CAMS - Pilot Projects

CAMS supports new investigators in biobehavioral investigations of multimorbidity among adult populations through training in advanced analytic methods, Multimorbidity and Symptom Science breakthroughs, grantsmanship (including grants management), and building skills in dissemination. Funded pilot projects have interdisciplinary research team collaborators/mentors who provide considerable regulatory oversight and monitoring.

Pilot Project Selection Process 

At least one pilot project will be selected each year: The Principal Investigator of all projects eligible for selection must be a nurse and hold a PhD. In addition, the proposal should:

  • Focus on multiple chronic conditions (MCC) in adults
  • Have a sound conceptual model
  • Integrate NINR CDEs into the conceptual model and aims
  • Have the potential to be refined with inclusion of advanced analytical techniques
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration


Keela HerrKeela Herr, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF

Kelting Professor and Director of the Pilot Administrative Core


Currently supported pilot projects

"Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Obesity, and Chemotherapy: Influences on Symptom Burden in Women with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy"

Investigator: Catherine Cherwin, PhD, RN, assistant professor

"Evaluating Symptom Variability in Multimorbidity and Advanced Cancer"

Investigator: Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD, APRN-BC, assistant professor

Catie Cherwin

Stephanie Gilbertson-White


"The Effects of Immunovascular Biomechanisms of Arginine Vasopression (AVP) Hypersecretion in Preeclampsia (PreE) Prediction"

Investigator: Julie Vignato, PhD, RN, RNC-LRN, assistant professor 

“Functional Decline and Symptom Experience Among Patients with Sepsis”

Investigator: Anna Krupp, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Julie Vignato


Anna Krupp

“Multimorbidity in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Association with Pain and Health Care Utilization: A Big Data Approach”

Investigator: Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi