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Oncology Nursing Foundation Commits More Than $730,000 to Support Oncology Nursing Research Grants

(December 5, 2022) PITTSBURGH, PA  The Oncology Nursing Foundation has announced awards for 11 cancer nursing research projects for a total investment of $738,459 in 2022.

The projects cover a range of oncology nursing research topics and are funded in part by the Foundation’s endowment, as well as through generous contributions to the Foundation from a selection of corporations: GSK, Gilead Sciences, Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, AstraZeneca, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and the Christman Legacy Research Fund.

"Because research is one of the Foundation’s mission pillars, we remain committed to developing and sustaining the pipeline of cancer nursing research and oncology nurse scientists at every career stage," Barbara A. Cinpinski, JD, interim executive director of the Foundation, said.

Three research grants of $100,000 each and one research grant of more than $88,000 were awarded in three priority areas: symptom science, health disparities, and palliative and psychosocial care in oncology.  

  • Anne Rebb, PhD, NP of the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, will lead research in novel e-health intervention for fear of progression in advanced gynecologic cancer.  
  • Jinbing Bai, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will conduct research on identifying multi-level social determinants for disparities in survival and patient-reported outcomes among national head and neck cancer trials.
  • Mei Rosemary Fu, PhD, RN, FAAN, of George Washington University, will conduct research on advancing health equity in lymphatic pain and lymphedema in Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer.
  • Rachel Pozzar, PhD, RN, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will lead research informing the development and implementation of a nurse and technology-engaged algorithm-mediated (Nurse TEAM) tool for cancer symptom management.  

Health disparities are a priority focus for Foundation-funded research, and the grants will help recipients make monumental strides in cancer research, advance health equity, and improve patient outcomes. “My team and I are honored to conduct this important study supported by the Oncology Nursing Foundation to decrease health inequities in lymphatic pain in Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer,” Fu said.

Additionally, the Foundation’s oncology nurse scientist research grants program provided seven investigators with $50,000 in funding for each awarded nurse-led research project.

  • Beth Savage, PhD, CPNP, CPON®, of Rutgers University School of Nursing, will research the characterization of a holistic biosignature of cognitive changes in children undergoing treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Gee Su Yang, PhD, RN, of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, will study the longitudinal relationships between the gut microbiome and psychoneurological symptoms in immunotherapy treatments.
  • Jamie Myers, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN, of the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc., will conduct research on sleep hygiene education, ReadiWatch™ actigraphy, and telehealth cognitive behavioral training for insomnia effect on symptom relief for men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy.
  • Elizabeth Arthur, PhD, APRN-CNP, AOCNP®, of The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, will examine the vaginal microbiome as a biomarker of vaginal health in women with breast cancer.
  • Tara Horrill, PhD, RN, of the University of Manitoba College of Nursing, will identify organizational factors to support equity-oriented care for older adults who are highly marginalized.
  • Debra Lundquist, PhD, RN, of Massachusetts General Hospital, will lead research on a nurse-led intervention to enhance quality of life among early-phase clinical trial participants.
  • Yufen Lin, PhD, RN, of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will study a web-based dyadic intervention to manage psychoneurological symptoms for patients with colorectal cancer and their caregivers.

The research initiatives were selected following a rigorous scientific review process. Awarded projects are aligned with the Research Agenda of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), whose mission is to promote excellence in cancer nursing and quality cancer care.

ONS created the Foundation in 1981 to accept charitable contributions to advance these important activities on behalf of oncology nursing. The Foundation’s mission is to support oncology nursing excellence.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and institutions over the years, the Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in funding since its inception for oncology nursing education, research, and leadership development, giving nurses the opportunity to pursue excellence in delivering care to patients with cancer. For more information or to donate to the Oncology Nursing Foundation, visit 

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