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$1.8M Grant Will Advance Caregiver Research


The University of Utah College of Nursing is one of two dozen institutions across the country to receive a T32 training grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Distinguished Professor Kathi Mooney’s and Professor Lee Ellington’s Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Cancer, Caregiving, and End-of-Life Care (T32) was renewed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for another five years in March. Ellington and Mooney’s team will receive $1.78 million to focus on training doctoral students while conducting research into caregiver communication and health impacts.

“The number of patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, like cancer, and their family caregivers are increasing, and their health and psychosocial needs are having a profound impact on health services,” the researchers wrote in a summary of the project.

College researchers hope “to provide evidence on how to best help patients and families sustain health and well-being, foster patient and family engagement, manage symptoms associated with chronic disease, and die free of pain and family burden.”




NINR’s T32 grants are meant to advance nursing science by integrating biological and behavioral science, using new technologies, exploring genetics, improving interventions and developing future research investigators. Other nursing education institutions with T32 grants include the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California Los Angeles.

The 2018 grant continues work started by Emeritus Professors Susan Beck and Ginette Pepper. The program will support eight pre-doctoral and eight post-doctoral trainees.

The project will run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023.