• Mary Hannan, PhD, APRN, AGACNP-BC

    2021 Sharon Anderson Research Fellowship Award
    Mary Hannan, PhD, APRN, AGACNP-BC

    Mary Hannan, PhD, APRN, AGACNP-BC

    2021 Sharon Anderson Research Fellowship Award

    Institution: University of Illinois Chicago

    Project Title: The Influence of Sedentary Behavior on Health Outcomes in Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease


    How would you sum up your research in one sentence?

    My overall area of research focuses on the investigation of the influence of sedentary time, physical activity, physical function, and frailty on health outcomes in adults with kidney disease.  

    Provide a brief overview of the research you will conduct with help from the grant.

    The goal of my research project is to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between sedentary time and health outcomes in adults with chronic kidney disease. We will explore whether sedentary behavior is a risk factor for poor outcomes in adults with chronic kidney disease. We will also evaluate the feasibility of an intervention to reduce sedentary time in adults with chronic kidney disease.

    What impact do you hope your research will have on patients?

    My research focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of life with behavioral interventions for individuals with kidney disease, which I hope will have an important influence on the lives and clinical care of adults with kidney disease. 

    What are your career goals at the end of the grant period? Five years out? Ten years out?

    My long-term research goal is to become an independent scientist on an interdisciplinary research team that focuses on identifying modifiable behaviors associated with health outcomes for adults with kidney disease. I hope to develop tailored, holistic behavioral interventions to improve outcomes and support self-management for adults with kidney disease. 

    What inspired you to focus your research in this area?

    Prior to obtaining my PhD, I practiced as a nurse practitioner for over ten years, primarily in the field of nephrology. As a nurse practitioner, I was disheartened by the limited number of non-pharmacological interventions available to improve outcomes for my patients. My clinical work, combined with my personal interest in exercise, motivated me to discover ways to improve outcomes for individuals with kidney disease by investigating the influence of modifiable lifestyle factors.

    In one sentence, please describe the importance of having grant funding available through KidneyCure

    The Sharon Anderson Research Fellowship Award will provide me with the invaluable opportunity to have focused nephrology research training, which will help me grow my expertise in the development of behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.

    What advice would you give to others to encourage them to apply for this grant funding?

    I highly recommend that trainees apply for the Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Award. The opportunities and support from this award will help establish a strong foundation to become an impactful nephrology researcher. I encourage trainees to talk to their mentors and colleagues about their research ideas and to get critical feedback as they prepare their application.

    Something you may not know about me is…

    that I have completed 11 marathons and am hoping to do many more.

    In my free time I like to…spend time with my family, travel, and run on the Chicago Lakefront Trail.


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