Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Faculty, Students Earn Honors for Research

Karen Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, has received the Physiology, Behavior, Genomics & Society Research Section 2013 Early Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. This award is given to an outstanding early nurse investigator who has conducted research with potential to significantly enhance physiology, behavior, genomic, or society nursing knowledge or practice.

Saban is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). Her research focuses on the influence of chronic stress on the development of inflammation and cardiovascular disease and stroke in vulnerable populations. Saban received this award at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference held in Chicago in March.

“I was honored to receive this award for research that has the potential to decrease cardiovascular and stroke risk in those experiencing chronic stress,” Saban said. “I look forward to continuing my work in this exciting and growing area of psychoneuroimmunology research.”

Many Loyola nursing graduate students also presented their research at this meeting.

“The Midwest Nursing Research Society is one of the largest and most influential nursing research organizations in the country,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, dean, MNSON. “This meeting allowed our graduate students to showcase their research and share information with our existing and next generation of nurses.”

Karen Fishe, RN, APN, NNP-BC, PhD in nursing student, received the prestigious Doris Bloch Research Grant from Sigma Theta Tau International. The grant was established to encourage nurses to advance the science of nursing through research. Fishe will use the funds to study the impact of childhood adversity on stress vulnerability and maternal-fetal wellbeing during pregnancy.

“The study findings will enhance the screening of pregnant women to identify those at risk for greater prenatal stress, depression, and anxiety that can lead to poor health in infants,” said Linda Janusek, PhD, RN, FAAN, Fishe’s mentor, a professor, and the Niehoff Endowed Chair for Research, MNSON. “This will allow health care providers to better care for expectant mothers and improve the health of the infants.”