The Annual Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Conference 2017

Marie Curie jointly hosts an annual research conference with the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

"People who care: relationships at the end of life"

Date: Friday 6 October 2017

Theme: We are interested in learning more about the people who support those at the end of life and their families, carers and communities. This includes research on interventions and models such as public health approaches (e.g. compassionate communities) and volunteer-led initiatives. It also includes support for informal carers as well as professionals who support people at the end of life across settings.

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

The aim of the conference is to support the translation of research findings into practice. It is attended by Marie Curie staff, but is also open to other healthcare professionals, academics and all others with an interest in palliative care research.

Register for the conference

Registration for this conference is now open. To reserve your place, please visit the Royal Society of Medicine event page

The conference this year is free for all Marie Curie employees and Marie Curie-funded researchers. When completing your booking, please select the relevant box clearly stating your job title and institute. Please ensure you register with your Marie Curie email.

For any queries, please contact



Registration, tea and coffee


Welcome and introduction
Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive, Marie Curie


Naturally occurring supportive networks – reimagining palliative care
Dr Julian Abel, Specialist Palliative Care Consultant, Weston Area Health Trust


Question and answer session


Sub-optimal care for patients in the out of hours primary care setting at the end of life: a mixed methods study
Dr Huw Williams, RCGP Marie Curie Research Fellow and Clinical Research Fellow, Cardiff University


Question and answer session


Tea and coffee break and poster viewing


The hidden workforce in end of life care: the contributions of family carers and cost to their health
Gunn Grande, Professor of Palliative Care, University of Manchester


Question and answer session


Supporting family carers in best interest decision-making in dementia care at the end of life: findings from a cluster randomised control trial
Professor Kevin Brazil, Professor of Palliative Care, Queen’s University Belfast


Question and answer session


Presentation of prizes: Susie Wilkinson award


Lunch, poster viewing and judging


Trainee masterclass, Dr Jeremy Johnson


From hierarchies to networks – the formation of communities of practice through project ECHO
Professor Max Watson, Director Project ECHO, Hospice UK


Question and answer session


Building caring communities: can we learn from Palliative Care Provision in India?
Dr Jeremy Johnson, Emeritus Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Director of Education and Research, Bangalore Hospice Trust


Question and answer session


Panel discussion


Presentation of prizes: Joanna Mugridge award


Closing comments


Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting

See highlights of our annual research conference in 2015 and hear from some of our research team about their work.
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