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Training in Interprofessional Education for Palliative Care in Oncology

The University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Program for Palliative Care and Chronic Illness has received funding for Training in Interprofessional Education for Palliative Care in Oncology from the National Cancer Institute to assist in developing interprofessional education curricula.  A national training program, iPEX (InterProfessional Education eXchange), is being launched to train, support and provide resources to selected faculty teams.

We invite you to join a national training program in Interprofessional Education for Supportive Care in Oncology. This project, funded by the National Cancer Institute (R25CA203637), has research components and IRB approval.

Only 10 interprofessional teams of 3-5 health science faculty will be selected in 2018. Application is now open and will be extended until April 30, 2018 or until enrollment limits are reached.

For more information about iPEX, the InterProfessional Education eXchange: A National Program to Advance Interprofessional Education in Cancer Care, visit:

Pragmatic Trials for Dementia Care in Long-term Services and Support Settings R61/R33

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-18-585
CFDA Number: 93.866

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for pragmatic trials for dementia care in Long-term Services and Support (LTSS) settings which will: (1) be designed to address practical comparative questions faced by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementia (ADRD) patients, clinicians and caregivers (both paid and unpaid); (2) include broad and diverse populations; and (3) be conducted in real-world settings. These trials are intended to produce results that can be directly adopted by healthcare providers, patients or caregivers for rapid translation.

Deadline Dates: Applications may be submitted on or after February 23, 2018. The deadline for receipt of optional letters of intent is 30 days prior to the application due date. The deadlines for receipt of full applications are: March 27, 2018; February 20, 2019; and February 20, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. This FOA will expire on February 21, 2020.

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EOL and PC Health Literacy R01/R21: Improving Outcomes in Serious, Advanced Illness

Types of studies may include innovative methods or approaches such as qualitative, mixed methods, observational, quasi-experimental, and experimental with focus on individual- and family-centered outcomes. It is strongly encouraged that the investigative teams be interdisciplinary and include nurse scientists and early stage investigators. Investigators are also encouraged to consider using existing palliative care research networks, such as the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group, to carry out small, multi-site trials when appropriate.

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Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Updates

The Cambia Health Foundation recently expanded the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program to include emerging leaders in palliative care who are physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, chaplains, psychologists, pharmacists and other health system professionals.

The goal is to be a catalyst for system and culture change by developing palliative care leaders who put patients and families first so that they can live well in the face of serious illness.  We recognize that passionate leaders who can move the field forward come from diverse backgrounds and multiple disciplines.  The Cambia Health Foundation is investing in emerging leaders to improve the quality of life for people with serious illness and to increase the capacity of the field to provide palliative care across multiple settings so that patients and families can access it wherever they want when they need it most.

Interested parties must submit a Letter of Intent by February 1, 2018. After review, a select group of applicants will be invited to submit full applications by June 1, 2018. More information, including details about eligibility, is available at Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.


NIH Webinar Series: Mind the Gap

Research Methods Resources
A New Website from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention

Presented by David Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Prevention
Director of the Office of Disease Prevention

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ET

This webinar will provide a guided tour of the new website, Research Methods Resources, and discuss its relevance to the changes in NIH requirements for applications for clinical trials submitted on or after January 25, 2018. It will include examples to illustrate the use of the sample size calculator for group- or cluster-randomized trials, which is included on the website.


Save the date: 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference for palliative care and hospice professionals

Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference for palliative care and hospice professionals will take place on October 26th, 2017 from 12-5pm EST.   Complimentary CME/CNE credits are possible.

Registration is free and the conference is recorded so individuals/teams can watch parts of the conference, and come back and watch the recording later.   

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NINR Director’s Lecture: 9/20/17

In September, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will hold the third Director’s Lecture of 2017. Dr. Mary Beth Happ will present: “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Improving Communication with Critically Ill Patients” 

September 20, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)
NIH Campus – Bethesda, MD

 In her presentation, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Improving Communication with Critically Ill Patients,” Dr. Happ will describe her program of research which addresses family bedside presence during critical illness, end-of-life care and treatment decision making in the ICU, and patient and family outcomes in acute-critical illness.

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 About the Speaker:

Dr. Mary Beth Happ is a Nursing Distinguished Professor of Critical Care Research and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She is an NIH-funded researcher in the areas of critical care and aging. For over 20 years, Dr. Happ’s research has focused on improving care and communication with impaired patients, and their families and clinicians during hospitalization and at the end of life. She developed the SPEACS-2 online training program and toolkit for use with ICU patients. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Happ has authored more than 120 journal articles, editorials, and book chapters.

About the Event:

This event is free and open to the public. This event will not be webcast, but it will be available on YouTube a few weeks following the lecture.

 To request reasonable accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please contact Nathan Brown at 301-594-9262 / [email protected] or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339 before September 13, 2017.

Changing policies impact NIH-funded studies involving human subjects

Message to NIH grant applicants/awardees, contractors, researchers and research administrators:

If you are conducting NIH-funded research that involves human subjects, or are considering applying to NIH for support of such research, we want to call your attention to important changes that may affect how you:

  • select the right NIH funding opportunity announcement
  • write the research strategy and human subjects sections of your application
  • comply with appropriate policies and regulations

First, familiarize yourself with the new PHS Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information form (for application due dates of January 25, 2018).  Learn about the new form here.

Second, review  the updated NIH definition of a clinical trialVisit the NIH webpage on the definition that includes case studies, FAQs and other resources that can help. Still unsure?  Contact your NIH program official or the scientific point of contact listed on the funding opportunity announcement to which you are applying.

Third, familiarize yourself with NIH policy changes related to enhancing stewardship of clinical trials.

Visit the new Clinical Trial Requirements for NIH Grantees and Contractors web page to bring together all the information you need to know.  Please review this information carefully.  Your attention to detail will be critical to ensuring successful funding of your clinical trial awards.