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For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2012

Contact: Kevin Nash

University of Maryland School of Nursing Launches Two Organized Centers of Research

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has launched two organized centers of research (OCR) – the Center for Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (CBBAL) and the Center for Health Outcomes Research (CHOR). Building on its broad research agenda that has been established over the past decade, UMSON is capitalizing on extramurally funded science. With an interdisciplinary approach, these centers are in keeping with goals set forth in both the UMSON’s and the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s current strategic plans.

The School of Nursing’s ORCs, officially designated by Jay A. Perman, MD, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore, marks the first time that the UMSON has had campus designated OCRs.

There is increasing evidence that genetic variability can directly and indirectly influence outcomes through behavior. The mission of the CBBAL is to conduct interdisciplinary research related to the effect of biology and behavior on health across the lifespan. The CHOR focuses on improving health outcomes of people and systems of care. Center investigators will build a rigorous program of interdisciplinary research to help systems improve processes and help people improve health and engage in informed decision-making.

“Organizing UMSON’s research efforts under two guiding areas of focus will help ensure increased extramural research funding now and in the future,” said Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for research.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,600 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.

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