Staja “Star” Booker, PhD, RN, assistant professor, and her research team received a $370,000 award over three years to study movement-evoked pain in older African Americans with knee osteoarthritis. Booker is the principal investigator on the grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The project, which received a perfect impact score of 10, is titled “Investigating Movement-evoked Pain in osteoArthritic Conditions (IMPACT): An Observational Study to Inform Culturally-Tailored Intervention Development.”
The study focuses on elucidating and understanding movement-evoked pain, or MEP, in older African Americans with knee osteoarthritis. MEP is an emerging concept and represents a shift in assessing pain during movement-based activities rather than simply at rest. Goals include identifying biopsychosocial-behavioral factors implicated in MEP and associated physical function, while developing a collaborative intervention with older African Americans to improve knee pain and function/physical activity.
The K23 grant is an NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to support junior researchers with potential and commitment through structured mentorship.
The interdisciplinary team that will provide mentorship in achieving the award’s proposed training goals includes senior scientists representing nursing, psychology/pain science, aging and epidemiology/community engagement. Booker’s mentoring team includes Roger Fillingim, PhD, professor and director of the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence in the UF College of Dentistry; Todd Manini, PhD, associate professor and chief for the Division of Epidemiology and Data Sciences in Gerontology within the Institute on Aging’s Department of Aging and Geriatric Research; Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE, associate dean for research for the College of Public Health and Health Professions and professor in the department of epidemiology jointly for the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine; and Angela Starkweather, PhD, RN, ANCP-BC, CNRN, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut.