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PHILADELPHIA, May 31, 2013 – There are approximately 300 active research projects underway on any given day throughout Einstein Healthcare Network in a wide range of clinical areas, including cardiology, oncology, hepatology, and stroke/traumatic brain injury.
The annual Research Recognition Day sponsored by the Einstein Healthcare Network Medical Staff Board, the Office of Research and Technology Development, and Academic Affairs is an opportunity for faculty and staff to showcase their research through posters.
This year, a record number of more than 130 submissions from physicians, physician assistants, nurses, residents, fellows, occupational and physical therapists, and researchers from across the network were on display at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia from May 15 through May 29. “The posters offer a great opportunity for the entire Einstein community, including staff, patients, and visitors, to learn about the broad scope of research that takes place at Einstein,” says Mary Klein, PhD, Director of Einstein’s Office for Research and Technology Development. “This is our 25th year of hosting this event and it’s become a true Einstein tradition.”
The posters depict results of research projects as well as case studies, educational and health service projects, quality improvement initiatives, and innovative programs which have been implemented throughout the Einstein network. Submissions are judged in seven different categories by a panel of 36 judges that include faculty and staff from 14 different departments. The judges review each poster based on study design, originality and contribution to clinical practice. The seven categories include: innovative programs, case studies, education, quality assurance/quality improvement projects, health services research, basic research and clinical research. One winner from each category is selected with the exception of the clinical research category where first, second and third prizes are awarded.
As part of the event, the 2013 J. Stanley and Helene M. Cohen Prize for Research Excellence was presented to Leonard Braitman, PhD, a biostatistician in the Office for Research and Technology Development.
Research funding is received from many different sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Association, and various pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and others.
As a way to encourage participation in Research Recognition Day, staff, patients and visitors are invited to vote for their favorite poster and the one that receives the most votes earns the People’s Choice Award. This year, the winning poster which was submitted by the Nursing Department was titled: “Watson’s Theory of Human Caring Harmonizing With Nursing Documentation.”
The following are a few of the research posters which earned first place awards: