June 24, 2019 | Noon – 1 p.m.
168 Newton Hall
lrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN
lrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN
The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care has been renamed the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care to more accurately reflect the research conducted at the center, which aims to generate evidence that will improve health and care delivery to adults and older adults across settings.
With a mission consistent with that of the College of Nursing, the goal of the center’s work is to improve clinical care and health outcomes through exemplary transdisciplinary research in the areas of aging, self-management, critical and complex care especially within vulnerable populations.
The new center name was sparked by an expanded focus that encompasses research in healthy aging and health promotion. “The change to the center’s name reflects our goals to conduct research that will result in healthier lives, enhance quality of life for those with multiple comorbid conditions and dementia, and prepare the next generation of scholars and scientists who will advance gerontology, self-management science and critical care,” said Dr. Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care.
Research in the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care highlights the processes, progression and outcomes of disease recovery in a variety of settings and populations. Center faculty develop and test interventions at the individual-, practitioner-, and organizational levels for disease prevention, health promotion and disease management.
Studies implemented at the center will target Hispanics, Asian Americans, refugees and immigrants, African Americans and Appalachian individuals through diabetes prevention programs, hypertension treatment, stress reduction and self-care strategies.
The center is committed to supporting health and wellness for older adults by advancing the science of prevention, care and recovery from critical and complex conditions; addressing pain and common geriatric syndromes; and addressing effectiveness and risk of treatment and care management strategies especially for those with dementia or other cognitive impairment.
The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) has awarded a five-year, $2.8 million R01 grant to fund the study, “Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Oral Therapy on Healing of Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers in Older Adults.” The grant was awarded to Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN, (PI), who is an associate professor and the graduate studies committee chair at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Co-investigators include Alai Tan, MD, PhD, of the College of Nursing, and College of Medicine faculty Guibin Li, MD, PhD, Narasimham Parinandi, PhD, and Sashwati Roy, PhD.
The project addresses the global problem of chronic venous leg ulcers (CVLUs), recurring wounds causing considerable infirmity for an estimated 9.7 million people every year, mainly older adults with comorbidities. CLVUs can cause disability, hospitalization and death among older adults. The project tests a new oral nutrient therapy containing the bioactive elements of fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid for targeting and reducing the high numbers of activated polymorphonuclear leukocytes in ulcer microenvironments that keep CVLUs “trapped” in a chronic inflammatory state and prevent healing. The project findings are expected to advance wound healing science and lead to a new low-risk adjunct oral therapy to stimulate the healing of CVLUs.
“New therapies for CVLUs are needed because standard topical therapies are often ineffective or yield only short-term healing,” the investigators stated in their proposal. The project aims to reduce the high healthcare costs associated with treatments and mitigate the negative impact CVLUs have on quality of life in aging.
Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Nursing stated, "Dr. McDaniel's study is the third R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging awarded to College of Nursing researchers over the past year, showing the college's deep commitment to building science to improve the health and well-being of older adults."