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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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Occupational Student Named UTMB MLK Award Recipient

Congratulations to SHP Occupational Therapy student, Laurel Sabol, for receiving the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

The UTMB Diversity Council presented Sabol the award during their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award Ceremony and Luncheon: A Voice of Equality and Inclusion on Friday, Jan. 13 in the Levin Hall Dining Room on the Galveston Campus.

SHP Occupational Therapy student Laurel Sabol posing with UTMB President David Calendar on the left and SHP Dean Elizabeth Protas on the right.

UTMB Students Volunteer in Peru Clinic

Over the winter break, three students from SHP participated with nursing and medical students in a trip to Lima, Peru where they provided access to healthcare in an area where it is limited. SHP students included third-year students Rashmi Anandampillai and Kristi Wolkenstein from Physical Therapy, and first-year student Kyle Callahan from Physician Assistant Studies. During four clinic days, eight medical teams collectively provided healthcare to approximately 125-150 individuals per day. The PT students saw about 25-30 individuals each day.

Collage of students practicing physical therapy on patients and posing for a group photo.

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."

UTMB SHP ranking in the Top 10 in 2015

Four Latina graduates from the School of Health Professions

Did You Know?

According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics, UTMB ranked in the top 10 out of 98 comparable institutions in 2015 for percentage of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students for the School of Health Professions (SHP) and the School of Nursing (SON), as well as in the top 10 out of 111 for Master's degrees awarded to Hispanic students between SHP, SON, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).

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2017 Causeway FunD Run

UTMB Health School of Health Professions Causway Fund Run 2017. Saturday, March 4. Providing scholarships for the students of UTMB's School of Health Professions. Schedule of events. 6:45 am Registration and Check in. 7:45 am Kids 1K Run Walk and 1K Wheelchair Race. 8:05 am 5K Wheelchair Race. 8:15 am 5K Fund Run Walk. 9:30 am Award Ceremony. For info and registertarion, visit or call the hotline at 409-772-3006.

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.

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