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Four Clinical Nutrition Students in the Spotlight at Rush Research Forum
May 8, 2012
The 29th annual Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation was held on April 11 and 12, 2012 at Rush University Medical Center. This event is hosted by Rush University, the Rush University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the affiliated hospitals of the Rush System for Health. The Research Forum showcases student, faculty and clinician research activities to cultivate awareness of research at Rush and its associated institutions.
This year three clinical nutrition students received awards for their graduate research.
  • Ashley Andrews received 1st place in the Sigma Xi Poster Competition for her work entitled, “Comparison of Recycling Outcomes in Three Types of Recycling Collection Units.”
  • Elizabeth Sims was granted the College of Health Sciences Dean’s award for her research entitled, “Delivery of Bolus Enteral Nutrition to Increase the Proportion of Calorie and Protein Intake in Hospitalized Patients.”
  • Cristina Piazza received the John E. Ware Patient Experience Research Award for her research within the Diet, Activity and Lifestyle (DiAL) Study on "Risk Perception and Physical Activity Behaviors of Breast Cancer Survivors."

Piazza commented on both her award and her research experience, "Meeting with participants for nutrition counseling sessions taught me a lot about our [DiAL] sample that can not be measured or quantified. Each patient has such unique beliefs and experiences that can be critical to understanding lifestyle behaviors." 
Laura Oliver was also one of four top abstracts selected out of 29 to give an oral presentation on, “Knowledge, Perceptions and Use of Probiotics and Prebiotics in Rush University Medical Center Healthcare Providers.”
All of the nutrition students appreciated the opportunity to share their thesis work. “I was really honored to be asked to present my research and to see researchers and faculty at Rush show their interest in my findings,” said Elizabeth Sims, Dietetic Intern and M.S. clinical nutrition candidate.
Photo caption: Ashley Andrews, dietetic intern and M.S. Clinical Nutrition candidate was awarded 1st place in the Sigma Xi Poster Competition for her work entitled, “Comparison of Recycling Outcomes in Three Types of Recycling Collection Units” at Rush Research Forum 2012. 

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