March 2009-Medical center to host internationally recognized nurse scientist

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC public relations 

The UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, the College of Nursing and The Nebraska Medical Center will host Carol Estwing Ferrans, Ph.D., next month.


Dr. Ferrans will be the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center grand rounds speaker and the college’s 20th Visiting Nurse Scholar.


Dr. Ferrans, associate dean for research and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, will present “Research: Exposing the Deadly Difference” during an April 14 Eppley Cancer Center grand rounds luncheon presentation on campus.


The UNMC College of Nursing and The Nebraska Medical Center also will co-host a community presentation and reception that evening.


Dr. Ferrans also will make other presentations at the college and The Nebraska Medical Center, as well as meet with individuals.


The professor, who also is deputy director of the University of Illinois Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, has conducted studies focused on quality of life and disparities in health care for 20 years. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health.


An important part of her research has focused on cross-cultural issues, including approaches to increase validity of data and participation in research for minority populations in the United States.


Ann Berger, Ph.D., who will direct Dr. Ferrans’ visit to the UNMC College of Nursing, said Dr. Ferrans’ talk will focus on a program in Chicago to increase early detection of breast cancer among women of diverse backgrounds and economic levels.


The luncheon will be held at noon in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation required.


Reservations for the dinner presentation are required. RSVP by April 2 to or call 559-6565. Those who make reservations are asked to provide name, nursing license number, state of licensure, address, phone number and e-mail.


Free continuing education credits are available during both talks.

Date Published: Monday, March 23, 2009

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