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The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition (CeRPAN) supports research in the School of Health Professions at UTMB

The Center 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. CeRPAN was 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 about Research at CeRPAN or browse Mission, History and Facts & Figures.

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2018-2019 News

  • 04/09/2020 - Dr. Ottenbacher Receives New NIH/NIA Grant


    Dr. Ottenbacher received a new 5-year grant from the NIH/NIA, titled “Academic Leadership Award in Data Science and Discovery” (K07AG064031)

  • 04/07/2020 - Dr. Li Receives Two New Grants

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    Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, Dept of Occupational Therapy has been selected to receive a FY2020 AOTF Health Services Research Grant Award ($100K/2 years) for the project: “OT Service Intensity in Home Health and Impact on Health Outcomes”. Dr. Li will work with Dr. Ottenbacher (Project Mentor) and Dr. Mroz (Co-I) from the University of Washington on this project. In addition, Dr. Li received a K01 career development award from the NIH/NICHD, “Standardized Patient Assessment across Post-Acute Care: Opportunities and Challenges.” Congratulations, Dr. Li!

  • 01/28/2020 - Save the Date: National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Conference

    NCMRR-NIH-planNIH’s next Rehabilitation Research Conference, October 15–16, 2020, in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about the past meeting,
    Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward.
  • 09/27/2019 - Discover Exercise: Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC)

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    The Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium, also known as the MoTrPAC research study, is one of the largest efforts to study physical activity involving universities, medical centers, researchers, and most importantly participants from all over the country. This research program is the largest target National Institutes of Health (NIH) investment aimed at understanding how physical activity improves health and prevents disease.

    We are looking for volunteers who:

    • - Are 18 years of age or older
    • - Exercise 1 time a week or less
    • - Have no history of diabetes or heart disease
    • - Would like to have an opportunity to exercise with a personal trainer for 12 weeks and have study-related health exams at UTMB.
    • - Visit
    Download Recruitment Flyer for MoTrPAC

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