Marylin Dodd, RN, PhD, FAAN, Sharon A. Lamb Chair in Nursing and specialist in oncology nursing, was recently awarded The Baxter International Foundation's prestigious Episteme Award.
Dodd is also director of the Research Center for Symptom Management and an associate dean in the UCSF School of Nursing. Currently, she is the acting dean, as well.
The award, presented during the Sigma Theta Tau International's 38th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, IN, on Nov. 12-16, acknowledges a major break-through in nursing knowledge development that has resulted in a significant and recognizable benefit to the public. Dodd was the Episteme laureate and keynote speaker at the convention this year.
A professor of physiological nursing, Dodd's research focuses on testing self-care interventions (the PRO-SELF Program) to manage the side effects of cancer treatment (mucositis) and symptoms of cancer (fatigue and pain). These randomized clinical trials include research team members from the UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine and pharmacy and exercise physiology. More than 20 years of continuous funding for this research is provided by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Dodd teaches in the Oncology Nursing specialty, and in 2002 offered Biomarkers I & II, doctoral courses which were developed by the Research Center for Symptom Management Faculty Group.
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