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NINR: 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: SGI 20th Anniversary Symposium

On June 22 from 12:00-3:30 p.m. ET, NINR’s Division of Intramural Research (DIR) will hold a virtual symposium to mark a milestone anniversary — celebrating 20 years of its Summer Genetics Institute (SGI). Please join us to examine how omics methodologies are improving symptom measurement and characterization. We will explore how this research is guiding approaches to biobehavioral interventional methods. This event is free of charge, but registration is required.


  • Address how omics methodology has advanced symptom science research.
  • Define approaches to developing biobehavioral interventions that modify symptoms.
  • Feature interdisciplinary and innovative research that has impacted nursing research and practice.

*Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for this symposium.

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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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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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National Advisory Council for Nursing Research - May 2020 Videocast

Join NINR for the next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

May 19, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Virtual-only meeting via VIDEOCAST

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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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