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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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Dr. Lee Awarded Two New Grants from VA

Sep 9, 2021, 12:16 PM by CeRPAN

Dr. Mi Jung Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Rehabilitation Sciences was recently awarded two grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Gainesville, FL).

Dr. Lee was awarded $149,600 for a project titled: “Improving Home Safety and Functioning for Rural Veterans.”

The purpose of the study is to enable rural Veterans’ aging in place by improving function and safety in the home environment. The objectives of the study include: 1) describe rural/non-rural VA home safety evaluation/ prescription clinical practice, 2) identify clinical barriers and facilitators to conducting home evaluations and implement prescribed recommendations in rural residents, and 3) create an inventory of technology and successful strategies for conducting remote home safety evaluation.

Dr. Lee was awarded $108,241 for a project titled: “Examining Risk Factors of Institutionalization for Rural Veterans with Functional Declines Using Artificial Intelligence.”

Rural Veterans are significantly older than urban Veterans, with higher probabilities of having functional declines that often lead to costly institutionalized care. In this project, risk factors of institutionalization for rural Veterans with functional declines will be investigated via artificial intelligence analyses. A pilot Institutional Risk Report will be developed that demonstrates institutionalization risk factors of rural Veterans with functional declines and then tested to provide corresponding results of risk factors. The product of this study will support the development of clinical guidelines and health-related strategies that are designed to reduce institutionalization for rural Veterans with functional declines and, consequently, promote independent living.

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