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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-9

Meet the APJON Editorial Board

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The following oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, and other healthcare providers comprise the Editorial Board of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (APJON) for 2016. They are involved in cancer care and support APJON's mission to provide a platform for oncology nurses from Asia-Pacific region to share information in all field of oncology nursing from prevention to palliative care. Since 2015, there has been a special topic in each issue, with the topic editor soliciting articles reading all the submitted articles and serving as guest editor for that issue of the journal. We welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions for special topics. Contact information can be found at the end of each description.


Judith (Judi) Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN has her own consulting company, HealthQuest that addresses living with a life threatening illness. Her main clients are companies and organizations working in oncology and stroke. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (APJON) since 2014. Dr. Johnson has a diploma in nursing from Augustana Hospital in Chicago, IL, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Rochester, NY, Masters in Public Health Nursing, and Doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota (U of MN.). She also has a certificate in Chemical Counseling from the U of MN. and a Certificate in Oncology Nursing from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England. Dr. Johnson was elected as the Oncology Nursing Society's President in 1983-1987, to Board of Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer in 1998 and 2004 and appointed to the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) Board in 1988 and again in 1999.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) adopted Dr. Johnson's PhD thesis, I Can Cope education course, in 1980. American nurses quickly took up the course for their cancer patients followed by implementation globally. Research to adapt I Can Cope to the Swedish population was carried out in Lund, Sweden in 1987. Dr. Johnson also launched a PhD program at Hokkaido University of Health Sciences in Sapporo Japan and held a faculty position there from 1999 to 2004. She has received numerous awards including being appointed a Fulbright scholar. This lead to patient education (PE) projects at Tianjin, University and Cancer Center in China and Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. The ONS, ACS, and ISNCC awarded Judi their Distinguished Service Awards. She has obtained more than 20 grants, mainly to research studies in PE. Over 125 articles, book chapters and AV productions are to her credit long with having co-authored 5 books. Judi can be reached at judibj@comcast.net and editor@apjon.org.

Associate Editors

Sultan Kav, PhD, RN is a Professor at Baskent University, Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Nursing in Ankara, Turkey. She received her Bachelor of Nursing, Master and PhD degrees from Hacettepe University School of Nursing in Ankara, Turkey. She has over 25 years experiences in oncology nursing; is an active member of national and international organizations namely TONA (Turkish Oncology Nursing Society), ISNCC, EONS, ONS and MASCC. She was served on ISNCC and EONS Board and former president of EONS. She was the principal investigator of several studies of the education of patients receiving oral cancer agents, which led to develop "The MASCC Teaching Tool for Patients Receiving Oral Agents for Cancer (MOATT)©" and the MOATT͹ User Guide.

She is the recipient of the 2010 ONS International Award for Contributions to Cancer Care; prior to this she has received MASCC Young Investigator Award in 2004 and MASCC Best Young Investigator Award for her research study "Patient Education and Follow-up for Oral Chemotherapy Treatment in Turkey" in 2005. Sultan can be reached at sultan.kav@gmail.com.

Winnie K.W. So, PhD, RN is an associate professor of the Nethersole School of Nursing, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also contributes herself to more than 20 international referee journals as a reviewer. Dr. So has received regular invitations to present at conference or scientific meeting at local, national and international levels. Since 2003, she has delivered 26 invited presentations and 16 invited lectures. She also disseminates results of her research projects at various conferences and via publication of international referee journals. She has published 4 book chapters and 67 articles in national and international referee journals. She has also performed 86 presentations at various national and international conferences.

Apart from scholarship activities, Dr. So has been taking leadership roles in national, regional and international professional organizations. She was recently being elected as being the President of Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS). She is Board of Director (communication portfolio) and Chairperson of ISNCC, and Council Member of The World Association for Chinese Quality of Life (WACQOL) and Hong Kong College of Education and Research (HKCERN). Dr. So has been invited to be an advisor of patient association, national hospitals, and national/international professional bodies. She is a visiting professor of Union Hospital to support nursing leaders to develop and implement evidence-based practice for improving quality of care in the hospital. She is also an advisor of the Symptom Management Group, Tianjin Medical Cancer Hospital, China. She is also a honorary advisor of the education committee of the Hong Kong Liver Transplant Patients' Association. Winnie can be reached at winnieso@cuhk.edu.hk.

Myungsun Yi, DNS, RN is a professor at the College of Nursing Seoul National University in South Korea and the past-president of the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS). She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Seoul National University and her Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. She has been studying and working for women with breast cancer for more than 20 years. She established and operates the Korea Breast Cancer Cyber Center (www.kbccc.org) to support women with breast cancer by providing information and online counseling in Korea. She has worked as the president of the Korean Oncology Nursing Society during 2006-2007 and the Korean Association for Qualitative Research in 2002-2014. Myungsun can be reached at donam@snu.ac.kr.

Meera Achrekar, PhD, RN has worked in various capacities through a career spanning 25 years, and is presently Assistant Nursing Superintendent at the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre. She also holds the academic position of Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute (deemed university) at the Tata Memorial Hospital. She is also the Coordinator of ACTREC's Cancer Awareness Program, Principal Assessor with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare (NABH), Secretary of Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Millennium city branch, and External Secretary of the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS).

Meera obtained the Bachelor's (1986) and Master's degree (2001) in Nursing from Leelabai Thackersey College of Nursing, where she stood first during year two of the Master's program and stood first in Clinical specialty too. She also holds a Master's degree in Sociology, certification in Healthcare Waste Management, and a professional diploma in Clinical Research. She has, in 2015, been awarded the Doctorate degree by SNDT University for her research on 'Clinical communication skill of nurses." Her research focus is on "Quality improvement in cancer care nursing'. Meera has also presented papers at several national and international meetings, winning a first and a second prize for paper presentation. Meera can be reached at machrekar@actrec.gov.in.

Yati Afiyanti, SKp, MN is an associate Professor, senior researcher and lecturer Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia. She received her Bachelor of Nursing at Indonesia University, Indonesia in 1995, Master of Nursing at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 2002 and Doctor in Nursing at Indonesia University in 2011. She is expertise in women health especially in cancer gynecological issues, and also in qualitative research methods. During five years period, her research project has been focused on sexual health promotion and prevention particularly in the context of gynecology cancer and developing of supportive care program for Indonesian gynecological cancer. She had 30 paper presented in referee journals and conferences. Apart from her publications, she won the best research oral presentation award in 2015 the Asian Oncology Nursing Society Conferences and received the grant funding from Directorate of Higher Education, Minister of National Education, Republic of Indonesia to develop the training program for empowering Indonesian oncology nurses to contribute provide comprehensive nursing care for cancer survivors especially on psychosexual issues. Afiyanti can be reached at yatikris@ui.ac.id.

Kimberly Alexander, RN, BNurs, BHlthSc (PubHlth), MEd (Higher Ed), PhD is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Unit Coordinator in the School of Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Kimberly is the Subject Area Coordinator for Cancer Nursing within the School and teaches the coursework component of the postgraduate and undergraduate cancer curriculum and supervises quantitative Masters and doctoral students in the field. Kimberly has a double degree in Nursing and Public Health and she was awarded her PhD in 2011. More recently Kimberly graduated with a graduate certificate in Academic Practice and a Masters of Education (Higher Education). Kimberly has expertise in epidemiology, genetics, and cancer nursing. Her current program of research focusses on genetics and subjective patient experiences such as symptoms and Quality of Life. Her PhD investigated the relationship between quality of life and genetics in men with prostate cancer and she continues this research in people with cancer and other chronic conditions. Kimberly can be contacted via k.alexander@qut.edu.au.

Alberto Domínguez Aliphat, MD, BN, RN is an associate professor of the Oncology School Nursing, the Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, Mexico. He received his Bachelor of nursing at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) 1999, and MD. Degree at UNAM 2005. His research area focuses on cancer critical care. He is the principal editor of the Mexican Journal of Oncology Nursing. He had many papers presented in reference, journals, newsletters and conferences. He is now serving in the Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia as Chief Nurse. Alberto can be reached at aliphats_75@hotmail.com.

Marjana Bernot, RN, BSc is a Head Nurse at the Department of Inpatient Nursing and Care at the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a lecturer at the Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia for modules on oncology nursing and palliative care. She is a member of the Slovenian Oncology Nursing Society and the European Oncology Nursing Society, where she is a member of the Education Working Group. She is also involved in the working group for the development of oncology nursing specialization in Slovenia.

Her professional area focuses on nursing education, leadership, palliative care, medical and radiotherapy oncology treatment. She has participated in various conferences and has written 53 conference contributions. She has produced 3 of her own theses and mentored undergraduates on a further 27, focusing on research into evidence-based practice and other professional skills. She has published 3 handbooks and several professional articles in nursing and oncology journals. She has been involved in the SMILEON project call, Supporting innovative learning approaches through Mobile integration in the workplace-Oncology nursing. MarjanaBernot can be reached at mbernot@onko-i.si.

Yong-Yi Chen, PhD, MN, BN, RN is an Vice president of Hunan Cancer Hospital, The Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University in China. She received her Bachelor of Nursing at Central South University, China in 2002, Master of Science in nursing at Central South University, China in 2009 and Doctor of Philosophy at Central South University, China in 2013.

Her research area focuses on physical-psychological-social-spiritual care for cancer patients, the cancer patient satisfaction evaluation, vascular access, palliative care and standardized training of Oncology nursing specialists. She had more than 100 papers presented in reference journals, newsletters and conferences as well as more than 10 monographs. To commend her outstanding contribution to nursing administration, she received the Excellent Nursing Director Award, China in 2015. She is now serving the Asian Oncology Nursing Society as the Internal Secretary. Yong-Yi can be reached at 414700595@qq.com.

Li-Lu Chang, DNP, MSN, RN is the chief of the Center for Advancement of Nursing Education, Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center in Taiwan. Dr. Chang completed her BSN at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned an MSN-CNS and a DNP from the Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Chang's project research focuses on infection prevention, implementation of evidence-based practice, patient safety and quality of care. Her recent research focuses on nurse education and nursing leadership development. Dr. Chang is the past-president of Taiwan Oncology Nursing Society from 2008 to 2014. She has been leading the Taiwan Oncology Nursing Society to develop several clinical practice guidelines which are widely adopted among cancer centers in Taiwan. Li-Lu can be reached at Chang@kfsyscc.org.

Kai-Chow Choi, PhD, BSc is currently an Assistant Professor of The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has a PhD in Statistics and extensive experience in biostatistics and epidemiological studies. His research interests include epidemiology of obesity and metabolic syndrome, health behaviour research, particularly cancer screening behaviour and health care needs of cancer survivors, survival analysis with long-term survivors and competing risk models. He has jointly published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals on health care and medical research. Kai-Chow can be reached at kchoi@cuhk.edu.hk.

Greta G. Cummings, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN leads the CLEAR Outcomes (Connecting Leadership Education & Research) research program in leadership science in health services, which focuses on the leadership practices of healthcare decision-makers and managers to achieve better outcomes for providers and patients. Dr. Cummings has systematically documented both positive and negative effects of specific leadership practices on outcomes for the health system, the healthcare workforce and for patients.

She has published over 160 papers in the past decade and in 2014 was noted by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in Social Sciences. Dr. Cummings has received the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Research, and in 2015 was inaugurated into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Greta can be reached at gretac@ualberta.ca.

Kamala Devi, M. MSc, BHSc (N), RN is a Senior Lecturer at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore. She received her Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) at University of Sydney in 1996 and Master of Science (Advanced Practice in Cancer Care) at University of Surrey, United Kingdom in 2003. Her research focuses on quality of life in cancer patients, workforce issues and nursing education. She has served in several committees addressing nursing workforce, evidence-based practice and nursing education reforms. She is a member of the Education Committee in the Singapore Nursing Board and is now serving in the Singapore Nurses Association as the Board of Directors (Editorial). Kamala can be reached at nurmkd@nus.edu.sg.

Marichen A. Dychangco, PhD, RN is a Professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences of St. Paul University Manila and the Director of the Planning and Quality Assurance Office of the same university. She received her Bachelor of Nursing at St. Paul University Manila in 1989, Master of Nursing major in Clinical Nursing at the University of Asia and Pacific in 2004 and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education at St. Paul University Manila in 2015. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education from University of Chester in 2013.

Her research area focuses on nursing education, spirituality, death and dying, and nurse leadership. She has presented her papers in local and international conferences. She is acts as adviser, critique, panel member, and reviewer in her institution and other local schools of nursing. She has been active in the Philippine Oncology Nurses Association, Inc. as President, Secretary and treasurer. At present, she is the Auditor of the said organization, the sole accredited specialty organization for oncology nurses in the Philippines. Marichen can be reached at madychangco@gmail.com.

Emiko Endo, PhD, RN is a professor of Musashino University, Graduate School. She received her Associate Degree in English at Tokyo Woman's Christian University and her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Keio University. She received her Master of Science in nursing and Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) at University of Minnesota, United States, in 1996. She is focusing on cancer nursing within the framework of Margaret Newman's theory of health as expanding consciousness. She has many publications in terms of nursing interventions within the unitary, self-organizing, transformative paradigm in nursing science. She developed Oncology Certified Nursing Specialists who work within this framework. She is now retiring from the university and establishing the NPO Newman's theory-research-practice group in 2016. She can be reached at mxk02663@nifty.com.

Margaret I. Fitch, PhD, RN has a Bachelor of Nursing, Dalhousie University (Halifax) a Masters of Science in Nursing (Faculty of Nursing) and Doctorate (Institute of Medical Science), University of Toronto. Dr Fitch is Professor (Adjunct) in the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Professor in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also a Research Associate at the Sunnybrook Research Institute at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She maintains an active research program in supportive cancer care with an emphasis on understanding patient perspectives. Dr. Fitch is also the Expert Lead with the Person-Centered Portfolio of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She has provided leadership across the country in moving a person-centered agenda forward for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members. Dr. Fitch is also appointed as the Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. She was the Founding President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology and served as the President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She has written extensively about the supportive care needs of cancer patients and speaks regularly at national and international conferences on the topic. Margaret can be reached at marg.I.fitch@gmail.com.

Cathy Glennon, RN, MHS, NE-BC, OCN is the Director of Patient and Community Education at an NCI designated Cancer Center- the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. Cathy serves as adjunct Assistant Professor at the KU School of Nursing as well as frequent lecturer on leadership and genetics to multiple Schools of Nursing regionally. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Science at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Cathy serves as the KU Study coordinator for Drug Exposure Feedback and Education for Nurses' Safety (DEFENS), a 4 year multi-site interventional study with 11 NCI organizations, focused on oncology nurses' use of personal protective equipment and biological exposure to hazardous drugs. She serves as co-investigator for a bone marrow aspiration device study in addition to use of supportive therapies in the ambulatory oncology setting. In addition to serving on the Editorial Board of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cancer Nursing, she was elected to the Hospice and Palliative Certification Corporation (HPCC) Board of Directors and serves on executive committee as Secretary, Board Development Committee member and the Hospice and Palliative Nurse Foundation (HPNF) Scholarship Committee member. She is one of 9 members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Panel to develop a genetics/genomics toolkit as a platform for promotion of genomic nursing integration in the institutional practice environment. Cathy can be reached at cglennon@kumc.edu.

Esther Green, RN, BScN, MSc (T) is the Director, Person-Centred Perspective at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Esther is a co-investigator on research grants in the areas of mentorship, advanced practice nursing roles, patient safety and patient engagement and experience. She haspublished many articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored chapters in nursing textbooks. Esther is a member of several cancer societies, such as the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO); and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO). She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nurses, served on the Lambda Pi Chapter Board. She is a past-President of the Board of Directors ofthe Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (2001-03) and past-President of the Board, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (2005-07). Esther is a past member of the Board of Directors, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (2006-2014). Esther can be reached at Esther.Green@partnershipagainstcancer.ca.

Ilana Kadmon, PhD, RN, BSN is a Nurse Specialist in Breast Cancer at Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Her PhD is from The University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research involved psycho-social aspects of breast cancer, and the role of the Breast Care Nurse. She was a pioneer in developing the post of the Breast Care Nurse in Israel. This position was initially developed by her at Hadassah and initiated by the Israel Cancer Association. Beyond her clinical expertise, at the Hadassah School of Nursing, Ilana lectures and writes in many areas on breast cancer care in general. Ilana served as a Board Member of the European Oncology Nursing Society, and was also a member of the Editorial Committee of the European Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Ilana was involved in a mutual international collaborative project with nurses in Tianjin, China. She was there for seminars, and initiated some cross-cultural research in the area of partners of women with breast cancer, involving both countries. Moreover, Ilana has been invited to Cyprus, Greece Russia and Turkey to teach and give workshops. Ilana can be reached at ikadmon@hadassah.org.il.

Linda U. Krebs, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, a member of the Membership Committee of University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the Conference Management Portfolio for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She completed her BSN at the University of Vermont in 1968 and her Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado in 1977 and 1997 respectively.

Her research interests include cancer survivorship, alterations in sexual and reproductive dysfunction and cancer care in Native Americans and other underserved populations. She has extensive experience in oncology nursing and in oncology education for healthcare providers and the public, holding roles as oncology clinical nurse specialist and oncology nurse consultant/educator. She is Principal or Co-Investigator for several federally funded cancer-related projects, including smoking cessation in Native Americans and physical activity in cancer survivors. Additionally, she is a past national president of the Oncology Nursing Society and speaks nationally and internationally on cancer care. Linda can be reached at linda.krebs@ucdenver.edu.

Yeur-Hur Lai, PhD is a professor and director of School of Nursing at the National Taiwan University (NTU). She is also the director of Department of Nursing in NTU Hospital and Chief of Nursing for NTU Cancer Center. She received MSN in Oncology Nursing from University of Pennsylvania and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in USA.

She has served as President of Oncology Nursing Society of Taiwan (ONST) and President of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Lambda Beta At-Large Chapter during 2002 to 2009. She was also a board of director of Multinational Association for the Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) during 2007 to June 2012; and a faculty member of "supportive and palliative cancer care" committee for 2012 to 2015 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) conferences and ESMO-Asia Conferences during 2015-2016. She is the recipient of '2002 ONS International Award for Contribution to Cancer Care'; and the recipient of 2013 Nurses Researcher Hall of Fame (NRHF), Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. Currently, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of 'The Journal of Nursing Research' and editors for several international recognized journals. Professor Lai has involved in several national and international cancer related policy, education and academic committees and societies for more than 20 years. Yeur-Hur can be reached at laiyhwk@ntu.edu.tw.

David Larkin, PhD, BN, RN is the Clinical Cancer Research Nurse for Cancer Services and SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research at the Canberra Hospital. He is a Professional Associate at University of Canberra. He started his nursing career as an Enrolled Nurse in Palliative Care in 1992, completed the Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University, Australia in 2001, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Management at University of Canberra, Australia in 2008 and Doctor of Philosophy at University of Adelaide, Australia in 2014.

David's research interests include quality of life, survivorship, service delivery, patient experience, evidence synthesis and evidence translation. An early career researcher, David has over 50 papers presented in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences. He is a member of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Fatigue Study Group. He has previously served on the International Conference on Cancer Nursing Scientific Planning Committee, and is now serving the Cancer Nursing Society of Australia as a member of the Research Committee and Annual Congress Committee. David can be reached at david.larkin@act.gov.au.

Haeok Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN who is a Korean American nurse scientist, received her doctoral degree from the Nursing Physiology Department, College of Nursing, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 1993 and her post-doctoral training from college of medicine, UCSF. Dr. Lee worked at Case Western Reserve University, and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has worked at the UMass Boston since 2008. Dr. Lee has established a long-term commitment to minority health, especially Asian American Pacific Islanders, as a community leader, community health educator, and community researcher, and all these services have become a foundation for her community based participatory research (CBPR).

Dr. Lee's research addresses current health problems framed in the context of social, political, and economic settings and her studies have improved racial and ethnic data and developed national health policies to address health disparities in HBV infections and liver cancer among minorities. Dr. Lee's research, which is noteworthy for its theoretical base, is clearly filling the gap. Especially Dr. Lee's research is beginning to have a favorable impact on national and international health policies and continuing education programs directed toward the global elimination of cervical and liver cancer-related health disparities in underserved and understudied populations. Haeok can be reached at Haeok.Lee@umb.edu.

David Makumi-Kinyanjui, RN, MPC(C) is an award winning cancer control leader. The US Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) awarded him the prestigious Distinguished Award for contribution to cancer care in 2011. The following year the International society of Nurses in Cancer Care presented him with the Past President Award for his work in designing low cost models of increasing access to Breast Cancer Screening.

David is the East Africa Regional Cancer Programs Manager for the Aga Khan University Hospital. He has been involved in cancer advocacy on policy and legislation for over 10 years. David is currently the chair of the Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations thus he represents civil society on the board of the National Cancer Institute of Kenya. At the International level, David sits on the International Advisory Panel of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). David, a registered nurse, has a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative care from Dundee University and a Higher Education diploma in the same from Oxford Brookes University. He has been involved in several initiatives aimed at networking cancer nurses in Africa to share knowledge, experience and expertise. David can be reached at david.makumi@aku.edu.

Biemba K. Maliti, BSN, RN is a Nursing Officer Oncology at the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. She received her RN diploma at the Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia in 1999, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Zambia in 2006, and is currently completing her research for her Masters of Science in Nursing (Oncology and Palliative Nursing Science) from the Witwatersrand University, South Africa. She is the President of the Zambia Oncology Nurses Society. She presented a paper at the 16 th ICCN in Atlanta entitled "Challenges of Cancer Nursing in Zambia, where she was also a participant in the Breast Cancer Trainer of Trainers. She trained 14 nurses providing cervical cancer screening at Primary Health Care Centres in breast cancer in 2012. Biemba can be reached at biembakm@gmail.com.

Nwozichi Chinomso Ugochukwu, RN, RM, RPHN, BNSc, MScN is a lecturer and researcher at the department of Adult health Nursing, Babcock University School of Nursing, Nigeria. He received his Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) at Babcock University in 2011, Master of Science in Nursing (Medical-Surgical Nursing) at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka-India in 2015. His research area focuses on effective Chemotherapy administration, early cancer detection and cancer-related health information. He has written, presented and published several papers in indexed and referred journals as well as conferences and workshops. He is also currently serving as an editorial member of Cancer Nursing: the official journal of the International society of Nurses in Cancer care (ISNCC) and BioMed Central. He is also a member of many cancer health organizations, societies and committees such member of the ISNCC corporate and philanthropic Development committee. HE has received many Nursing awards. Chinomso can be reached at nwozichichinomso@gmail.com and nwozichic@babcock.edu.ng.

Rana F. Obeidat, PhD, CNS, RN is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Nursing, Zarqa University, Jordan. She received her Bachelor of Nursing at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan in 1997, her Masters of Nursing at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan in 2005 and Doctor of Philosophy at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, New York, USA in 2012.

Her research program which utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods is focused on the diagnosis and treatment experiences of Jordanian women diagnosed with breast cancer in general and early stage breast cancer in particular. The purpose of her program of research is to improve clinicians' ability to provide individualized quality care to Jordanian women, meet their decision making and support needs, and develop culturally sensitive decision support interventions. She received George Bennet Dissertation Fellowship, Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making in 2011, Shirley D. DeVoe Nursing Research Support Fund, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 2011, Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, World Bank Family Network Group in 2010, and Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O) in 2009. Further, she received Jordan Best Paper Award (Hikma Award), Jordan Oncology Society, Jordan in 2014 and was nominated for New Investigator Award, Oncology Nursing Society, USA in 2014. Rana can be reached at robeidat@buffalo.edu.

O. Abimbola Oluwatosin, PhD, RN, RM is a senior lecturer at the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she also obtained her Nursing degrees: BSc. (1984), MSc (1995) and PhD.(2005). She was a recipient of the International Oncology Nursing Fellowship (IONF), this was utilized at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas in 1999. Her research area focuses on early detection measures (EDM) and prevention of breast and cervical cancer among women in rural communities as well as Primary Health care nurses' client teaching of Early Detection Measure (EDM) of women cancers. She has over 50 publications in refereed journals locally and internationally.

Abimbola is a fellow of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Sigma Theta Thau, Honour Society of Nursing, the chair of the research committee of the Nigerian Chapter of North American Nursing Diagnosis Association International (NANDAI), African Network. She is an Alumnus of the ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) 2015. She is the nursing representative at African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) Council. Abimbola can be reached on aoluwatosin@yahoo.com and oa.oluwatosin@ui.edu.ng.

Kazuko Onishi, PhD, ND, MN, RN is dean and professor, Faculty of Nursing, SuzukaUniversity of Medical Science. She received her Diploma of Nursing atHyogoPrefectural Nursing School, Bachelor of Sociology at Bukkyo University in Japan in 1978, and Master of Science in Nursing (Oncology Nursing), University of California, San Francisco, U.S.A in 1995, while she had clinical practices at hospitals in Japan and USA for 19 years. And she earned PhD in Medicine, MieUniversity in 1996, Doctor of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, USA in 2005. Her research area in oncology nursing focuses on palliative care, stress coping and symptom management. She had more than 100 publications including articles and books.She served International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) at the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. She is one of Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) founders established in 2013 and since then she is serving as a treasure of Executive Board members of AONS. Kazuko can be reached at onishi65@suzuka-u.ac.jp.

Paz Fernández-Ortega, PhD, RN is the Research Nurse Co-ordinate at Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain. Associate professor at University of Barcelona-Spain, Faculty of Nursing and Health Science. She was degree in Nursing and Bachelor in Clinical Psychology at University of Barcelona in 1981 and 1985. She was Master in Qualitative Research and Postgraduate in Health Manager and Cancer Nursing. Today she is running the Doctorate program in Nursing Science at University of Barcelona and candidate for thesis reading next months. Chair of the Education Study group at Multidisciplinary Association for Supportive in Cancer Care (MASCC). Former member on the Executive Board of EONS; European Oncology Nursing Society, from 1999 to 2005 and, Board Member at the National Spanish Oncology Nursing Society SEEO till 2001. She belongs to the Node of Cancer at Joanna Briggs Institute and to the EANS European Academy of Nursing Science scholars group.

She has more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 100 presentations international and national meetings. Her area of expertise is symptoms management in cancer patient, chemotherapy and oral anticancer drugs, advanced patient, nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, Quality of Life assessment and advanced and palliative patient. She has received in 2014 the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30 years in oncology and professional contribution to the field of oncology nursing. Paz can be reached at mfo@iconcologia.net or paxfernandez2010@ub.edu.

R. Glynn Owens, BTech, DipPsych, DPhil, AFBPsS is Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Brunel University in 1974, and his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1977. His previous posts include Directorship of the Liverpool University Clinical Psychology programme, Professor of Health Studies at the University of Wales, and Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Bangor University.

His research areas encompass a wide range including psychological aspects of cancer care, end-of-life care, eating disorders and the ethics of end-of-life decisions. He has published over a hundred papers and several books on these and related issues. He has twice held the Presidency of the Independent Forensic Practitioners Institute and has provided expert testimony in legal cases in several legislatures around the world. Glynn can be reached at g.owens@auckland.ac.nz.

Cecilia G. Peña, RN, MAN finished her graduate studies at the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School with a degree of Master of Arts in Nursing. She graduated with honors: Benemeritus. Her concern for nurses in cancer centers and clinical oncology nursing prompted her to organize together with a medical oncologist and nurses from different hospitals, a nursing organization which now exist as Philippine Oncology Nurses Association (P.O.N.A.). She acted as Chief of Division of Nursing Research and Development which brought forth assignments as panel member and critique of several oncology nursing researches conducted by graduate students of the University of the Philippines College of Nursing and University of the Philippines Open University. Her experiences as Chief Nurse of the Department of Medicine added to her credentials being invited as lecturer, panel reactor, resource speaker in nursing symposia and conferences.

She has received awards as outstanding alumni, outstanding nurse supervisor of Philippine General Hospital and Excellence award in Nursing from the Association of Nursing Service of the Philippines. Currently, she is President of the Philippine Oncology Nurses Association, Inc. She is an active Board member of the Asia Oncology Nurses Society and an Editorial Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing. Cecilia can be reached at cecilepena@yahoo.com.

Chua Gek Phin, MN, BN, ONC, RN is the Director of Patient and Family Education Department at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. She received her Bachelor of Nursing (1995) and Master of Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia (1997) under the WHO Scholarships. During her years of service, Gek Phin had presented extensively both locally and internationally. She was awarded the Best Clinical, Education and Leadership Poster Award during the 18 th ICCN Conference in Panama City in 2014. She also received numerous awards including the Ministry of Health National Day Commendation Award (2004); Ministry of Health National Day Long Service Award (2014) and the President Nurse Award (2013). She had also contributed an article in the book "101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses". She is currently embarking on a research study to establish the information needs of the patients with cancer and their level of satisfaction with the information received. This study is supported by a grant from the Community Cancer Fund. She is currently a Board Member of the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS). Gek Phin can be reached at ncccgp@nccs.com.sg.

Pongpak Pittayapan, RN, DNSc is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology, Nursing Department, Siriraj Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. She received her Bachelor of Nursing Science since 1980, Master of Nursing Science since 1985, and Doctor of Nursing Science since 1999, from Mahidol University. She further received certificate of Oncological Nursing from Royal Marsden Institute of cancer research, London, UK since 1988.

Her research area focuses on Stress & Coping, Quality of life, Survivorship Care Plan and Palliative Care. She had presented abstract in Cancer Nursing Conference as follow: ICCN 2002 at Norway, ICCN 2006 at Canada, ICCN 2008 at Singapore, ICCN 2010 at Georgia Atlanta, ICCN 2012 at Czech republic and ICCN 2015 Cancer Nursing Research: Global Strategies and Implications for Evidence Based Practice at Vancouver, Canada. She also join MASCC Conference and present her abstract every year. She is the co-founder of Asian Oncology Nurse Society (AONS) and serves as Chair of Scientific Planning & Conference Management Committee of the 1 st AONS Conference in 2013. She was recognized as a Nurse Leader contribution to the growth of AONS with the "Plaque of Appreciation" in the opening remark of the 2 nd AONS Conference in 2015. She is now the President of Infusion & Chemotherapy Society of Thailand, and serves as the member of Executive Board of AONS. Pongpak can be reached at pittayapan@gmail.com.

Sulochana Retnamony, B.Sc. Nsg., M.A. Sociology is the Deputy Nursing Superintendent of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and she has been serving cancer patients for the last 37 years. She has completed her General Nursing and Midwifery from the Christian Medical Association of India board from 1973-1977. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Mumbai University in the year 1991. She has done her certification in Palliative Care Training from Princes Alice Hospice and Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom in 1993. She has completed certification programmes in Caring for Patients with HIV Aids and Hospital Administration from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences respectively. She has further received her Master's degree in Sociology from Madurai Kamaraj Univerity in the year 2007.

She is a member of various professional organizations both within the country and internationally. She has conducted and initiated many national and international programs for nurses including workshops, seminars, symposiums, competitions, awareness programs and conferences. She has been an invited speaker, resource person and panellist in various forums. She has received the Past President's Award from International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) in London for initiating and sustaining the Training Program on Palliative Care in India. She is the President of Oncology Nurses Association of India (ONAI) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS). Sulochana can be reached at sulochanaretnamony@rediffmail.com or retnamonys@tmc.gov.in.

Shiow-Ching Shun, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, National Taiwan University. She received her Bachelor's in Nursing at National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan in 1993, her Master's in Nursing at the Taipei Medical University in 1999 and her Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, United States in 2005. She received her post-doctoral training at National Taiwan University. After receiving her BSN, she gained nine years of clinical care experience with gastrointestinal cancer patients. She has been devoted to oncology nursing for over 20 years.

Her research interest centers on helping cancer patients deal with symptom distress during cancer trajectory, especially with cancer-related fatigue. She has published 30 articles related to symptom management and cancer care in SCI journals. She is now serving as a board member with the Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and as a committee member of the Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC). Shiow-Ching can be reached at scshun@ntu.edu.tw.

Pam Shockey Stephenson, PhD, RN, AOCNS is Assistant Professor at Kent State University's College of Nursing, in Kent, Ohio, USA. Dr. Stephenson earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Akron, USA in 1988, her Master's in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2000, and her doctorate from Kent State University in 2011. With over 20 years of oncology nursing experience she has worked in inpatient, radiation, and medical oncology areas where she applied her training as a mental health counselor to the oncology population. She continues to provide consultation to local medical oncology programs.

Her research focuses on the development of spiritual uncertainty as a new construct for people with a life-limiting illness. She has published and presented numerous papers towards the conceptual and theoretical development of this concept and has recently joined a research team working to apply spiritual uncertainty to families with adolescent children who also have a parent in hospice. Pam can be reached at pstephe2@kent.edu.

Kemala Rita Wahidi, MHA, BN, RN, ETN, DNSc is a leader of Nursing Professional Committee of the Dharmais National Cancer Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia. She received a Bachelor in Nursing from University of Indonesia in 1991, Master of Health Administration from University of Indonesia in 1998 and Doctorate degree in nursing from Gajahmada University in 2015.

Her research focuses on malignant wounds in women with breast cancer, which includes bio-psycho-socio-spiritual aspect and improving quality of life for the breast cancer patients. She has delivered presentations in national and international nursing conferences. She also teaches in nursing and master hospital administration in Esa Unggul University. She is now the President of Indonesian Oncology Nursing Association (IONA), and serves as the member of Executive Board of Asian Oncology Nursing Association (AONS). Rita can be reached at kemalarita@gmail.com.

Qi Wang, a head nurse works in Nursing, Department of Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital. She once worked as a head nurse in the operating theater (OR) of the hospital and as a board of director served for the OR Committee in Tianjin Nursing Association. In 1990, she studied oncology nursing in Royal Marsden Hospital in London, Britain, for a year. In 2004-2008, she served as a board member of the International Society of Nurses on Cancer Care and became much involved in oncology nursing and clinical oncology nursing, especially palliative care and patient education. She has published papers and translated articles over 10 and was a coauthor to finish many chapters in 4 books in oncology nursing. She has participated in many International Conferences in Oncology Nursing and gave a couple of presentations there. She has been working as an oncology nurse for over 25 years. Qi can be reached at qiwong@126.com.

Shigeaki Watanuki, PhD, RN is a Professor of Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, National College of Nursing, Japan. He received his Bachelor of Health Sciences, Major in Nursing at University of Tokyo, Japan in 1990, and Doctor of Philosophy at University of Minnesota, United States in 2003. He has been actively involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as clinical nursing research activities.

His research area focuses on use of assessment scales and nursing interventions for older persons experiencing delirium (acute confusion) associated with hospitalization. His research area also focuses on pre-/post-surgical care and outpatient long-term follow-up for older persons having esophageal cancer and their families. He is a member of Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society of Nursing, and a reviewer of the Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science and the Journal of Japan Academy of Gerontological Nursing. Shige can be reached at watanukis@adm.ncn.ac.jp.

Bo Xu, BN, RN is the Director of Oncology Nursing Committee, Chinese Nursing Association. She received her Bachelor of Nursing at Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College in 1995. After that, she achieved Fellowship of UICC and studied in M.D. Anderson Cancer Center U.S.A.

Her research focuses on fatigue on cancer-related symptom assessment and management. During the latest years, she published approximately 11 literatures and launched several researches in related domain. At same time, she organized to edit or translate 7 books and participated to formulate Nursing Practice Standards for Intravenous Therapy and Formalized Standards for Pain Care organized by Department of Health in P.R China. Apart from that, she won the Past President's Award given by the International Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) in 2014. She is now serving the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) as the Board of Directors (Conference Committee). Bo can be reached at hlb8568@sina.com.

Patsy Yates, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN is jointly appointed as Head, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and Director for Queensland Health's statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). She has over 30 years' experience in research, education and clinical practice in cancer and palliative care. She leads a range of research and service improvement programs focused on developing workforce capacity in cancer and palliative care, advancing the management of cancer related symptoms and treatment side effects, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice in cancer care. She is currently President for Palliative Care Australia.

Patsy has received awards in recognition of her research, teaching and service, including being awarded the Tom Reeve Oration Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Care and Life Membership from the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia as well as the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. Patsy is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Patsy can be reached at p.yates@qut.edu.au.

Biostatistics Consultant

Doris Y. P. Leung, PhD, MPhil, BSc is an Assistant Professor at the Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Her main interests are in psychometrics and the application of structural equation modeling in educational and health psychology. She have co-authored more than 120 papers/abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals, 1 book, 5 book chapters, and generated over 150 conference abstracts. Dr. Leung also served on editorial board and invited reviewers in several international journals. Her current research programs include cancer prevention, palliative care and teaching and learning in higher education. Doris can be reached at dorisleung@cuhk.edu.hk.


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