News Release

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

NINR welcomes five new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announces five new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), the institute's principal advisory board. 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, 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 nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct a second level of review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

NINR Director Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., RN, is pleased to welcome the following new members: Julie Anderson, Ph.D., RN, is a nursing assistant professor in the University of North Dakota’s College of Nursing, Grand Forks. She previously served as associate dean for Graduate Studies, director of the Ph.D. program, and interim dean of the College of Nursing. She has extensive experience in neonatal intensive care, serving as a transport nurse and a clinical resource nurse. Her primary research interests center around skin and wound care. Dr. Anderson has authored or co-authored over 40 articles and several book chapters on topics ranging from venous, arterial, and pressure ulcers, pressure mapping, support surfaces, maggots and honey as wound treatments, and palliative wound care. She serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Master's Committee and is an American Council on Education Fellow.

Susan Gennaro D.S.N., RN, is dean and professor of the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Her prior positions include the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research at New York University and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where she was director of the doctoral program and the co-director of the Center for Health Disparities. Dr. Gennaro's research focuses on the improvement of global perinatal health and the identification of causes of preterm birth in minority women in the U.S. Her research has been funded by the NIH for over 20 years and has also focused on improving nursing education through innovative programs to increase the number of nurse scientists from a minority background trained to work with vulnerable populations. Dr. Gennaro currently serves as the leading nurse scientist on the Harvard Catalyst, the Clinical and Translation Science initiative of Harvard Medical School. She is the editor of Sigma Theta Tau’s Journal of Nursing Scholarship, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a lecturer at Harvard University’s Medical School, and a distinguished alumna at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

William L. Holzemer, Ph.D., RN, is professor and dean at the Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark. Dr. Holzemer’s program of research examines quality of nursing education, quality of nursing care, outcomes research, variation in practice, self-care symptom management, and quality of life, with special emphasis on people living with and affected by HIV infection. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Egypt), a Project HOPE Fellow (USA-Mexico Border), and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at St. Luke's College of Nursing, Tokyo. He is an elected member of the board of directors, International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland. He recently completed a R01 research project supported by the NIH's Fogarty International Center and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that examined the role of stigma and discrimination on quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS in five African nations and on quality of work life for nurses caring for AIDS patients.

Anne Rosenfeld, Ph.D., RN, is professor and associate dean for Research at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson. Dr. Rosenfeld's research focuses on symptom management for women with acute coronary syndrome, including the recognition of symptoms, the influence of treatment-seeking delay for cardiac symptoms on clinical outcomes, and gender differences in symptoms. She has been principal investigator for a series of studies addressing women with acute coronary syndrome. Those studies include Decision Delay in Women with Acute Myocardial Infarction, funded by the NIH; and Treatment-Seeking Delay in Victims of Sudden Cardiac Death: Family Narratives, funded by the American Heart Association. She currently is co-investigator for the NIH-funded study The Influence of Gender on Symptom Characteristics During Acute Coronary Syndrome. She has served on the Behavioral Medicine, Interventions, and Outcomes NIH Study Section. She has been principal investigator for HRSA projects related to preparing primary care nurse practitioners for rural settings and has served as core faculty on a number of T32 and K12 training programs. Dr. Rosenfeld is a fellow of the American Heart Association.

Colonel Bruce A. Schoneboom, Ph.D. recently completed a master’s degree in national security strategy at the National Defense University’s National War College, Washington, D.C. He holds a BS in nursing from Central State University, Edmond, Okla., a master’s of health sciences in anesthesia nursing from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth; and he received his doctorate in neuroscience from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. He is currently serving as the Corps Specific Branch Proponency Officer for the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. He has been the principal investigator of numerous funded grants and has an established funding and publication record. His research interests include investigating neuro-immune responses of the central nervous system to viral pathogens with known bioterrorist capabilities and the development of new monitoring technologies with operational and garrison applications. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the National Academy of Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Academy of Nursing.

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