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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

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.