Walther Palliative Care Symposium

On Nov. 17-18, 2014, the Mary Margaret Walther Program in Palliative Care Research and Education will host a two-day symposium entitled “Passages and Promises: Innovations in Palliative Care Research, Education and Practice.” 

The focus of the symposium is on research for improving communication among patients, family members and clinicians in the context of advanced cancer and other advanced diseases. 

Acclaimed authors Gail Sheehy and Mark Nepo will join national palliative care physician experts Robert Arnold, Amber Barnato, Vicki Jackson, Timothy Quill and local presenters on the first day for a series of plenary talks, workshops and small-group discussions exploring the latest innovations in care for people with serious illness. 

The first day is open to all interested people and there is no charge for attendance.  It is an extension of the 19th annual Spirit and Place Festival, which will conclude on Nov. 16 with a conversation entitled “Journey’s End,” featuring Ms. Sheehy, Mr. Nepo and Dr. Quill. That conversation will focus on the importance of understanding what patients may hope for and fear at the end of life and the role palliative care can play in helping them achieve their goals.

The second day of the symposium is by invitation.

Symposium Day One
Monday, Nov. 17

  • Open to researchers, clinicians, educators, patients/family members, and practice organizations in the community
  • Plenary presentations by Gail Sheehy (author of “Passages” and “Passages for Care Givers”), Mark Nepo (New York Times bestselling author of “The Book of Awakening” and “7,000 Ways to Listen”) and national experts in palliative care (Robert Arnold, Amber Barnato, Vicki Jackson, Timothy Quill)
  • Oral abstracts and workshops

Symposium Day Two
Nov. 18
by invitation only

  • Day-long “think tank” bringing together the national palliative care experts with 12-15 local investigators who have research interests and experience in palliative care for patients with advanced cancer
  • We anticipate selecting 12-15 local investigators via an application process and review; all interested parties are encouraged to apply
  • In advance of the symposium, “think tank” participants will form into collaborative teams that will brainstorm research ideas with the national experts
  • The goal of the “think tank” is to develop fundable projects, two to three of which will be funded by the Walther Program for up to $50,000 each. Funded projects will be based on innovation, relevance to the Walther Program mission and potential for R level funding
  • Download the application form.

The symposium is made possible with the support of the Walther Cancer Foundation; Indiana University Health Cancer Centers; IU Health Division for Values, Ethics, and Pastoral Services; IU Simon Cancer Center; IU School of Medicine; Goldstein Group Financial Advisory LLC; and the Columbia Club; and through a partnership with the Spirit & Place Festival.

For more information

Please contact Mary Lynn Hoffmann at hoffmaml@iu.edu for additional information and any questions you may have.

Learn more about the mission of the Mary Margaret Walther Program in Palliative Care Research and Education.