Duke University School of Nursing will host the 2011 Winter Institute of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) February 10-13 at the Washington Duke Inn. Theme for the gathering will be "The Human Genome and Personalized Medicine: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders Prevention and Treatment in a Diverse Society." More than 35 individuals from across the nation are expected to attend.
The MFP is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Its goal is to facilitate the entry of ethnic minority students into mental health and substance abuse treatment training by supporting racial/ethnic minority students in doctoral and postdoctoral programs related to mental health and substance abuse. More than 250 individuals have successfully completed the MFP in its 30-year history.
Dr. Dorothy Powell, EdD, RN, FAAN, is an Alumni Fellow of the MFP, having been part of one of the earliest cohorts of doctoral students to complete the program. Dr. Powell currently serves as associate dean for global and community health initiatives at Duke University School of Nursing. She will deliver the congratulatory address to this year’s cohort of Fellows.
"MFP Fellows are making a significant difference in the field of psychiatric and mental health research, and addressing the health care disparities facing our diverse society," Dr. Powell said. "I'm honored to have been asked to address this year’s cohort as they complete their programs of study and undertake significant leadership, research, and service roles in the field of nursing."
This year’s Winter Institute will be examining genomic science and personalized medicine from the perspectives of science, culture, ethics, law, and economics, with a special emphasis on the implications for a culturally diverse society.
Duke presenters at the event include: Alex Han Cho, MD, MBA, assistant professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Jennifer Dungan, PhD, RN, research associate, Duke University School of Nursing; Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN, dean, Duke University School of Nursing, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing, and vice chancellor for nursing affairs, Duke University; Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, MD, PhD, director, Center for Genomic Medicine, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy; Joseph L. Graves, Jr., PhD, chair of the senior advisory board for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University, and professor and associate dean for research, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, North Carolina A&T and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; and Allison A. Vorderstrasse, DNSc, MSN, APRN, assistant professor, Duke University School of Nursing.
About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2007 US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 15 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree for students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 700 individuals enrolled for Spring 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.