Jane M. Armer, RN, PhD

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Dr. Jane Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing, Director, Nursing Research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, has conducted extensive work in the area of lymphedema prevalence, signs and symptoms, anthropometric measurement, and self-management among breast cancer survivors; fatigue among persons with lymphedema; and self-management of chronic illness. In 1998, Dr. Armer called together a multidisciplinary group of dedicated oncology clinicians and researchers to form a lymphedema research team at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, an integral partner in the Academic Health Sciences Center at University of Missouri. She is currently PI on the second of two R01s funded by National Institute for Nursing Research which follows breast cancer survivors prospectively from pre-surgery through 30 months post-op (first R01) and now to 84-months (current R01) to assess limb volume changes over time. A proposed study now under review will recruit the participants in the current R01 to be followed 7 to 11 years post-op. Dr. Armer has published some 60 research articles in the refereed literature, more than 30 of which are focused on lymphedema, and the majority of which report original research. She holds certification as a lymphedema therapist trained through the Lerner Institute on Lymphatic Studies, a leading educator in lymphedema management in the United States. She serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Lymphedema Network, where she has chaired the research subcommittee and served as a member of the scientific planning committee for the bienniel meetings; on the board of the Lymphology Association of North America, the professional certifying board for lymphedema therapists; and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society research advisory panel. She is director of the American Lymphedema Framework Project, a national partnership with the International Lymphedema Framework (ILF), which aims to increase awareness of lymphedema and improve care for persons with lymphedema in the US and around the world. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized for her international contribution to lymphedema research by the ILF in 2009.