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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Research!America-ASHG Survey Finds Americans Strongly Support Human Genetics Research

As genetics and genomics knowledge expands rapidly throughout research, medicine, and society, Americans are excited and optimistic about this area of research and its emerging health applications, according to a new survey released this week by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in partnership with Research!America.

The survey finds the large majority of Americans agree genetic knowledge will be important to their own health and their families’ health. Americans also express great curiosity about genetics, as well as interest in what it tells us about human history and our common heritage as a species, even as knowledge gaps persist. Americans agree that more research is needed in human genetics, and that increased federal funding for that research is important. The survey also confirms the importance placed on confidentiality and security of research data, addressing Americans’ views regarding genetic testing coverage, and highlighting opposition to the use of genetics for insurance coverage or rate-setting.

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Research!America: Federal Policy Update - February 2020

Research!America recently released a federal policy update regarding the FY 21 budget. To read the full article on Research!America's website, click here.

On December 19, 2019, Congress passed and the president signed legislation funding the federal government for the remainder of FY2020, avoiding a government shutdown. The legislation included increases of $2.6 billion for NIH, $636 million for CDC, $203 million for NSF, and $91 million for FDA. AHRQ received level funding for FY20 (relative to the significant cut included in the Senate bill, this was a favorable outcome). The appropriations legislation also empowered CDC to begin upgrading our nation’s outdated disease surveillance system, permanently repealed the medical device tax, and reauthorized the Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) for 10 years.
With last year’s budget agreement, Congressional leaders and the White House have already locked in overall government spending levels for FY 21 non-defense discretionary (NDD) and defense spending, setting the stage for the 12 appropriations bills that would flow from those topline numbers. Unfortunately, the agreement provides for just a $5 billion increase across all agencies and programs in the non-defense discretionary category. 
These circumstances create challenges for Congress, but Research!America and the medical and health research advocacy community plan to continue to make the case for robust funding increases for science and public health agencies, since the dynamics created by the caps deal do not change the reality that medical, public health and scientific progress are not assigned the priority merited by their enduring and compounding national and global impact.
The President’s FY21 budget, which is nonbinding, will be unveiled on February 10. There is a rumored possibility that congressional leaders will attempt to expedite the appropriations process, working to wrap up FY21 funding by early summer. This being an election year further muddies the appropriations process outlook. For that reason, Research!America is launching a social media campaign making the case for an expedited appropriations process that includes the funding needed to secure our nation’s at-risk global R&D leadership.


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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FY 2020 Domestic Minibus (H.R. 1865) Finalized

Congress finalized negotiations on the federal budget to cover fiscal year 2020. The bill, which is expected to pass, includes $169.113 million for NINR, which is an increase of $6.121 million from FY 2019. The bill also includes $259.972 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, an increase of $10.5 million from FY 2019.

FNINR December 2019 Newsletter

Keep up to date with all of FNINR's activities with the December 2019 FNINR newsletter. This issue includes photos from the 2019 NightinGala, an update on the next cohort of FNINR Ambassadors and gives a brief overview of the Friend of the Friends Program. 

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.

Public Health Thank You Day 2019


Today is Public Health Thank You Day

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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.

House Passes Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2019

H.R. 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2019, was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 28, 2019. For more information, click here to read a press release from the Nursing Community Coalition.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Application

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has opened applications for their 2020-2021 Health Policy Fellows; the form will close on November 6, 2019 at 3 pm ET. To submit an application or read more, please visit