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Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Symptom Science Area of Excellence is to develop effective, innovative, and accessible strategies to prevent and treat symptoms of chronic disease across the illness trajectory in diverse populations and settings.

Key Principles

  1. Create strong, interdisciplinary research and scholarship collaborations within and beyond UVA School of Nursing to advance knowledge of symptom identification and management in serious or chronic diseases
  2. Design interventions that holistically support and improve quality of life for patients, family caregivers, healthcare providers, and community partners, with an emphasis on promoting health equity in underserved populations
  3. Engage and mentor faculty and students across all stages of the research continuum, including proposal development, study implementation, and dissemination of findings to enhance the impact and visibility of scholarship related to symptom science 



Pain is Personal

Virginia LeBaron, PhD was awarded a $3.4 million grant from NIH NINR to study cancer pain

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Symptom Science Team

An introduction to faculty on our Symptom Science Area of Excellence team.

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