Dr. Roach receives her first K01 Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Keesha Roach on receiving her first NIH K01 grant through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) titled: Contributions of biopsychosocial factors in sickle cell disease pain. Dr. Roach recently moved to the UF College of Nursing as a Research Assistant Professor after completing two years of postdoctoral training through our IMPART Training program. Her grant aims to understand the biological and psychological mechanisms that contribute to the significant pain and stress experienced by individuals with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

This grant will investigate the role of vasopressin (i.e., hormone that plays a buffering role in the response to stress) in patients with SCD. In addition, multiple modalities of clinical and experimental pain will be assessed in both an existing dataset and a prospective set of adult patients with SCD, as well as performing an unbiased search for genetic variation related to SCD pain phenotypes (e.g., AVPR1A genotype).

Learn more about Sickle Cell Disease: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sickle-cell-disease

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