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)
November 2015: Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Student Zakkoyya Lewis for Dissertation Wward from the American Heart Association
Comgrats to Zakkoyya on her award of SWA Summer 2015 Predoctoral Fellowship from AHA. About the project: "The goal of this study is to compare the pedometer and electronic activity monitor on increasing health and behavioral outcomes. We want to identify which monitor is better at improving physical activity, cardiovascular risk, body composition, physical function, health status, exercise motivation, psychological feelings toward exercise and self-regulation. We believe that the electronic activity monitor will be more effective than the pedometer. Finally, we want to get feedback from participants and health care providers on how they feel about the intervention."
November 2015: Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Student Zakkoyya Lewis for Appointment
Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Student Zakkoyya Lewis for appointment as one of two student co-chairs for the Technology Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
November 2015: GSBS Scholarship Awards
Rehabilitation Sciences had a stellar representation at the Annual GSBS Scholarship Awards Luncheon on November 20th . Congratulations to you all:
October 2015: Congratulations to Former Rehab Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow on GSA 2015 Health Science Section Austin Bloch Award Notification
Congratulations to Rachel Deer, PhD on award from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) for poster Improvement in Timed Up and Go Speed in Acutely Ill Older Adults after 1-month of Post-Hospitalization Interventions selected as the Austin Bloch Post-Doctoral Fellow Award for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting 2015.
October 2015: UTMB Rehabilitation Sciences at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference
UTMB Rehabilitation Sciences was represented well at the annual ACRM conference in Dallas. Our presenters included Kenneth Ottenbacher, James Graham, Monique Pappadis, Shilpa Krishnan, Addie Middleton, Monica Watford, Jessica Jarvis, Kay Kulkarni and Catherine Hay.
October 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Reistetter on Appointment to National Workgroup
Congratulations to Rehab Sciences program faculty member Tim Reistetter, PhD, Occupational Therapy, who was appointed to the American Academy of Neurology, Stroke Quality Measurees Development Work Group.
October 2015: Congratulations on Grant Submissions
Congratulations to Tim Reistetter, Occupational Therapy, who submitted an R01 grant to AHRQ, "Development and Evaluation of Rehabilitation Service Areas"; to Chris Fry, Nutrition & Metabolism who submitted a K01 grant to NIH "Contribution of satellite cells to skeletal muscle recovery following severe burn injury" and to Liz Lyons, Nutrition & Metabolism who submitted a R21 grant to the NIH entitled "Wearable devices for activity and sleep promotion among postmenopausal women: Project SLEEP/WALK".
October 2015: Welcome Postdoctoral Fellow Elfego Galvan, PhD
Elfego Galvan, PhD, recently joined the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Galvan will be working with Doug Paddon-Jones and members of his research team. He completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M University and is a registered dietician. His research interests include the effects of nutrition and exercise intervention on weight loss/maintenance, metabolism, human performance, and the biochemical mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle physiology.
The Sealy Center on Aging and the Department of Research Services hosted the 19th Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB on October 22, 2015 at Levin Hall. The Forum was a success, with five postdoctoral and eight student awards given. Visit the Forum on Aging website for more information about the forum and winning research posters. Congratulations of Rehabilitation Sciences students Zakkoya Lewis amd Amit Kumar as well as Postdoctoral Trainee Addie Middleton on submitting winning posters!
Dr. Doug Paddon-Jones, Director of the Physical Activity and Functional Recovery Translational Research Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, describes the best strategy for optimizing athletic performance through nutrition.
August 2015: Congratulations to Rehab Sciences Core 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.
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.
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.