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# 1 in NIH Funding for Second Consecutive Year

With $13.4 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) retains its top spot for research funding for the 2018 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing. This is the second consecutive year Penn Nursing has earned first place.

“Achieving this designation for the second year in a row shows Penn Nursing’s expertise and continued commitment to advancing health and health care on a national level,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel. “We identify problems, and we are part of creating unique, efficient, and innovative solutions.”

Below is a sampling of our funded research that will impact health care in the years to come:

  • Reduce HIV vulnerability through life skills interventions for adolescent men;
  • Examine neural responses to food stimuli following cognitive behavioral therapy for binge eating disorder;
  • Test a problem-solving intervention for hospice caregivers;
  • Establish lymphedema and fibrosis measures in oral cancer patients;
  • Train and test a model to scale evidence-based dementia care and caregiver support programs into practice;
  • Study the impact of nursing on racial disparities in surgical outcomes and disparities in outcomes for in-hospital cardiac arrest;
  • Improve outcomes of critically ill children with acute respiratory distress syndrome; and
  • Determine neural mechanisms of nausea, vomiting and energy balance dysregulation.

“This sample of our research endeavors at Penn Nursing demonstrates the breadth and depth of our science,” said Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation. “Penn Nursing is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. We conduct research that focuses on those most vulnerable among us across the lifespan and are committed to developing and testing novel interventions that solve important problems.”