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Rehabilitation Sciences typography graphic - Career Development, Research, PhD, Postdoc, Physical Activity, Recovery, Disability, DataThe 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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ICPSR Webinar: Archiving Data with ADDEP DEC 1, 2016

Rehab Sciences  11/17/16

Data Sharing & Archiving process graphic and link to ICPSR Webinar on Dec 1, 2016Register Today! Archive director Amy Pienta describes the steps to successfully archive research with the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP) at ICPSR.


Dr. Ottenbacher wins Gold Key Award at ACRM 2016 Meeting
ACRM Annual Meeting: October 30 - November 4, 2016

Rehab Sciences  11/07/16

Cynthia Li and Beth Cammarn at the CLDR booth at the 2016 ACRM meeting.The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Meeting was held Oct 30-Nov 4, 2016. The Center for Large Data Research in Rehabilitation (CLDR) hosted a booth and sessions by Drs. Ottenbacher and Graham.

Congratulations to Dr. Ottenbacher, recipient of the Gold Key Award, presented at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala.


2016 Forum on Aging winners
20th Annual Forum on Aging - Winning Posters by Rehab Students and Postdocs

Rehab Sciences  10/21/16

The 20th Annual Forum on Aging, sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging and Research Services at UTMB was held on October 20, 2016 at Levin Hall. A record number of 89 posters were submitted, including 58 from students and fellows, competing for 14 awards.

Winners from the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences were:

  • PhD Student Poster Award: Kshitija Kulkarni (Rehabilitation Sciences)
  • Postdoc Poster Awards: Ickpyo Hong (Health Disparities), Elfego Galvan (Clinical Trials & Implementation)
  • Sigma Xi Membership: Elfego Galvan

View a slideshow of pictures from the event.


Tony Chao
Dissertation Defense: Kay Kulkarni

Rehab Sciences  10/12/16

On October 12, 2016 Kay Kulkarni defended her disertation, "Effect of Obesity on Rehabilitation Outcomes following Hip/Knee Arthroplasty among Medicare Beneficiaries with Osteoarthritis," for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program.


Tony Chao
Dissertation Defense: Tony Chao

Rehab Sciences  10/10/16

On October 10, 2016 Tony Chao defended his disertation, "NOVEL DRUG AND EXERCISE THERAPIES TO RESTORE METABOLIC FUNCTION IN CHILDREN WITH SEVERE BURNS," for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program.


Monique Pappadis, Med, PhD
PMCH Seminar: Monique Pappadis, Med, PhD

Rehab Sciences  10/06/16

Monique Pappadis, Med, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, presented a lecture, "Conceptualization of Overdetection of Breast Cancer Screening Among Older Women," on October 6, 2016 in the Preventive Medicine & Community Health Seminar Series.


Brian Downer, PhD
Pepper Lecture: Brian Downer, PhD

Rehab Sciences  10/05/16

Brian Downer, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences presented a lecture, "Measuring Cognition in Skilled Nursing Facilities," in the Pepper Investigator's Lecture Series at the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) on October 5, 2016.


Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
Dr. Al Snih Awarded Educator of the Month

Rehab Sciences  10/04/16

Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD, Associate Professor Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been selected as the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers Educator of the Month for October, 2016.


Addie Middleton. PhD, PT
1 in 10 Stroke Rehab Interruptions May Be Preventable

HealthDay News  09/30/16

About 11 to 12 percent of stroke rehabilitation interruptions may have been preventable, including 15 percent of those in stroke patients, according to a UTMB study. Rehabilitation facilities are performing well according to UTMB's Addie Middleton. "Given that more than one in 10 of the rehospitalized patients returned to acute care for a potentially avoidable condition, there is still room for improvement," Middleton said. This news also reported in MedicineNet, The La Crosse Tribune, Herald & Review, Pantagraph, Napa Valley Reister, The Ledger Independent, Tucson.com, The Southern Illinoisan, Globe Gazette, The Times and Democrat and many other outlets across the nation.

There is Room for Improvement in Rehab Care for Neurological Conditions

Rehab Sciences  09/29/16

New research from UTMB's Addie Middleton is some of the first to look at patient rehab and focus on the impact of program interruptions and short-stay transfers in patients with stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury. The research suggests that rehabilitation facilities are performing well but there is room for improvement. This news also reported in The Medical News, Health Medicine Network, Medical Xpress and MedIndia.


Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR and Roy Coronado, PhD, PT
CeRPAN Lecture: Roy Coronado, PhD, PT

Rehab Sciences  09/21/16

Rogelio Coronado, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at UTMB gave a lecture entitled, "Integration of Pain Self-Management and Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain," in the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition Seminar Series on September 21, 2016.


Dr. Raji
Alzheimer's Research Offers Hope

Galv Daily News   09/20/16

UTMB's Mukaila Raji spoke to the Daily News about Alzheimer's disease research. "I think curative answers will lie in a combination of lifestyle changes, medications and vaccines that target multiple areas," Raji said.


Dr. Volpi
Volpi, UTMB Receive $2.7 Million Grant to Study Muscle Loss in People Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Life Science Daily   09/20/16

A new study led by UTMB's Elena Volpi will focus on how diabetes and bed rest inactivity change the way amino acids are used to build muscle and how exercise training can mitigate those changes in people living with Type 2 diabetes. "Loss of strength and muscle is an important problem of aging that decreases physical functioning and independence," said Volpi. A $2.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging is funding the study. This news also reported in TMC News.


Dr. Volpi
Strong Social Support is Related to Shorter Stay in Inpatient Rehab after Hospitalization

Pharmacy Choice   09/19/16

Strong social support can mean less time spent in inpatient rehabilitation facilities, according to new research from UTMB. "When someone does not have the social support of family and friends, they take longer to return home to the community," said UTMB's Zakkoyya Lewis, one of the authors of the study and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Student.


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Just Released: NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation

NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation   09/19/16

This comprehensive plan outlines six priority areas, including investigating new approaches to assistive technology in the home, expanding resources to recruit scientists and innovators to the field and analyzing the biology, chemistry and genetic components of recovery to better understand why some people are better able to recover after injury, while others require more rigorous rehabilitation. Download the NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation: Moving the Field Forward.


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The Big Protein Mistake You're Probably Making

MSN Lifestyle   09/15/16

Protein is part of a healthy diet, but most people are taking in much more than recommended according to a UTMB study conducted by Douglas Paddon-Jones and colleagues. "We're not pythons," says Paddon-Jones. "We can't eat an entire chicken and use its protein for the rest of the week." The study recommends a protein intake spread evenly throughout the day. This news also reported in The Herald.


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Dr. Goodwin Comments on Presidential Nominee's Health

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton has not been quick to share health information   09/11/16

UTMB's James Goodwin spoke to the Washington Post for a story about Hillary Clinton's health. "It's usually not indicative of broader health issues," Goodwin told the Post concerning the presidential nominee's episode over the weekend.


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Doctoral Student Discusses Social Support and Length of Stay in Rehab

Medical Xpress: Strong social support is related to shorter stay in inpatient rehab after hospitalization   09/07/16

Strong social support can mean less time spent in inpatient rehabilitation facilities, according to new research from UTMB. "When someone does not have the social support of family and friends, they take longer to return home to the community," said UTMB's Zakkoyya Lewis, one of the authors of the study. This news also reported in Sunday World and UTMB's Impact Newsletter


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Dr. Ottenbacher Appointed to National Advisory Board at the National Institutes of Health

Rehab Sciences  09/06/16

Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions at UTMB has been appointed by the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve a 5-year term as a member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). His appointment ends June 30, 2020.

Comprised of 18 members, the Board advises the NIH Director and the Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research on matters and policies relating to the Center's medical rehabilitation research and training programs. The Board reviews and assesses federal recommendations for the coordination of such research conducted and supported by the NIH and other agencies of the Federal Government.

Dr. Ottenbacher is the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation; Director and Professor of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences; Director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, and Associate Director for the Sealy Center on Aging.
Read More: Biography Page


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Dr. Volpi Awarded $2.7 Million to Identify New Treatments For Muscle Loss in Older Adults

Sealy Center on Aging: Dr. Volpi Receives New Grant   08/05/16

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Director of the Sealy Center on Aging and Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine has been awarded $2.7 million from the National Institute on Aging for the five-year project, "Identifying therapeutic targets of accelerated sarcopenia." Read more at the Sealy Center on Aging website.


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