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The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition (CeRPAN) supports interdisciplinary research at UTMB focused on health promotion, performance, and rehabilitation research.

The Center is committed to creating relationships among basic, clinical, and translational scientists to apply research findings for the benefit of persons with disability, health inequities, and chronic disease across the lifespan and their families, caregivers, and communities. 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 2022 to integrate research involving health promotion, performance, and rehabilitation research to provide new opportunities for clinical impact, education, and scientific training.

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News & Announcements

Dr. Rasmussen Appointed Associate Dean for Innovation & Commercialization

Sep 7, 2021, 17:12 PM by CeRPAN

Blake Rasmussen, PhD, has been appointed Associate Dean for Innovation & Commercialization for the School of Health Professions. Dr. Rasmussen is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Metabolism & Rehabilitation Sciences and has been continuously funded by the NIH for the past 17 years at UTMB. He has published more than 120 papers that have been cited more than 10,000 times, currently has an H-index of 55 (Scopus), and has served as a PhD and post-doctoral mentor for 15 scientists-in-training. Dr. Rasmussen is a member of the UTMB Technology Commercialization Executive Committee (TCEC) and has served on the scientific advisory boards for two biotech startup companies (Navitor Pharmaceuticals, MIT; Emmyon, Inc., Mayo Clinic). The purpose of the Office for Innovation & Commercialization will be to provide support and guidance for SHP faculty interested in developing and commercializing innovative products, submitting patents, forming start-up companies, and working with the UTMB Office of Technology Transfer and the Technology Commercialization Program.