NINR’s 25th Anniversary Concluding Scientific Symposium

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Thank you to all who attended NINR's 25th Anniversary Concluding Scientific Symposium, “Bringing Science to Life: A Healthier Tomorrow."

This special event brought together scientists, healthcare professionals, and members of the public to explore the contributions of nursing science to solving some of America's most important health challenges. The day included scientific, keynote, and poster presentations and a panel discussion.

NINR was pleased to honor Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a long-time champion of NINR and the National Institutes of Health, with an appreciation plaque honoring his outstanding commitment to nursing and nursing science.

Read coverage of the event from Nursing Spectrum.


To view the event videocast, please visit:

The day's sessions can be selected by clicking on the text underneath the viewer screen, or by fast-forwarding to the timecodes listed below.

Opening Remarks
Rita R. Colwell, PhD, MS, Master of Ceremonies
Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Advisor, Canon US Life Sciences

Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research

Keynote Session

Michael Gottesman, MD
Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association

Anand K. Parekh, MD, MPH
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Plaque Presentation Honoring Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Scientific Session

Sandra Dunbar, RN, DSN, FAAN, FAHA
Associate Dean for Academic Advancement,
Emory University

J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH
Professor, University of Washington

Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Panel Discussion

Kathleen A. Dracup, RN, DNSc, FNP, FAAN – Moderator
Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Drs. Curley, Curtis, Dunbar, and Tomic-Canic, Panelists

Poster Awards & Closing Remarks

Dr. Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research

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Given that some presentations contained proprietary material, NINR will not be posting presentation slides, but video footage of most of the event will be provided.

Close-captioning for each video is available by clicking on the "CC" at the bottom left of the screen.


To see the Speaker bios, click on the links below.

Master of Ceremonies:
Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Advisor and Chair Emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc.; and Chair and President of CosmosID, Inc.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Karen Daley, President, American Nurses Association
Dr. Michael Gottesman, Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health
Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii), President Pro Tempore, United States Senate
Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Scientific Speakers:
Dr. Martha A.Q. Curley, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Dr. J. Randall Curtis, University of Washington Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Kathleen Dracup (Moderator), University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing
Dr. Sandra B. Dunbar, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–8:50 a.m.
Opening Remarks        

8:50 a.m.–9:10 a.m.

9:10 a.m.–10:10 a.m.
Keynote Session

10:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.   

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.   
Plaque Presentation

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.   
Scientific Session

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.   
Panel Discussion

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   
Poster Awards & Closing Remarks

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   
Guided Poster Tour (light refreshments provided)