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Creighton Researcher Receives National Award for Research Efforts

Creighton Researcher Receives National Award for Research Efforts

Creighton University researcher Joan Lappe, Ph.D., has earned a national award for her work from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR).

Lappe, the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss and Drs. Gilbert and Clinton Beirne Endowed Chair in Nursing and professor of medicine, received the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award during FNINR’s recent “2010 Scientific Symposium: Bringing Science to Life” in Bethesda, Md.

Hinshaw was the first permanent director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. The award recognizes the significance of nursing research and the contributions made by nurse scientists to improve health care.

In recent years, Lappe, a researcher with Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center, has been the recipient of major NIH grants to study the roles of calcium and/or vitamin D in cancer prevention, stress fracture reduction, and obesity in young girls. She was the principal investigator of a groundbreaking study linking vitamin D and calcium consumption to cancer prevention in 2007.

Earlier this year, Lappe’s contributions to medicine were recognized during the 2010 YWCA Omaha Tribute to Women celebration.