NMSU professor awarded grant by Mountain West Research Consortium to study technology and behavior change
New Mexico State University School of Nursing Associate Professor Kristynia Robinson is the lead investigator on the Institutional Development Award Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) project to study technology use to support behavior change for adults with chronic conditions in rural and undrserved populations.
The $50,000 sub-award grant is funded from the National Institutes of Health through the Mountain West Research Consortium. For her project, "Technology Use to Support Behavior Change: A Pilot Study," Robinson will be working with co-investigator Cindy Kratzke, NMSU public health sciences assistant professor, and Beatriz Favela, Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) program operations director.
NMSU nursing professor awarded funding to promote healthy habits
New Mexico State University School of Nursing Associate Professor Becky Keele is the lead investigator for a "Pipeline to Proposal" funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This was only one of 30 proposals approved for funds intended to develop communities interested in advancing patient-driven health research.
Keele's objective is to increase the capacity of Mexican-American families residing in the Colonias of the Southern New Mexico border region to discover strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity to reduce health disparities related to overweight and obesity issues.
Collaborators on Keele's project, "Mobilizing Community Engagement for Health in a Southern New Mexico Border Region Colonia" include Vallabh Shah, NM-INBRE Investigator, PCORI investigator and professor senior fellow at the New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement and Science on Health Disparities along with Beatriz Favela, program operations director for NMSU's Southern Area Health Education Center in the College of Health and Social Services. Shah is doing similar work with the Zuni Native American population, and Favela has been involved in health promotion activities for a number of years within the Colonia communities.
NMSU professor receives award to assist researchers with statistical support
Anup Amatya, an assistant professor in the department of public health sciences at
New Mexico state University, has received a sub award from the Mountain West Research Consortium to help researchers with biostatistical support.
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Dr. Amatya?s research is focused towards understanding the effects of anti-depressant medications on suicide prevention. He will be studying three categories of medications: tri-cyclics, SSRIs, and non-SSRI?s using linear and non-linear models. This research is expected to provide definitive results regarding the effectiveness of these drugs in preventing suicides.
The Mountain West Research Consortium (MWRC) was founded in 2009 to promote the advancement of clinical and translational science in the Western IDeA states (AK, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, WY). As part of the MWRC, the IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), hosted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is focused on the development of clinical and translational research capacity in the IDeA states. This program encourages partnerships between institutions with limited expertise and infrastructure for clinical and translational research and established clinical and translational centers, including institutions with Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) and Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMIs).
For more information on the MWRC: http://www.mountainwestconsortium.org/index.shtml.election of research pilot projects for inclusion in the anticipated NIH INBRE grant renewal phase (earliest start date May 2014). The proposed New Mexico-INBRE renewal phase will provide internal award mechanisms to fund biomedical researchers conducting basic, clinical, translational, and population/community health research, both as individual investigators and/or as collaborative teams. Awards will range from 5K-125K, based on type of project and scope.