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Nursing professor receives $10,000 grant

Corjena Cheung, associate professor of nursing, was selected to receive a 2011 Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Joanne Stevenson Seed Grant for her research proposal, “Feasibility of Using Yoga to Manage Osteoarthritis.”

The $10,000 award will help fund a pilot study/randomized clinical trial to test the feasibility and impact of Iyengar Yoga in women age 65 years or older with knee osteoarthritis. (Read more about her research on St. Kate’s News.)

The grant comes at the heels of Cheung’s 2010-2012 Claire M. Fagin Fellowship from the American Academy of Nursing, for the same study. Cheung was one of eight in the nation to earn that prestigious $120,000 honor — jointly funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Cheung is currently in Columbus, Ohio, for the annual MNRS Research Conference, March 24-27. On Friday, she and Carol Geisler, assistant professor in St. Kate’s Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies, will give a presentation on the “Use of complementary and alternative therapies in community dwelling older women in urban, suburban and rural geographical settings” — a qualitative study the duo conducted two years ago.

Cheung will receive her award at an MNRS ceremony on Saturday night, she says, “with a big smile.”

March 24, 2011 by Pauline Oo

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