Keynote presentation highlights pain management for healthy aging

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will host its annual Zeigler Research Forum on May 8 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Silver Maple Ballroom in the Davis Center. The half-day event highlights the quality and diversity of research conducted by CNHS students and faculty.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Kushang V. Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H., research associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. An epidemiologist and gerontologist who completed doctoral training in preventive medicine, he will discuss issues related to chronic pain among older adults and opportunities to translate epidemiologic findings to promote healthy pain management and preservation of independent living.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Emily Coderre will present preliminary data from two studies investigating the neural processes underlying semantic integration of linguistic stimuli (words) and non-linguistic stimuli (pictures) in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The findings indicate that semantic integration of non-linguistic stimuli, like pictures or environmental sounds, is not impaired among individuals with ASD. She will discuss the implications of these results for clinical interventions.

The poster session will feature 50 research projects submitted by faculty members and students representing all CNHS departments.


8:15 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. Keynote: " Chronic Pain in Older Adults: Opportunities to Translate Epidemiologic Findings to Promote Healthy Aging" - Dr. Kushang Patel, University of Washington – Seattle

10:10 a.m. Poster Session

11:15 a.m. Research Incentive Grant Presentation: “Semantic Processing of Linguistic and Non-linguistic Stimuli in Individuals with Autism” - Dr. Emily Coderre, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Janet Lynn Essman Franz
Students in all majors will present research posters at the Zeigler Forum.