Cutting edge palliative care research to be unveiled at 9th World Research Congress in UCD

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Advances in palliative care through modern technology, including remote patient monitoring and symptom assessment through body sensors will be unveiled at the three day conference in UCD.

New studies on the future of palliative care in the community, Mortality Followback Surveys and cancer pain management will be introduced before 1,200 delegates as Ireland plays host to the congress for the first time. Registration is now open at

Plenary speakers are Dr Russell Portenoy of MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care in New York and Dr Stein Kaasa, Head of Oncology Department at Oslo University Hospital.

Dr Portenoy, also the Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and a Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the provision of palliative care. In 2013, Dr. Portenoy was elected one of 30 “visionaries” in palliative care by the membership of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Professor Stein Kaasa, an MD with specialisation in medical oncology, radiotherapy and palliative medicine, will deliver a lecture on hospital integrated care pathways in palliative care. For many years he has been involved in the development of national and international guidelines for cancer treatment.

The programme also includes an extensive session on Advance Care Planning – a topic that is particularly relevant for the Irish audience given that the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015, which includes a new provision to legislate for Advance Care Directives, was passed by the Oireachtas in December.

Top European researchers will be speaking at the Congress including Dr Brenda O’Connor, Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Francis Hospice, Dublin.

Chairperson of the Irish Association for Palliative Care, Ms Niamh Finnucane said, “We are delighted that Ireland plays host to the 9th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care this year. 

“The Congress is now considered the most important meeting place for palliative care researchers; where cutting edge research from a variety of professions is presented and discussed in the sessions. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for researchers and professionals to share their work so that we can improve the experience of palliative care for all people.”

The congress is open to professionals and students with an interest in palliative care. CPD accreditation is available. For more information or to register see

This article originally appeared on the Irish edition of ehospice

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