Welcome to the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition (CeRPAN) Formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences
The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, in the School of Health Professions, is committed to creating relationships among basic and clinical scientists to translate and apply research findings for the benefit of persons with disability or chronic disease and their families. Originally established in 2001 as the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences to provide an infrastructure for research in disability, recovery, and rehabilitation at UTMB, the mission and focus of the Center were expanded in 2013 to integrate research involving physical activity, exercise, function and nutrition to provide new opportunities for education and scientific training.
Artistic Presentations Chosen by the Scientific Merit and Diversity of Study
SCoA | January 26, 2018
Congratulations to research investigator Christopher Fry, PhD for his winning microscope image. Dr. Fry's image displays primary mouse fibroblasts isolated from skeletal muscle.
The contest was held by Vector Laboratories and each winner received a canvas depicting their work as art.
UTMB to study new approach for hip fracture recovery
Texas Medical Center News | November 2, 2017
A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for elderly women recovering from hip fractures. UTMB’s Elena Volpi is one of seven principal investigators and part of a consortium of seven universities that received $15.6 million from the National Institute on Aging for the research project. Story also found at Press Release Point and Publicnow.
The Journal of Physiology
Journal of Physiology | November 1, 2017
CeRPAN Research Investigator Christopher Fry, PhD provided the cover photo for the November issue of the Journal of Physiology, “Scald-burn injury induces myonuclear apoptosis in murine skeletal muscle, with the immunohistochemical image showing dystrophin (red), Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL; green) and DAPI (blue). See Finnerty et al. pp 6687– 6701.”
Can you eat too much protein?
Men's Health | November 1, 2017
While protein is important to build and maintain muscle, can you eat too much protein? This article cites research conducted by UTMB’s Doug Paddon-Jones that found that people who ate 12 ounces of beef, did not experience any greater benefits than those who ate four ounces of beef. This story can also be found at NewsDog and Pulse.
Is it bad to exercise on an empty stomach?
TIME | October 19, 2017
In this fitness column, the issue of working out on an empty stomach is addressed. “You might feel tired or edgy and you won’t be able to work out as intensely as you would have if you had eaten something,” said UTMB’s Douglas Paddon-Jones. Story also published in True Viral News.
The Exercise Antidote UTMB Collaborates with Institutions Across the U.S. to Study How Physical Activity Benefits the Body
UTMB recently receives a $6.6 million grant to participate in a national project, the Molecular Tranducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC), which aims to better understand how physical activity improves health. Research will be conducted at 23 collaborating institutions, with an overall goal of recruiting approximately 3,000 participants in the clinical trial. MoTrPAC is the first study of it's kind, says Dr. Rasmussen: "It's never been examined on such a large scope."
Dr. Rasmussen and Paddon-Jones on Combating Aging and Muscle Loss
Foods for the muscle bound - Prepared Foods | July 20, 2017
As people age, muscle mass decreases, a process termed sarcopenia. This can make life more difficult and can increase one's risk of falling a major cause of disability. Several things contribute to sarcopenia but inadequate protein or calorie intake is a major factor. UTMB's Blake Rasmussen and Doug Paddon-Jones are contributors discussing the importance of nutrition and the need for more research.
Dr. Reistetter Presents Keynote on Stroke in Istanbul
CeRPAN News | June 14, 2017
Tim Reistetter, PhD, OTR, Core Research Investigator at CeRPAN and Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy at UTMB, presented the keynote address, "Client-Centered Perspectives on Return to Work Following Stroke" at the International Closing Conference "Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation" May 31-June 2, 2017 in Istanbul.
Galveston Brain Injury Conference 2017 Robert L. Moody Prize: Dr. Giacino
CeRPAN News | May 25, 2017
Joseph T. Giacino, PhD received the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation at the 17th Annual Galveston Brain Injury Conference May 4 & 5. The GBIC is sponsored by the Transitional Learning Center in Galveston and CeRPAN.
MoTrPAC-UTACC Preview Day
CeRPAN News | May 16, 2017
The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition hosted visitors from the University of Texas, San Antonio on May 15th, 2017.
Principal Investigator and CeRPAN Associate Director, Blake Rasmussen, PhD, gave a presentation about the the University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (UTACC) for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) and visitors toured the lab facilities in the School of Health Professions at UTMB. Download agenda and view photos of the event.
The Halos and Horns of the Nutrition Dilemma
Galveston Daily News | April 18, 2017
Recommendations on what food is good for you and what is bad can be confusing and can flip back and forth. UTMB’s Jean Gutierrez, Core Research Investigator at CeRPAN and Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, told The Daily News that it can be frustrating for those trying to eat a healthy diet. Gutierrez said the key to healthy eating is variety, moderation and eating fresh as opposed to processed food.
2017 New Investigator Award from the APS
CeRPAN News | April 24, 2017
Chris Fry, PhD, CeRPAN Core Research Investigator and Assistant Professor in Nutrition & Metabolism at UTMB received, "The American Physiological Society Environmental and Exercise Physiology New Investigator Award" during the Experimental Biology Meeting April 22-26, 2017.
Dr. Ottenbacher - 1 of 100 Most Influential People
CeRPAN News | February 14, 2017
Congratulations - CeRPAN Director Dr. Ottenbacher has been selected as one of the 100 influential people in occupational therapy's first 100 years by the American Occupational Therapy Association as a part of their centennial celebration.
"Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, has significantly advanced the science of occupational therapy. His research focus is rehabilitation outcomes, with an emphasis on the assessment of change in functional status, disability, frailty, and minority health in older adults."