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Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital Receive Awards from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH - 12/20/2007

Research led by Jeff Bridge, PhD (43209), principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice (CIPP) at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, received the 2007 Ohio Health Policy Research Award from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. The award honors outstanding research that is relevant to health policy in Ohio carried out by Ohio-based researchers.

The study, published in the April 18, 2007 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, found the overall benefits of antidepressants in treating pediatric major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and non-OCD anxiety disorders in children 19 years old and younger appear to out-weigh the risks of suicidal thoughts and attempts associated with these medications

This is the second year an investigator from The Research Institute has won this award. Last year, research conducted by Deena Chisolm, PhD, principal investigator in CIPP and Kelley Kelleher, MD, MPH, director of CIPP, in conjunction with surgeons from Nationwide Children’s, received the 2006 Ohio Health Policy Research Award.

Also honored by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio was Ellen Yard, MPH (43214), a research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at The Research Institute. Yard received the 2007 Best Ohio Health Policy Student Research Award for the paper, “An Epidemiologic Comparison of Injuries Presenting to a Pediatric Emergency Department and Local Urgent Care Facilities.” The study’s co-author was Dawn Comstock, PhD, principal investigator in CIRP.

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