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Posted March 2009

Penn Professor discusses link between dating violence and HIV

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “” website features an interview with Dr. Anne Teitelman. In the interview, Dr. Teitelman discusses her research about the impact of HIV on women and girls in the United States. Dr. Teitelman also talks about the links between dating violence and HIV, and offers advice for teens (and parents of teens) about the importance of HIV education and awareness. The interview, which will be featured during the entire month of March, can be found here: Photos of Dr. Teitelman are available upon request. ...
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Posted January 2009

Dr. Connolly’s book reviewed in NEJM

Associate Professor Cindy Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, has had her newest book featured in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Review of Books. The book, Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909–1970, focuses on the history of Tuberculosis prevention in children in the United States as facilitated through preventoriums. The reviewer, Dr. C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr., of the Boston University School of Public Health, called the book “carefully researched and informative.” “Connolly highlights many important features of tuberculosis, such as the centrality of good nursing to patient care as well as the oppressive stigma of the disease,” he writes in the January 1, 2009 issue. Although the tools to fight Tuberculosis have improved since the era of the preventorium, “we need to rekindle the energy and optimism […] for the str...

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Cardiac Health
Posted January 2009

PhD student awarded Kynett grant

Desiree Fleck, PhD(c), MSN, CRNP has received a grant for her dissertation funding from the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation. Her mixed methods study (with a higher priority on quantitative data study) will investigate self-care in emerging adults (ages 18-25) with congenital heart disease. This is a first study of its kind in this patient population. The primary variable is self-care in congenital heart disease but will look at many variables including developmental stage, disease severity, depression, cognitive function, family function, and self-care confidence and knowledge and beliefs about self-care and adult care. Founded in 1954 by Harold H. Kynett in memory of his wife, Edna, the primary purpose of the Kynett Memorial Foundation is to provide grants that further the "scientific study, prevention, early diagnosis and alleviation of diseases o...
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Posted March 2009

Connie Ulrich appt. to NHLBI Board

Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Nursing, has been invited by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at NIH to serve as the bioethicist for the NHLBI Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the Catheter Ablation versus Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation Trial. This is a major trial that has recently been funded by NIH and will involve approximately 3000 participants at 140 institutions.  Dr. Ulrich will serve with other scientists and will have responsibilities for assuring patient safety and the quality of the clinical study, including the benefits/risks of the proposed procedures and burden placed on the participants....

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Posted February 2009

Penn Nursing ranks second place in NIH funding

Although it is one of the smaller top-ranked schools of nursing, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing rose to second place among all the schools receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School received $7.7 million compared to nearly $9 million for top-ranked University of California San Francisco for the 2008 fiscal year. Despite difficulties for national Schools of Nursing to secure funding, the amount of funding going to support Penn’s researchers increased by 12 percent over the previous year. “Our research program advancing nursing science is strong and growing despite increasing challenges in evidence-based quality care through developing and testing models of care,” said Penn Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, RN, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing. “Advancing knowledge to support the evidence for quality...
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Posted April 2009

Dr. Rogers receives R21 award to test whether extending sleep will facilitate weight loss in obese adults

Associate Professor of Nursing Ann E. Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been awarded an NIH R21 for her project, “Extending Sleep in Obese Adults to Promote Weight Loss.” It has been suggested--but never tested--that extending sleep will facilitate weight loss. Therefore, the goal is of this project is to lay the groundwork for a future clinical trial testing the hypothesis that healthy obese individuals who obtain at least 7.5 hours sleep per night will lose more weight than healthy obese adults obtaining 6.5 hours sleep per night.  ...

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