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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.

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There are 13 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program. To date, 37 PhD degrees have been conferred and 49 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.

Dr. Deer presents in COVID Event Aug 16

Aug 10, 2021, 10:07 AM by Rehab Sci

UTMB’s Institute for Translational Science and the Sealy Center for Environmental Health & Medicine invites you to participate in a conversation on Setting the Record Straight: Separating COVID and Vaccine Myth from Fact.”

This will be a VIRTUAL discussion on Monday, August 16, 2021, from 12 pm – 1 pm central time.

This conversation features UTMB’s Scott Weaver, PhD, John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Human Infections and Immunity; Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology; Director, Institute for Human Infections & Immunity; and Scientific Director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch; and Rachel Deer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Research Director, UTMB Post-COVID Recovery Clinic at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Myth or Fact? If I’ve already had COVID-19, I don’t need a vaccine. Myth or Fact? More COVID variants are likely to come. Myth or Fact? Brain fog, fatigue, and joint pain can last for months after a COVID infection. Join us to hear from the experts and bring your questions about COVID-19, vaccines, variants, and long-haulers. Please RSVP to Krista Bohn ( for a Link to the virtual discussion. You may submit questions in advance by emailing Krista or chat them during the discussion.

SCI Café is a community dialogue about science, health, and possibilities among community members, researchers, and scientists. The purpose is to engage and connect community members with science and science with the local community.


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