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NAH activities @ SIOG annual conferences

You can read about the NAH activities during the SIOG Annual Conferences and about the SIOG NAH investigators award.

- SIOG 2017 Annual Conference - Warsaw
- SIOG 2016 Annual Conference - Milan
- SIOG 2015 Annual Conference - Prague
- SIOG 2014 Annual Conference - Lisbon


SIOG 2017 Annual Conference

SIOG Nursing and Allied Health Interest Group & EONS Joint session - Thursday, November 09 - 16:15-17:45 - Warsaw III
Chairs: Martine Puts (CA) and Petra Stolz-Baskett (NZ)

16:15-16:35 - Caring for older patients with cancer with a patient-centred approach: does it impact health status, quality nursing care and trust in nurses? - Andreas Charalambous (CY)
16:35-16:55 - Smart phone real time symptom assessment and management - Emma Ream (GB)
16:55-17:15 - Falls in older patients with cancer: assessment and management - Schroder Sattar (CA)
17:15-17:35 - Dignity in care: developing, adapting and implementing the dignity care intervention (DCI) in community care for older persons in palliative phase - Ulrika Östlund (SE)
17:35-17:45 - Discussions and questions

Further information on the SIOG Nursing and Allied Health Interest Group

Further information on the SIOG 2017 NAH Investigator Award.

SIOG 2017 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
This award aims to recognise significant contributions from new investigators in geriatric oncology nursing and allied professions at international level. Selected for the outstanding quality of their work, two Nursing & Allied Professional Investigators will be competing for this SIOG Award. Further information on this award.

Meet our 2017 Award finalists:
The SIOG 2017 Nursing & Allied Health Award will be handed out during the Presidential Session on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 in room Warsaw IV & V.

Kristen Haase (CA)
Kristen Haase is a Registered Nurse and PhD candidate at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada and an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her research focuses on the patient experience with cancer, with particular interest in two areas: patient-healthcare professional interactions and the use of technology to optimize self-management in older adults. Kristen has clinical expertise in medical and surgical nursing, and the use of simulation in nursing education. Kristen has held fellowships and awards from the Nursing Intervention Research Group of Quebec, the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. Kristen has held funding as a principal investigator and co-applicant on research grants from several organizations, including the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
Her abstract will be presented during the following session.

 Ramona Moor (BE)
Ramona has achieved her Bachelor in Nursing at the Armand Weber Nursing School, in Verviers, Belgium and her Master in Public Health Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Brussels, Belgium. Since nearly eight years, she works as a Clinical Research and Care Coordinator in the field of Geriatric Oncology (GO) at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels.  In collaboration with the other members of her multidisciplinary team, she has created a clinical pathway dedicated to older patients with cancer in her institution. Thanks to financial support of the Belgian Cancer Plan, she participates in several studies and she coordinates a multicentric observational study focusing on the benefits of specific care for older cancer patients. Ramona is particularly interested in multidisciplinarity, geriatric assessment, active implementation of geriatric interventions, cancer treatment adaptation, perceived quality of life and patient’s satisfaction.
Her abstract will be presented during the following session.

Mackenzi Pergolotti (US)
Assistant Professor,  Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO USA
Mackenzi Pergolotti is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, in the College of Health and Human Sciences, at Colorado State University. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pergolotti worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) developing programs aimed to better address the needs of multiple populations. Realizing the impact of cancer rehabilitation provided at centers like MSKCC, she was driven to build the evidence-base and programs for cancer rehabilitation nation-wide.
Previously, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Pergolotti worked collaboratively with researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Cancer Research Outcomes Group and the Geriatric Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center through pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to look at utilization, access to and the quality of cancer rehabilitation. Her pre doctoral fellowship was supported by a T32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and her post doctoral fellowships were funded through an R25 Cancer Care Quality Training Program from the National Cancer Institute.
Her abstract will be presented during the following session.

SIOG 2016 Annual Conference

Pre-conference - Wednesday, November 16 - 14:00-16:45
SIOG Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) session (open to all delegates)
14:00-14:10 Introduction SIOG NAH Group
14:10-14:35 Polypharmacy practical aspects of clinical polypharmacy assessment and management Ginah Nightingale (US)
14:35-15:00 Education of oncology nursing in geriatric care Peggy Burhenn (US)
15:00-15:25 Patient engagement in research Martine Puts (CA)
15:25-15:45 Break
15:45-16:40 Round table discussion based on group interest - All
16:40-16:45 Closing SIOG NAH Group

SIOG 2016 Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award
This award aims to recognise significant contributions from new investigators in geriatric oncology nursing and allied professions at international level. The two finalists were: Martine Puts (CA) and Fay Strohschein (CA). The 2016 winner was

Fay Strohschein (Canada)
PhD Candidate, Nursing Clinical Consultant, McGill University, Ingram School of Nursing, Montreal, Canada

Fay Strohschein is a PhD candidate at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.  Her research interest in treatment decision making among older adults with cancer grew out of her clinical work with the Consultation Service for Senior Oncology Patients at the Jewish General Hospital, also in Montreal.  She has worked as a Nursing Clinical Consultant/Nurse Navigator with this program since its inception in 2006.  Throughout her studies, Fay has held fellowships with the Quebec Network for Research on Aging and the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her dissertation study was funded through an Oncology Nursing Foundation (USA) Research Grant and a Fonds de recherché du Québec - Santé Doctoral Training Award. 

 Her abstract (O12) was presented on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 09:45 in room Washington B.



SIOG 2015 Annual Conference

SIOG 2015 Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award

This award aims to recognise significant contributions from new investigators in geriatric oncology nursing and allied professions at international level. The three finalists were: Martine Puts (CA); Doris Lijsbeth van Abbema (NL) and Peggy Sue Burhenn (US).

The 2015 winner was: 

Doris van Abbema
RN, PhD student
Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Doris van Abbema, RN, PhD student, is a nurse at the Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands since 2008.

She worked on the Breast Centre of the Maastricht University Medical Centre and participated in several projects, among a project to implement an individualized care plan for breast cancer patients and to evaluate the care of young breast cancer patients with fertility concerns.  

In 2011 she graduated as health scientist at the Maastricht University after which she started her PhD on treatment outcomes in older cancer patients. She collaborated in the KLIMOP research group, which is a longitudinal cohort study on the long-term outcomes of older cancer patients. This study was performed in Belgium and the Netherlands.



SIOG 2014 Annual Conference

SIOG 2014 Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award
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The three finalists were Cindy Kenis (Belgium), Ginah Nightingale (US) and Heidi Yulico (US).

The 2014 winner was:

Cindy Kenis
Geriatric Oncology Nurse
UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Cindy Kenis has achieved her Bachelor degree in Nursing at KH Leuven (2002) and her Master in Nursing Science at KU Leuven (2005), Belgium.

As a geriatric oncology nurse, she is coordinating the largest multicentric studies within the Belgian Cancer Plan (CP) (CP 2009-2011: 10 centres; CP 2012-2015: 22 centres) focusing on the systematic implementation of geriatric screening and assessment in older patients with cancer, followed by geriatric recommendations / interventions and follow-up. Based on her experience, she started a PhD in 2013 within the field of geriatric oncology with the title: ‘Geriatric screening and assessment in older cancer patients’.