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Nursing & Allied Health Interest Group Leadership

Cindy Kenis (Belgium) - Chair

Cindy Kenis has achieved her Bachelor degree in Nursing at the College of Nursing in Leuven, Belgium (1999-2002). Aftwards, she has accomplished her Master in Nursing Science at the KU Leuven, Belgium (2002-2005) and finished her Academic Teacher Education in Medical-Social Health Sciences at the same university in 2007. In October 2015, she defended her PhD dissertation with the title ‘geriatric screening and assessment in older patients with cancer’ succesfully at the KU Leuven, Belgium.

Currently, she works as a geriatric oncology nurse at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. Within the Belgian Cancer Plan, she has coordinated the largest multicentric studies (period 2009-2011: 10 Belgian hospitals; period 2012-2015: 22 Belgian hospitals). Both studies were focusing on the implementation of a systematic geriatric screening and assessment within the Belgian cancer population. Her daily clinical practice and research is fully related to this topic.

During the past years, she has given national and international several lectures and presentations according to this topic. She’s also frequently asked to give educational sessions in different kinds of settings: medical students, nursing students, professional health care workers,… In 2014 she is awarded with the SIOG Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award and in 2015 with the SIOG Young Investigators Award.


Martine Puts (Canada) - Vice-Chair

Martine has completed her Bachelor in Nursing, Master in Health Sciences and her PhD on the topic of Frailty in community-dwelling older adults in the Netherlands. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Solidage Research Group on Frailty and Aging, Jewish General Hospital/ Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal Canada.

Her research focuses on improving care for frail older adults with cancer and she is particularly interested in geriatric assessment and management, treatment decision making and treatment adherence and quality of life. She has been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award to support her research.

She is supervising several doctoral nursing students interested in geriatric oncology.


Kristen Haase (Canada) - Member

Assistant professor tenure-stream, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto Canada.
Kristen Haase is a Registered Nurse and PhD candidate at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada and an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on the patient experience with cancer, with particular interest in two areas: patient-healthcare professional interactions and the use of technology to optimize self-management in older adults. Kristen has clinical expertise in medical and surgical nursing, and the use of simulation in nursing education. Kristen has held fellowships and awards from the Nursing Intervention Research Group of Quebec, the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. Kristen has held funding as a principal investigator and coapplicant on research grants from several organizations, including the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.


Ginah Nightingale (USA) - Member

Current Position/Education/Training
Ginah Nightingale, Pharm.D., BCOP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy after which she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia and then completed a second year Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. She is a board certified oncology pharmacotherapy specialist.

Current Pharmacy Practice/Role/Responsibilities
Dr. Nightingale is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) for the past 5.5 years in both the didactic and experiential settings. Dr. Nightingale’s clinical practice sites include the inpatient Medical Oncology unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the ambulatory Senior Adult Oncology Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Kimmel Cancer Center where she provides medication therapy management services, medication adherence counseling and medication education.

Current Projects/Research Interests
Dr. Nightingale’s research interests include senior adult oncology, specifically, medication related problems including polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate medication use, adverse drug events and medication adherence in senor adults living with cancer.


Schroder Sattar (Canada) - Member

Schroder Sattar is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Schroder's research interest focuses around falls and functional outcomes in older adults with cancer.  Schroder has recently published findings of a mixed-methods study examining fall assessment and reporting in outpatient oncology clinics, as well as the impact of falls on cancer treatment regimen in community-dwelling older patients. 




Petra Stolz Baskett (New Zealand) - Member

In 2016, Petra Stolz Baskett moved back into clinical oncology nursing practice at the Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board, Nelson Hospital in New Zealand, after spending a decade in Switzerland where she was working as an oncology/chemotherapy nurse and lecturer at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur. She completed a MA(Nursing) degree at Massey University (NZ) in 2002, and is currently finishing her doctoral studies through the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College in London – UK. Her dissertation work examines the experiences and needs of informal caregivers of older cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatment. Her clinical work and educational interests are focused on supportive care needs of older cancer patients and their families in different cultural settings and advanced nursing practice role developments across primary and tertiary settings to meet the needs of geriatric and/or oncology populations.