The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment.

Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.

Facts & Figures

There are 8 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 4 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 33 PhD degrees have been conferred and 39 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.


Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR)  CLDR  11/21/17

The CLDR's pilot studies program is designed to offer practical experience in managing, analyzing, and interpreting findings using large data analytics and secondary data analysis. View current and completed pilot projects.

Applications open January 1, 2018 in the following categories:

Traditional Large Data Pilot Awards (Category 1)

Travel Award for Secondary Data Analysis of Archived Studies (Category 3)

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 GBIC/Moody Prize  10/31/17

Nominations are being accepted through December 1 for The Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor individuals or groups whose efforts have made significant contributions towards (1) advancing clinical research related to disorders of the brain, (2) developing improved treatment and rehabilitation procedures for persons who must contend with the disabilities associated with congenital or acquired brain disorders and (3) increasing awareness of the need for the rehabilitation of individuals following brain injury. Learn more about The Robert L. Moody Prize.

Julianna Bores, MS (8/2016)

 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 11/30/2017


Julianna Bores was awarded the Edith and Robert Zin Presidential Scholarship.  The scholarship is an endowment that is distributed by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UTMB.

Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research  10/05/17

Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences members Brian Downer, PhD and Annalisa Na, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS for acceptance into the Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research workshop (TIGRR) to be held on January 9-13th, 2018 in Charleston, SC.


 Sealy Center on Aging Forum on Aging  10/20/17

The Annual Forum on Aging informs gerontology researchers and the community about aging research at UTMB.

This year, four members of Rehabilitation Sciences received awards:

Juliana Bores, "Patient Characteristics Associated with Functional Status Change in Stroke"

Camille Brightwell, "Diabetes Is Associated with Lower Limb Strength Decline in Hispanic Older Adults"

Catherine Cooper Hay, "Investigation of Chronic Young Stroke Survivors' Goal Priorities"

Chih-Ying Li, "Post-Acute Care Trajectory Among Hip Fracture Medicare Beneficiaries: Hospital Referral Regions Perspectives" and, "Association Between Gait Speed and Mobility Disabilities in Mexican Older Adults"

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Congratulations to the following Rehabilitation Sciences Fellows who received pilot project funding from the UTMB Pepper Center this fall: Rachel Deer, PhD: Validating a Screening Tool for Sarcopenia Using a Model for BIA Analysis; Ted Graber, PhD: Aging Skeletal Muscle and Sarcopenia in the Murine Model; and Cynthia Li, PhD: Functional Trajectory and Successful Community Discharge in Older Adults.

ACRM 2017
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CLDR- Sponsored Young Investigators Panel: Secondary Analysis of Archived Datasets

Four early career researchers will present their work as part of a CLDR sponsored symposium. This multidisciplinary session will highlight the importance of archiving and sharing data as well as show how new knowledge that can be generated through secondary data analysis.

The CLDR is involved in a number of additional podium presentations and paper/poster sessions at this year’s annual ACRM Conference. Find us at Booth #403 in the main exhibition area.

Read more about CLDR events at the ACRM Conference October 25-28, 2017

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 TIME: Is it bad to exercise on an empty stomach?  10/19/17

In this fitness column, the issue of working out on an empty stomach is addressed. “You might feel tired or edgy and you won’t be able to work out as intensely as you would have if you had eaten something,” said UTMB’s Douglas Paddon-Jones. Story also published in True Viral News.

investigators at workshop presented by Felix Elwert, PhD Rehab Sciences  07/13/17

The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR), and the Office of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health at UTMB co-hosted a two-day workshop on July 13-14, for research investigators, "Instrumental Variables Analysis" presented by Felix Elwert, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

photo of Dr. Chao Public Now  07/21/17

In 2016, the Shock Society partnered with the Department of Defense to offer fellowships to Shock Society members to conduct research in trauma, hemorrhage shock and sepsis, creating the Shock Society-Department of Defense Battlefield Health and Trauma Fellowship in San Antonio.

The first recipient of the fellowship was Rehabilitation Sciences PhD graduate, Dr. Tony Chao (Dec. '16).

'With all the support and resources surrounding me here at the USAISR, I am looking forward to a very productive second year in my fellowship,' he said. 'Without a doubt, the training that I had and will continue to receive here at the USAISR will provide a strong foundation to further progress me in my goal to become an independent investigator,' said Chao.

Read More: U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research gains fellowship recipients
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