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Apr 4, 2006    #064
Contact: Noemi Rojas
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NIH program selects UMKC professor for her research experience and potential

Maithé Enriquez, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing assistant professor, has been selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Institute July 9-21, 2006.

The two-week course will focus on the design and conduct of randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions. It takes place at the Airlie Conference Center in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northern Virginia.

Acceptance into the program identifies Enriquez, RN, PhD, as having the potential to be a leading authority in her field.

Enriquez’ research is focused on the development of interventions to prevent and manage chronic illness in vulnerable populations. She has also served as investigator or sub-investigator in 13 national HIV clinical trials. Her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner has focused on caring for individuals with chronic illnesses.

“Dr. Enriquez is critical to the school as we move our research program forward,” said Lora Lacey-Haun, UMKC School of Nursing dean. “Her acceptance in this Institute is validation of her skills and expertise in nursing research.”

Columbia University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine are organizing the sixth annual Summer Institute with financial support and guidance from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the NIH. The objective of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

“I am delighted to have been selected and I look forward to bringing back the valuable knowledge I will gain at this institute to share with faculty, students and community partners,” said Dr. Enriquez.

Enriquez practices at the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Truman Medical Center and the Helen Gragg Adult Clinic at Operation Breakthrough. In 2005-06 she received the Mentor Award from the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses and was also recognized as the 2005 Research Fellow by UMKC’s Center for the City.

In addition to teaching in graduate and doctoral programs at UMKC, she teaches the course "Spanish for Health Care Providers.” She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Comedy Care, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing health outcomes of individuals with life-threatening illness through comedy.

UMKC School of Nursing research faculty are committed to conducting research that translates findings from the basic life sciences into more effective patient care. The school’s research focus emphasizes health care issues for women, children and adolescents; as well as research that considers cultural and political perspectives.

The UMKC School of Nursing is affiliated with clinical facilities including Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital and nearly 100 community-wide facilities in the Kansas City metro area. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit www.umkc.edu/nursing/.

UMKC is one of 26 universities in the nation to have medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy schools located on one campus. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences and urban affairs.

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