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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 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 Events and Seminars, among other services.


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RSHSealy Center on Aging Welcomes Elena Volpi, MD, PhD as Director ad Interim

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Nutrition and Metabolism, holder of the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and associate director of the Institute for Translational Sciences has been appointed as Director at Interim of the Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA) effective March 1, 2014. Dr. Volpi succeeds Dr. James Goodwin. Read More ยป

Dr. VolpiThe risk of high-protein diets
Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014

Research shows that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help shed pounds and normalize blood-glucose levels, improvements that lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But will you live longer on a high-protein, low-carb diet? Two studies in the current edition of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism suggest the opposite. "High protein diets may be effective to lose weight rapidly," said Dr. Elena Volpi, a professor of geriatrics at UTMB. "But very high protein diets may also be harmful." Americans tend to consume the bulk of their protein at dinner, and the body isn't always able to process an entire day's worth in one sitting, said Volpi, who wasn't involved in either study. "It appears you can better use the protein you need if you distribute it across three meals, especially if you are a senior," she said.

Dr. Paddon-JonesStand-up desks
Galveston Daily News, April 8, 2014

In this guest column by UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones: You're probably sitting down while reading this editorial. Did you grab a coffee, pull up a chair and open the newspaper (or go online)? That's what I do. I get up early, exercise, prepare breakfast and then sit down to catch up on the daily news. Then I drive to work, sit at my desk, drive home ... can you see a familiar pattern?

Amit KumarAmit Kumar is selected for Members' Choice Award for best student oral presentation at Texas Public Health Conference March 24-26, 2014.

The winner of this award was chosen by majority vote of meeting attendees. Amit's presentation was entitled "Regional Variation in Health Outcomes Following Stroke Rehabilitation among Texas Medicare Beneficiaries"

TPHA event website

A successful Open House was held for the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, in the School of Health Professions (SHP) on March 25, 2014. Faculty, students and staff gathered for opening remarks by Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher and Dr. Blake Rasmussen, folowed by a seminar series presentation by James H. Rimmer, PhD, Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion & Rehabilitation Sciences University of Alabama, Birmingham. After the presentations, participants were invited to tour core facilities and labs.

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Amol Karmarkar, PhDNontraditional desks improve health, boost bottom lines
Houston Business Journal, March 14, 2014

Sitting all day at work isn't just bad for your employees' health, it's also bad for your bottom line. Treadmill-equipped walking desks, standing desks and high-quality office chairs have become the norm, despite the extra costs - a treadmill desk can run up to $5,000 - when it comes to office furniture. Doug Paddon-Jones, PhD, professor of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB, said cubicle dwellers need to move more. He transitioned his work-life to a special stand-up desk, eschewing a chair for at least six hours every day.

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Amol Karmarkar, PhDRehabilitation Sciences Assistant Professor Amol Karmarkar named SHP Star
March 2014

Amol Karmarkar, PhD was named a School of Health Professions Star for the month of March, 2014. This award is given to individuals who exemplify the vision and values of our institution, and who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, independently or through their work with other organizations. Congratulations, Amol!

Dr. Paddon-JonesMidlife nutrition: Helping women over 40 overcome nutrition challenges
Today's Dietician, March 2014

Douglas Paddon-Jones, a professor in the department of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB, says loss of lean body mass starts in the 30s and 40s. "Women need to understand the impact diet has on muscle loss the same way they understand how diet affects osteoporosis risk." Paddon-Jones explains that after age 40, women lose about 1 percent of their lean body mass per year if they're inactive.

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