Up to two Innovation, Development, and Engagement Awards shall be presented each year to honor faculty members who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the University in ways that have enriched the broader community. These faculty members have worked with citizens, businesses, government and non-profit organizations, other educational institutions, communities, or regions to develop new ideas, projects, technologies, events, or businesses that resulted in new development that strengthened the region or community economically, culturally, environmentally, or governmentally.
2013 Award Winner
Susan Swindells, M.B.B.S., professor of internal medicine and Watanabe Chair for HIV/AIDS Research and Care at UNMC. Swindells, who directs UNMC’s HIV clinic, is a recognized leader in HIV research who has also built a reputation for her commitment to helping underserved populations, improving AIDS education and training, and providing compassionate care. Swindells created an HIV care focus track in the medical school and developed a pediatric clinic to serve the growing number of children affected by HIV/AIDS. On the scientific side, Swindells has developed strategies to improve health care for patients worldwide. For example, she and her team conducted a study that found that a simpler medication regimen for patients, involving fewer pills taken at more convenient intervals, could be as effective as significantly more complicated regiments – a finding that has been helpful for both patients and physicians.
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