News ReleaseDean Conway-Welch Names to NIH Advisory Board (02/01/08)
Washington, D.C. -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, C.N.M., was selected to join the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD). Conway-Welch is one of five new members to the 15-member group. The ACD advises the NIH Director on policy and planning issues important to the NIH mission of conducting and supporting biomedical and behavioral research, research training, and translating research results for the public.
"These five esteemed new members to the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director will bring an even greater depth and range of expertise to this dedicated team of advisors," said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Conway-Welch has served as professor and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing since 1984 and has been active in nursing practice and education for more than four decades. She has published extensively and is a member of several national boards. In 2006, she was named by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. senate as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a training program for military health care providers.
The Office of the Director is the central office at NIH, responsible for setting policy for NIH's 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components.