News Category: Research

Unique T32 Training Program Will Prepare Nurse Scientists to Provide Precision Health

Nov. 9, 2020

The UT Austin School of Nursing recently launched a new National Institutes of Health-funded T32 transdisciplinary predoctoral training program to provide future nurse scientists with critical skills and knowledge to develop and implement innovative, effective, and personalized interventions for the growing number of individuals struggling with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs).

Storytelling Through Music: An Intervention to Improve Psychosocial Well-being

Sept. 20, 2019

Carolyn Phillips, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar and new UT Austin alumna, is currently researching professional grief, the impact on the caregiver and care-receiver, and interventions to help health care professionals process the grief and suffering they see in their work in order to address burnout and compassion fatigue. She is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner and an advanced oncology-certified nurse practitioner and currently working on a postdoctoral research fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Marvin the Robot Takes SXSW Festival by Storm: Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner students meet the tech world

May 22, 2019

Each year the SXSW Festival provides a stage where the global music industry alongside film and technology professionals can strut their stuff and make personal and work-related connections as well as discover the next generation of talent. This year was no exception as Marvin the School of Nursing’s telehealth robot wheeled onto the scene, wowing visitors of the MedTech and Health Expo interactive section.

The Fourth Trimester: Maternal health and the continuum of childbearing

May 22, 2019

Traditionally, postpartum care has ended at about six weeks or 42 days after birth when new mothers are last seen by their obstetrician. However, a study published in 2017 found that one-third of maternal deaths occur between seven days and one year postpartum.

Can Managing Chronic Disease Be All Fun and Games? Researcher thinks digital games may improve quality of life

March 11, 2019

As a young nurse working in a hospital medical surgical floor, Kavita Radhakrishnan, PhD, RN, MSEE and assistant professor at the UT Austin School of Nursing, used to worry that many of her cardiac patients wouldn’t make a successful transition from hospital to home.

She was right.

Researcher’s Genomic Studies May Hold Clue to Better Disease Treatments

March 11, 2019

What if it were possible to use microbes to treat infections, outsmarting antibiotic resistance, or even to prevent disease before it starts? Sound too much like science fiction?

Michelle Wright, PhD, RN and assistant professor, doesn’t think so.

Sleep May Be Key in Slowing Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb. 21, 2019

Could it be that something as simple as sleep can slow or even roll back the effects of cognitive impairment and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease? Kathy Richards, PhD, RN, FAAN, and research scientist at UT Austin’s School of Nursing, thinks so. And because of her more than 20 years of experience in translational sleep and aging research, the National Institute on Aging encouraged her to apply for funding to look into the role of sleep in preventing brain damage.

Healthy Lifestyle Change Program: Chronic disease self-management leads to improved health and well-being

Feb. 8, 2019

The ad Jessie Wilborn saw at church sounded like something that might finally help her get her diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure under control.

“The program seemed simple enough, and I could see it offered a lot of support,” Jessie, a 70-year-old African American from Austin, said about A Better Me, a program designed to help participants set fitness goals and achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Searching for Phenotype of Biomarkers: Research may identify those at risk of developing diabetes

Jan. 9, 2019

The good news is that people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and who are in routine care are living longer and healthier lives. The bad news is that because the virus puts them at risk for other diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, this improvement may not be the end of the story. Even worse news, many people living with HIV (PLWH) are often unaware of this increased risk and go untreated.