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The University of Texas Medical Branch, located on Galveston Island, is the oldest medical school and health sciences campus in Texas.


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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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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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

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.

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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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