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The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN) 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.

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2018 News

Sorry, but that protein shake probably isn’t going to get you jacked

Ingesting large amounts of protein does not always translate to a size gain, it turns out there is a limit to how much protein your body can absorb in one sitting. “Skeletal muscle protein synthesis is maximized by 25 to 35 grams of high-quality protein during a meal,” said UTMB’s Doug Paddon-Jones. The full article can be read at Men's Health.

Dr. Paddon-Jones is the director for UTMB's CeRPAN Physical Activity and Functional Recovery Translational Research Laboratory.

photos of speaker and audienceA special guest lecture sponsored by CeRPAN with the Department of Nutrition & Metabolism as part of the UTMB School of Health Professions 50th Anniversary lecture series was held July 25, 2018:

Video Now Available: "Exercise Guidance After a Cancer Diagnosis: Evidence and Logistics"

Presented by Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology, Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences; Associate Director of Population Sciences, Penn State Cancer Institute
Oscar Suman, PhDCongratulations to Dr. Oscar Suman, the Leon Hess Professor for Burn Injuries Research; Director of Children's Wellness Center, Associate Director of Research; Co-director of the Burn Center Research Management Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, Texas. He is the recipient of an NIH MERIT Award, a prestigious award provided to outstanding scientists. This award will support Dr. Suman’s research for a minimum of five years. Dr. Suman is a core research investigator at CeRPAN.

Blake Rasmussen, PhDBlake Rasmussen, PhD has received an NIH R13 grant from the NIDDK to support a FASEB Science Research conference next month. The conference is titled “Nutrient Sensing and Metabolic Signaling” and will be held August 5-10, 2018 at Snowmass Village, Colorado. Dr. Rasmussen is the organizer of the conference which includes 35 invited speakers from around the world and 8 invited speakers from students, postdocs and junior faculty that submitted abstracts to the conference. The funds are used to support speaker travel and registration reimbursements. In addition to NIH support, Dr. Rasmussen has obtained support from several pharmaceutical companies and professional journals including: Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Navitor Pharmaceuticals, AMGEN, Novo Nordisk, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Ajinomoto, Public Library of Science (PLOS) Journals, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Science Signaling.

For more information, visit the FASEB Registration website

Jacques Baillargeon, PhDUTMB researchers found drop after use was reported to be linked to heart attacks and strokes.

Testosterone use in the United States tripled between 2001 and 2011, mostly in men without a clear indication for it. This new study shows, however, that testosterone use dropped significantly after testosterone use was reported to be linked to heart attacks and strokes. Jacques Baillargeon and colleagues from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston tracked testosterone use and their findings are available in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This news is also reported in the UTMB Newsroom.
Fox26 Houston also reported on Testerone prescription in the news.

Liz Lyons, PhD, MPHElizabeth J. Lyons, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, The University of Texas Medical Branch, has been awarded $391,014 by the National Cancer Institute for her study entitled “Narrative visualization for breast cancer survivors' physical activity.” The study seeks to determine if breast cancer survivors will exercise more if they engage in narrative visualization, a process of adding photo - graphs, drawings and text to a data chart to make the information more meaningful. This addition may help increase the long-term willingness of such survivors to continue exercise and therefore reap the associated benefits. Dr. Lyons is a fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging and a member of the core faculty at CeRPAN. She is also a previous Pilot Project PI and RL5 Scholar at the UTMB Pepper Center.

Tim Reistetter, PhD, OTRNew Multidisciplinary Translational Team - CeRPAN Core Lab Director Timothy Reistetter, OTR, PhD will lead a new Multidisciplinary Translational Team (MTT) on Stroke Implementation Science through a partnership with the Institute for Translational Sciences at UTMB. In the initial two years of funding, this partnership will employ precision medicine data analytics coupled with patient-centered research approaches to implement targeted care coordination strategies to help stroke patients remain in the community. It brings together expertise in Health Informatics, PCOR, Neurology, Preventive Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilitation Science, Ethics, and Hospital System Implementation Science leading to the development of clinical trials. This MTT also provides mentorship and an excellent learning space for graduate students, fellows and junior faculty to become embedded in a team-science approach to healthcare.
photoMark Sherer, PhD is this year’s recipient of The Robert L. Moody Prize, presented for distinguished work in helping people with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Sherer is a senior scientist and associate vice president at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Memorial Hermann. The  Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation is awarded at the annual Galveston Brain Injury Conference. National and international leaders in the field of brain injury research are invited to attend.
photo of Dr. FryChristopher Fry, PhD receives an NIH / NIAMS R01 award. Dr. Fry is a former Pepper Research Education Component (REC) Scholar and current co-leader for the Metabolism and Biology Resource Core. The award of $2,186,072 is for 5 years, March 26, 2018 through February 28, 2023.  The goal of the grant is to determine the efficacy of myostatin blockade in a mouse model of ACL injury to improve muscle mass, strength and morphology.  Additionally, the goal is to determine the contribution of myostatin activation in patients following an ACL injury and reconstruction to underlying muscle cellular deficits that contribute to protracted muscle weakness.
photo of Dr. Fry and his artworkCongratulations 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.


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