The Neuroscience Nursing Research Center successfully guides nurses from concept to dissemination. Here are some of the major accomplishments of the NNRC: 


  • The NNRC hosts the 1st International Neuroscience Nursing Research Symposium in August.
  • Hlaing ‘Sue’ Thu (Nursing Research Fellow) received the Diana and Richard Strauss Employee Recognition Award.
  • Christine Yu (TWU nursing student) was selected to attend the Texas legislators “Research Day at the Capital” to present her Capstone.


  • Aljean Santos (ENSPIRE intern) produces the first NNRC Music Video. Cranial Nerves Music Video
  • Kyloni Phillips, RN, NP (Parkland Hospital) is the first nurse outside of UT Southwestern to publish an article with the NNRC.
  • The NNRC becomes a Central Research Office, as we are now hosting data from multiple sites outside of the UT Southwestern system.
  • Guilla Santos (ENSPIRE intern) is awarded the TWU Chancellor’s Research Scholar Award - the first undergraduate nursing student to ever be selected for this award.
  • James West, RN, BSN (Nursing Research Fellow) received the Diana and Richard Strauss Employee Recognition Award.
  • The NNRC team submits their first NIH-RO1 application.
  • The first NNRC Magnet abstract writing session in November produces 24 nursing abstract submissions.
  • The first NNRC Manuscript Bootcamp is held in December with six attendees.


  • The second cohort of NNRC Fellows successfully completed Research Bootcamp in January.
  • The NNRC Website is launched
  • Maureen Le Danseur becomes the first NNRC Nursing Research Fellow to receive external funding with three concurrent grants in support of research.
  • The first off-campus NNRC research project is conducted at Texas Woman’s University Simulation Lab.
  • The NNRC completes its first off-campus Research Bootcamp at St. Joseph Hospital in Fullerton, California.
  • Kimberly Harrison, RN, BSN, becomes the first NNRC nurse, who is not a research fellow, to author a manuscript.
  • The NNRC office officially takes residence on 5th floor of the Charles Sprague building on the UT Southwestern Campus.
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital funds two Nursing Research Fellowships. 


  • The first NNRC Research Bootcamp was held in January.
  • First multicenter research collaboration was initiated with Duke University School of Nursing.
  • NNRC expands to include nurses from Parkland Memorial Hospital.
  • Amy Weaver, RN, BSN, becomes the first NNRC nurse author when her manuscript is published in Advance For Nurses on September 26th.
  • In October, three nursing students from Texas Woman’s University became the first three ENSPIRE interns to join the NNRC.
  • In December, Hlaing “Sue” Thu became the first Nursing Research Fellow to graduate from the NNRC fellowship program.


  • The NNRC is officially endorsed.
  • The first six nursing research fellows from UT Southwestern were accepted into the NNRC in November.