The Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research was originally funded in 2004 by the National Institute of Nursing Research and has transformed the research program at the VCU School of Nursing. Through the center, our researchers are making important discoveries that improve patient safety and advance nursing knowledge.
Our investigators have significantly advanced biobehavioral science and symptom management in a variety of patient populations, including patients with cancer and the critically ill.
Specific aims of the center include:
- Expanding biobehavioral research capacity for scientists conducting nursing research by centralizing research resources and infrastructure for biobehavioral clinical research focused on symptom management
- Advancing biobehavioral approaches for symptom management, including fatigue and its associated symptoms, in diverse populations
- Facilitating the development and expansion of biobehavioral programs of independent, investigator-initiated biobehavioral research that have a common theme of fatigue
- Establishing a mature environment of sustainable biobehavioral research in symptom management that is clinically focused and interdisciplinary in nature