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

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News & Announcements

Dr. Downer Awarded New NIH/NIA Grant

May 24, 2021, 13:29 PM by CeRPAN

Brian Downer, PhD, has been awarded a multi-year grant through 2024 from the National Institute on Aging for a grant titled, "The influence of social and cultural context on life course pathways for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, and care resources for older Mexican adults." Co-investigators include Bret Howrey, PhD, Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD, Daniel Jupiter, PhD, and Rebeca Wong, PhD. This project will use the Mexican Health and Aging Study as a main data source to identify life course pathways that influence dementia risk, the availability of care resources, and how care resources are used among older adults in a country with low institutional support, high inequality, and the likely care burden of dementia for families and institutions. Dr. Downer is a scholar in the UTMB Pepper Center.


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