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Vol. LXVII, No. 17
August 14, 2015

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NINR Hosts Center Directors Meeting

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (front, second from r) with center directors and NINR staff

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (front, second from r) with center directors and NINR staff

The National Institute of Nursing Research recently hosted a meeting of the directors of NINR-funded P20 and P30 centers to identify collaborative opportunities to advance nursing science. The centers focus on key research areas such as self-management and symptom science including sleep, pain and brain biology.

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady highlighted the increasingly critical roles that team science and big data have in advancing health and health care.

“Just as nursing science encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration within and between universities and health science centers, I wish to stress the added power that can be obtained through the sharing of data across our centers through the use of common data elements,” Grady said. “The more we can enhance and utilize our research data, the more we can leverage science to enhance quality of care, improve patient outcome and inform policy.”

The meeting’s keynote speaker was Dr. Ann Bonham, chief scientific officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She addressed the unique perspective that transdisciplinary team science brings to furthering translational data science and improving health and health care.

The day’s meeting had various panel discussions, breakout sessions and poster sessions that provided an opportunity for the centers to share their unique strengths and accomplishments.

Grady concluded, “The Centers Program is an important part of NINR’s research portfolio. The centers you lead provide research capacity that builds the evidence base for translating research into practice and policy to improve the health of all.”

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