NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (c) meets with Dr. Meredith Bond (l), chair of the department of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and nursing school dean Dr. Janet D. Allan.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of its Ph.D. program, the University
of Maryland School of Nursing invited a distinguished alumna and former faculty member—NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady—to deliver a keynote address. In her speech, “Translating Research into Action: Bridging
the Gap,” Grady noted, “It is a great pleasure to share this remarkable occasion, as well as to have the opportunity to exchange insights into the translational research that bridges the gap from bench to bedside. I was at the University of Maryland when the Ph.D. program was established, and I am delighted to see that it continues to expand and innovate.”
The school has a total enrollment of over 1,700 students and educates more than 40 percent of the nurses working in the state of Maryland. Its research program, with 65 current Ph.D. students and more than 80 doctorally
prepared faculty members, received $6.5 million in extramural research funding in 2008 for projects in areas such as cancer prevention and symptom management; cardiovascular health, gerontology and aging; end-of-life care; substance abuse prevention and treatment; and exercise and nutrition effects in HIV-infected populations. It also has a new NINR-funded Center for Pain Studies, headed by former NINR K22 fellow Dr. Susan Dorsey.
Grady spoke about Dorsey’s ongoing research project on pain induced by HIV medications. Using a mouse model, Dorsey’s team is exploring how genetic expression, protein levels and pain responses change over time during the administration of certain antiretroviral agents. “Such research may lead to the identification of treatment interventions to manage the symptoms of painful peripheral neuropathy in HIV/AIDS patients. Interdisciplinary
research like this is helping to bridge the gap between research and practice,” Grady noted. “Pioneering programs of your school in nursing
informatics, global health, education and training and leading-edge technologies provide invaluable resources to the university, the scientific community and beyond.”—