The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment.
Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.
Facts & Figures
There are 10 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 4 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 29 PhD degrees have been conferred and 37 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.
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Dr. Paddon-Jones on Protein
Prevention magazine spoke with UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones to help dispel some common myths about protein. Paddon-Jones said most people should focus on redistributing the protein they eat throughout the day rather than trying to pack more protein into their diet.
Adults lose muscle mass as they age but it is possible to slow loss and even rebuild muscle. UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones spoke about the importance of protein in a person's diet to "maintain muscle as we age."
Men's Health magazine spoke with UTMB's Doug Paddon-Jones about the amount of protein your body is able to absorb. "Skeletal muscle protein synthesis is maximized by 25 to 35 grams of high-quality protein during a meal," Paddon-Jones told the magazine.
UTMB's Doug Paddon-Jones also commented in this story that looked into health breakfast ideas. Paddon-Jones told the website that people eat a lot of foods, such as breakfast cereal, bagels, breads, that are loaded with refined carbohydrates.
Dr. Lyons Weighs in on Pokemon
To say that Pokémon Go has been a hit would be an understatement. Players of the popular phone app can be seen walking around neighborhoods and parks searching for the little pocket monsters and the social and physical aspects of the game could be driving its popularity, said UTMB's Elizabeth Lyons. "It's a lot more social than a lot of other active games have been," Lyons told The Daily News.
Dr. Pappadis Presents Disability Research in S. Korea
Rehab Sci 07/08/16
Dr. Monique Pappadis, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences represented UTMB at the 2016 Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) in Seoul, South Korea from June 27 – 30, 2016. Dr. Pappadis participated as a speaker in a disability forum with three other international disability researchers, representing Malaysia, Thailand, USA/Vietnam. She presented, "Psychosocial Adjustment to Disability among Middle-Aged Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury."
Dr. Paddon-Jones Discusses Protein in TIME Magazine
UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones spoke to Time about the best ways to consume protein and how to properly plan your meals to get the most out of the protein you eat. "I'd like to see people eat more of it in the morning, and cut back at night when stuffing a whole bunch of energy into your meal isn't going to do you much good," Paddon-Jones says.
While experts are still divided on how much protein is the optimal amount in a person's diet, all agree that eating protein is an important part of staying healthy. But it could take years before the ill effects of inadequate protein show up, said UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones. "You'll be faced with an injury or illness, and you'll find your immune system's ability to respond to these crises will be compromised," he told Time. This news also reported in Yahoo! Finance.