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NIH to Launch Symptom Science Center


The National Institute of Nursing Research’s Division of Intramural Research will host a scientific symposium to mark the launch of the Symptom Science Center, a resource for the scientific community to promote the understanding of the biologic and behavioral mechanisms of symptoms to improve patient outcomes. The center is led by NINR, but is a collaboration across the National Institutes of Health. The center follows NINR’s commitment to train scientists and clinicians interested in symptom science. Dr. Leorey Saligan currently leads the Center within NINR’s Division of Intramural Research.


The event will feature a keynote address from NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research, Dr. Michael Gottesman; as well as an introduction to the Symptom Science Center; and scientific panels on cancer-related symptoms, patient-reported outcomes and symptom science at the NIH Clinical Center, and symptom clusters in concussions. There will also be a poster session to highlight the innovative research conducted by NIH intramural researchers and trainees.


The symposium will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland.

Please see NIH Visitor Information for a map and details about campus access. The event also will be streamed live and archived via NIH Videocast.

More Information

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Please visit the registration page. To view a list of speakers, please view the agenda.


Members of the press interested in attending should contact, 301-451-2117.

About the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR):

NINR supports basic and clinical research that develops the knowledge to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and enhance end-of-life and palliative care. For more information about NINR, visit the website at

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