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Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is among the top five nursing schools in the U.S. for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing $7.8 million in NIH research grants as part of a total portfolio of $14.9 million in 2017.

Our faculty are comprised of internationally-recognized health care educators, researchers, and clinicians from nursing, medicine, and public health. Our researchers have received international recognition for excellence in a wide array of subjects in health care ranging from cancer and environmental health to pediatrics and genetics. Learn more about our research experts.

Recent Research Grants

Ashley Anderson 
Award: Disparities in HIV/AIDS: Examining Retention in Care and Health Literacy
(NRSA Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH

 

Jinbing Bai
Award: Gut Microbiome and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Children with Sarcoma
Agency Name: AMERICAN NURSES FOUNDATION

 

Susan Brasher
Award: Forming Partnerships among Key Stakeholders to Address Transitioning to Adulthood in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Agency Name: TRAILHEAD INSTITUTE
Co-Investigator: Kristy Martyn

 

Roxana Chicas
Award: Targeted Heat-Adaptive Interventions for Florida Agricultural Workers: A Pilot Study
Agency Name: University of South Florida

 

Sandra Dunbar
Award: Training in Interventions to Improve Outcomes in Chronic Conditions (T-32 Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH
Co-Investigator: Mi-Kyung Song 

 

Erin Ferranti
Award: The Persistence of Cardio metabolic Dysregulation in Postpartum African American Women:  The role of the gut microbiome and the lipidome (K Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH

 

Kenneth Hepburn
Award: Testing Tele-Savvy, an On-line Psychoeducation Program for Informal Alzheimer's Caregivers (Supplement)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
Co-Investigator:  Glenna Brewster

 

Marcia Holstad
Award: Developing Research at the Interface of HIV and Aging
Agency Name: WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

 

Mi-Kyung Song
Award 1: Advance Care Planning for Dialysis Patients and Surrogates: An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of SPIRIT in ESRD. (R01 Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH
Award 2: Preparation for End-of-Life Decision Making in Mild Alzheimer's disease
(R01 Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
Co-Investigator: Kenneth Hepburn
Co-Investigator: Sudeshna Paul

 

Telisa Spikes
Award: Hypertensive Medication Adherence in Young African American Women
(NRSA Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH

 

Michele Wright
Award: Characterization of allele specific DNA methylation of PABPN1
Agency Name: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF NURSES IN GENETICS
Co-Investigator: Vicki Hertzberg

 

Canhua Xiao
Award: SNP's Association with Fatigue and Physical Activity in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A pilot study for inflammatory mechanisms as associated with HPV
Agency Name: NRG ONCOLOGY FOUNDATION, INC.

 

Irene Yang
Award: The Subgingival Microbiome in Non-Hispanic Black Women:  Relationship to Periodontal Inflammation, Systemic Inflammation, and Preterm Birth (K Award)
Agency Name: NIH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH