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.
Funding Opportunity for Biomedical Research at New Mexico Institutions
Congratulations UPN Cohort 2013!
This summer 21 students successfully completed 10 weeks of research as part of the University of New Mexico Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN) Program. Since 2009, a total 91 undergraduate students have participated in this annual summer research opportunity. To read more about the UPN click here.
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