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Centers & Programs

BioBehavioral Laboratory

The School of Nursing’s BioBehavioral Lab provides state-of-the art laboratory services for researchers. These services are available to faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. The facility opened in October 2011 to support research investigating the links between behavior and physiological factors. In 2017-2018, the BioBehavioral Lab moved to the Health Discoveries Building in the Dell Medical School. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment to do many kinds of testing: immunological, endocrine, as well as genetics. Visit the BioBehavioral Laboratory web page.

Cain Center for Nursing Research

The Cain Center for Nursing Research was opened in September 1995 for the purpose of strengthening the support services available to faculty for developing their research programs. The Associate Dean for Research and the staff of the Cain Center provide consultation services and administrative assistance for faculty and graduate students on research methods, statistical analysis, funding sources, grant submissions, and post-award budget management. Visit The Cain Center for Nursing Research web page.

Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care

The Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care provides education and training to providers who work in long term care settings and lay learners interested in long term service and supports (LTSS). The partnership between the School of Nursing and the Health and Human Services Commission aims to share research based geriatric and disability best practices to improve the quality of care for all Texans in long term care. Visit the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care website to learn more.

Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE)

The Center for Health IPE serves as UT Austin’s central body to promote innovative learning experiences, disseminate best practices, convene key health and education stakeholders, and champion impact-driven scholarship that advances collaborative, person-centered care. In partnership with the School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Dell Medical School, and Steve Hicks School of Social Work, the Center for Health IPE supports programs that advance interprofessional education among health professions learners on campus and in the community. Visit the Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) website to learn more.

NightRest Study

Nighttime agitation causes suffering for people with dementia, distresses caregivers, and often results in prescriptions for harmful antipsychotic medications. A sleep disorder, restless legs syndrome (RLS), may be causing nighttime agitation. The study will investigate if treatment of RLS with the FDA-approved medication, gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant®), improves sleep and reduces nighttime agitation, restless legs syndrome symptoms, and the use of antipsychotic medications. Visit the NightRest Study web page.

Nursing Facility Quality Review

Nursing Facility Quality Review will conduct a statewide measurement of the quality of care, quality of life, consumer satisfaction, and medication use in Texas Medicaid-certified nursing facilities. Nursing Facility Quality Review study funded by the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Visit the Nursing Facility Quality Review web page.

St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations was established in 1999. In August of 2011, the St. David’s Foundation made a gift to the School of Nursing to create a permanent endowment to support the Center. In recognition of this gift, the Center was renamed the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations. The mission of the center is to improve the health of underserved people through applied research. Visit the St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Research website.

Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science (TCRSS)

The Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science (TCRSS) was established through a National Institutes of Health grant in 2014. Its mission is to develop, test, and disseminate innovative self-management solutions to improve the health outcomes of people with chronic conditions. TCRSS is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research (PI: Dr. Miyong Kim; P30NR015335, 09/25/2014 – 07/31/2019). Visit the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science web page.