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2020 NINR Director’s Lecture - Dr. Barbara Riegel Presents: “At the Intersection of Self-Management and Symptom Science”

April 29, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Clinical Center (Building 10) - Lipsett Amphitheater

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Registration for NINR’s Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp Opens April 1 Registration for NINR’s Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp Opens April 1

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NINR Acting Director’s Message on the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Dr. Tara Schwetz, Acting Director of NINR, issued a statement on the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Please see the message below.

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife , indicating how vital nurses and midwives are to the health and well-being of our nation and the world. Since its founding, NINR has supported nurses in their mission to promote and improve health by funding research to build the foundation of evidence for their clinical practice.
In supporting nursing science across the US, in other countries, and on the NIH campus, NINR has championed critical programs of research that can answer questions raised by nurse scientists during their own clinical experiences. These research initiatives range from the birth experiences of first-time mothers, to diagnosis for traumatic brain injury, to the impact of palliative care for cancer patients and their caregivers, and so much more.
During 2020, NINR will host several special events to recognize the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. You can stay up-to-date on these activities by following NINR on Twitter , visiting our website, and signing up for email updates.
We also invite you to NINR’s ongoing Director’s Lecture Series, which brings the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience.
I feel privileged to be a part of NINR during this commemorative year, and I look forward to celebrating the achievements of nurses, midwives, and nurse scientists with you throughout 2020.
Tara A. Schwetz, PhD
Acting Director, NINR

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NIH Seeks Input for NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

NIH is seeking feedback on the FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan Framework. To respond, please visit:


NIH: Data and Technology Advancement National Service Scholar Program

There are job opportunities available at NIH for experienced data and computer science. To view more information, visit

2020 NINR Director’s Lecture - Dr. Randy Jones Presents: "Complex Decision Making in Prostate Cancer"

March 05, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Clinical Center (Building 10) - Lipsett Amphitheater

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NINR Advisory Council Video

Presentations given at the public session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research on January 14, 2020 are now available to view on the NINR YouTube channel.

To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

NINR Announces New Acting Scientific Director

NINR is pleased to announce that Terri S. Armstrong, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP will join the Institute as Acting Scientific Director, effective February 3, 2020.

In this capacity, Dr. Armstrong will lead NINR’s Division of Intramural Research in its work to examine the symptoms of chronic conditions and train the next generation of nurse scientists. Dr. Armstrong will bring her expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, and team science to this important leadership position.

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SGI 20th Anniversary Symposium

Save the date: June 22, 2020

NINR’s Division of Intramural Research (DIR) will convene a half-day symposium to mark a milestone anniversary of its Summer Genetics Institute. “The 20th Anniversary of the Summer Genetics Institute” will be held June 22, 2020 in the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus, in Bethesda, Maryland. 

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January 2020 Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

Join NINR for the next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. Please note new start time of 10:00 a.m. ET.

January 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Building 45 (Natcher), Room D
NIH Campus | Bethesda, MD 

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Application Period for NINR's Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) is Open

The 2020 Summer Genetics Institute will mark the 20th anniversary of the program. Since the inaugural class, over 425 SGI graduates are making a difference in communities across the country—building programs of nursing research in genetics, disseminating the results of genetics-related research in peer-reviewed scientific publications and at scientific conferences, and integrating genetics content in nursing school curricula and practice. 

The SGI is a tuition-free, one-month intensive program of classroom and laboratory instruction in genetics that provides a foundation for biobehavioral research and clinical practice. Last year’s class completed 50 lectures and 10 hands-on lab sessions. On completion of the program, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit. 

The 2020 SGI will be held from June 1-26, 2020 on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD.  

Nursing graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply. Applicants should demonstrate potential for a highly productive research or clinical career. Applications will be accepted from now until March 1, 2020

Learn more about SGI or see our frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, please send an email to [email protected]


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NINR Welcomes New Acting Director

NINR recently announced that Kathleen Anderson, PhD, would be the Acting Director of its Division of Extramural Science Programs. To read the full announcement on the NINR website, please click here.

2020 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration

Registration is now open for the 2020 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration. The seminar will be held April 20-22, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, please click here.

January 14, 2020: 100th Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

Join NINR for the next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), which will be held on January 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Natcher (building 45), room D on the NIH campus. Please note new start time of 10:00 a.m. ET. Visitors are welcome to attend, and registration is not required. This meeting will also be broadcast live and archived:

The session will include presentations on: 
•    NINR Budget and Legislative Updates
•    Training the Next Generation of Nurse Scientists
•    NINR’s Training Portfolio

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New NIH Video: NINR Director's Lecture - Dr. Patricia Stone

On November 19, Dr. Patricia W. Stone, winner of the 2019 FNINR Ada Sue Hinshaw Nurse Scholar Award, presented “Informing Health Policy Through Science to Improve Healthcare for Older Adults.”

To view the video on NINR's website, click here.

A Message from the NINR Acting Director, Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your continued support of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) during this period of leadership transition. Since I became the acting director of NINR in October, I have had the privilege of getting to know many of the outstanding scientists from the NINR research community. Your work to improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities, and your dedication to your science is truly inspiring.   

I want to share with you some important news about leadership changes at NINR. Beginning on January 1, 2020, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, has asked me to serve as the acting director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) upon the retirement of NIDCR’s current director, Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD. At that time, Tara A. Schwetz, PhD, will become the acting director of NINR. Dr. Schwetz has done an outstanding job serving as NINR’s acting deputy director, and I know that under her leadership NINR will be well-served until a permanent NINR director is appointed. As you know, Dr. Schwetz also serves as the associate deputy director of NIH and brings a wealth of leadership experience to NINR.

In addition, Dr. Schwetz has asked Jessica M. Gill, PhD, RN, FAAN, to serve as the NINR acting deputy director. Many of you know Dr. Gill as an outstanding scientist and dedicated leader in NINR’s Division of Intramural Research. We are grateful to her for serving recently as the acting scientific director of NINR, and we thank Dr. Gill for her willingness to take on even greater responsibility. 

Thank you again for your support during my time as acting director and thank you for being a vital part of the NIH research community. I know that NINR has a bright future ahead, and I look forward to the continued success and outstanding achievements of NINR-supported scientists. 

Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Principal Deputy Director, NIH


NightinGala 2019: Dr. Francis Collins video

FNINR was pleased to have Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Acting Director of NINR, speak at the 2019 NightinGala and introduce a video from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health. You may view the video below.


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FNINR Board and Ambassadors visit NINR

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, several members of the FNINR Board and Ambassdor program toured the facilities of the NINR and participated in a poster session covering current NINR research projects.