UTHSC’s Cashion Honored as Outstanding Nurse Scientist

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Ann Cashion, PhD, associate profesor at UTHSC, was recently honored as one of 10 outstanding nurse scientists by the National Institute of Nursing Research at the 2004 NightinGala in Washington, DC.

Ann Cashion, PhD, associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, was recently honored as one of 10 outstanding nurse scientists by the National Institute of Nursing Research at the 2004 NightinGala in Washington, DC. The event, which celebrates nursing research and honors outstanding nurse scientists, was sponsored by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

To honor the outstanding nurse scientists, Johnson & Johnson funded the production of a videotape featuring the researchers and their stories of how they help meet the nation’s healthcare needs. The videotape will be incorporated into the institute’s “Campaign for Nursing’s Future,” which will highlight nursing research on a national level.

Dr. Cashion is director of the university’s College of Nursing Center for Health Evaluation Lifestyle Promotion (HELP Center), which provides health promotion management and support for individuals with chronic conditions. Dr. Cashion’s laboratory research and clinical interests target the effects of genetics and environment on complex disorders such as obesity, diabetes mellitus and transplantation.

Her current National Institute of Nursing Research study, “Genetic Markers of Acute Pancreas Allograft Rejection,” examines specific genetic biomarkers for the ability to identify transplant recipients who are in sub-clinical stages of acute rejection. Dr. Cashion is actively involved in redesigning nursing curricula to incorporate rapidly expanding genetic content.