Research & Scholarship

Research

Health and Human Services

Dr. Gwen Svoboda
Dr. Gwen Svoboda
Nursing Faculty and Student Teams Design New Simulator Programs
Simulator mannequins used in nursing programs meet a variety of educational objectives. The high tech, or high fidelity, models can be programmed and controlled at remote locations to produce vital signs and other physiological cues similar to what would be observed in human patients. The Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions recently designed and implemented two simulations programs - one for congestive heart failure and another for pulmonary embolism. The programs were designed by the University's own students. [More]
Dr. Valerie Vander Vliet
Dr. Valerie Vander Vliet
A Study on Transplantation of Pancreatic Cells for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
The exact mechanisms of how and why the human body' immune system occasionally goes awry and begins attacking its own healthy cells is still largely a mystery. The situation is particularly profound in Type 1 diabetes, which strikes mostly children and adolescents causing severe systematic symptoms. Although there is no cure for the condition, only insulin injection treatment, a Lewis University student under the tutelage of Dr. Valerie Vander Vliet, Chairman and Professor in the Department of Biology, recently undertook an exhaustive study of the cutting-edge field of pancreatic islet cell transplantation that someday could offer a real cure for diabetes. [More]
Dr. Thomas Bristow
Dr. Thomas Bristow
The Relationship Between Memory and Movement
The parietal lobe in the brain is responsible for constructing a spatial coordinate system of our surrounding environment. Located on the top and slightly to the back of the brain, its neurons help us focus attention and give us navigational skills and spatial awareness. Lewis University Department of Psychology Associate Professor
Dr. Thomas Bristow's research, in conjunction with the Lewis University Department of Aviation and Transportation Studies, focuses on a method of memory that helps address neural maps in the parietal lobe with the goal of helping pilots improve their cockpit cognitive processing and behavior. [More]
Dr. Janice Smith
Dr Janice Smith
Research Projects Provide Impetus for Nursing Students Outside of the Classroom
When registered nurses make the decision to further their education through Lewis University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, their employers often benefit as much as they do. In Dr. Janice Smith's capstone course, students receive the opportunity to collaborate with their own employer healthcare centers on research projects centering on problems nurses encounter in real work situations.
And they are using the results to better procedures, foster staff education, and, improve patient treatment. [More]
Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald
Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald
Evidence -Based Practice Strengthens Patient Care
In the past, medical care was sometimes given over to tradition or rule-of-thumb. Today, an interdisciplinary way of treatment called “evidence-based practice” is gaining ground in clinical settings. [More]