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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.

Read more about research at CeRPAN. See Facts & Figures about the Center.

Center News

New Investigator Award

2017 New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society

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Congratulations - Dr. Chris Fry will receive the 2017 New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society Section on Environmental & Exercise Physiology during the Experimental Biology Meeting in April, 2017.

Ottenbacher OT Centennial

Dr. Ottenbacher - 1 of 100 Most Influential People in OT Centennial Celebration

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Congratulations - 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."

MoTrPAC Grant

Molecular Transducer & Physical Activity Grant By Rehab Sci 12/14/2016

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GALVESTON, Texas – ­The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received a $6.6 million grant to take part in a national project that will analyze what molecular changes occur in people as a result of physical activity. The research could lead to people engaging in more targeted and optimized types of physical activity.

UTMB will be a part of the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium and Blake Rasmussen, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, will be the principal investigator.

Read More: NIH awards aim to understand molecular changes during physical activity and Working Out the Molecules.

This news also reported in Public Now, Genome Web, Targeted News Service and Galveston.com.

Protein Symposium

Symposium Hosted by CeRPAN & Department of Nutrition/Metabolism

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UTMB hosted a symposium entitled, "Optimizing Protein Through the Healthspan," featuring national nutrition experts, supported by CeRPAN and the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism.

ACRM Gold Key

Dr. Ottenbacher Receives ACRM Gold Key Award

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The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Meeting was held Oct 30-Nov 4, 2016.

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

This award was established in 1932 as a certificate of merit for members of the medical and allied professions who have rendered extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation. Candidates are nominated by members of the ACRM Board of Governors and the recipient chosen by a Nominating Committee vote. It is the highest honor given by ACRM.

NIH Advisory Board

Dr. Ottenbacher appointed to National Advisory Board at the National Institutes of Health By Rehab Sciences 9/07/16

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Division Director Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR has been appointed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve a 5-year term as a member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research.

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.

NIH Research Plan

NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation: Moving the Field Forward News from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) September, 2016

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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. Read More: NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation: Moving the Field Forward