School of Health Professions, Defining the Future of Healthcare. Dean Protas awards student with diploma. Three students look down at machines Two students examine a test tube. Seven students practice examiniations on test dummies. Seven students pose with a skeleton that is wearing scrubs, an apron, and face/head coverings. Five graduates posing in a group. Two students looking through their own microscopes. A professor pointing at a screen with student taking notes. Student inserting a tube inside the nose of a test dummy. Five students sitting on the floor, examining footprints. Three students reading from a program booklet. A large group of students addressing the crowd. One student lecturing to his classmates. A student measuring heartbeats from a patient's wrist. A professor pulling out and explaining a chart reading to two of his students.



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Health Professions News

Laboratorians: Behind the Scenes Detectives

close up of a microscopeThe TMC News quoted Dr. Vicki Freeman, Clinical Laboratory Sciences Chair and Professor, on Aug 4.

"The people we educate are the ones that work in the labs processing specimens that come to them from patients," Dr. Freeman said. "They perform the tests that go back to physicians, allowing them to make decisions on how to treat patients."

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Respiratory Care Students Utilize Makerspace Technology for Enhanced Learning

Heavens John, a respiratory student in the School of Health Professions, holds up a replacement part for a respiratory simulation device.

Dr. Jose Rojas, associate professor and chair of the SHP Respiratory Care program was quoted in an article titled, Makerspace in August 2017.

Last year, Dr. Rojas decided to begin incorporating the makerspace into his class rotations and sees how it can help students with diverse experiences to create endless possibilities.

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The Exercise Antidote

Nutrition and Metabolism faculty focus on how exercise causes good health.

Screen capture of the The Exercise Antidote.

SHP Nutrition and Metabolism faculty shed light on their $6.6 million grant, the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC). The grant allows UTMB to join forces with other institutions to examine and provide understanding on how physical activity improves health over a five-year period.

Article Excerpt: "There is little dispute that exercise is good for us. Getting fit is consistently one of the most New Year's resolutions and many Americans commit - and recommit - to a new workout routine more than once a year. Numerous scientific studies link exercise to a host of benefits for your body, from boosts of serotonin levels to lowering risk for heart disease."

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Dr. Giacino named 2017 Robert L. Moody Prize recipient

Drs. Joseph Giacino and Elizabeth Protas

Joseph Giacino, PhD was named the 2017 recipient of the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. Dr. Giacino was presented with the $10,000 prize and Tiffany pyramid at the Galveston Brain Injury Conference on May 4th. Dr. Giacino is the Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and Research Associate in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. He is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Pictured above is Dr. Giancino with the dean. The second photo is all of the Moody Prize recipients who were present at the conference with the dean (far right) and Jim Lovelace, President and CEO of the Transitional Learning Center (far left).

Group photo of past Moody Prize recipients

Dr. Monique Pappadis selected to participate in NIA Scholars Program

Dr. Monique Pappadis

Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences' Monique Pappadis, PhD, who was recently selected to participate in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Butler-Williams Scholars Program.

This is an intensive 5 day program geared towards emerging aging researchers and those with limited involvement in research on aging to learn more about research on aging and to further develop their interested in this challenging and important area.

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