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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.


Tony ChaoCongratulations to Rehab Sciences PhD Student Tony Chao

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.


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.

Paul ReidyDoctoral Student Paul Reidy selected to participate in American Society of Nutrition's Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition

Paul Reidy's abstract: The Effect of Soy-Dairy Protein Blend Supplementation during Resistance Exercise Training on was selected for a poster competition at a national forum in March.

ASN's Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition was created to highlight the very best research submitted by students and young investigators to ASN's Scientific Sessions. Each of ASN's 15 Research Interest Sections as well as the Global Nutrition Council and the Medical Nutrition Council has selected finalists to participate in this competition.

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Videos Now Posted from 2015 Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
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Sealy Center on Aging, Dec. 16, 2014
STRIDE assesses first patient at UTMB
First patient assessed in national study on falls ( PI Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Rehab Sciences Core Faculty)
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Amit Kumar GSBS Awards 2014
GSBS Scholarship Award
Nov. 21, 2014

Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student Amit Kumar received UTMB Rose and Harry Walk Research Award Scholarship at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences scholarship awards luncheon on Nov. 21, 2014.


Dr. OttenbacherDr. Kenneth J. Ottenbacher awarded $600,000 grant from U.S. Department of Education
Office of the Provost, Nov. 21, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, a total of approximately $600,000 for his three-year grant entitled, "Readmission and Disability Outcomes Related to Post Acute Care." Unplanned hospital readmission among individuals in high-cost impairment groups who receive post-acute care services is a significant health care concern. Dr. Ottenbacher and his colleagues will examine hospital readmissions for individuals in high-volume, high-cost impairment groups receiving post-acute care services to determine what factors are associated with hospital readmissions from post-acute care settings and create and test predictive models to identify people at high risk for rehospitalization. Read more »

Dr. VolpiSenior patients participate in UTMB study on reducing rehospitalization
Galveston Daily News, Nov. 18, 2014

Marie Butera sits down in a straight chair in the middle of her living room and holds a long red strip of elastic material stretched between her hands. She pulls her arms away from each other, then relaxes; pulls again, then relaxes. The two women sitting on the couch instruct her to place her foot on the exercise band. She pushes her foot away from her, struggling against the resistance of the elastic, then relaxes. She pushes again, knowing that every movement makes her stronger. [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact UTMB Media Relations for details.] This was also covered by UTMB Impact Newsletter. Read the Guidry news article: A Visit with Dr. Elena Volpi. Watch the UTMB Media Relations Video about this study.

Amit Kumar GSA 2014GSA Fellowship Award
Nov. 5-9, 2014

"Life-Space Mobility and Cognitive Decline among Older Mexican Americans Aged 75 Years and Older" was awarded for the best poster presentation on Cognitive Health Disparities Research at The Gerontological Society of America's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC. Poster authors are Amit Kumar, PhD, Rehab Sciences Doctoral Student at UTMB and Seraina Silberschmidt, summer intern from University of Geneva.


Blake Rasmussen, PhDNew grant awarded to Blake Rasmussen: "Effect of Specific Amino Acids on Human Muscle Protein Synthesis" sponsored by Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc November, 2014

About Navitor Pharmaceuticals: Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines by targeting cellular nutrient signaling pathways. The company's proprietary drug discovery platform targets mTORC1, which responds to and integrates the cell's response to nutrient availability and plays a key role in protein synthesis and cellular growth. Navitor's therapeutics are designed to selectively modulate the cellular signals that are aberrant in disease processes caused by the dysregulation of mTORC1 activity to address a wide range of diseases, including metabolic, neurodegenerative, autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases, as well as several rare disorders. For more information, please visit www.navitorpharma.com. Visit Dr. Rasmussen's Rehab Sciences Core Faculty Bio.


Dr. LyonsActivity monitors are step in the right direction
Houston Chronicle, Nov. 7, 2014

Researchers from UTMB studied 13 of the most popular wearable lifestyle activity monitors to study the effectiveness of behavior change techniques. Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, senior author and assistant professor at UTMB's Institute for Translational Sciences, was the lead researcher on this study. "We tested all of the monitors available (late last year) that fit our criteria for a lifestyle-oriented monitor - that is, we did not include monitors intended to measure only individual bouts of activity," Lyons said. "They all had to measure activity across the entire day. We decided to study them because we are currently using one type, the Jawbone Up24, in a trial." Lifestyle monitors increase functionality of standard pedometers and offer much more feedback, according to Lyons. Measuring activity can be challenging without the assistance of some type of monitor. "I like to say that you can't fix what you don't know is broken, and a lot of people don't know just how broken their lifestyles are," Lyons said. "Just wearing a monitor for a few days can be really eye-opening."


CRRLD's Amol Karmarkar, PhD reports on the Annual ACRM Meeting:
UTMB Rehab Sciences Faculty Amol Karmarkar, PhD reports on the 2014 ACRM Meeting

"The Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Dataset (CRRLD) Exhibition Booth at this year's American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) conference in Toronto, Canada on October 7-11, 2014, was very well visited. We were very pleased to have received such an enthusiastic response from the rehabilitation community on the work our center is doing. Dr. Anne Deutsch, from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) along with Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher had organized a symposium on 'Best Practices for Reporting Rehabilitation Research', which was directly sponsored by the center's programs on Education and Training. In addition, several of the investigators associated with the center, pilot project awardees, and visiting scholars presented their research work at this event." - Amol Karmarkar, PhD

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Practical Evaluations: Effective Collaborations between Evaluators and Providers by Craig Thornton, PhD, Senior Vice President of Mathematica Policy Research

The Role of Post-Acute Care in Rising Health Care Costs by Melinda B. Buntin, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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