Eeeseung Byun Receives 2019 Stroke Article of the Year Award

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Eeeseung Byun Receives 2019 Stroke Article of the Year Award

November 18, 2019 Seattle – UW School of Nursing Assistant Professor, Eeeseung Byun PhD, RN, received the 2019 Stroke Article of the Year Award from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing and Stroke Council for her article, “Depressive symptoms in caregivers immediately after stroke.”

Her study found that 30 percent of the caregivers had at least moderate depression symptoms. Two weeks after the stroke, caregivers’ depression symptoms correlated with their uncertainty about the stroke and recovery, as well as how much stress they reported experiencing. After six weeks, evening cortisol levels also correlated with caregivers’ symptoms.

“Eeeseung is a stellar researcher doing cutting edge work on stroke,” stated Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN, and the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Executive Dean of the UW School of Nursing. “This paper highlights an important aspect of recovery from stroke and one that’s often overlooked: a caregivers’ own well-being. This research is an important step in identifying and treating depression in caregivers of stroke survivors.”

Byun’s research focuses on symptom management in sleep disturbance, fatigue and impaired cognition, and the underlying mechanisms of these symptoms in persons with stroke. She was also a finalist for the American Heart Association Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award in 2013.

The Stroke Article of the Year Award recognizes the scientific and clinical contributions of cerebrovascular nurses in promoting the American Heart Association’s goals. It also recognizes scientific excellence in cerebrovascular nursing science and encourages investigation that will further knowledge and skills in this area. The award will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 16-18, 2019.

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