The National Institute of Nursing Research kicked off celebration of its 30th anniversary year with the “Advancing Science, Improving Lives” scientific symposium and poster session Oct. 13 at Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md.
As a component of the NIH, the NINR supports basic and clinical research that develops the knowledge to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and enhance end-of-life and palliative care, according to the institute’s website.
The symposium included keynote addresses, scientific presentations, a scientific panel discussion and a research poster session as it highlighted many accomplishments of NINR and its scientists, according to the NINR site.
Speakers included NINR Director Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN; NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD; Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, executive director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; Hannah Valantine, MD, chief officer for scientific workforce diversity, NIH; and Bill Novelli, MA, professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
The afternoon scientific session included presentations on wellness by Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; self-management by Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN, professor, Yale School of Nursing; symptom science by Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive associate dean and Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Endowed Chair, University of Florida College of Nursing; and end of life/palliative care by Jennifer Temel, MD, clinical director of thoracic oncology, associate director of the Dana Farber/Partners Cancer Care Hematology/Oncology Fellowship and associate professor, Harvard University Medical School.
According to the NINR website, with institute support over the past 30 years, nurse scientists have made discoveries that have contributed to advances in our nation’s health and wellness. Because of nursing research, there is a program to educate parents of premature infants so they can better care for their own children; doctors and nurses taking care of a dying patient in an ICU can communicate better with family members; and new technologies can help older adults manage their health and remain independent.
Among recent initiatives, NINR launched a new precision medicine Web page in September.
It also announced it is inviting applications to establish Centers of Excellence in Self-Management of Symptoms and Centers in Self-Management of Symptoms: Building Research Teams for the Future. These funding opportunities will support sustainable research infrastructure and centralized resources for research programs to enhance interdisciplinary, biobehavioral research in self-management of symptoms.
NINR also announced funding opportunities to fill gaps in end-of-life care as identified in the Institute of Medicine’s consensus report, “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.” The End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Serious Illnesses initiatives seeks to encourage research on the perspectives, wishes, and decision-making processes of adolescents and young adults with serious, advanced illnesses; and research focused on specific end-of-life and palliative care methods.
NINR was established as the National Center for Nursing Research at NIH on April 16, 1986. The NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 later elevated NCNR into an institute.
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