Press Release: July 29, 2015


The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Announces 2015 Special Topics Conference Keynote Speakers and Panel Participants

The 2015 Special Topics Conference Takes Place October 14, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2015) — The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science will host the 2015 Special Topics Conference from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Grand Hyatt Washington on October 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Special Topics Conference will take place one day prior to the annual Policy Conference hosted by the American Academy of Nursing in the same location.

The 2015 Special Topics conference will focus on ways nurse scientists are innovating designs and interventions for engaging family in the treatments of chronic illness and will examine future directions for utilizing SMART and MOST designs to enhance knowledge about family interventions in health across the lifespan.

“This year, our Special Topics Conference focuses on emerging methodologies in family health, an important indirect influence on health and health outcomes,” said Council Chair, Marti Rice, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We look forward to conversation and analysis that will further nurse scientists’ understanding of family health research and how we can better utilize this collective knowledge to enhance our understanding and fuel future research not only in family health but in other areas that can utilize these emerging methodologies.”

The conference will include sessions on innovative design methodologies such as SMART and MOST designs, the use of biomarkers to advance caregiver science and methodologies to study economic outcomes. There will be 60 electronic poster presentations addressing the topic of family health research, two keynote addresses, and one featured panel.

Keynote speakers:

  • Linda Collins, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Statistics and Director of the Methodology Center at The Pennsylvania State University College of Health and Human Development, will address Optimizing Interventions for Family Health.
  • Shirley Moore, The Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will address the topic of Family Self-Tailoring focusing specifically on a Systems Approach to Improving Family Healthy Living Habits.

The featured panel titled Innovative Methods to Accelerate Family Nursing Research will include presentations from:

  • Elizabeth Corwin, Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.
  • Lisa Prosser, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the CHEAR Unit at University of Michigan.
  • Mi-Kyung Song, Associate Professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Nursing.

More information about the Special Topics Conference can be found at Specific information on schedule and speakers can be found in the preliminary program.

The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science is a council within  the American Academy of Nursing with open membership. The Academy is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Conference attendees can earn 6.5 continuing education credits.

Media may request complimentary passes from the Academy Communications Manager, Elyse Petroni, by emailing [email protected].

About the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science:

 The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) is an open membership entity of the American Academy of Nursing with the mission to foster better health through nursing science. The Council serves as a strong voice for nurse scientists at the national and international levels, supports the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science, and facilitates lifelong learning opportunities for nurse scientists.



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