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2013 NINR Director's Lecture: It's All in the Mind: Heart Failure and the Brain

May 21, 2013 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Mary Woo, Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, presented the third NINR Director’s Lecture on May 21, 2013  in the NIH Clinical Center’s Lipsett Amphitheater.

Dr. Woo discussed her research on brain-heart interactions in a lecture entitled "It's All in the Mind: Heart Failure and the Brain."

If you missed the event live, the NIH Videocast is available at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=12694&bhcp=1.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Woo worked as a staff nurse in cardiac critical care for 13 years and received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Cardiovascular Nursing from UCLA. Her initial research examined heart rate variability as an independent predictor of sudden cardiac death risk in advanced heart failure patients. As a result of this research, Dr. Woo developed Poincar├® plots, one of the first heart rate variability assessment techniques to be an independent predictor of sudden death risk in advanced heart failure patients. With the support of an NINR training grant, Dr. Woo examined predictors of sudden death risk as well as the influences of sleep on brain structure in heart failure. She was the first investigator to report that the specific sites of gray matter loss in heart failure patients are impacted by the amount of sleep disordered breathing and gender.

Dr. Woo’s current research transcends many areas including patient care, cardiovascular and neurologic diseases. Her investigations suggest that heart failure patients have significant brain damage in areas that dramatically impact cognition, emotion, and breathing. By developing interventions that minimize or reverse the brain damage in heart failure, Dr. Woo aims to improve health outcomes for heart failure patients.

In addition to numerous presentations, she has published more than 100 articles and a number of book chapters in the area of cardiovascular disease. Among other awards, Dr. Woo was recognized as a "Pillar of Cardiovascular Nursing Research" by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.

About the Director’s Lecture:

The NINR Director’s Lecture is an annual event, designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The lecture was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.

Previous Director’s Lectures:

The 2012 Director’s Lecture was given by Dr. Elaine Larson, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Larson discussed her research in infection prevention and control in a lecture titled "Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach."

The 2011 Director's Lecture was given by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing. Dr. Melnyk discussed research results from her Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) intervention program, which has been shown to improve outcomes among critically ill children, premature infants, and their parents.

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2012 NINR Director's Lecture: Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach

January 17, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Elaine Larson, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research at the Columbia University School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, presented the second NINR Director’s Lecture on January 17, 2012.

Dr. Larson, a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, discussed her globally recognized research in infection prevention and control in a lecture titled "Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach."

Watch the Videocast

A videocast of Dr. Larson's lecture is available at:
http://videocast.nih.gov/launch.asp?17056

About the Speaker:

Dr. Larson is a former Dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing. She has been a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow in the Institute of Medicine and the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance at Columbia University and has been Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995. She has published more than 250 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research.

About the Director's Lecture:

The NINR Director’s Lecture is an annual event, designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The award was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.

2011 Director's Lecture:

The 2011 Director's Lecture was given by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing.

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2011 NINR Director's Lecture: COPE: Improving Outcomes for Premature Infants and Parents

January 18, 2011 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, received the first-ever NINR Director’s Lectureship Award on January 18, 2011. This award was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.

At the time of the lecture, Dr. Melnyk was Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is currently Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Melnyk is an internationally recognized expert in theory-based intervention research and evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk’s record of extramural research and educational funding, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, and HRSA totals more than 11 million dollars.

Through a series of 9 randomized controlled trials, she has supported the efficacy of her COPE intervention program in improving the outcomes of critically ill/hospitalized children and premature infants and parents, which has been adopted by hospitals and insurers throughout the U.S. Her current NIH-funded RO1 grant is a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of her COPE/Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program to prevent overweight/obesity and depression in 800 culturally diverse teenagers in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Melnyk’s record of scholarship includes over 150 publications, two books, and numerous distinguished awards for her contributions to improving children’s health, nursing and healthcare.

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