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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, Texas
As of Fall 2014, the Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division has 14 currently enrolled students with 21 degrees conferred and one degree pending. We have 7 current postdoctoral fellows and 31 fellowships completed.


CERPAN Lecture Series - May 14, 2015

CERPAN Lecture Series

You are invited to attend the UTMB Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition Lecture Series, Thursday May 14th, at 10am in SHP quad room 1.104. The talk will be given by Dr. Marcas Bamman - Director of UAB's Center for Exercise Medicine.

The title of his talk, "Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Aging and Parkinson's Disease".

Dr. Bamman is also 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 the network.

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.




Labros Sidossis, PhDSkipping the Gym? Here's why your baby should be your motivation
Parents Magazine, May 8, 2015

Continuing coverage: New UTMB research by 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.

Reminder: Rehabilitation Sciences All Staff Monthly Meetings

Dr. Ottenbacher will lead monthly meetings for all Rehabilitation Sciences faculty, staff, postdocs and students the first Tuesday of the month. Watch your email for details. There are also weekly open office times offered for individual discussions with Dr. Ottenbacher. See your email for more.


Ted Graber, PhDRehab Sciences Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ted Graber

Please welcome Dr. Graber to campus. He will work with Dr. Rasmussen with the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism.


Dr. Linder 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 mjwolani@utmb.edu or 409-772-8767). The fund was started by an anonymous donor to honor Dr. Linder's memory.


Amit KumarCongratulations 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.


Tony ChaoCongratulations 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.


Dr. VolpiRehab 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.

Amit KumarKoyya Lewis-PowellKay KulkarniCongratulations 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. Congrats to the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD students who presented posters: Amit Kumar, Koyya Lewis-Powell and Kay Kulkarni.


Zakkoyya Lewis-PowellCongratulations 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.


Dr. FryCongratulations 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.


Dr. OttenbacherCongratulations to Division Director Ken Ottenbacher on re-appointment

Dr. Ken Ottenbacher was re-appointed for a 5-year term to the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurologic Rehabilitation in March 2015. Visit Dr. Ottenbacher's profile.


Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Student Paul Reidy Defends Dissertation:
Paul Reidy
Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student Paul Reidy defended his PhD dissertation entiled, "The Effect of Protein Blend Supplementation and Resistance Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Growth and Adaptation," on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015.

Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Candice Osborne Defends Dissertation:

Candice Osborne Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student Candice Osborne defended her PhD dissertation on February 27, 2015.



Labros Sidossis, PhDChili peppers may fire up weight loss
CBS News, Feb. 9, 2015

If you like your chili peppers flaming hot, you may be in for a slimming surprise. Researchers have found evidence that capsaicin, the component that gives chili peppers their heat, may help in the fight against obesity by stimulating energy-burning and turning white fat to brown fat. Simply put, the more brown fat you have, the more calories you burn. Once it is activated, brown fat can burn up to 300 calories in 24 hours, UTMB's Labros Sidossis told CBS News.

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