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

The focus of this free 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 M. Arnold M.D.; Amber E. Barnato M.D., M.P.H., M.S.; Vicki Jackson M.D.; Timothy E. Quill, M.D.; and local presenters on the first day for a series of plenary talks, workshops and small-group discussions exploring the latest innovations in research, communication and care for people with serious illness. 

The first day is open to all interested people and there is no charge for attendance, however, registration is required by Nov. 7.  The second day of the symposium is by invitation only.

Symposium Day One
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. 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 in Caregiving”) and Mark Nepo (New York Times bestselling author of “The Book of Awakening” and “7,000 Ways to Listen”)
  • Workshops and small-group discussions led by national experts in palliative care (Drs. Arnold, Barnato, Jackson, Quill)
  • Download the program schedule.  Event locations are subject to change, so please check back.

Symposium Day Two
Nov. 18
by invitation only

On day two, a group of local investigators will participate in a “think tank” with the national palliative care experts to develop pilot project proposals, a limited number of which will be funded for up to $50,000 by the Walther program. Participants were selected from an application process that concluded in August.

The Walther Program Symposium is made possible by IU Health Division for Values, Ethics, and Pastoral Services; Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program; CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions; Goldstein Group Financial Advisory, LLC; and the Columbia Club; through a partnership with the Spirit & Place Festival.

For more information

Please contact Richard Frankel, Ph.D. at rfrankel@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.