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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 20 minutes for a presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

12th Annual NANN Research Summit

Join us for the next Research Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 28-30, 2017 by submitting a Research Project or Evidence-Based Practice change project or proposal that you have implemented or are planning to implement and evaluate by early Spring 2017.

The submission deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:00PM CDT.

Selected individuals attend the fully-compensated summit each spring to present their research or practice change outcomes and discuss the process/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 Advisory Panel. All submitters will be notified in December 2016 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 Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please note that each participant may be 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.

Submit your proposal, where you will need to create a Login and Password to submit. You cannot log in with your NANN Username and Password.


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 The work you are submitting must not have been previously published or presented and will not be published or presented before the Research Summit.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

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Wimmerstedt, NANN Education Coordinator, at

11th Annual Research Summit

With the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition, NANN held its 11th Annual Research Summit April 5-7, 2016, in Scottsdale, AZ, at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort.

The Research Summit started with a Preconference Workshop "A Career as a Nurse Scientist in the Field of Human Milk and Breastfeeding: Sustaining a Program of Research." and keynote address, "Mix Up Your Methodologies to Answer Many Research Questions," both of which were delivered by Diane Spatz, PhD RN-BC FAAN, University of Pennsylvania.

Abstracts from the 2016 Summit will be available to NANN members in the June 2016 issue of Advances in Neonatal Care.

11th Annual Research Summit Attendees

Research Summit 2

Row 1 (Left to right)
Joy Henderson - New York Presbyterian
Donna Dowling - Case Western Reserve University
Ashley Darcy-Mahoney - Emory University
Ana Diallo - University of Connecticut
Stephanie Lewis - Troy University
Aimee Pilapil - Maury Regional Medical Center
Kathy Dudding - University of Arizona
Ann Phalen - Thomas Jefferson University

Row 2 (Left to Right)   
Wanli Xi - University of Connecticut
Christine Wetzel - Carle Hospital, Illinois
Sheila Gephart - University of Arizona
Kirsten Hanrahan - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Elizabeth Sharpe - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Kaylee Evans - Mayo Clinic
Dorothy Vittner - University of Connecticut
Jenny Quinn - NorthBay Medical Center
Jeanne Franza - MidState Medical Center
Lisa Damato - Case Western Reserve University
Madeline Haas - Case Western Reserve University

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