Britton Poster Award Eligible

Great work to Hillman Scholar Laura Britton whose poster “Contraception use patterns among women with prediabetes, undiagnosed diabetes and diagnosed diabetes (P53)” was among the highest-scored posters at this year’s North American Forum on Family Planning and is now eligible for an award. Congratulations, Laura!

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September Is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

This month, help us raise awareness for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD): a genetic, life-long illness that researchers estimate affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. Though the average life expectancy for those living with the disease has more than tripled since the 1970s, there’s still more work to be done, as SCD patients’ needs are often overlooked by healthcare professionals and the public. UNC-Chapel Hill is home to the UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program, and our own Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN is a member of the team. If you would like to … Continued

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Khairat Obtains R21 Grant to Study Teleconsent

Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Saif Khairat, PhD, whose joint project with colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina was recently fundedby the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to improve the recruitment of participants for clinical trials and studies through the use of telemedicine technology. The two-year study, on which Khairat is co-investigator, received $238,125 in NIH funding to evaluate the advantages, feasibility and impact of teleconsent, whereby clinical trial participants may meet virtually with trained research personnel through a video feed to learn about and consent to that … Continued

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Yeo Paper Published in The BMJ

The paper, titled “Effect of diet and physical activity based interventions in pregnancy on gestational weight gain and pregnancy outcomes: meta-analysis of individual participant data from randomised trials,” was co-authored by Professor Yeo and has been accepted for publication in The BMJ. Well done, Dr. Yeo! Queen Mary University of London Press Release   The study, published in the BMJ, is the largest research project in the world looking at lifestyle interventions in pregnancy, involving more than 50 researchers from 41 institutions*. Its results were recently used by the UK Chief … Continued

Carolina Seminar: Rural Carolina, Globally Tackling Obesity in Pregnancy

Professor SeonAe Yeo and Assistant Professor Jennifer Leeman, along with Dr. Carmen Samueal-Hodge from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Dr. Mohd Anwar from the SUSMaN Lab at NC A&T, have received funding from Carolina Seminars for their Rural Carolina, Globally Tackling Obesity in Pregnancy seminar for the 2017-2018 academic year. Over the course of the two-year seminar they plan to first examine how other societies and countries provide prenatal care and social services and then identify one pragmatic solution for rural Carolina. To learn more about their … Continued

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral News

AnnMarie Walton has co-authored three papers recently: 1. “Workplace Hazards Faced by Nursing Assistants in the United States; A Focused Literature Review,” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2. “Benefits, Facilitators, Barriers and Strategies to Improve Pesticide Protective Behaviors: Insights from Farmworkers in North Carolina Tobacco Fields,” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 3. “Perceived benefits and barriers to exercise for recently treated adults with acute leukemia,” also written by Professor Ashley Bryant and published in the Oncology Nursing Forum. Hillman Scholar Laura Britton … Continued

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Kitzmiller Awarded TRACS KL2 Scholar Funding

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Rebecca Kitzmiller who was awarded a position in the NC TraCS KL2 program. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Kitzmiller will advance her knowledge and skills in data science, statistics and machine learning while conducting research to develop an improved method for the early detection of sepsis using continuously streaming physiologic data.  During this 2-year project, entitled “Continuous Analysis of Streaming Physiologic Data for Early Identification of Patient Risk” she will collaborate closely with primary mentor, Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD of the UNC Renaissance Computing Institute, Co-mentor J. … Continued

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Linda Beeber Designated American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner

Heartfelt congratulations from the entire Carolina Nursing community to Francis Hill Fox Professor, Dr. Linda Beeber, who was designated an American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner today for her model of care, Reducing Depressive Symptoms and Enhancing Parenting in Low-Income and Newly-Immigrated Mothers of Infants and Toddlers. The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that impact cost, improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction. “The Academy is proud to designate Dr. Linda Beeber as an Edge Runner for her work to reduce maternal depressive symptoms and enhance mothering strategies for low … Continued

Soltis-Jarrett Receives Award, Opens ISPN Conference

Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP, served as the opening speaker at the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 7 in Baltimore, Maryland — an honor she received as the 2017 Susan McCabe Lectureship Award recipient. The McCabe Lectureship is given to individuals to present topics that have enriched and advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing scholarship through practice, education or research. Her keynote topic was “Psychopharmacology and Somatization: Finding Health in Illness.” Congratulations, Victoria!

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Collaboration with the Universidad Autonόma de Tamaulipas School of Nursing Leads to Mentorship and Grant Proposals

Dr. Diane Berry recently returned from another productive trip to The Universidad Autonόma de Tamaulipas School of Nursing, Tampico, Tamaulipas, México where she continues a collaboration begun in 2009 and renewed in 2016 that has strengthened the tripartite mission of research, teaching and service of both schools. Dr. Berry has worked closely with the Directora M.C.E. Dra. Del Socorro Piñones Martínez and faculty Dra. Lidia Guadalupe Ortiz Compeán, Dra. Eunice González Reséndiz, Dra. Paulina Aquilera Pérez, Dra. Hortensia Castañeda Hidalgo, Dra. Tranquilina Gutierrez Gomez, Dra. Nora González Quirarte, and Dra. … Continued