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Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro Named to National Institute of Nursing Research Council


Chestnut Hill, MA (May, 2012) -- The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has named Boston College Connell School of Nursing Dean and Professor Susan Gennaro to its 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.

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Susan Gennaro (Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert)

Gennaro is an internationally noted perinatal nurse researcher. She is currently investigating risk patterns for preterm delivery in U.S. women. Her research has been funded by the NIH for over 20 years. She is the editor of Sigma Theta Tau's Journal of Nursing Scholarship and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was honored by her alma mater the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Visionary Leader Award in 2010. She has served as a member of the National Nursing Advisory Committee for the March of Dimes. The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has honored her with its Outstanding Nurse Researcher award and the Distinguished Service Award. Gennaro joined Boston College in 2008.

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.

Other newly named members of the NACNR are: Julie Anderson, nursing assistant professor, University of North Dakota's College of Nursing; William L. Holzemer, professor and dean, Rutgers University College of Nursing; Anne Rosenfeld, professor and associate dean for research, University of Arizona College of Nursing, and Colonel Bruce A. Schoneboom, associate dean for academic affairs, Uniformed Services University Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda.

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.