You are cordially invited to CoxHealth’s Second Annual Research Day. The purpose of this event is to empower bedside staff to conduct and utilize research as well as highlight current research that has been conducted locally to improve patient outcomes.

The day is broken into two activities: In Part I, participants will receive insights on incorporating research into practice through multiple speakers with a range of topics, including conducting research while working in the clinical setting, epigenetics and the effect of gene modification on disease, and many others. In Part II, participants will be able to engage with investigators in the poster hall while they see the research process demonstrated into practice.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to engage with research experts and help build your confidence in utilizing research in your own practice!

2019 CoxHealth Research Day

March 29, 2019

Foster Auditorium and Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3 – Cox Medical Center South



PART I – Lecture Presentations Foster Auditorium
8:55 – 9:00 Welcome: Jade Burgess RN-BC, MSN
9:00- 10:00 Keynote Address: Shanina Knighton PhD, RN: “My research journey as a bedside nurse”
10:00-10:15 Break- Please visit our vendors in Café A&B
10:15-11:00 Carol Conley RNC, BSN, MBA, MHA: Reviewing the Literature
11:00-11:15 Break- Please visit our vendors in Café A&B
11:15-12:15 Paul Durham PhD, MS: Epigenetics.
12:15-1:00 Lunch – Served on Site in Café A&B
1:00-1:30 Marian Krasowski MD: Research in Trauma
1:30-2:00 Sharon McLain RNC-OB, BSN: Bladder Management and Patient Empowerment in Laboring Women with Epidural Anesthesia
2:00-2:15 Break- Please visit our vendors in Café A&B
2:15-3:00 Natalie Wlodarczyk PhD, MT-BC: Exploring the Effects of Parent-Composed Lullabies in the NICU
3:00-3:10 Evaluations, Adjourn, and Instructions for Part 2
Part II – Poster Presentations Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3
3:10-5:00 Poster Hall Open
5:00 pm Poster Hall Closes

Please note that topics/speakers subject to change due to unavailability.

Educational credit is currently being planned for physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and pharmacists. Please check back soon for more detailed information regarding educational credit.

Carol Conley, MBA/HA, BSN, RNC

Assistant Professor

Cox College

Springfield, Missouri


Paul Durham, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor

Director of Cell Biology and the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences

Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri


Shanina Knighton, Ph.D., RN

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio


Marian S. Krasowski, MD

Clinical Research Coordinator


Springfield, Missouri


Sharon McLain, BSN, RNC-OB

Staff Nurse, Labor and Delivery


Springfield, Missouri


Natalie Wlodarczyk, Ph.D., MT-BC

Director of Music Therapy

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

Cancellations received in writing to before or on March 20, 2019 will be entitled to a full refund. After March 21, 2019, a $10 processing fee will be withheld. No refunds will be made the day of the conference. No-shows will be charged the full conference fee.

In the event the Education Center cancels or reschedules a conference, participants are entitled to a full refund or the participant may transfer registration to the next scheduled activity.

CoxHealth is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled.