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Samia Dutra

Dr. Dutra earned a PhD in Nursing Science from University of South Florida and a Masters and Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte), Brazil.

Dr. Dutra will teach N471 Nursing Research for ABSN and N623 Population Health in Global Society during  Fall 2020. Dr. Dutra was also invited to join the MIND project which focus on exploring the theory that microbes may play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. This work happens on a partnership between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center forming the MIND Consortium (The Microbiome of Idiopathic Neurodegenerative Disease).

Dr. Dutra have been contributing to the gut microbiome research working on National Institutes of Health grants since 2017. She was a university professor in Brazil and was invited by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to participate at the 2011 International Visitor Leadership Program representing Brazil. Dr. Dutra ‘s research interests includes mental health and neurodevelopment. She has contributed to the science of nursing as co-author of local and international scholarly publications and presentations.

Additionally, Dr. Dutra have been involved in multiple community efforts throughout the years as a nursing professor, particularly in breast cancer awareness outreach. Recently, she volunteered to aid hurricane victims in Puerto Rico which led to further opportunities: as her team got invited to share the experience at the American Psychiatric Nursing Association 2018 State Conference. Her interest in Disaster relief response naturally led her to join the Community Emergency Response Team.