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Minding the Gap: VCU Richmond Brain Health Initiative

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the summer 2023 issue of NEXT magazine. By Holly Prestidge Trina Jones and Pam Hedgespeth flanked their mother, known as Miss Sadie, as the trio sat inside an exam room at the VCU Health Ambulatory Care Center on a spring morning earlier this year during a follow-up geriatrics […]

LGBTQIA+ health research is not niche, it’s necessary, and one nursing student is showing us why

VCU School of Nursing Ph.D. student Megan Symanowitz is bringing her research know-how to address gender-minority health issues Gender minority individuals, including transgender and non-binary individuals, often face significant challenges in receiving adequate healthcare. VCU School of Nursing doctoral student Megan Symanowitz is an early contributor to closing this care gap with her research that […]

ICYMI! Nursing researcher featured on podcast about perinatal mental health

Growing numbers of researchers and healthcare professionals have sounded the alarm about rising numbers of those affected by postpartum depression (PPD) with some calling it a national crisis. Earlier this year, Ariel Hill-Thomas, Clinical Research Coordinator, was featured on the Patients Come First Podcast about her role in one study that seeks to prevent PPD, […]

VCU School of Nursing leads research consortium to study long-term effects of COVID-19 in children

Families with children or young adults can now sign up to participate in this NIH-funded project at VCU or other sites across the U.S.A. A team of researchers and clinicians at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing is leading a multi-institutional project aimed at studying the long-term health effects of COVID-19 in infants, children, adolescents and […]

Project seeks to improve access, services around Alzheimer’s for Richmond-area older adults

With new federal funding, a team of faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University is leading a project to address health disparities by improving access to care and risk reduction services around Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for low-income older adults in the Richmond area. The VCU Richmond Brain Health Collaborative has received a new three-year, $1.2 […]

Pregnant individuals with depression may access mindfulness activities through VCU School of Nursing study

A new clinical trial at Virginia Commonwealth University will study the impact of mindfulness activities and social connectedness on people with depression while pregnant. If effective, the low-cost intervention could be duplicated in other communities. Funded in May by a nearly $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of […]

VCU School of Nursing joins NIH-funded national study on long-term effects of COVID-19 in children

The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday the expansion of a national research project dedicated to studying the long-term health impacts of COVID-19. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University are joining a team of scientists to study the impact of Long COVID-19, specifically in infants, children and adolescents. With more than 30% of new COVID-19 cases occurring in children, understanding […]

Amy Salisbury receives VCU Presidential Research Quest funding

Amy Salisbury, Ph.D., RN, PMH-CNS, BC, professor and associate dean for research, scholarship, and innovation at the VCU School of Nursing, is one of 18 VCU researchers selected to receive project funding from the university’s Presidential Research Quest Fund. Salisbury received an award of $49,997 for her project “Prenatal Opioids, Infant Sleep, and the Gut […]

Class of 2020: Alexander Smith earns a second VCU degree

In the past decade, Alexander J. Smith has gone from student to middle school teacher to medical assistant to student, research assistant and neurosurgery care partner. It’s not indecision — every step has been guided by faith, determination and an unending drive to serve. This week, Smith will take the next step in his journey […]

A School of Nursing researcher is studying an app that provides wellness tools during and after pregnancy

Virginia Commonwealth University researcher Patricia Kinser, Ph.D., is studying a mobile app that could benefit these women by helping prevent the development of symptoms or helping them cope with their current symptoms. “At present, no systematic, app-based, self-management approaches designed to prevent or treat perinatal depressive symptoms exist in the U.S.,” said Kinser, an associate professor in […]

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