NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH’S $1.9 MILLION GRANT TO ESTABLISH NYU MEYERS CENTER FOR PRECISION HEALTH IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Learning institutions for nursing like NYU Meyers is establishing a research center for health to further develop modern medicine combatting today’s chronic conditions.
In a news release, The National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), under National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing a $1.9 million, five-year grant (1P20NR018075-01) to establish NYU Meyers Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations.
The new center’s goal is to develop a team of nurse scientists committed in studying metabolic syndrome and related chronic conditions, their biological mechanisms and modifiable risk factors, and the best interventions to reduce or eliminate the burden of multiple chronic conditions in diverse, vulnerable adult populations.
“Research that expands our understanding of biomarkers, lifestyle, contextual, and environmental impacts on metabolic syndrome and related multiple chronic conditions among diverse populations is critically needed,” said Gail D’Eramo Melkus, associate dean for research at NYU Meyers and the contact co-principal investigator for the Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations.
Metabolic syndrome is a set of interrelated health conditions present in roughly 35 % of the U.S. population putting individuals at serious risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, and obesity are common factors comprising metabolic syndrome.
Both genetics and the environment play a role in metabolic syndrome and related chronic conditions.
Precision health, which embraces a personalized, tailored approach to health by considering the factors unique to an individual, is emerging as a strategy for preventing and managing chronic diseases, and will be the focus of the Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations.
“The new center will extend nursing science by truly examining the uniqueness of individual and environmental level factors that influence health outcomes—including those related to genomics, biomarkers, lifestyle, and environmental factors—and can inform more individualized care for diverse populations at risk for multiple chronic conditions and/or resultant metabolic syndrome,” said Jacquelyn Taylor, the Vernice D. Ferguson Chair of Health Equity at NYU Meyers and co-principal investigator for the Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations.
NINR awards these types of grants—called P20 or exploratory grants—to support centers focused on building research expertise and teams for the future. The funding supports shared resources and several small exploratory research projects conducted by investigators focused on a common research theme.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ is in support with NYU Meyers aim to establish Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations partnering nursing researchers to discover new breakthroughs in the field of medicine, improving the lives of many people suffering from the effects of metabolic syndrome.
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