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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Pain management and genetics

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In July 2010, Connell School students and faculty members attended an intensive research training course on pain methodologies sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The one-week course, called the NINR Pain Methodologies Boot Camp, was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The course provided a foundation in pain methodology for use in research, in order to increase the research capability of graduate students and faculty.

Among those who attended were Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Patricia Tabloski, Clinical Instructor Vanessa Battista, and Ph.D. student Kathleen Keane. Kristen Padulsky M.S. ’10 particpated in the NINR Genetics Boot Camp a few weeks prior, which Ph.D. student Patricia Underwood also attended last year.

The course covered topics relevant to pain research including pain management, pain treatment, and pain genetics. Speakers included nationally and internationally known pain scientists from institutions including the NIH and universities across the United States. Students also participated in classroom discussion and laboratory training.

The skills learned from the course will support the work in palliative care being done at the Connell School, including the school's new pediatric palliative care sub-specialty.

About the National Institute of Nursing Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is dedicated to improving the health and health care of Americans through the funding of nursing research and research training. Their mission is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through support of research in chronic and acute diseases, health promotion and maintenance, symptom management, health disparities, caregiving, self-management, and the end of life. NINR also supports the training of new investigators who bring new ideas and help to further expand research programs, with the ultimate goal of disseminating research into clinical practice and into the daily lives of individuals and families.