December Research and Publication Updates

Congratulations to Tommy Martin, a graduate student in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, for being named a 2020 American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship winner. He received the two-year award for his research project, “Determining the Role of BAG3 at the Cardiac Myofilament in Health and Disease.”   

Congratulations to Niehoff’s Associate Dean for Simulation-Based Teaching and Learning Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE, for being selected to serve as a research grant reviewer for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2019-2021). 

Congratulations to Niehoff Associate Professor Pam Andresen, PhD, RN, and Niehoff Alumna Jennifer Fabre, DNP, APRN, ANP/FNP-C, CDE, for their article, “Closing the loop on electronic referrals:  A quality improvement initiative using the Care Coordination Model,” published in the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 

Congratulations to Niehoff instructor Patricia Bachmeier, MSN, RN, Associate Dean for Simulation-Based Teaching and Learning Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE, and instructor Jan VanDenack, MSN, RN, for presenting their research “GAME ON! In the Classroom: Evaluating the Use of Serious Games for Exam Preparation,” at the Sigma Theta Tau’s 45th Biennial Convention in Washington, DC.   

Congratulations to Niehoff Assistant Professor Cindy Hayes, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, CPAN, CAPA, CNE, for presenting her research, “Saving mothers’ lives through quantification of blood loss program,” at the Chicago Simulation Consortium.

Congratulations to Niehoff Associate Professor Patricia, PhD, APN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, for presenting genomics research at the 22nd Annual Oncology Nursing Conference in Chicago in November. 

Congratulations to Stritch Professor Eva Wojcik, MD, for receiving the American Society of Cytopathology’s (ASC) 2019 Excellence in Education award, which recognizes meritorious service or accomplishment in the field of Cytopathology or Cytotechnology education. 

November Research and Publication Updates

Congratulations to the collaborative team of researchers from Niehoff School of Nursing, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Infectious Disease and Immunology Research Institute for presenting their research, Early Life Adversity is Associated with Differential MiRNA Expression in Older African American Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease,” at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics in San Antonio, TX, earlier this month. Authors and co-authors of the study include: Niehoff Associate Dean for Research Karen Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, FAAN, Endowed Chair for Research and Professor Linda Janusek, PhD, RN, FAAN, Research Assistant Professor Dina Tell, PhD, Stritch Professor Herbert Mathews, PhD, and Parkinson Assistant Professor Micheal Zilliox, PhD. 

Congratulations to Niehoff Assistant Professor Vicki Ann Andreoni, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, Professor Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Professor Eric Roberts, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor Jessica Shore, PhD, RN, and Director of Engineering Science Gail Baura, PhD, for their research, “Development and Pilot Testing of a Smart Phone App for College Students with Asthma,” presented at the Innovations in Clinical Inquiry Conference in Chicago on October 23. 

Congratulations to the Sunshine 2 Study Team, specifically Mary Byrn, PhD, RN, Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, FAAN, William Adams, PhD, and Mary Ann Emanuele, MD, FACP, for their research article, "Vitamin D Supplementation and Cognition in People with Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Control Trial" published in October’s Journal of Diabetes Research. 

Congratulations to Niehoff Assistant Professor Mary Donnelly, JD, RN, for sharing her research on ethical dilemmas on the Nurse Educator Podcast

Oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court start Tuesday, November 12, and could influence the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and as many as 700,000 DREAMersA decision in expected no later than June 2020. Ahead of the hearings, check out new research article published in Cureus by a team of Loyola faculty, staff, students, and alumni examining the process and impact of implementing Stritch’s DACA initiative 

Congratulations to Niehoff Assistant Professor Monique Ridosh, PhD, RN, and Loyola’s Department of Psychology for presenting their research, “The Adolescent and Young Adult Self-Management and Independence Scale (AMIS-II): Expanding Evidence for Validity and Reliability,” at the 11th Annual Health Care Transition Research Consortium Research Symposium in Houston, Texas. 

Congratulations to Parkinson Associate Professor Oguz Akbilgic, PhD, for his chapter on Health Intelligence published in Biomedical Information Technology, 2nd ed.  

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HMMI) seeks 20 investigators, independent researchers, and physician-scientists pursuing discoveries in biology and biomedicine for its national competition. Twenty  candidates will receive seven-year appointments to HMMI’s community of nearly 300 investigators, along with financial support, benefits, and a research budget. Applications are due March 18, 2020

Congratulations to Irida Kastrati, PhD, for receiving the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Breakthrough Award for her research, “Exploit dimethyl fumarate to uncover druggable vulnerabilities and prevent recurrence of ER+ breast cancers.”  


October Research and Publication Updates

On Thursday, October 24, the Health Sciences Campus celebrated the 40th St. Albert's Day of Research with posters, abstracts, and oral presentations from more than 260 students from Loyola’s Graduate School, Stritch, Niehoff, and Parkinson. Congratulations to the 2019 Scientists of the Year: Stritch's Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology Assistant Professor Virginie Mansuy-Aubert, PhD, (Junior Scientist of the Year) and Stritch's Department of Microbiology and Immunology Professor Edward Campbell, PhD, (Senior Scientist of the Year).

Congratulations to Associate Professor and Director of Niehoff’s Oncology Specialty Master’s Program Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, for her appointment to the Oncology Nursing Society Genomics Advisory Board and the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Advisory Committee for Cancer Biomarker Testing.

Congratulations to MD/MPH student Nayeli Langarica (M-2) for winning first place in the poster competition for her research, “Scholarship at a Level-1 Trauma Center: Social Determinants of Fun Violence,” at the third annual Latino Health Symposium: Moving Forward, Hacia Adelante hosted by the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement. A total of 28 graduate and medical students presented research relating to health disparities and its relevance to Latino health.  Thank you to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni who represented Loyola at the symposium.

Congratulations to Niehoff Alumna Melissa Frick, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, and Niehoff Assistant Professor Shirley Butler, PhD, RN, for their research, “Universal suicide screening in college primary care,” published in the Journal of American College Health.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ed Campbell, PhD, and Professor Tom Gallagher, PhD, for receiving the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award. This year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded 93 grants through its High-Risk, High-Reward Research program to fund innovative biomedical or behavior research. 

Congratulations to Stritch Professor Muralidhara Rao, MD, DFAPA, FAPM, for getting his proposal, Education on Mental Health in the Workplace, accepted by the Portes Foundation and Institution of Medicine of Chicago for 2020 funding opportunities. He now moves on to grant writing. 

Congratulations to Niehoff Assistant Professor Angela Mahaffey, PhD, for her articles: It’s All Relative! Engaging Nursing and Exercise Science Students in Chemical Education Using Medical Case Studies” and A Complementary Laboratory Exercise: Introducing Molecular Structure–Function Topics to Undergraduate Nursing Health Professions Students,” published in the Journal of Chemical Education; as well as her article, A flavor perception game designed to introduce basic chemical sensation of taste modalities to undergraduate nursing and exercise science student,” published in the Journal of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. 

Congratulations to Niehoff professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Leadership, and Policy Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, for her article, Development of core competencies and a recognition program for gerontological nursing educators,” published in Science Direct. 

Congratulations to Niehoff associate professor Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, MPH, for her article, “Spiritual care in nursing practice in veteran healthcare,” published in Global Qualitative Nursing Research.  

Congratulations to Niehoff professor Sheila Haas, PhD, RN, associate professor Regina Conway-Phillips, PhD, RN, and clinical instructor Laura De La Pena, MSN, RNC, C-EFM, for their articlesOptimizing Strategies for Care Coordination and Transition Management: Recommendations for Nursing Education” and Developing a business case for the Care Coordination and Transition Management Model: Need, methods, and measure,” published in Nursing Economics.

Congratulations to Niehoff associate professors Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE, and Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, MPH, as well as Parkinson associate professors Kevin Stroupe, PhD, and Frances Weaver, PhD, for their research, “Alerting doctors about patient life challenges: A randomized control trial of a pre-visit inventory of contextual factors,” published in Academic Medicine.