Multiple sclerosis research earns national recognition

Lana Pasek.

Published May 5, 2022


PhD student receives the 2022 Nightingale Award for research that may help improve patients’ quality of life.

Nursing PhD student Lana Pasek, EdM, MSN, RN, ANP, was selected by the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) to receive the 2022 Nightingale Award. The $5,000 award, supported by EMD Serono, recognizes significant accomplishments in multiple sclerosis (MS) nursing and commitment to the MS community.

Pasek’s research explores cognitive fatigue and examines the predictors of poor health related to quality of life for MS patients. Pasek says fatigue – both cognitive and physical – is the most common and disabling symptom of MS.

The aim of her research is to identify aspects of fatigue to gain a clearer understanding of how fatigue affects quality of life.

“The central hypothesis of this research asks if cognitive fatigue is predictive of poor health-related quality of life.”

Pasek says people with MS and clinicians will benefit from this more informed disease supervision. The goals are to identify disease progression earlier and aid development of optimized interventions to restore usual function.

The 2022 awardees will be recognized at the 2022 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers’ Annual Meeting on June 1.

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