UF Nursing Researchers Provide Parents CHOICES for Reproductive Health (UF Health Newsroom)

UF Nursing Researchers Provide Parents CHOICES for Reproductive Health

Two University of Florida College of Nursing researchers earned a four-year $3 million grant to support a large national study to test the effect of a web-based educational tool that aims to help young adults understand sickle cell disease — or even prevent it from being inherited.

The award from the National Human Genome Research Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, will fund a study comparing a web-based, interactive tool with an e-book to analyze its effect on genetic inheritance knowledge and reproductive behaviors for vulnerable individuals, as well as to determine which method is more effective. The researchers expect participation by more than 500 young adults with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait from across the United States who plan to have children in the next two years and are at risk of their child inheriting sickle cell disease.

College of Nursing faculty and UF Health Cancer Center members Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, and Yingwei Yao, Ph.D., a research associate professor, join Sriram Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., a professor of journalism at the UF College of Journalism and Communications, as the research study’s principal investigators.

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