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New Research Propositions to be Backed by Sanford Seed Grant Research Fund

Six projects selected to receive funding for innovative research ideas

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Six Sanford research studies have been selected to receive funding from the Sanford Seed Grant Research Fund, established in 2011 to grow and evolve unfunded research ideas of Sanford clinicians.

“By investing in our clinicians’ ideas, we’re investing in the quality of patient care provided here and around the country,” said David Pearce, PhD, vice president and chief operating officer of Sanford Research. “These grants further broaden Sanford’s physician-scientist culture by providing clinicians with initial funding required for bringing their research to the forefront.”

The proposals were chosen based on the criteria of purpose and priority, scientific integrity, potential for future funding and feasibility. The recipients include the following:

 Balf,Gabriela Gabriela Balf, MD, Sanford Behavioral Health (Bismarck)      "Nurse-based intervention to improve treatment adherence using motivational style."
Purpose:  To study an intervention that combines several successful adherence enhancing factors that improves health and reduces the harmful effects of treatment non-adherence.
 Jonsson,Orvar Orvar Jonsson, MD, and Shawn Kelly, MD (Sanford Cardiovascular Institute - Sioux Falls)  "Does a cardiac rehabilitation program immediately following hospitalization reduce hospital readmissions and improve quality of life outcomes in heart failure patients?"
Purpose:  To determine if patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of heart failure benefit from a four-week cardiac rehabilitation program immediately following hospitalization.
 Judd,Kyle Kyle Judd, MD (Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Sioux Falls) and Vishal Bhatia, MD (Sanford Diabetes and Thyroid Clinic - Sioux Falls) "Randomizing control trial to determine the effect of teriparatide on healingof fragility fractures of the pelvic ring."
Purpose:  To further evaluate the utility of the drug teriparatide in expediting fracture healing in patients who have sustained insufficiency fractures of the pelvic ring.
 Powell,Steven Steven Powell, MD (Sanford Hematology Oncology - Sioux Falls), LuAnn Eidsness, MD (Sanford USD Family Medicine - Sioux Falls) and Jennifer Schmidt, RN (Sanford Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic - Sioux Falls)
"Integration of palliative care into the management of advanced head and neck cancer."
Purpose:  To determine the feasibility of incorporating the palliative care team into the management of head and Neck cancer patients undergoing standard chemoradiation therapy. 
 Spanos,Chad  Chad Spanos, MD, Paola D. Vermeer, PhD, Laurie Gromer, CNP and Jennifer Schmidt, RN (Sanford Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic - Sioux Falls)  "Characterizing circulating tumor cells from head and neck cancer patients."
Purpose:  To molecularly characterize Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs), a critical first step in identifying key components in the metastatic process.
VanEerden,Peter  Peter Van Eerden, MD, Michelle Caldwell-Cooley, CNP (Sanford Fetal Care Center - Fargo) and Amy Elliott, PhD (Sanford Research - Sioux Falls)  "The impact of a comprehensive stillbirth evaluation guideline on the classification of stillbirth as explained versus unexplained at Sanford Health, Fargo."
Purpose:  To examine provider patterns in ordering the most efficacious test in stillbirth evaluation and implement a systematic classification of stillbirths utilizing the most common literature-based systems.

About Sanford Research 

Sanford Research is a non-profit research organization and is part of Sanford Health, an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD. Sanford represents the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities, nine states and two countries. In 2007, a transformational gift of $400 million by Denny Sanford provided for an expansion of children’s and research initiatives, one of which was to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, and has given Sanford Research significant momentum in its goal of becoming one of the premiere research institutions in the United States and the world. Most recently, subsequent gifts of more than $200 million by Mr. Sanford have paved the way to establish Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research and Sanford Imagenetics. With a team of more than 200 researchers, Sanford Research comprises several research centers, including Children’s Health Research, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer, Cancer Biology, Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention, Sanford Applied Biosciences, and the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance (NIAHP). 

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