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Pitt Nursing Faculty Serves on IOM Committee

Professor Heidi Donovan serves on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research, which was charged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to analyze the effectiveness of contemporary research, recognize gaps in the evidence base, and identify opportunities to advance ovarian cancer research. The resulting report, released on March 2, 2016, contains recommendations for public and private sector efforts to reduce the incidence and morbidity of ovarian cancer. Dr. Donovan’s research covers symptom management and the development of psycho-educational interventions to improve outcomes for cancer patients, including the Representational Approach to patient education that promotes behavior change to improve self-management.  She is a co-Principal Investigator for a National Institute of Nursing Research RO1 grant to develop a Web-based caregiver intervention for caregivers of patients with malignant brain tumors.  The IOM report can be found here.