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2017 Keynote & Plenary Speakers


Keynote Speaker


Sally Thorne

University of British Columbia (UBC) Schools of Nursing

Vancouver, BC CANADA

Presentation: Keynote


Sally Thorne is a Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, where she has maintained a longstanding program of substantive research and publication in the fields of cancer and chronic illness experience. She has been active in the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, serving as the inaugural Director-at-Large for Research on the CANO Board from 2011-2014, and currently serves as an Editorial Board member for the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. She is currently Associate Editor of Qualitative Health Research, and Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Inquiry, as well as author of many publications on applied qualitative research methodology, including the a popular text, Interpretive Description, that integrates a nursing angle of vision into qualitative design logic. 


Plenary Sessions

Plenary I (Presentation 1)
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Regional Partner Joint Session




Linda Sarna


Los Angeles, California USA






















Why Tobacco Policy Matters for Cancer and for Oncology Nursing


Dr. Linda Sarna, Dean and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair, UCLA School of Nursing, is internationally recognized for her scholarly activities promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control. As the Principal Investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative she initiated the first national program to help nurses quit smoking in the US and to promote the role of nurses in tobacco control, inaugurating the award-winning Website, She was the lead investigator on an analysis of 27-year smoking trends of participants in the Nurses' Health Study and led a team of investigators in the examination of national smoking trends among health care professions. She has led translational research projects to increase nursing interventions to treat tobacco dependence among hospitalized patients in the U.S., China, and Eastern Europe using web---based educational programs and resources. Dr. Sarna has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on policies related to nurses and tobacco control, including the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and leading the implementation of a tobacco-free policy at UCLA.

Dr. Sarna’s honors and awards include election as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing, recognition as a Distinguished Research Professor by the Oncology Nursing Society, and induction into the International Nurse Research Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International. 


Plenary I (Presentation 2)
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Regional Partner Joint Session


Bridget Johnston

University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Glasgow, UK


Palliative Care


Professor Bridget Johnston holds the post of Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice Research in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Scotland. This a joint post between the University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Bridget is a registered nurse and has a clinical, educational and research background in palliative care. Bridget qualified as a nurse from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London before undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree in nursing at the University of Wales, College of Medicine (Cardiff).  She completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education whilst in Cardiff. She graduated with her doctorate, PhD from the University of Glasgow in Scotland 2002.  Bridget has worked in the Universities of Stirling, Dundee and Nottingham. Bridget was a Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care and co-lead of the Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care at University of Nottingham from 2013-April 2016.

Bridget’s research has centred on self-care and advanced cancer, telehealth and palliative care symptom management in palliative care and laterally developing and testing interventions related to dignity and end of life care.  She has a keen interest in her current role in supporting nurses to integrate and implement evidenced base practice and building clinical academic careers. Bridget supports a number of PhD students doing palliative care studies.   Bridget is part of the End of Life studies research group in Glasgow.

Bridget is Section Editor BMC Nursing. 


Plenary II
International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) International Partner Joint Session








Youngmee Kim

University of Miami

Miami, FL USA 


Research and Practice for Informal Cancer Caregivers: Past Present and Future


Dr. Youngmee Kim is Associate Professor of Psychology and Member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on the quality of life of cancer patients/survivors and their family caregivers. She examines biobehavioral mechanisms of the link between cancer-related stress and health at the individual as well as family/dyadic levels. her work has been supported by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Cancer Society Intramural and Extramural Research Programs. She has been Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research  and Translational Behavioral Research.


Plenary III
Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) International Partner Joint Session










Oxana Palesh

Stanford University

Stanford, CA USA


















Management of Cancer Related Side Effects During and Post Treatment: Focus on Insomnia, Cancer Related Fatigue and Cognitive Impairment


Dr. Oxana Palesh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Dr. Palesh is also a Director of Research at Stanford Cancer Survivorship Research Program. She focuses on understanding the etiology and psychophysiology of treatment side effects in cancer patients and survivors with the goal of developing and testing novel therapeutic approaches to improve clinical outcomes and reduce symptoms, premature aging, and mortality. Dr. Palesh’s ongoing clinical NIH-funded research includes testing novel behavioral and pharmacological interventions as well as innovative delivery approaches for management of sleep, cancer related fatigue, circadian rhythm disruption, cancer-related cognitive impairments, and health-related quality of life functioning during and subsequent to cancer treatment. Dr. Palesh’s laboratory is focused on  developing interventions that can also be delivered widely in community oncology settings across the United States, and therefore we are testing these interventions’ feasibility and acceptability in such settings.


Plenary IV
European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) International Partner Joint Session








Manuela Eicher

University of Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland


Psychosocial Interventions in Cancer Nursing: Implementing Evidence Into Practice


Initially trained as a nurse, and holding a PhD from University Witten/ Herdecke in Germany, Manuela Eicher is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Higher Education and Research in Health Care at Université de Lausanne and University Hospital Lausanne. Her Professorship includes an appointment as research consultant in the Departement of Oncology at University Hospital Lausanne. Her research and teaching focuses on supportive care in cancer including the monitoring and self-management of symptoms, self-management support and the development and implementation of new models of care including specialized nursing and advanced practice nursing. Over the last years, she contributed to teaching and practice standards for cancer nurses at Swiss and European level as well as to establishing academic-practice-partnerships in Switzerland. Manuela Eicher is currently a research affiliate at University of Sydney Nursing School, Australia and Invited Professor at the Institute of Nursing Science at Vienna University.


Plenary V (Presentation 1)

Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) International Partner Joint Session

Ka-ming Chow

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China 


Using Research to Inform Sexuality Care for Gynecological Cancer Patients


Dr Ka-ming Chow is an Assistant Professor of the Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a registered nurse and a registered midwife, and has worked at gyne-oncology specialty for more than 8 years. Her research focuses on psychosocial care and symptom control for oncology patients, in particular sexuality care for gynecological cancer patients. Her publications include interventional studies and review papers in peer reviewed journals. She received a Young Investigator Award in 2013, and has been invited to present at various local and regional conferences. In recent years, she has successfully obtained a total amount of exceeding HKD 1.5 million from various research funding agencies including General Research Fund and Health and Medical Research Fund. She has extensively translated research findings into high-quality clinical practice. She is currently an editorial board member and a reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals, such as World Journal of Oncology Research, Cancer Nursing, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing and International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC).


Plenary V (Presentation 2)
Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) International Partner Joint Session

Miwako Eto

MN, Certified Nurse Specialist

Bell-Land General Hospital



Developing a Nursing Intervention Program for Patients with Cancer Symptoms on Collaboration Between Certified Nurse Specialists and Faculty Members of Nursing


Miwako Eto is a Certified Nurse Specialist in Cancer Nursing and Nurse Manager in the Palliative Care Unit at Bell-Land General Hospital.





Plenary III - Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) International Partner Joint Session