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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Lichuan Ye named Haley Nurse Scientist

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Lichuan Ye, an assistant professor of adult health at the Connell School, was named the second Haley Nurse Scientist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in early November.

Through the Haley Nurse Scientist Program, doctorally prepared Connell School faculty and scientists receive appointments at the Brigham, where they engage in their own clinical nursing research and support clinical nurses who pursue scholarly activities. Ye, who studies sleep disorders in women, will work with Brigham nurses on research and clinical practice in areas such as obstructive sleep apnea in women.

The Steven and Kathleen Haley Nurse Scientist Program is funded by a $1 million gift from Steven and Kathleen (Powers) Haley, founders of the Brain Science Foundation. Kathleen Powers Haley is a Boston College alumna and her husband, Steven, was cared for and successfully treated for a brain tumor at the Brigham. The gift represents the largest single donation to the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Nursing.

Ye follows Katherine Gregory, who was named the inaugural Haley Nurse Scientist in 2009. Gregory, who studies gastrointestinal health and disease in premature infants, has worked with hospital nurses Cynthia Loring and Jean Reilly on research aimed at understanding the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal disease in premature infants.