Compton Presents Work, Earns Top Score at Research Event

MARCH 8, 2013 - A federally funded nurse and neuroscientist at the School of Nursing & Health Studies showcased her research March 4 at the MedStar Health Research Institute 2013 Research Symposium.

Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for nursing academic affairs and professor of nursing, presented, “Effects of Fentanyl and Experimental Pain on Peripheral Pro-inflammatory Activity.”

Out of more than 100 investigators who presented posters, 15 presenters were recognized for receiving the highest research score in their respective categories.  Compton earned top recognition in the nursing research category.

“It was a wonderful celebration of how we create knowledge through research and advance health everyday at MedStar,” said Neil Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute and professor of Medicine at Georgetown, on his blog.

The second annual event was attended by more than 300 people, including Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, president and CEO of MedStar Health, and Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Compton joined NHS this past summer as associate dean.  She is principal investigator on a $1.6 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for her project titled, “Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia in Prescription Opioid Abusers: Effect of Gabapentin.”

By Bill Cessato