News release from Albany State
Dr. Everette J. Freeman, president of Albany State University, was introduced as one of four new members of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research by Dr. Patricia A. Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
The NACNR serves as the principal advisory board for the NINR.
Freeman was appointed to the committee by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Other new appointees are Dr. Glenna A. Dowling, a nationally recognized expert on gerontology nursing and chronic progressive neurological diseases; Dr. Elaine Larson, associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research at the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City; and Dr. Susan Reinhard, senior vice president for public policy with AARP and chief strategist for AARP with the Center to Champion Nursing in America.
"It is a tremendous honor for the University System of Georgia and Albany State University for me to have been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research," Freeman said. "One of the goals of the National Institute of Nursing Research is to develop the next generation of scientists working to improve the quality of life for all Americans. This goal is in perfect alignment with the University System of Georgia's strategic goal of producing the next generation of nurses and other health care practitioners and researchers for our state, region and nation as a whole. I am thrilled!"
The NINR is one of 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NINR supports basic 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.
Members of the NINR's National Advisory Council for Nursing Research meet three times a year at the National Institutes of Health 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 NACNR is to conduct a second level review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups.
In introducing Freeman as a member of the NACNR, Grady called him "an eminent scholar and admired strategist" and said that he "is a leader in higher education and is well-known for his commitment to equity in the academic community."