Vol. 28 No. 1 - Overview of Poster Sessions

By: Jie Deng, PhD, RN, OCN
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN

Vol. 28 No. 1 - Lymphlink Reprint, Archived January 2015

As one of more than 900 attendees, I was fortunate to attend the 11th Biennial NLN International Conference 
in Washington, DC. Although the conference was a few months ago, I feel like it happened yesterday because I truly enjoyed attending such an informed international conference. Time may wash away some of my memory of the entire conference, but I will remember what I have learned from interacting with other attendees and attending a number of podium and poster presentations at the conference. Today, I would like to share with you my experience about the poster presentation section. 

At the conference, the poster presentations were successfully offered and well organized by the Conference Committee. The posters were conveniently displayed by the entrance to the exhibit hall. There were several distinctive features of this year’s poster presentations that were different from the previous NLN conferences.

First, a record number of 52 abstracts were accepted as poster presentations. This number far exceeds the total for previous NLN conferences. These figures are indicative of the increased number of research scientists and healthcare professionals who are interested and actively involved in lymphedema research and clinical management of lymphedema in the past few years. 

Second, the authors of the poster presentations were from 11 different countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Korea, Poland, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These statistics largely enhanced the quality of the conference with perspectives and input from lymphedema researchers and clinicians all around the world. The conference provided the attendees with not only cutting-edge lymphedema information, but also an energetic and interactive international forum, providing a rich and diverse experience for all. 

Third, a wide range of topics were presented during the poster presentation segment. Topics included clinical research (eg, diagnosis, assessment, prevention, treatment, self-care) as well as work from bench science. Some interesting projects provided by the international researchers and clinicians were displayed as posters, including “Modeling Chronic Disease Self-Management Support in Lymphedema Clinic” (Benea et al., Canada); “The Elastic Garments Cause Enough Decongestion in Initial Therapy of Lower Limb Lymphedema (Shinobu et al., Japan)”; “Empowering Patients and Professionals – The Collaboration to Launch a Unique Canadian Lymphedema Magazine” (Kennedy, Canada); and “Reliability of Clinical Assessment Tools for Shoulder Dysfunctions in Women after Breast Cancer Treatment” (Groef et al., Belgium). Moreover, the poster presentations reported information and data regarding lymphedema in almost all the anatomical sites, including head and neck, upper extremity, lower extremity, genitals, as well as the trunk. Furthermore, some excellent complementary studies were presented, like “Effects of Yoga on Arm Volume, Quality of Life, Self-Reported Arm Function, Shoulder Motion, and Balance in Women with Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema” (Fisher et al.) and “The Effects of Ashtanga Yoga on Arm Volume, Strength, and Range of Motion in Women at Risk for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema” (Lee et al.). 

In addition, presenters used many different poster styles and exceptional designs were demonstrating the presenters’ enthusiasm to present their research findings or clinical experiences. 

In summary, the poster presentation section was truly impressive at the 2014 conference. As an essential part of the conference, the poster presentation section was another important avenue for attendees to review the most recent findings related to lymphedema and to provide the attendees with critical information regarding future directions of lymphatic science. Indeed, the poster presentation section was a uniquely beautiful landscape to successfully decorate the entire conference. The Conference Committee hopes everyone took some time from their busy schedules to visit the poster presentation section, which offered some insightful information as well as useful messages to take home. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016!

Jie.deng [at] vanderbilt.edu