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NINR Welcomes New Members to Advisory Council

May 29, 2019: 1 PM ET

Edmond Byrnes, PhD

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the appointment of three new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR). Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics. NINR, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.

The NACNR meets three times a year on the NIH campus to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second-level review of grant applications that have previously been reviewed for scientific merit. In addition, the council reviews the Institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

NINR Acting Director Dr. Ann Cashion is pleased to welcome the following new members:

lewin.jpgDr. Peter A. Lewin is R.B. Beard Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is also Director of the Ultrasound Research and Education Center in The School of Bioengineering, Bioscience and Health Systems at Drexel University. His current interests are primarily in the field of biomedical ultrasonics including the design and testing of piezoelectric transducers and sensors, power ultrasonics, ultrasonic exposimetry, tissue characterization using nonlinear acoustics, biological effects of ultrasound, applications of shock waves in medicine and image reconstruction and processing. Dr. Lewin is elected Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Acoustical Society of America, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering .

lowe.jpgDr. John Lowe is the current and founding director of the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity and the Endowed McKenzie Professor for Health Disparities Research Florida State University College of Nursing. This is the first and only Center of its kind worldwide. Dr. Lowe developed and studies interventions for the prevention and reduction of substance use and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth and young adults. These studies and other health programs are guided models that Dr. Lowe developed which include the Cherokee Self-Reliance, Native Self-Reliance, and Native-Reliance Models. Dr. Lowe also developed the first manualized Talking Circle evidence-based intervention to reduce substance use and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous people. Dr. Lowe was the first Native American man to be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

wolfe.jpgDr. Joanne Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to providing clinical pediatric palliative care, Dr. Wolfe directs a research program focusing on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families and co-directs the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network. She has received grant funding from the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and NINR.

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