Dr. Cynthia Russell Wins Two Research Awards

Cynthia-Russell-PhotoCynthia L. Russell, professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, recently received two awards that recognize and fund her interdisciplinary team’s research.

The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute awarded Russell a Blue KC Outcomes Research Grant for $45,413. The grant, together with a Frontiers grant she received last year, will lead to a National Institutes of Health grant application. Russell, PhD, RN, FAAN, will test a will test a SystemCHANGETM intervention to improve medication adherence in older people who have had a kidney transplant. Transplant medications are essential to survival of the transplanted organ, yet non-adherence is high. This innovative approach supports participants conducting “small experiments” to evaluate strategic change in their personal environment to improve medication adherence. Examples of change include placing the pillbox next to the TV remote control or computer, or setting their iPhone alarm as a reminder to take the medication. Participants track their success using data from electronic pill bottles.

Russell also received a Nephrology Nurse Researcher Award from the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association. She received $1,000 and a plaque at the most recent conference. The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association, with more than 10,000 members worldwide, promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing to make a positive difference for people with kidney disease. Russell and her interdisciplinary team have studied motivational interviewing to improve treatment adherence and outcomes in those receiving hemodialysis. Their funded work has been presented nationally and internationally and been published in top-tier journals.