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For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2011

Contact: Patricia Adams

UMSON-Led Initiative in Breast Cancer Education Secures Additional Funding, Adds New Partners

Baltimore, Md. – The Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recently awarded $204,738 to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to continue funding a UMSON-led initiative to advance education and practice in the treatment of breast cancer.  Now in its sixth year, the project has progressively expanded to several disciplines, institutions, and clinical partners. 

New partners, as of June 2011, are the Salisbury University nursing program and the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMSON’s existing partners are the nursing programs at Bowie State University and Coppin State University as well as the School of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland (UM) campus in Baltimore.

The initiative educates nursing students, practicing nurses, and other health professionals about key aspects of breast cancer, primarily through utilization of evidence-based and expert-driven web modules.  The grant also allows UM students to attend oncology-related conferences, funds a visiting professorship at UMSON, and presents a distinguished lecture on breast cancer that is webcast to partner universities. 

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally.  Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.

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