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.



For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. Today the SHP offers baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care, master's degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Health Professions, Nutrition & Metabolism and Physician Assistant Studies, and a professional doctorate in Physical Therapy. In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.

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SHP Kudos & Acknowledgments

Dr. Marci Contreras Dr. Janet Enderle

Congratulations to Marci Contreras (Physician Assistant Studies) and Dr. Janet Enderle (Clinical Laboratory Sciences), who completed the Scholars in Education Program, a 20-month long faculty development project on April 11, 2017. Contreras focused on "Recognizing victims of human trafficking and education for physician assistants". Dr. Enderle's project was the "Implementation of reflective writing in a Clinical Laboratory Science course."

Dr. Rebecca Galloway

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Galloway, Associate Professor in Physical Therapy, who was inducted into the Academy of Master Clinicians (AMC).

Dr. Michael Furtado

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Furtado, Associate Professor in Physical Therapyon his selection by the Academy of Master Teachers (AMT) as Educator of the Month for March 2017.

Training for the Future

School of Health Professions Introduces Two New Doctoral Programs

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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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SHP Kudos & Acknowledgments

Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher

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.

Dr. Frank Ward

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.

Dr. Dana Wild

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.

Dr. Camille Loftin

Congratulations to Dr. Camille Loftin, Physician Assistant Studies, for being selected to receive the TAPA PA Educator of the Year award for 2016.

Dr. Hyun-jeong Jang

Congratulations to Dr. Hyun-jeong "Joy" Jang, a post doctoral fellow from the PT Department for passing the New York State Physical Therapy licensure exam.

Dr. Chris Fry Receives APS New Investigator Award

Dr. Christopher Fry

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. Rasmussen Awarded $6.67 million for NIH Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium

Map of the United States with targeted spots wih the locations of the various sites that make up the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium

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."

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