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News and Recognition

Dr. Anne Melzer and her team had their article “Use of Information and Communication Technology among Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Who Smoke: A Mixed Methods Study” featured by the medical media platform ‘Healio’ as a key article in pulmonary medicine.  The summary of the findings was accompanied by a perspective from Dr. Albert Rizzo, Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association. Dr. Melzer found that the use of information and communication technology among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who smoke was low, with few participating in key communication platforms like secure patient portals. Dr. Melzer will be presenting on the importance of a robust tobacco control policy that addresses health disparities at the upcoming American Thoracic Society International Meeting, within a session including Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Undersecretary for Health, VHA.   


  • Anne Melzer received the Early Stage Investigator Project Award during Research Week at the Minneapolis VA
  • Allison Gustavson was awarded the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award which recognizes authors whose work have made measurable contribution to the knowledge base of physical therapy
  • Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, won top prize at 2022 Frank Conference ($10,000 Research Prize awarded annually by the University of Florida Center for Public Interest Communications) for her research on Narratives for Native People. This prize celebrates peer-reviewed research from disciplines that span behavioral, cognitive and social sciences that inform the growing discipline of public interest communications
  • Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, 2021 recipient of the Emerging Voices in Indigenous Scholarship/Researcher Award (funded by the UMN’s Grand Challenges)
  • Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, 2021 recipient of the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation award
  • Agnes Jensen, CCDOR Health Science Specialist, was awarded 2021 Civil Servant of the Year
  • Dr. Hildi Hagedorn, CCDOR core investigator, recently earned the HSR&D Health System Impact Award for her work to increase the implementation of evidence-based treatments for Veterans with substance use disorders.
  • Beth DeRonne, a Pharmacist on several CCDOR studies, was awarded 2019 Civil Servant of the Year

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