February 8, 2008

VUSN dean named to NIH director’s adviser group

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Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D.

VUSN dean named to NIH director’s adviser group

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., was recently selected to join the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the National Institutes of Health. Conway-Welch is one of five new members to the 15-member group.

The ACD advises the NIH director on policy and planning issues important to the agency's mission of conducting and supporting biomedical and behavioral research, research training and translation of research results for the public.

"These five esteemed new members to the NIH Advisory Committee to the director will bring an even greater depth and range of expertise to this dedicated team of advisers," said NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D.

The Office of the Director is responsible for setting policy for the NIH's 27 institutes and centers. This involves planning, managing and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components.

Conway-Welch has served as professor and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing since 1984. In 2006, she was named by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a training program for military health care providers.