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Katharine Lembright Life Time Achievement Lecture

CESAR congratulates the American Heart Associations Katharine Lembright Life Time Achievement Lecture winner Professor Anna Strömberg.

On 15th of November 2021 Anna Strömberg was recongized for her work in cardiovascular nursing research.  She received a life time achievement award of the American Heart Association. During her lecture ‘Research in Heart Failure Care- Looking Back and into the Future’ she talked about changes in heart failure care, including shifts in eHealth for these patients.

We also will listen, meet and greet professor Anna Strömberg and congratulate her on the 16th of December 2021 when she will repeat this lecture in Linköping.

Congratulations Anna Strömberg!

Astrid Janzon Symposium 2021

The theme for the Astrid Janzon symposium 2021 was “Ethical issues in healthcare”. When the need for care is explosively greater than the care resources, which we live through in the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, timeless ethical issues about priorities in care and nursing come are very actual.

During the symposium, Emma Säfström (last years receiver stipendium) gave a great presentation on continuity of care after hospitalization due to cardiac condition.

Charlotte Sahlén Helmer from Linköping University received this years’ stipendium for her research in preventing stress and support interaction between preterm infants and their parents. 

Research visit from Tel Aviv: Semyon Melnikov

We are so delighted that since a couple of weeks we have a new active new member in our research group. At the moment Semyon is working with us online, because of the travel restrictions from Israel to Sweden due to COVID-19, but we hope he can join us physically in March when we will have two weeks where international researcher will visit and work together with members of the CESAR network.

Semyon received a grant of the ESC to visit Tiny Jaarsma and her group to work together on research to increase self-care in cardiac patients, especially in patients who received and LVAD. I asked Semyon to tell a bit about himself and his research interest.

I graduated with a BA in nursing from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. An MSc and a PhD I performed in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. My research explored the association between intracellular trafficking and signaling in mast cells. After graduation, I examined effects of various gene mutations on hypertension development among the affected subjects, in the clinical pharmacology lab at Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel.

Since 2014 I work as a teacher and a lecturer in the Nursing department at Tel Aviv University and since 2018 I am a senior lecturer. My main teaching topics are evidence-based practice, organ donation and transplantation, and cardiovascular nursing. I am mentoring seven MA students. I am a head of the PISGAH program for IDF soldiers, which grants an RN certificate and a BA degree in Nursing.

In Israel, the organization involved in research in the field of cardiac nursing is the Association for the Promotion of Cardiac Nursing and Intensive Care. The members of the Association conduct research in the various fields of cardiac nursing, present their research at national and international conferences and publish papers at scientific nursing journals.

My current research focuses in cardiovascular nursing, heart failure, heart transplantation, Ventricular Assist Device implantation, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in patients with heart and lung failure. Another theme I am interested in explores factors affecting nurses’ readiness to report to work and nurses’ functioning during emergency situations and disasters.

My current research project in collaboration with Prof. Tiny Jaarsma and Dr. Naoko Perkio Kato from Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden, examines psychometric properties of the Self-Care Behavior Scale among patients with implanted Left Ventricular Assist Device and its suitability for use in different cultures.

Semyon Melnikov RN PhD

Nursing Department, Steyer School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, Israel

CESAR NETWORK meeting in Kalmar

We had a great CESAR NETWORK meeting in Kalmar.

In the first part of the meeting we learned a lot about the great research conducted within the innovative Cardiac Arrest REsearch group (iCARE). Johan Israelsson and Anders Bremer discussed the goal of this group to conduct research aimed at improving the care and care of people suffering from cardiac arrest in or outside hospitals, their relatives and survivors. Read more about this research group here:

After this presentation Kristoffer Årestedt gave an inspiring presentation where he let us rethink about logistic regression analyses, how to interpret results and the use of the statistical program R. After lunch we discussed the future of our network and the project we planned together. It was great to meet everyone again after such a long time, to connect, to learn more about the iCARE research group, to discuss ongoing project and planned projects. Thank you Kristoffer, Anders & Johan!

CESAR receives ’Network grant’ from FORTE

In the yearly round of applications of the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (FORTE) CESAR received a 500.000 SEK grant to the project ‘Expanding and developing an interdisciplinary research network to improve cardiovascular care.’ The coming three years we would like to broaden and further develop our network and would like to use FORTE funding to extend the network. We also plan to intensify the career development of junior researchers, intensify the output and increase the interdisciplinary research funding opportunities. Finally, we plan to increase implementation and utilization of research.

New publications by Cesars

A new manuscript; “Changes in Appetite During the Heart Failure Trajectory and Association With Fatigue, Depressive Symptoms, and Quality of Life” was recently published by Christina Andreae,  Martje van der Wal, Dirk van Veldhuisen,  Bei Yang, Anna Strömberg and Tiny Jaarsma. Congratulations from the Cesar team!

Also an editorial in European Journal of Cardiovaskular nursing called “Let the games begin: Serious games in prevention and rehabilitation to improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease” was posted by Brynja Ingadottir, Tiny Jaarsma, Leonie Klompstra, Jan Aidemark, Linda Askenäs, Yotam Bahat, Oran Ben Gal, Aseel Berglund, Erik Berglund, Christoph Höchsmann, Meir Plotnik, Jaap CA Trappenburg, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss and Anna Strömberg.

Leonie Klompstra presented at ESC

Leonie gave a presentation in the sessions “Improving Care for the Most Vulnerable Groups of Cardiovascular Patients” at ESC Congress 2020 – the Digital Experience on. The title of the presentation was; Exercise motivation in patients with heart failure.

Co-authors were Tiny Jaarsma, Anna Strömberg & Martje van der Wal. Analyses on the baseline data in the HF-Wii study with the purpose to describe motivations of HF patients to exercise and describe variables that are related to their exercise motivation.