By Laura Lesley
Assistant Professor Edwin Aroke, PhD, MSN, CRNA, has been awarded a $35,000 research grant from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation to fund his interdisciplinary project to investigate the role of epigenetic differences in racial disparities in chronic pain and response to medications.
“My long-term goal is to become a leading voice in genetic and epigenetic research relating to pain and anesthesia, while mentoring future Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) researchers,” Aroke said.
“This award allows me to develop and refine the necessary tools to become an independent researcher in the field of genetic/epigenetics, health disparities, chronic pain syndromes and patient-centered outcomes.”
The grant is exclusively awarded to CRNAs who hold doctoral degrees and are actively involved in the development of a research program. They must evidence a strong commitment to nurse anesthesia and be actively seeking to develop a research program.