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Neuroscience Nursing Research Center


Inspiring nurses at every level to embrace a research mindset and empowering them to make meaningful contributions toward patient care outcomes.

A Place of Excellence

With internationally recognized DaiWai Olson, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, FNCS, as our director, we are home to the editor-in-chief of Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. Dr. Olson also co-chairs the Curing Coma Campaign, a platform to advance the science of acute disorders of consciousness towards identifying and testing therapeutic interventions while facilitating collaboration across a community of healthcare professionals.

UT Southwestern Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) received much deserved recognition from the AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The team was awarded the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence which recognizes caregivers in units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Our Neuro ICU is one of four in the U.S. who have earned this honor.

At a Glance

  • 13 International Collaborators
  • 6 Nursing Fellows per year
  • 3 Nursing Interns per year

Empowering Nurse-Scientists

We're here to empower nurses interested in research by leveraging existing resources to improve neuroscience outcomes. Our dedicated faculty and staff work hands-on with nurses from idea formulation to study completion, helping in:

  • Protocol development
  • IRB processes
  • Funding opportunities
  • Protocol coordination
  • Statistical support
  • Publication


During the past eight years we have worked with multidisciplinary teams from across the globe to conduct over 100 clinical trials. As we continue to expand our rich collaborative capabilities, for 2022 we have trials scheduled with research teams in Brazil, Germany, and Kenya.

As a vital part of the Department of Neurology, NNRC collaborates closely with nursing at UT Southwestern and has established partnerships with Texas Woman's University and the University of Texas at Arlington to share valuable resources.