NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady recently presented at the 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. Her plenary presentation, “NINR: Advancing Innovations for Complex Health Issues,” reflected the theme of the conference—“Optimizing Health by Addressing Complexity.”
The biennial research dissemination conference, sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and held in Washington, D.C., attracted recognized scientific experts, funding agencies, policy makers, and nurse researchers from around the world. In her talk, Dr. Grady described ways nurse scientists are applying innovative approaches to emerging science. There are “significant opportunities,” she noted, to improve the quality and efficiency of health care with research approaches, including systems science, big data analytics, and bioinformatics.
“They can provide better data visualization, and better access and more efficient use of real-time data,” she said. “In addition, processes that yield more timely data will emerge, enabling providers to intervene with greater speed and with more effective and tailored treatments.”
In addition to the plenary presentation, there were opportunities for consultations with NINR Program Directors. NINR’s Division of Intramural Research provided a symposium at the conference, and NINR’s Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research did a special topics session.
Also of note, NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) fellow Dr. Kristin Filler (pictured left) received a Student and Post-Doctoral Award for her abstract “Relationship of Fatigue Intensity with Mitochondrial Function during Radiation Therapy.” Her mentor, Dr. Leorey Saligan, is the Chief of NINR’s Symptom Biology Unit.
For information about the GPP, please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/GPP.