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UNC Research Week: Santos looks to epigenetics to identify factors that effect cognitive development in preterm children

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project Genetic and Epigenetic Effects on Childhood Cognitive Trajectories Principal Investigator Hudson Santos, PhD, RN Children born extremely preterm exhibit much higher rates of cognitive function impairment — such as trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions — during early childhood and through to adulthood when compared to those born full-term. Ranging from mild to severe, cognitive function impairment can significantly impact an individual’s day-to-day life. Hudson Santos’s study … Continued

Somos Carolina: Dean Nena Peragallo Montano

UNC’s Latinx students, staff, faculty, and leaders are an essential part of our community. SON Dean Nena Peragallo Montano spoke with The Well about her heritage and how it informed her work as a nursing scientist! Read about her and others’ experiences here. 

Dignity and incontinence — discussing bladder health with Mary Palmer.

The idea of dignity is always present in discussions about incontinence, explains SON professor Mary Palmer. Tune in to this week’s Focus Carolina as she discusses what inspires her to help dispel social stigmas while advocating for better urinary tract health.  Listen here. 

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Fever: it’s more than just a number – via The Well

SON clinical professor and nurse practitioner Meg Carman spoke with The Well about fevers — sharing her expertise on the importance of hydration, when to pick up the phone and seek medical advice, and how there are more things to consider than just your temperature. Read it here.

Cortés elected as Fellow of the American Heart Association

The Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing has elected SON assistant professor Dr. Yamnia Cortés as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). According to the American Heart Association, “Fellowship recognizes and awards premium professional members for their scientific and professional accomplishments, volunteer leadership, and service.” Fellowship is open to scientists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals with a productive interest in cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Congratulations, Dr. Cortés!

Zègre-Hemsey tests drone delivery for defibrillators, featured in NC TraCS video

Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team published results of their drone study in The New England Journal of Medicine (September 17, 2020). The study was supported by a grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NC TraCS), National Institutes of Health, and was a collaboration with UNC School of Public Health, UNC School of Medicine, and North Carolina State University. This study examined the feasibility of drone delivery of an automated external defibrillator in simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).  Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team conducted a randomized … Continued

Lewis selected as Duke-Johnson & Johnson Leadership fellow

SON clinical instructor (and Assistant Professor in the Adams School of Dentistry) Ryan Lewis, MSN, RN, FNP-BC has been selected as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, a 10-month experience, is a partnership between Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Nursing and Johnson & Johnson. The program provides leadership development for advanced practice nurses and their team partners to develop and launch transformational health improvement initiatives within their organizations and communities. Selected fellows start the program … Continued

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Cortés receives NIH Loan Repayment Program Award

Dr. Yamnia Cortés, Assistant Professor, has been awarded an NIH Loan Repayment Award through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for her research in cardiovascular disease risk in midlife Latinas. About the NIH Loan Repayment Award: “The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for … Continued

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Santos elected to ISONG Board of Directors

Dr. Hudson Santos, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory has been elected to the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Board of Directors. Dr. Santos’s work in symptom science, genomics, early life adversity, and child neurodevelopment makes him a great representative for ISONG’s mission to “foster and advocate for the scientific and professional development of its members and the nursing community, in the discovery, interpretation, application, and management of genomic information, for the promotion of the public’s health and wellbeing.” Congrats, Dr. Santos!

SON PhD candidate Elizabeth Allen receives NLN scholarship

Congratulations to Carolina Nursing doctoral student Elizabeth Allen (BSN ’15) who has been awarded a Home Instead Scholarship by the National League for Nursing! The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and Home Instead Senior Care offer the scholarship to foster geriatric nursing education, awarding funds to nursing students in relevant courses of study. According NLN, “Older adults are one of the most vulnerable populations and access health care services most frequently. There is widespread acknowledgement that nursing school graduates must be better prepared to deliver outstanding, culturally sensitive care to … Continued

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