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Center of Excellence for Biobehavioral Approaches to Symptom Management

The P30 Center of Excellence for Biobehavioral Approaches to Symptom Management (P30 NR011403, Grap PI) builds on our successful P20 Exploratory Center (P20 NR008988, McCain, PI). The Center takes advantage of the synergy developed in the P20 related to symptom management and biobehavioral outcomes as well as resources garnered and systems developed and expands them to advanced application of biobehavioral models, methods, and analyses aimed at understanding biobehavioral mechanisms, interventions, and outcomes. The research base for this center of excellence is provided by the work of Drs. Grap, McCain, and Elswick and was also supported in the past by the work of Drs. Debra Lyon, Rita Pickler and Cindy Munro. Our Center investigators have collectively, and individually, advanced biobehavioral science and/or symptom management significantly in a variety of patient populations, including patients with cancer and in the critically ill. The Center consists of the Administrative Core, Biobehavioral Science Core, (affiliated with Biobehavioral Laboratory Services) and Data Services and Analysis Core, a subset of Biostatistics and Data Services.

Originially funded in 2004 by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Center for Biobehavioral Research (CBCR) has transformed the research program at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing. Through the Center, our researchers are making important discoveries that improve patient safety and advance nursing knowledge. There is a wide of opportunities to interact with the Center by consulting with Center scientists, utilizing Center services, support staff or by attending Center events.

The specific aims of the proposed P30 Center of Excellence are to:

  1. Expand biobehavioral research capacity for scientists conducting nursing research by centralizing research resources and infrastructure for biobehavioral clinical research focused on symptom management;
  2. Advance biobehavioral approaches for symptom management, including fatigue and its associated symptoms, in diverse populations;
  3. Facilitate the development and expansion of biobehavioral programs of independent, investigator-initiated biobehavioral research that have a common theme of fatigue;
  4. Establish a mature environment of sustainable biobehavioral research in symptom management that is clinically focused and interdisciplinary in nature.