UTMB receives "Military Friendly" designation
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School of Health Professions Introduces Two New Doctoral Programs
UTMB's School of Health Professions is looking to the future of patient care with two new programs: a Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (DCLS) and a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD). In July 2016, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved both unique programs, which are aimed at improving patient care and providing health care professionals with innovative options to advance their career.
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Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher, Rehabilitation Sciences, former SHP Deans, Dr. Charles Christiansen and Robert K. Bing, and former faculty member Dr. Suzanne Peloquin who were named among the 100 most influential people in Occupational Therapy. This was in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the AOTA.
Congratulations to Dr. Frank Ward and the PAS faculty and staff who submitted their re-accreditation self-study report to the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant on Friday, February 10th. We appreciate all of the hard work that went into the document. Their site visit is May 8-9, 2017.
Dr. Ward was recently recognized as the holder of the Charles and Mary Campbell Professorship in Physician Assistant Studies. Dr. Ward was also honored at the Faculty Awards Luncheon on Feb 10.
Congratulations to Dr. Dana Wild. She was recognized as the holder of the Barbara Barton Professorship in Physical Therapy. Dr. Wild was also honored at the Faculty Awards Luncheon on Feb 10.
Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Galloway, Physical Therapy, on her election into the Academy of Master Clinicians. The induction will take place on April 12th.
Congratulations to Dr. Camille Loftin, Physician Assistant Studies, for being selected to receive the TAPA PA Educator of the Year award for 2016.
Congratulations to Dr. Hyun-jeong "Joy", a post doctoral fellow from the PT Department for passing the New York State Physical Therapy licensure exam.
Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Fry, Assistant Professor in the UTMB SHP Nutrition and Metabolism department. In April, Dr. Fry will be presented the 2017 New Investigator Award during the Experimental Biology Meeting in Chicago, IL from the American Physiological Society Section on Environmental & Exercise Physiology.
The award recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of his/her career who has made meritorious contributions to the areas of environmental, exercise, thermal, or applied physiology.
Dr. Fry's research explores the pathways and mechanisms involved in regulating skeletal muscle plasticity. His lab utilizes several different experimental models, including cell culture, rodent models as well as muscle samples from clinical studies. Recent projects have focused on the role of skeletal muscle stem cells, satellite cells, in the hypertrophic response of muscle to increased load. These studies have employed the use of novel transgenic mouse strains in addition to muscle precursor cell in vitro experiments.
Dr. Blake Rasmussen, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, has been awarded a 6-year $6.67 million NIH grant to participate in the $170 million Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC). UTMB will be working with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (Dr. Nicolas Musi - Site Principal Investigator) on this large project. Other UTMB faculty involved with the project include Dr. Doug Paddon-Jones, Dr. Elena Volpi, Dr. Melinda Moore, and Dr. Heidi Spratt.
The MoTrPAC Consortium, funded by the NIH Common Fund, will consist of 7 clinical centers from around the country including UTMB/UTHSCSA, University of Alabama Birmingham, Duke University, University of Pittsburgh, and UC Urvine.
The goal of the clinical centers is to recruit approximately 2700 healthy participants into exercise training clinical trials to determine how different types of physical activity alter the human body at the molecular level.
The consortium will also consist of three animal centers (Harvard, University of Florida, and UC Davis), a coordinating center (University of Florida), a bioinformatics center (Stanford University), and several chemical analyses sites.
Consortium researchers will develop a comprehensive map of the molecular changes after they collect and study samples from people of different races, ethnic groups, sex, ages and fitness levels.
"There is the potential for major discoveries and significant breakthroughs to be identified from the work of the consortium," says Rasmussen. "We strongly believe that a molecular map to help us understand how physical activity contributes to better health will be of great benefit."
This year's run is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017. The Causeway FunD Run/Walk is the premiere fundraiser of student scholarships for the school.
One of only two events that allow running and walking enthusiasts to negotiate the causeway, the SHP FunD Run awards the top runners of each age division, recognizes outstanding teams at the end of the race with special awards and is family friendly.
In partnership with fitTRIrun / FTR Race Management - a local multi-sport performance gear store and race management timing company - this fifth annual event will start with a children's 1K at 7:45 a.m. followed by a 5K wheelchair race at 8:05 a.m. The 5K run begins at 8:15 a.m. with the 5K walk immediately following the runners.
The 5K course is USA Track and Field certified and starts in the parking lot of the Galveston County Daily News Building, 8522 Teichman Road, Galveston. Participants will proceed up the southbound lanes of the causeway, turn around at the acme of the bridge, and head back to the starting line.
Read More: 2017 Causeway FunD Run
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