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Vol. LXII, No. 25
December 10, 2010

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NINR Science Symposium Kicks Off 25th Anniversary

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“Today we celebrate nursing science’s contributions to overcoming some of the major health problems and health care issues that we face in our nation and around the globe,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady in greeting the audience at the institute’s recent nursing science symposium “Bringing Science to Life,” held at Kirschstein Auditorium in the Natcher Bldg. More than 500 nurses and other health care scientists, clinicians and members of the public helped NINR kick off its 25th anniversary commemoration events. As Grady noted, “This silver anniversary serves as a milestone not only to reflect on past accomplishments, but to envision and plan for the next generation of our science.”


  Dr. Patricia Grady  
  Dr. Patricia Grady  

Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, the nation’s largest nonprofit science advocacy organization, served as emcee. “I have been around and worked with nurse scientists for a long time and my respect is unbounded,” she said. “The goals of NINR and of my organization are in fact very much aligned. Both are committed to improving America’s health and that of people worldwide by building on the promise of research and being sure that promise is delivered.”

Keynote speakers for the morning session included Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director; Dr. Alan Leshner, CEO of AAAS and executive publisher of the journal Science; William Novelli, distinguished professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and past CEO of AARP; and Dr. Gillian Gill, author of the book Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was unable to attend in person, offered a video greeting in which she stated, “If we want to meet the nation’s health care needs we need to prepare nurses to be educators and research is essential to that preparation… I congratulate you on 25 years of excellence and encourage each of you to continue your commitment to research and to share your passion with your colleagues and students.”

NINR deputy director Dr. Mary Kerr (l), former NINR director Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw (c) and Grady enjoy the unveiling of Hinshaw’s portrait. Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, delivers keynote address.

Above, l:
NINR deputy director Dr. Mary Kerr (l), former NINR director Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw (c) and Grady enjoy the unveiling of Hinshaw’s portrait.

Above, r:
Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, delivers keynote address.

New NINR History Book Commemorates 25th Anniversary

NINR announces the publication of its first history book, NINR: Bringing Science to Life. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of the institute and explores the progress of nursing science at NIH over the past quarter century—from the creation of the National Center for Nursing Research by legislation in 1985 and its founding on the NIH campus in 1986, to the advancement of the center to an institute in 1993, to the phenomenal growth of nursing science across the country and around the globe in the subsequent years.

Today, NINR oversees hundreds of research grants, supports a large contingent of pre- and postdoctoral trainees, has developed a vibrant intramural research program and participates in collaborative efforts across NIH.

In 1997, it was named the lead institute at NIH for end-of-life science. As the book describes, these efforts have helped NINR establish itself as the central agency for setting the national nursing research agenda.

“The story of the NINR recounts the development and use of science to form new constructs of nursing practice…I am confident that a continuing flow of fresh ideas and innovative science from nurse investigators will help reform and transform the American health care system in the 21st century,” said Dr. Patricia Grady, NINR director, in the preface. “I also believe that the NINR is a tribute to the amazing things the nursing profession can accomplish when it unifies behind an idea—may we continue to do so.”

The book can be viewed or downloaded from the NINR web site at NINRPublications/HistoryBook. More information about the institute’s anniversary events is available at

The afternoon consisted of presentations by NINR-funded scientists including: Dr. David Dinges of the University of Pennsylvania, on the role of sleep in health and safety; Dr. Jillian Inouye of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, on managing chronic illnesses in a diverse population; Dr. Susan Dorsey of the University of Maryland, on molecular and genetic research in muscular dystrophy; and Dr. Bernadette Melnyk of Arizona State University, on an intervention for the parents of premature infants that improved infant outcomes.

These presentations were followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Ann Cashion of the University of Tennessee Science Center, in which the scientists answered questions from the audience that addressed areas such as shift work and sleep, muscle physiology and cardiac disease and barriers to implementing research advances in clinical care.

In addition to the day’s speakers, more than 80 nurse scientists and doctoral students from across the country presented posters on nursing research projects covering topics such as health promotion, pain and symptom management, cancer treatment and survivorship and the genetics of symptom biology.

At the end of the symposium, Grady announced, “We had a Senate resolution honoring the 25th anniversary of the institute…and I would like to say in the interest of our efforts toward bipartisanship that this resolution passed unanimously. It celebrates our 25 years of existence and also commends us for the kind of science that we do that makes such a difference.”
Attendees enjoy the NINR Science Symposium poster session.
Attendees enjoy the NINR Science Symposium poster session.

Grady then invited Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw, the first director of what was originally the National Center for Nursing Research (NCNR), onto the stage for the unveiling of her portrait. Grady noted that Hinshaw’s early leadership in planning, research training and leveraging the resources of NCNR were instrumental in elevating the center to institute status, “a legacy for which we are indebted to her.”

The anniversary events will continue throughout the upcoming year, to include a Grand Rounds lecture, the first NINR Director’s Lecture, a series of grantsmanship workshops, a joint NINR-Clinical Center conference, a Science in the Cinema event and a concluding scientific symposium set for October 2011. Visit the NINR web site for details: NIHRecord Icon

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