Dr. Ann Cashion

Moderator:  Ann Cashion, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.  Her funded research and clinical interests target genetic/genomic and environmental components associated with outcomes of organ transplantation.  In her most recently funded study she combines emerging technologies (microarrays) and behavioral questionnaires to investigate gene-environment interactions leading to obesity in recipients of kidney transplantations during the first year after transplant.  Dr. Cashion serves as Communication Chair of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored GAPPNet (Genetic Applications in Practice and Prevention Network).  GAPPNet is a collaborative initiative involving partners from across the public health sector who are working together to realize the promise of genomics in healthcare and disease prevention.




Dr. David Dinges

Presentation Title:  "The Critical Role Sleep Need Has in Health and Safety"

David Dinges, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, and Director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His research focuses on biological, behavioral, cognitive and psychological effects of fatigue and stress from lifestyle, work demands, sleep loss, and disturbances of circadian biology. During the past 30 years, his research has been continuously supported by major grants from the National Institutes of Health, NASA, Department of Defense, and other agencies. With support from NINR, his laboratory has discovered and documented the sleep-dose response effects of chronic partial sleep deprivation, and the critical role of recovery sleep dynamics in human neurobehavioral functioning. Dr. Dinges has served on the NINR Advisory Council, Institute of Medicine committees, and as an international expert on safety. He has advised a large number of both federal and private entities in the U.S. and abroad on scientific evidence for human performance failure in major accidents, as well as regulatory policies regarding duty hours and fatigue management in healthcare and many other industries. Dr. Dinges has been President of both the U.S. Sleep Research Society and the World Federation of Sleep Research. He is presently Editor-in-Chief of SLEEP, the leading scientific journal on sleep research and sleep medicine in the world. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the highest honor NASA awards to a non-Government employee.

Dr. Susan Dorsey

Presentation Title:  “Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Correlates of Neuromuscular Dysfunction in Muscular Dystrophy ”

Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Neural & Pain Sciences in the Dental School, is a full faculty member in the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, and is an active faculty member in several campus-wide programs including oncology, neuroscience, and genetics and genomic medicine. Dr. Dorsey’s basic and translational program of research in the molecular, cellular, and genetic mechanisms underlying the development and persistence of chronic pain has been continuously funded by the NIH and the American Pain Society. She is co-director of the School of Nursing’s Center of Excellence in Disorders of Neuroregulatory Function and the principal investigator of the NINR P30-funded University of Maryland-Baltimore Center for Pain Studies. Her currently funded R01 supports preclinical mechanistic and intervention studies designed to identify new therapeutic targets that can be used to improve or ameliorate antiretroviral-associated neuropathic pain. Her most recent project, supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding, addresses molecular signaling associated with pain and neuromuscular dysfunction in muscular dystrophy.


Dr. Jillian Inouye

Presentation Title:  “Management of Chronic Illnesses in a Diverse Population”

Jillian Inouye, PhD, APRN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She is the immediate past president and Founding Member of the Asian American/Pacific islander Nursing Association. Her area of expertise is in cognitive behavioral interventions for chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. She is the Principal Investigator of three NIH grants, including two supported by NINR. Her recent completed projects include the Center for Health Disparities Research (a partnership with the University of Washington) where she served as the Mentor and Research Core Director, and serving as the PI for the Online PhD Program for Rural Underserved Communities, which became the first online PhD program at the University of Hawaii.  Previously, she served as the behaviorist for the Diabetes and Prevention Program arm in Hawai'i and worked at the Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Branch as a psychologist and initiator of a “Keiki (Child) Feeding Team” which provided family assessments and interventions for Children with feeding disorders. Dr. Inouye’s research focuses on interventions for diverse populations with health disparities.



Dr. Bernadette Melnyk

Presentation Title:  “Reducing Length of NICU Stay and Improving Outcomes in Premature Infants and Parents with COPE”

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, is Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Dr. Melnyk is an internationally recognized expert in theory-based intervention research and evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk’s record of extramural research and educational funding, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, and HRSA totals more than 11 million dollars. Through a series of 9 randomized controlled trials, she has supported the efficacy of her COPE intervention program in improving the outcomes of critically ill/hospitalized children and premature infants and parents, which has been adopted by hospitals and insurers throughout the U.S. Her current NIH-funded RO1 grant is a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of her COPE/Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program to prevent overweight/obesity and depression in 800 culturally diverse teenagers in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Melnyk’s record of scholarship includes over 150 publications, two books, and numerous distinguished awards for her contributions to improving children’s health, nursing and healthcare.

Updated Date: May 4, 2012