Research scholars, faculty mentors,
and campus program leadership from the Ball State University LSAMP describe the benefits of participating in the LSAMP research experience.
Description of the following video:
[Words appear: 2022 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Recipients. At the bottom of the screen is an IU logo with the words "IUPUI, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research”]
[Words appear: Rebecca Ellis, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing]
[Video: Ellis is standing in a hallway and smiling at the camera.]
Ellis speaking: My name is Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, and I'm an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing.
[Video: Ellis speaking to the interviewer; a close-up of Ellis speaking to the interviewer.]
Ellis speaking: My research focuses on individuals with chronic kidney disease and helping to develop interventions that will support their adherence to medications. And, individuals that are African-American or black are often disproportionately affected by chronic kidney disease, and my research aims to recruit and enroll individuals that are at the highest risk for chronic kidney disease.
[Video: A close-up of the nameplate outside Ellis’ office; Ellis typing at her computer; Ellis viewing her computer screen; Ellis speaking to the interviewer; a close-up of Ellis speaking to the interviewer; Ellis speaking to the interviewer.]
Ellis speaking: And, my intervention is focused on individuals in the early stages of chronic kidney disease. Often, interventions will focus on the later stages when significant damage has already occurred to the kidneys and individuals need dialysis. My research is focused on the earlier stages, in stages one through four, because I want to make a difference for individuals and prevent them from needing dialysis much earlier than they would historically.
[Video: Ellis speaking to the interviewer; Ellis meeting around a table with three individuals; a close-up of a man participating in the meeting; Ellis speaking at the meeting; a close-up of hands examining the pillbox; Ellis speaking to the interviewer.]
Ellis speaking: One of the aspects of my research that is very important to me is the opportunity to engage students, and I have done that in all ways in the various projects that I've conducted. One that I am most proud of is the work that I've done with my interdisciplinary colleagues here on the IUPUI campus, and together with our students, we have developed a smart and patented pillbox that really moves us in a way forward in research to monitor how individuals take their medications. And, we have students from multiple disciplines that were involved in that project.
[Video: Ellis showing the pillbox to a patient in a clinic room; Ellis and the patient with the focus on Ellis; Ellis and the patient with the focus on the patient; Ellis speaking to the interviewer; virtual video meeting on a laptop with a nurse and the patient.]
Ellis speaking: The smart pillbox that my team developed is trailblazing, because it integrates sensors in a variety of different ways. It provides meaningful information to us about how people are taking their medications, how they're using their pillbox, and their adherence to their medications, which is different than other pillboxes that may only capture an adherence score.
[Video: A close-up of the nurse during virtual meeting with cell phone; a close-up of the patient with a cell phone and device; Ellis speaking to the interviewer.]
Ellis speaking: So we're able to, with the way our sensors are integrated, to tell different behaviors that individuals are engaging in when they are managing their medications in their pillboxes.
[Video: A close-up of Ellis speaking to the interviewer; Ellis walking down a hallway; a close-up of Ellis speaking to the interviewer.]
Ellis speaking: Receiving this Trailblazer Award is incredibly meaningful, because this is an award that recognizes cutting edge research. And, my work is in digital health and focused on improving medication adherence, and the intersection of those are very innovative. And, this award was recognizing the impact that my research has had to date and the opportunities that I have going forward.
[Words appear: IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, next to an IU trident.]
[Video fades to black.]