Heather M. Prendergast

    Email Address: hprender@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Emergency Medicine
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 312-413-7480 Phone: 312-413-1214
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Dr. Prendergast has an interest in studying heart failure patients, specifically those with diastolic heart failure. Her research distinguishes the two types of heart failure- diastolic and systolic- and looks at how diastolic heart failure is different from in relation to patient characteristics, medications, and readmission rates. The goal of this research is to gain greater understanding of risk factors associate with the development of diastolic heart failure in order to create more appropriate and specialized treatments focusing on blood pressure management thus decreasing the overall incidence of diastolic heart failure and readmission rates from the disease.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Interest and enthusiasm for research and Emergency Medicine are important. Time management and accountability are essential, as the student may work on more than one project and/or task at once. Student must be in good standing and in his/her second year of undergraduate education or above. Introductory courses in biology and/or chemistry and writing must have been completed prior to participating in this research opportunity. Any previous research experience with human subjects is appreciated, but not a requirement.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Student must be willing to work outside of traditional office hours as much of the research tasks are performed in the emergency department setting. Student will assist with participant screening and recruitment, data acquisition, data entry, and other research-related tasks.

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