Cleveland, OH (NursingSalary.org) – The National Institutes of Health offered a one year grant in the amount of $647,000 to support a joined effort of the prestigious Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) and the School of Medicine from the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The funds are offered on behalf of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and are to be used towards establishing a campus-wide Behavioral Science Measurement Resource Laboratory at CWRU.
Associate Dean for Research at the nursing school Shirley M. Moore [photo] said in an interview that
this project will result in a full-service, high-profile lab that will accelerate the speed of scientific advances. It will provide researchers with quicker and easier access to a comprehensive set of services, state-of-the-art equipment and approaches to measure behavior and its effect on health outcomes
The project will be coordinated by Moore in close relationship with Elaine Borawski, deputy head of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and and associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics Sue Flocke, associate professor of Medicine, who is also in charge of the Behavior Lab at the School of Medicine.
The new center will consolidate the efforts of three existing behavior labs scattered throughout the campus:the Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research Lab (FIND), the Survey Development Lab and the Behavioral Measurement Core Facility.
Little over $300,000 from the grant, said Moore, will be used towards the construction of the lab building. “We are currently scouting a site on campus where it will be convenient for researchers and study participants to access and park.” The facility has to be on campus, to facilitate students’ and faculty members’ access, and simply renting an off-site facility is out of question.
Moore also promises an excellent management of resources. With other projects, she noticed that 80% or more of the equipment purchased lies on the shelves in various departments around campus. As a project coordinator, she will personally be in charge of consolidating the existing equipments to minimize the total costs.
Moore got her MSN and PhD at FPB, is involved in lots of training projects and currently does research in recoveries following circulatory disorders, health behavior changes, electronic nursing care and gender differences and elder recovery following cardiac events. Her full bio can be found on FPB’s website.