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UI nursing professor to address chronic illness and women's health in Washington, D.C.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., R.N., director of the University of Iowa Center on Aging and professor of nursing, will address chronic illness and women's health at a March 12 briefing in Washington, D.C.

The briefing is presented by Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and will be sponsored by U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio). The briefing is the first of three "Breakfast Briefings" that will take top researchers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to speak on their current research projects.

Buckwalter will be reporting on her research from the National Caregiver Training Project--a study of an intervention to help family caregivers better manage difficult care procedures and behavioral problems of persons with dementia in the home setting, she says.

Buckwalter is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is a nationally-known researcher on health issues related to elderly populations.

Also presenting at the briefing will be Joan Shaver, dean and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Nursing.

Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research is an independent, non-profit organization which supports nursing research, the training of nurse scientists and the activities of the Institute. The organization seeks to improve the understanding of and support for nursing research. The Institute sponsors many programs throughout the year about topics related to nursing research. The group was organized in 1993.