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Laurie Quinn to receive inaugural Dr. Mi Ja Kim Endowed Faculty Research Award

Laurie Quinn with research assistants
Mi Ja Kim

Renowned diabetes researcher Laurie Quinn, PhD ’96, RN, CDE, FAHA, FAAN, will be awarded the inaugural Dr. Mi Ja Kim Endowed Faculty Research Award at a presentation and reception on Nov. 8.

Quinn, a clinical professor in the College of Nursing, was chosen as the recipient of the college’s first endowed research award for her efforts to improve the clinical management of diabetes through research, mentorship and service.

“Throughout 21 years as a clinician scientist, Dr. Quinn’s program of research has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes,” said UIC College of Nursing Dean Terri Weaver. “Dr. Quinn is most deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Quinn is working with engineers from the Illinois Institute of Technology to create the first-ever, fully-automated artificial pancreas system, which is intended to revolutionize the way people with diabetes control their disease. When complete, it will respond not only to glucose, but other biological stimuli, such as stress and exercise.

Created by a gift from Mi Ja Kim, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN, professor and dean emerita of the College of Nursing, the three-year award is given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to furthering nursing science and research.

Herself designated a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing, Kim’s research career included more than $12 million in extramural funding; publication of 160 scholarly articles; and honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Nursing in London.