Jane Armer, expert in breast cancer research and director of nursing research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri Columbia, will be the keynote speaker of the Mennonite College of Nursing Week at Illinois State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Mennonite College of Nursing, a Marion McDowell Stafford Charitable Trust Grant and the Sage Foundation Fund. It is also part of the 2013 Speaker Series of Illinois State University, which is celebrating 150 years of the Alumni Association.
Armer, a 1976 graduate of the Mennonite College of Nursing, is a professor at the University of Missouri. Along with her role overseeing nursing research at the Cancer Center, she is also the co-director of the Health Communication Research Center at the university’s Sinclair School of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on the more than 2 million women living with breast cancer, who are at a lifetime risk for developing a condition known as lymphedema, or a build-up of lymph fluid.
In 2000, Armer was appointed to the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN). She chairs the NLN's Research Committee and serves on the board of directors of the Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA). Armer was also appointed to the Nursing Core group of Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), the national medical oncology clinical trials research group, where she is vice-chair of the symptom intervention subcommittee.
The Speaker Series of Illinois State University seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.
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