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Research Summit

NANN's Research Summit allows neonatal nurses currently engaged in research or evidence-based practice projects the opportunity to present their research or projects to an audience of their peers. Each participant has 15 minutes for a presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

14th Annual NANN Research Summit

The next Research Summit will be in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 26-28, 2019. The deadline for proposals was Monday, November 12, 2018. Selected individuals attend the fully-supported Summit to present their research or practice change outcomes and discuss the process and results with other researchers from around the country and the world!

All submissions will undergo a blind review process (i.e., the reviewers are unaware of the applicant's identity) for quality, relevance and merit by the NANN Research Committee. All submitters will be notified in December 2018 regarding the status of their submission. Approximately 20 people will be selected to participate in this program. Individuals who have not presented at the past two Research Summits will be given priority. Selected participants will receive support for their summit attendance as follows:

  • Round-trip non-refundable coach airfare to Phoenix from any United States airport/point of origin.
  • Two (2) nights hotel accommodations at the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please note that each participant is asked to share a hotel room with another participant.
  • Complimentary meals during the Summit.

Each participant will be allowed 20 minutes for a presentation (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion). Additional information regarding the program will be sent in conjunction with acceptance letters.

This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.


1. The work you are submitting must not have been previously published or presented and will not be published or presented before the Research Summit.
2. You must include documentation of IRB approval or exemption with your submission.
3. Your abstract body is not to exceed 500 words.
4. You must be a NANN member in good standing.
5. Before the Summit, you must submit your abstract to the NANN Journal, Advances in Neonatal Care (maximum 250 words).

If you have any questions, please contact NANN Education at


13th Annual NANN Research Summit

NANN held its 13th Research Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 10-12-30, 2018 and 23 members were selected to participate. Keynote speaker Leslie Parker led the summit off with her session on Optimizing Enternal Nutrition in Extremely Preterm Infants. Over the next two days, presentations ranged from unit-focused to globally impactful work. Topics ranged from the golden hour to gastroschisis and post-operative feeding, moral distress and Neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the effects of skin-to-skin contact on oxytocin release. Thank you to all presenters, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and all contributors.

Research Summit

Row 1 (from left)

Julie Long - Florida Hospital for Children
Rachel Wiener - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Katie Malin - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Ann Phalen - Thomas Jefferson University
Elizabeth Walvoord - University of Wisconsin
Jacqueline McGrath - University of Connecticut
Liz Sharpe - The Ohio State University
Cheryl Riley - Baylor University
Christen Fenton - Akron Children's Hospital
Gloria Yennaco - Catholic Medical Center

Row 2 (from left)

Elizabeth Schierholz - University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Finch - Creighton University
Patty Macho - Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Sunny Hallowell - Villanova University
Paulina Saravia - Medical City Lewisville
Alison Dunlap - Creighton University
Leslie Parker - University of Florida
Janelle Macintosh - Brigham Young University
Frances Penny - Southern Connecticut State University

Row 3 (from left)

Marion Bendixon - University of Florida Candice Hobbs - Mayo Clinic
Noreen Beus - Creighton University
Dorothy Vittner - University of Connecticut
Shelley Thibeau - Ochsner Baptist
Shelly Fleiner - Caron Children's Medical Center/Banner Health
Sarah Croop - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Amy Koehn - University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Jessica DelVecchio - Mead Johnson Nutrition


MJN-logo-3c-pos-largeThe Research Summit is made possible through an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.