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SIUE School Of Nursing Professor Receives $167K NIH/NINR Grant

Pam Newland, an assistant professor of primary care and health systems nursing, has been awarded a $167,000 National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research post-doctorate grant for her proposal, "Characterization of Symptom Occurrence in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)."

Considered a highly competitive grant, not only for Professor Newland but also for the SIUE School of Nursing, Department Chair Laura Bernaix said: "In addition to reviewing the quality of the proposal and the principal investigator's potential for success, the principal investigator's institution is evaluated for its ability to support such a grant."

Newland said she is honored to receive this Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship. "The importance of understanding how symptoms may occur together (symptom clusters) can assist nursing and other healthcare providers to manage and improve care in the lives of those with MS," Newland said.

"The future promise of discovering symptom clusters holds promise for future assessment and therapies for specific subgroups of persons with MS."

Bernaix also applauded Newland's effort. "We are so excited for Pam and extremely proud of this major achievement. Her tenacity in pursuing her dream, as well as the commitment to contribute to nursing science," Bernaix said, "is indeed admirable and inspiring."

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing ( is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the "gold standard" for baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs. With a dynamic environment to learn and study the profession, the SIUE School of Nursing has proven its commitment to providing students with educational excellence through teaching and curriculum, mentoring, simulation, clinical experience and student service.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized public university offering a broad choice of degrees and programs ranging from career-oriented fields of study to the essential, more traditional, liberal arts. At SIUE we offer 44 baccalaureate degrees, 13 post-baccalaureate certificates, 47 master's degrees, 11 post-master's certificates, two first-professional degrees, and one post-first professional certificate. Known for an emphasis in health science education, SIUE also offers a pharmacy school ( and dental school ( Additionally, undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates are available through the College of Arts and Sciences (, the School of Engineering (, the School of Business (, and the School of Education (

SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the low tuition rates of a state university. SIUE emphasizes undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research to create practical applications for student learning. Located in the second most populated area of the state, SIUE draws students from all 102 Illinois counties, 42 states and 50 nations.

One of 12 Illinois colleges and universities, SIUE is located on 2,600 acres of rolling hills and woodlands in Edwardsville, just 25 miles from St. Louis, a major metropolitan area. Proximity to the St. Louis area enhances SIUE's energy and vitality. The campus is easily accessed from several major interstates, while the city of Edwardsville offers ample opportunity for jobs, entertainment, shopping and fun.


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