Care for One, that’s Love. Care for Hundreds, that’s Nursing. It’s National Nurses Week!

518ace8e2b74f.imageToday kicks off National Nurses Week – a historical week of recognition and appreciation for the front line of the health care system. While many people recognize the role nurses play in providing patient care, their integral role in biomedical research is often overlooked.

The CTSI is proud to have supported four nurse researchers through our Pilot Funding Programs, KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, and the Year-Out Program for Medical Students.

Susan Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Dr. Groth received CTSI pilot funding in 2007 for her project titled “The G Protein β3 Subunit C825T Polymorphism and C/T-Haplotype Connections to Maternal/Infant Weight.” She then went on to receive a CTSI KL2 Career Development Award in 2008 for work in the same line of research entitled “Clarification of the Gene Environment Interaction of the GNB3 Gene and Establishing a foundation for Genetic–Based Behavioral Intervention Research.” Groth’s research stems from years of caring for women who expressed difficulties losing weight after their pregnancies, and her desire to prevent the adverse and often long-term effects of weight gain on mothers and children.  Dr. Groth’s CTSI supported projects resulted in a K23 award from NINR and 7 publications. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

Elizabeth LeCuyer, PhD, RN, PMHNP, ARNP, CS

Dr. LeCuyer received CTSI pilot funding in 2009 for her project titled “Diversity in limit setting: African American Mothers with Toddlers.” The data generated from the pilot study resulted in four publications. In 2013, Dr. LeCuyer left URMC to take a Clinical Associate Professor position at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing and serves on the Research Council for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Pamela White, DNP, MS, MLS

Dr. White completed a one year mentored research experience through the CTSI year out program in 2010. Her project was titled “Evaluating the Impact of eRecord on Nursing Practice and Patient Outcomes”, which resulted in two publications. Dr. White is now the Director of Online Nursing Programs at St. John Fisher College.

Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, RN

Dr. Lin was funded by the KL2 program from 2013-2015. Her project was titled “Role of Vision-based Computerized Cognitive Training in Preventing Cognitive and Functional Decline in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment.” Dr. Lin is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing.  This project has generated three publications to date.

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