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Contact: Catherine Maroney-Galin
catherine.maroney@mssm.edu
212-241-5388
National Palliative Care Research Center

$1.8 million awarded for palliative care research to improve care of seriously ill patients

New York, NY – The American Cancer Society and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) are awarding $1.8 million in research grants to researchers at 12 institutions for studies aimed at reducing suffering for seriously ill patients and their family caregivers. The studies will be conducted over the next two years. Since 2007, a collaborative effort by the organizations has awarded 51 grants totaling almost $7 million. These grants, which are in addition to other grants in this area funded by the American Cancer Society, have brought much-needed research dollars to a field that has become an increasingly important part of patient care, but for which federal funding has been inadequate.

"One of the major barriers to reducing suffering for people living with a serious illness like cancer has been the lack of research funding directed towards palliative care interventions." said NPCRC Director R. Sean Morrison, MD, who is also professor of Palliative Care, Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount School of Medicine. "These grants from the NPCRC and American Cancer Society support research scientists who are advancing the field of palliative care. The research findings from our grantees will help ensure that we eliminate the suffering that is too commonly associated with serious illnesses like cancer."

Palliative care focuses on relieving suffering and supporting the best possible quality of life for adults and children living with serious illness. It is a field comprising doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists who care for patients with chronic illnesses, functional impairment, and a high burden of family caregiving responsibilities. Palliative care is provided at the same time as all other appropriate medical treatments.

The collaborative initiative between the American Cancer Society and the National Palliative Care Research Center is designed to support clinician investigators conducting patient-oriented research in palliative care in hopes of bringing more funding from federal agencies, which have supported some research in palliative care, but for whom it is not a priority area. Pilot data results are typically needed before a federal agency will consider funding a research project.

The 2010 Grantees:

NPCRC Pilot Project Support Grant Recipients

American Cancer Society Pilot Project Support Grant Recipients

NPCRC Junior Faculty Career Development Award Recipients

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Further details about the NPCRC and ACS 2010 Grantees and their research projects are available at http://www.npcrc.org/grantees/.

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The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) promotes evidence-based palliative care research in order to improve the care of patients with serious illness, and their families. The NPCRC was established in July 2005 with a grant from the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation and has received subsequent funding from the Olive Branch Foundation, Brookdale Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Betty and Norman F. Levy Foundation, Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee, American Express Foundation, Mill Park Foundation, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, LIVESTRONG, and the Atlantic Philanthropies and Mr. George Soros—both providing funds through the Partnership for Palliative Care. Located in New York City at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NPCRC works in partnership with the Center to Advance Palliative Care. For more information call 1.212.242.7447 or visit www.npcrc.org.



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