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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ACRM Annual Meeting: October 30 - November 4, 2016
Rehab Sciences 10/25/16
The Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine will be October 30-November 4, 2016 in Chicago. The Center for Large Data Research in Rehabilitation (CLDR) will host a booth as well as sessions led by Dr. Ottenbacher and Dr. Graham.
In addition, Dr. Ottenbacher will be presented with the Golden Key Award at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala. Congratulations!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Goodwin Comments on Presidential Nominee's Health
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.
Doctoral Student Discusses Social Support and Length of Stay in Rehab
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
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
Dr. Volpi awarded $2.7 million to identify new treatments for muscle loss in older adults
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.