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Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is among the top five nursing schools in the U.S. for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing $8.9 million in NIH research funding as part of a total portfolio of $17.9 million in 2018.

Emory Nursing received 24 NIH research and training awards from the NIH in 2018. This included 11 new projects for the year.

The new NIH awards are: 

  • Disparities in HIV/AIDS: Examining Retention in Care and Health Literacy (ENRICH). The purpose of this F31 fellowship, entitled ENRICH (Examining Retention in Care and Health Literacy), is to utilize an adapted health literacy model to evaluate the effect of health literacy on retention in care and its subsequent effect on racial disparities and HIV clinical outcomes.

          Principal Investigator: Ashley Anderson.


  • Maintenance and Enhancement of the Atlanta African American Maternal-Child Cohort: Exposome Profiling via High-resolution Metabolomics and Integration of Microbiome-Metabolome-Epigenome Data. This award supports the continued recruitment of pregnant African American women and their infants to better understand psychosocial, biobehavioral, and environmental risk factors for preterm birth and neurodevelopment through 18-months of age. It is also evaluating child obesity and neurodevelopment at 2-5 years of age under the Environmental Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program.

          Principal Investigator: Anne Dunlop.


  • Exploring the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis in Psychoneurological Symptoms for Children with Solid Tumors. This study will explore the hypothesis that stomach ailments such as heartburn and diarrhea are associated with cancer treatment-related gastrointestinal and psychological/neurological symptoms.

          Principal Investigator: Jinbing Bai.


  • Training in Interventions to Improve Outcomes in Chronic Conditions. This research training grant will educate and train nurse scientists in the development and testing of interventions to address some of the most compelling issues confronted by persons with chronic conditions and their families, and to improve the outcomes of both.

         Principal Investigator: Sandra Dunbar.


  • Center for the Study of Symptom Science, Metabolomics and Multiple Chronic Conditions. The goal of this award is to address the increasing number of individuals living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and in particular, Black men and women, the group most often negatively affected in the United States. The Center for the Study of Symptom Science, Metabolomics and Multiple Chronic Conditions will both strengthen the capacity of junior nursing faculty to make use of sophisticated metabolomic and microbiome technologies and cutting-edge data analytic and undertake innovative research to reduce symptoms in individuals with MCC, improving public health for generations to come.

          Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Corwin.


  • Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics (C-CHEM2) Supplement. This administrative supplement allows the Emory Children’s Environmental Health Center to work with other Children’s Environmental Health Centers (CEHC) and Community Outreach and Translation Cores to create capacity among the CEHCs to effectively use social media for research translation and community outreach and engagement. This project will establish a unified national mechanism for rapidly disseminating key children’s environmental health research findings or clinically relevant messages via social media. The products from these efforts will serve as a template for other National Institute of Environmental Health Science and children’s environmental health focused communities to adopt.

          Principal Investigator: Linda McCauley.


  • An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of SPIRIT in ESRD Supplement. "Sharing Patient's Illness Representation to Increase Trust," or SPIRIT is a 6-step, 2-session, face-to-face intervention to promote cognitive and emotional preparation for end-of-life decision making for patients with end-stage renal disease and their surrogates. This study proposes a multicenter, clinic-level cluster randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of SPIRIT.

          Principal Investigator: Mi-Kyung Song.


  • The Persistence of Cardiometabolic Dysregulation in Postpartum African American Women: The role of the gut microbiome and the lipidome. The purpose of this project is to test the hypothesis that the composition of the gut microbiome, and resulting metabolic endotoxemia, contribute to a unique lipidomic signature, which in turn, is associated with clinical markers of the persistence of pregnancy-associated cardiometabolic dysregulation. The primary goal of this here is to develop expertise in omics technologies, specifically microbiome and lipidomics, for use in clinically oriented risk prevention research, which will highly complement her women's health.

          Principal Investigator: Erin Ferranti.


  • Hypertensive Medication Adherence in Young African American Women. The specific aims of this cross-sectional dissertation study are to examine the relationships among sociodemographic & clinical profiles, high blood pressure perceptions, and BP medication adherence; and examine the relationships between psychosocial factors, resilient coping style, and blood pressure medication adherence when controlling for sociodemographic factors in a sample of young hypertensive African-American women.

          Principal Investigator: Telisa Spikes.


  • Developing a Distance Education System to Train Savvy Caregiver Program Interventionists: Extending Access and Capacity in Community-Based Delivery of Evidence-Based Interventions. This project will develop a web-based system that uses distance education methods along with manuals and protocols to train, certify, and monitor the performance of interventionists to deliver the Savvy Caregiver program (Savvy), an evidence-based dementia family caregiver psychoeducation program.
  • Testing Tele-Savvy, an On-line Psychoeducation Program for Informal Alzheimer’s Caregivers Supplement. This project will test the efficacy of an internet-delivered psychoeducation program for Alzheimer’s family caregivers, Tele-Savvy, by enrolling 216 caregivers in a randomized trial that uses an attention control wait-list design.

          Principal Investigator: Ken Hepburn.


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