2018 Research Posters and Presentations

November 2018  Dr. Nancy Pike was one of 5 invited speakers for the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago ”Nursing Science in Review" lectures.  These speakers have completed an NIH / NINR funded K, R21 or R01 award.  Her Talk was titled "Cognition, Memory and Brain Structure in Adolescents with Single Ventricle Heart Disease." In addition, she co-moderated a conference session titled "Neurocognitive Challenges of Adolescents and Emerging Adults with Congenital Heart Disease" with some of the leading experts across the United States.  


And… she presented 2 oral moderated posters titled "Reduced Regional Cerebral Blood Flow Associated with Cognitive Outcomes in Adolescents with Single Ventricle Heart Disease" and "Hippocampal Brain Volume, Single Ventricle Diagnosis, and Anxiety Predict Cognitive Deficits in Adolescents" and mentored Staff Research Assistant Cristina Cabrera-Mino on an oral poster titled "Reduced Mammillary Body Volumes Associated with Memory Deficits in Single Ventricle Heart Disease". 


November 2018:  Dr. Mary Rezk-Hanna presented her research on the high carbon monoxide levels obtained from hookah smoking at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.



Dr. Nancy Pike was a moderator and speaker for the Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Session of the Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology (WSOPC).  She spoke on her research in cognitive outcomes in adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease.  Dr. Pike is pictured with fellow session speakers (left to right) Dr. Shab Peyvandi, Dr. Kristi Glotzbach and Dr. Brian Fagan all pediatric cardiologists. 


The American Academy of Nursing issues a statement of support for World No Tobacco Day 2018 featuring the leadership and research of Dean Linda Sarna addressing tobacco use and treatment.


At the 39th National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner [NAPNAP] Conference held in Chicago March 19-22, 2018, Dr. Nancy Pike was selected to present one of the top three oral abstracts titled “Reduced Hippocampal Volume is Associated with Mood and Memory Deficits in Adolescents with Single Ventricle Heart Disease”.

Dr. Pike was also the winner of the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner [AFPNP] 2018 Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award.  This is a national group of PNP faculty who teach in programs across the country and meet during NAPNAP.   (Pictured above is Tresa Zielinski – President Elect [Left],  Marianne Busby – President of AFPNP [Center] and Nancy Pike - Award Recipient [Right]



Dr. Mary-Rezk Hanna presented research findings from a study she was been working on “Attitudes, barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation among Central and Eastern European Nurses: A focus group study,” at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting. Dean Sarna and lecturer Marjorie Wells are co-authors on the study.


Dr. Su Yon Jung presented two posters at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Special Conference on Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes:

  • Genetic variants related to insulin-like growth factor-I and insulin resistance and their interactions with lifestyle factors on breast cancer risk: A two-stage random survival forest analysis;
  • The effects of genetic variants related to insulin-resistance metabolism pathways and their interactions with obesity on colorectal cancer risk: A two-stage random survival forest analysis.



Dr. Felicia Hodge was co-Chair for the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement conference co-sponsored with CDC in Atlanta.  Dr. Hodge presented a poster on AI/AN Suicide and provided a talk on “Overview of Suicide among Indigenous People in the Four Countries” (New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States). The group has authored a paper on data and Indigenous populations and collaborates on projects and publications.