium members at UTMB, University of Florida (UF) and University of Southern California (USC).

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Dr. ResitetterUTMB study finds wide regional variation in stroke rehab
Bay Area Citizen, May 8, 2014

Researchers at UTMB have found that rehabilitation outcomes for people who have had a stroke vary greatly depending on where they live in the United States. The study, recently published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, examined Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services records from 143,036 patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation during 2006 and 2007. Researchers focused on length of stay, functional status (discharge motor and cognitive status, overall functional change) and the percentage of patients discharged to the community. The study found a 20 percent difference in community discharge rates across regions. Read More »

Soy Dairy Proteins for Muscle BuildingSoy Dairy Proteins for Muscle Building
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The New Rules of Protein
Outside Magazine, May 19, 2014

A new study from UTMB found that a blend of soy, casein, and whey prolongs the delivery of nutrients after a workout, enhancing muscle recovery and growth better than whey alone can.

Soy-Dairy Protein Blend and Whey Protein Ingestion After Resistance Exercise Increases Amino Acid Transport and Transporter Expression in Human Skeletal Muscle. Read the article at the Journal of Applied Physiology

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