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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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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, 2014CRRLD News: Special Webcast June 23, 2014

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

Lunch is served at 11:30am. For information, contact: Becky Trout, at rltrout@utmb.edu or (409) 747-2734.

This event will be broadcast online: http://istream2.host.utmb.edu:8080/stream.

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). Scholars in phase one and two gave updates on their research. Ralph Nitkin, PhD, Interim Director for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMMR) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development gave an NCMMR and NIH update. Robert Volk, PhD, Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center gave an Overview of Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Mechanisms and Opportunities. UTMB’s Almol Karmarkar, PhD, OTR, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences discussed the PCORI Review Process. View photos of the event »

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

Amit Kumar receives NSRF awardsAmit Kumar awarded 3 awards at the National Student Research Forum

The National Student Research Forum, organized and run by students for the discussion of student research papers in a scientific atmosphere, is held annually at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Amit Kumar, doctoral candidate in Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at UTMB received the following awards at this year's event:

NSRF Best Oral Presentation in Public Health Award
NSRF Outstanding Oral Presentation - Third Place
NSRF Hispanic Center of Excellence Award

Dr. Volpi12,000 patient rehab study results announced
Orthopedics This Week, April 22, 2014

Advanced rehab after knee replacement surgery provides long-term benefits to those who receive it, according to a study conducted by Kenneth Ottenbacher, director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB. The research team examined data from 12,199 men and women who had knee and hip replacements between 2008 and 2010. All of the research subjects were living independently prior to the surgery and underwent rehab as inpatients. Most of the participants were female. Their average age was 71. The study was published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

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.

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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"

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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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