UMB KL2 Scholars Forging Ahead During Healthcare Crises
Danya Qato, PharmD, PhD, MPH
School of Pharmacy
Sydnee Chavis, DMD
School of Dentistry
Rachel Breman, PhD, MPH, RN
School of Nursing
November 9, 2020 - While the nation is undergoing unprecedented pandemic and opioid crises, Internal KL2 Scholars from UMB’s Institute of Clinical Translational Research (ICTR) are thriving and meeting these healthcare challenges.
Danya Qato, PharmD, PhD, MPH, School of Pharmacy - Dr. Danya Qato, an assistant professor and a 2019 ICTR Internal KL2 scholar from the School of Pharmacy, recently received a grant from FDA to study opioid use disorder treatment patterns. The grant ($797,513 over 2 years) is titled “Data-informed Models to Identify Optimal Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Trajectories”. Dr. Qato and her colleagues will utilize longitudinal data from the publicly-insured and commercially-insured adult population to characterize temporal patterns of treatment modalities and examine the differential impact of temporal patterns of treatment modalities on critical health outcomes.
Sydnee Chavis, DMD, School of Dentistry - Providing care to patients while protecting healthcare providers is of paramount importance during pandemic. Dr. Sydnee Chavis, an assistant professor and a 2019 ICTR Internal KL2 scholar from the School of Dentistry, is leading a school-wide effort to minimize the risk of Covid-19 infection via aerosols and droplets from dental patient to care providers. Her findings, “Can Extraoral Suction Units Minimize Droplet Spatter During A Simulated Dental Procedures?” is recently accepted by the Journal of American Dental Association and will be published soon.
Rachel Breman, PhD, MPH, RN, School of Nursing - How does the pandemic alter patient experience, specifically for pregnant women? Dr. Rachel Breman, an assistant professor and a 2019 ICTR Internal KL2 scholar from the School of Nursing, is a researcher and advocate for patient-centered culturally sensitive decision making. When her original study was put on hold due to the pandemic, she and her colleagues turned to pregnancy-tracking apps to investigate the experience of women during and after delivery. Her publication, “Pregnant Women’s Reports of the Impact of COVID-19 on Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, and Infant Feeding Plans” was recently published in MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.
About the UMB’s Institute of Clinical Translational Research (ICTR) - The ICTR is the first university-wide interdisciplinary hub for clinical and translational research. Directed by Dr. Stephen Davis, MBBS, FRCP, FACE, MACP, the ICTR provides shared resources to our research community through its four cores (biostatistics, community and collaboration, drug discovery and development, and informatics), consultations, grants, and educational opportunities.