OHSU School of Nursing April Scholar
Lisa Wood, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor
"The Role of Inflammatory Cytokines in Cancer Treatment Related Fatigue"
I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing with an appointment at the Knight Cancer Institute and Radiation Medicine at OHSU. I took a circuitous route to nursing; completing my PhD studies in molecular biology before completing my bachelors in Nursing in 2000. Since joining the School of Nursing faculty in March 2001 I have had the opportunity to develop my own program of research in collaboration with several faculty at the SON and at other institutions at OHSU. The long-range goal of my research is to effectively treat and manage the most common symptom experienced by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both; fatigue. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the role of inflammatory cytokines in the initiation and perpetuation of fatigue. My research program utilizes a pre-clinical and clinical approach to examine the relationship between cancer treatment, inflammatory cytokines and fatigue. This "bench to bedside" approach to understanding the cause of fatigue arises from a unique interdisciplinary collaboration among molecular, behavioral, and clinical investigators all working at various points within the spectrum of cancer research at OHSU and hence, represents a major innovation in cancer symptom research. I am thankful for the support provided by my research colleagues and am hopeful that research findings will lead to future treatments for the effective management of fatigue in cancer patients undergoing treatment.