LITTLE ROCK – Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., R.N., internationally respected associate dean for research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing, has been named to serve on the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils. She will be the first faculty member from UAMS to serve in this capacity.
McSweeney will serve a three-year term that began Nov. 1. She is a leading researcher in women’s symptoms of heart disease and is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of nursing and medical science.
“It’s a great honor to have been invited to serve on this Council alongside some of the most brilliant and respected health professionals in the world,” McSweeney said. “I look forward to contributing any expertise I can share.” McSweeney was nominated for this position by the director of the National Institute of Nursing Research.
The NIH Council of Councils advises the NIH director on research efforts regarding major intertwining NIH priorities and on matters related to the policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives. The Council also makes recommendations for supporting research that deals with important areas of emerging scientific opportunities and public health challenges, and gaps in knowledge that would benefit from additional research involving collaboration between two or more institutes or centers.
One of the Council’s major charges is to make recommendations on research proposals that would potentially be funded through the NIH director’s Common Fund that is used to support trans-NIH research.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.