2018 Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship


April 13, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m.
HPNP Complex

The College of Nursing, UF Health, and the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center are partnering to present the  2018 Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship. The Nursing Research Summit will showcase innovative research that can be used to solve complex health problems.

Registration and Abstract Information

There is no fee.

Registration is closed.

Abstracts are due by March 2 at noon. Submit your abstract here.

Please see for correct abstract formatting: Sample abstracts 



8:30 am to 9:00 am         Sign-in and Poster Viewing
Atrium, Ground Floor                                

9:00 am to 9:15 am          Introductions and Welcome: Dr. Sandra Citty, Dean Anna McDaniel, Dr. Michael Weaver

 9:15 am to 10:15 am       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sandra Dunbar*

10:15 am to 10:45 am      Coffee Break/Poster Viewing
Ground Floor

10:45 am to 11:45 pm      eposter Session or Simulation Experience
 Rooms G112, G114, G307, G312, G316, NRC

11:45 am to 12:45 pm      Lunch

11:45 am to 12:45 pm      Graduate Student Mentoring with Dr. Dunbar
Room 3203  

12:45 pm to 1:00 pm        Poster Awards

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm           Research Panel: Emerging Technologies to Solve Highly Complex Health Problems*

2:00 pm to 2:15 pm           Break

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm           Leadership Panel: Optimizing Academic-Practice Partnerships to Promote Nursing Research and Scholarship to Solve Complex Health Problems*

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm           Adjournment

Sandra Dunbar

Keynote Speaker and Malasanos Lecturer

Sandra Dunbar, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA

“Lessons Learned from Translational Research with Complex Health Problems”

Dr. Sandra Dunbar is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advancement at Emory University School of Nursing. She has been a member of the faculty in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing since 1988. She is a cardiovascular nurse researcher and educator whose program of research focuses on self-management and psychosocial responses to serious cardiac illness.

Dr. Dunbar research has been centered translational research and intervention development. She has test integrated self-care approaches for persons with heart failure (HF) and concomitant  diabetes, and an intervention to improve outcomes for HF family caregivers. She completed a study testing a family-focused intervention to improve self-care by patients with chronic heart failure and a clinical trial of a psychoeducational intervention to improve outcomes (depression, anxiety, functional status) of high-risk arrhythmia patients treated with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). She has led a T32 Institutional Training Grant focused on interventions to improve outcomes in chronic conditions, and is currently the training director for the AHA funded research center for Cardiovascular Health Disparities. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses and the American Heart Association and has received the prestigious Katherine A. Lembright award from the American Heart Association for her contributions to cardiovascular nursing research.



The Malasanos Distinguished Lectureship brings distinguished speakers to the university every year to discuss a wide variety of health topics of interest to clinicians, patients, and the public.

The Malasanos Distinguished Lectureship was endowed in 1992 in honor of John Malasanos, husband of former College of Nursing Dean Lois Malasanos.

For more information on the Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship, contact Laurie Rinfret

Phone: (352) 273-6321
Fax: (352) 294-8102


Disclosure Statement: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content of these activities.

* Continuing Education Credit: Attendance for these three sessions and completion & submission of an evaluation form is required to earn 3.0 contact hours.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.