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NINR Summer Genetics Institute Event Updates

2020 Summer Genetics Institute

To limit spread of the COVID-19 virus, NIH has urged staff to postpone, cancel, or convert upcoming meetings to virtual events. Based on this guidancethe 2020 Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) has been cancelled. 

20th Anniversary Symposium

To limit spread of the COVID-19 virus, the SGI 20th Anniversary Symposium scheduled for June 22 has been converted to a virtual-only event. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

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Appreciating Nurses’ Vital Role in Health Care and Research

May 2020

Every May, we celebrate National Nurses Week to express our gratitude for the incredible work nurses, including nurse scientists, do every day as the largest component of the health care workforce. However, this year is a little different for us all. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Nurses Week brings to light just how vital nurses are to keeping us healthy and safe. In fact, the American Nurses Association has designated the entire month of May as National Nurses Month  to recognize nurses’ extraordinary efforts this year, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife .

Right now, nurses around the country and globe, including nurses from NINR and other NIH institutes, are working tirelessly to help those who need it most. While many are providing direct patient care, others are providing guidance on testing, infection control, and isolation and quarantine procedures; capturing the experiences of clinicians, patients, families, and communities to inform future policy; developing technology to track the spread of the virus and measure its impact on daily life; surveying individuals to learn more about their health behaviors and coping mechanisms during this pandemic; or leading various evidence-based practice, research, and quality improvements for nurses on the frontlines. These are just a few of the countless ways nurses are at the core of changing the course of this infectious disease.  

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NINR: Join Us for the 101st 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 May 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET via videocast. The public is welcome to view the open session virtually, and registration is not required. This meeting will also be archived at

The session will include presentations on: 

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NINR: Call for Researchers to Submit Supplement Funding Applications for COVID-19 Efforts

NINR is participating in a recently issued Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) that highlights the urgent need for social, behavioral, economic, health communication, and epidemiologic research relevant to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19.

This NOSI encourages urgent competitive revisions and administrative supplements to existing longitudinal studies that address key social and behavioral questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adherence to and transmission mitigation from various containment and mitigation efforts; social, behavioral, and economic impacts from these containment and mitigation efforts; and downstream health impacts resulting from these social, behavioral, and economic impacts, including differences in risk and resiliency based on gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health.

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Director’s Lecture – Dr. Barbara Riegel Presents "At the Intersection of Self-Management and Symptom Science"

On April 29, Dr. Barbara Riegel will present “At the Intersection of Self-Management and Symptom Science,” from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This lecture will be broadcast live and archived at:

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NINR Director’s Lecture - Dr. Randy A. Jones

On March 5, Dr. Randy A. Jones presented "Complex Decision Making in Prostate Cancer." Video from the event is now available.  To view the video and information on the speaker, please click here.

A Message from the NINR Acting Director on the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global challenge – one that NINR and the nursing science community are poised to address. While we all know that everyone’s participation is essential in limiting the spread of this novel coronavirus, nurses represent the front line of health care. We are grateful for the dedication of those nurses who have cared for COVID-19 infected patients, and for the commitment of all those who will in the coming weeks and months. We are also proud of the research done by nurse scientists, some of it supported by NINR, that has helped to provide a foundation of evidence and guide best practices in clinical settings, including advances in infection control.

We recognize that many of you will have to balance clinical responsibilities related to the pandemic with your research responsibilities. If you are a current grantee, or if you are planning to submit an application for funding, we urge you to visit for the latest NIH guidance. If you have any questions, please contact your NINR program director.

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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 Scientist Selected as One of 2020’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health

Dr. Paule V. Joseph has been selected by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) as one of 2020’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. The 40 award winners represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities to build sustainable healthy communities. The 40 Under 40 recipients will receive their award at the 2020 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and CBC Spring Health Braintrust Gala Dinner on Tuesday, April 28. 

Paule V. Joseph PhD, MS, FNP-BC, RN, CTN-B is a Tenure-Track Investigator and Chief of the Sensory Science and Metabolism Unit (SenSMet) in the NINR Division of Intramural Research. The SenSMet supports research into the fundamental mechanisms associated with chemosensory symptoms and metabolic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and related comorbidities.

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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.