May 2013 – Dr. Sue Penckofer has been granted an R01 Award entitled, “Can the Sunshine Vitamin Improve Mood and Self-Management in Women with Diabetes?” This study is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and is an outstanding accomplishment in this climate of severe federal budget cuts. This new grant is a result of her pilot project, the “Sunshine Study” supported by the University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center.
Dr. Penckofer has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work on vitamin D, depression, and diabetes and is published in various professional and lay publications on this topic, including the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Circulation, Women’s Day, and Chicago Today’s Women.
In addition, Dr. Penckofer will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October for her scientific contributions in improving the health and quality of life in women with chronic diseases, including diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease. She was also recently appointed as our first nurse researcher at the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research.
We congratulate Dr. Penckofer for her many accomplishments!