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Prominent Appointments for Penn Nursing Professor

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition, in Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health, has two new appointments: one national and the other international.

On the national front, Spatz has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine work group: Inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating Persons in Clinical Trials. Her appointment to this group follows her four-year appointment to the Congressional Taskforce on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women. This public workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to examine the current state of evidence generation for drug products used by pregnant and lactating persons and discuss barriers and opportunities for including these populations in clinical trials. The workshop will be hosted by the National Academies’ Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation.

Internationally, Spatz was elected to the Board of Directors (BoD) for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). ISRHML is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in research and the dissemination of research findings in the field of human milk and lactation. She will serve as treasurer for the BoD.

“I am thrilled to have been appointed to the national workgroup and be elected as treasurer for ISRHML to showcase the leadership of nurses and to increase the public’s knowledge of human milk and lactation as a critical public health issue,” said Spatz.