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Duke Nursing Is Ninth in Funding from National Institutes of Health

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University School of Nursing is now ninth in the country in the amount of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research, among 63 other schools of nursing receiving NIH funding, according to new federal data.

This is the highest NIH standing for the Duke School of Nursing, moving up two places from last year. As of October 2014, the School has received $4.24 million in research funding from the NIH.

“The entire school community takes incredible pride in the research that is being conducted by investigators at Duke School of Nursing,” said Marion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, dean of Duke School of Nursing. “Our research is patient-focused and is making a meaningful impact on the wellbeing of families and communities. The work of our researchers helps inform the education of our students as well as the clinical work of our faculty and nurses in practice. I applaud all our teams of researchers, as well as the members of our research department, who are instrumental in our achieving this respected designation.”

Current NIH-funded research at Duke School of Nursing reflects the work of eleven principal investigators, including two Ph.D. students. Research is aimed at:

  • Improving the recovery of children undergoing leukemia treatment;
  • Studying the impact of diabetes management through virtual environments;
  • Enhancing the role of nurse management in nursing home care;
  • Expanding oral health intervention for people with mild dementia;
  • Exploring social determinants of health for African American HIV-infected mothers; and
  • Improving health care and pain management for patients with sickle cell disease.

In addition to funding research, the NIH also supports the Bridge to Doctorate Program, a partnership between Duke University School of Nursing and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a historically black university. The program recruits top Master of Science Nursing students at WSSU interested in acquiring a doctorate at Duke University School of Nursing. Two cohorts of students have already enrolled in the program.

The NIH also awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant for the Center for Adaptive Leadership for Cognitive/Affective Symptom Science. The ADAPT Center was founded in 2012 through a grant to focus on studying chronic illnesses such as diabetes or obesity, along with the resources that patients and families need to make lifestyle changes that impact these illnesses. This is the first such center of its kind to focus on the Adaptive framework for patient self-management of symptoms. 

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