Relief comes in many forms.

The School’s Symptom Science Area of Excellence scholars — one of seven organizational clusters that represent the powerful and diverse work of our nurse scientists — study how to develop effective, innovative, and accessible strategies to prevent and treat symptoms of chronic disease across the illness trajectory in diverse populations and settings.

In practice, it’s work that offers relief from pain, isolation, chronic illness, and disease progression through screening, education, exercise, contemplation, connectivity, and progress.

Dive into the science of... solace.

The Science of Relief . . . from Huntington's Disease Anxiety

Involuntary movements are sometimes the lesser worry for HD patients, the vast majority of whom suffer from debilitating anxiety, uncontrolled agitation, and negativity bias. For them, Assistant Professor Jessie Gibson is trying something new.

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The Science of Relief . . . from Lung Cancer

Assistant Professor Lee Ann Johnson's work is powerfully informed by her personal experiences watching the shame and stigma of lung cancer rob its victims of relief and quality of life in the time they have left.

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The Science of Relief . . . from Cervical Cancer

If there's a single truth that Associate Professor Emma Mitchell knows from the last decade of fighting cervical cancer, it's this: tailored approaches work. And through her long-forged partnerships in Nicaragua, the site where her tailored screening, follow-up, and treatment for HPV-positive women is being deployed, she and her partners are making headway against this highly preventable disease.

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The Science of . . . Improving Access to Autism Diagnoses and Cancer Symptom Management

Public libraries as telemedicine sites. Virtually addressing the needs of cancer survivors. Improving autism diagnoses during well-child visits to to assure early connectivity with needed communication, socialization, and daily living skills. Associate Professor Pam DeGuzman's wide-ranging approach to symptom science.

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The Science of Relief . . . in Hospital Rooms

Sleep for hospital patients can be maddeningly elusive. But by studying indoor environmental quality, or IEQ, Assistant Professor Meghan Mattos is discovering where the disruption points lie (in light, noise, humidity, and temperature) to better ensure that patients who need their rest find those 40 winks.

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The Science of Relief . . . from Heart Failure

Participants in Associate Professor Jill Howie-Esquivel's heart failure study not only found relief from the physical symptoms of their disease, during COVID-19, they've found community.

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