|NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (front, c) and NINR’s 2013 Fatigue and Sleep Methodologies Boot Camp participants
This past summer, graduate students, faculty and clinicians from across the country gathered at NIH for NINR’s 2013 Fatigue and Sleep Methodologies Boot Camp. The 1-week intensive training program provided an opportunity to engage with experts in the field, learn about the science of sleep and fatigue and incorporate novel methodologies into research.
“NINR has long recognized the link between sleep and fatigue and a number of health-related symptoms, diseases and disorders and supported research that investigates these associations,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady, citing several examples from NINR and trans-NIH funded research. “The institute offers this training course to inculcate the science, prepare the next generation of scientists and support advances in this important area of research.”
Nearly 70 students from across the country, representing 46 institutions, completed this year’s program. Trainees described the program as “enlightening and helpful,” indicating that it helped inspire new research ideas “for dissertation and beyond” and that the broad academic audience allowed for networking opportunities.
“The boot camp is an exemplar of interdisciplinary and inter-professional scientific collaboration,” said Grady. “I am pleased that our institute can provide this opportunity.”
NINR’s 2014 Boot Camp, scheduled to take place next August, will focus on “Big Data in Symptoms Research.” Registration will open in January 2014. For more information, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/bootcamp.