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Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences

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Thank you for visiting the website for the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences.
School of Health Professions building at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TexasAs of Fall 2015, there are 12 students enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 5 postdoctoral fellows in the training program. To date, twenty-five PhD degrees have been conferred and 37 fellows have completed the postdoctoral program.

 

News

Soham Al Snih, PhDCenter for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition Lecture: July 28, 2015

On July 28th, 2015, Soham Al Snih, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB presented, Biomarkers and Undiagnosed Disease.

 

Carlos Diegas-Venegas, PhDJuly 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.

Paul Reidy, PhDJune 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.

Jessica JarvisZakkoyya Lewis-PowellJune 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!

NIH Common Fund

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.

June 2015: Rehabilitation Research Career Development Annual Meeting

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:

  • Tim Reistetter K01: Regional Variability in Inpatient facilities among Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Mon Bryant VA Career Development Award: Multidirectional treadmill walking in Parkinson's disease
  • Steve Fisher CRRLD pilot project: Individual trajectories for risk of hospitalization following in-patient rehabilitation
  • Dairy Research Institute: Whey protein and exercise to accelerate recovery of muscle mass and function after acute hospitalization (Volpi, PI)
  • Hans Dreyer NIA R01: Mechanistic approach to preventing atrophy and restoring function in older adults
  • Barbara Doucet, Assistant Professor, LSU

 

Salud Pública de MéxicoJune 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."

Zakkoyya Lewis-PowellJune 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

Daphne Hernandez, PhD

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

 

Addie Middleton, PhD, DPTJune 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.

Elena Volpi, MD, PhDUTMB 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.

Dr. Al SnihMay 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

Maria Chondronikola Dissertation Defense CelebrationCongratulations 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."

 

 

Dr. Ottenbacher presents, "Reform and Readmission: The Changing World of Post-Acute Care," at University of Florida

Dr. Ottenbacher at University of FloridaOn 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.

Congratulations to our graduates!
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

CERPAN Lecture Series

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.

See the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine website, the National Exercise Clinical Trials Network (NExTNet), and NExTNet Members listing for more information.

CRRLD Visiting Scholar - May 12, 2015

Dr. Lynn Freeman

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.

 

 

Skipping the Gym? Here's why your baby should be your motivation

Labros Sidossis, PhDParents 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

Dr. Callendar, Dr. Colantonio, Dr. Masel and Dr. ProtasThe 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.

Dr. Colantonio is also a Pilot Project participant in the Center for Rehabilitation using Large Datasets.

Ted Graber, PhDMay 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.


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Congratulations to May 2015 GSBS Graduates: Candice Osborne and Paul Reidy.
PhD Graduate Candice Osborne and faculty member James Graham, PhD
Paul Reidy PhD Defense

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