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Dr. Barbara J. Drew to Give NINR Director's Lecture

February 26, 2014
Barbara Drew

Barbara J. Drew, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA will deliver the first of two NINR Director’s Lectures for 2014. Her presentation, “Electrocardiographic Monitoring: Two Decades of Discovery,” will be held on May 20, 2014 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM in Natcher Balcony C on the NIH campus.

Dr. Drew is the David Mortara Distinguished Professor of Physiological Nursing and Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has taught clinical electrocardiography to medical students, residents, and graduate nursing students for 32 years. She also founded the ECG Monitoring Research Lab in the School of Nursing and mentored numerous graduate students pursuing studies in the field of electrocardiology.

The primary goal of Dr. Drew's research is to improve cardiac monitoring techniques and clinical practices in hospital and pre-hospital settings for more accurate diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia, and drug-induced long QT syndrome. Drew’s research has shaped the development of commercial cardiac monitors, including the introduction of multi-lead ECG monitoring, ST-segment and QT interval monitoring, and strategies to reduce clinical alarm fatigue.

This lecture is one of two NINR’s Director’s Lectures that will take place this year. The second lecture, which will take place in September, will be given by Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper, who is internationally recognized for her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, and infant temperament.

The NINR Director’s Lecture Series is 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 series was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH. For lecture information, please visit

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