The Center for Palliative and Supportive Care's (CPSC) mission is to provide compassionate clinical care to those in need, train talented medical professionals in palliative and supportive care, and support research with the focus of how to best care for patients with life-threatening illness.

The  Research Scholars program is central to the CPSC's mission. The CPSC's core values are to serve with integrity and compassion, innovating in learning and research, leading through advocacy and influence, caring through collaboration and interdependence, and sustaining through community and collegiality.

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December 7, 2015
"Parent Experiences Surrounding Infant Deaths: Taking the Next Steps"
Presented by Erin Currie, PhD, RN

November 16, 2015
"Development of a Behavioral Intervention for Chronic Pain in Individuals with HIV"
Presented by Jessie Merlin, M.D, MBA

October 12, 2015
"Promoting Advance Care Planning Through Community Based Participatory Research: Challenges and Opportunities In The Deep South"
Presented by Sylvia Huang, Psychology Post Doc Fellow

September 21, 2015
"End of Life Care In Neurosurgical Patients: Implications For Policy And Research Opportunities"
Presented by Matt Davis, M.D

May 11, 2015
“Progress on 4-State Survey of Advanced Cancer Family Caregivers”
Presented by Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD

April 13, 2015
“Improving Dietary Patterns in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors to Optimize Disease Outcomes and Supportive Care: A Pilot Intervention Study”
Presented by Anna Arthur, PhD, MPH, RD

March 10, 2015
“The War on Cancer Pain:New Battles”
Presented by Judy Paice, PhD, RN, FAAN

February 9, 2015
"Chronic Pain in Ambulatory Palliative Care"
Presented by Elizabeth Kvale, MD, and Jessie Merlin, MD, MBA

October 10, 2014:

“5HT2A Agonists (Classic Psychedelics) in the Treatment of End-of-Life Distress”
Presented by Peter S. Hendricks, PhD, Associate Professor Public Health in the Department of Health Behavior

September 10, 2014:
“Survivorship Care Transition Intervention”
Presented by Elizabeth Kvale, MD, Associate Professor & Medical Director UAB Palliative & Supportive Care Outpatient Services

June 19, 2014:
"COPD/Asthma IPU & CMS Bundle Payment Pilot”
Presented by deNay Porter Kirkpatrick, DNP, APN-BC, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner, in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care Medicine

May 23, 2014:

“Immediate vs. Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care: ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial Patient Outcomes"
Presented by Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN FAAN, the Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair and Professor at the UAB School of Nursing
"Benefits of Immediate vs. Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer: Outcomes from the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial "
Presented by Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD

April 14, 2014:
Brainstorming Session with the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care Center Scholars

January 27, 2014 and February 26, 2014:
"Development of a Behavioral Intervention for Chronic Pain in Individuals with HIV - feedback on a K23 proposal”
Presented by Jessica Merlin, MD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care.

December 19, 2013:
"The role of oxytocin in the pain and stress responses of older adults"
Presented by Burel R. Goodin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology and Anesthesiology.

October 28, 2013 : 
“Integrating Palliative Care and Oncology: The University of Wisconsin Inpatient Experience" 
Presented by Gabrielle Rocque, MD, Medical Director of the Patient Care Connect Program with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

September 30, 2013 : 
“Preliminary Results: A Theoretical Model of the Psychological Processes of Surrogate Decision-Making at Adult End-of-Life in the ICU using Cognitive Task Analysis” 
Presented by
 J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, MA, MSN, RN, Instructor, School of Nursing; Palliative Care Nurse Interventionist, NPCRC, ENABLE CHF-PC;  Project Coordinator, ACS Reducing Disparities in Palliative Care;  Doctoral Candidate

June 10, 2013 :
" Comparing the Quality of end-of-life Cancer Care in the Medicare Population at Academic Medical Centers and Non-academic Medical Centers prior to and after the Enactment of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003"
Presented by René Jooste, M Pharm, CCRP,  Clinical Trial Billing Officer, UAB Office of Sponsored Programs.

May 14, 2013 :   
"Discharge Hospice Referral and 30-Day All-Cause Readmission in Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized for Heart Failure" 
Presented by Sridivya Parvataneni, MD, Research Assistant, UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging

April 15, 2013:
"Bioethical Considerations for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) in the critically ill" 
Presented by David H. James RN, DNP, CCRN, CCNS, UAB Center for Nursing Excellence

March 28, 2013:  co-sponsored event by The Palliative Care Center Scholars and the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) 
“HIV and Chronic Pain Research”
Presented by Jessica S. Merlin, MD, MBA, PCOR K12 Scholar and Assistant Professor Division of Infectious Diseases

January 14, 2013: 
“Work in Progress
(in palliative care in oncology)”
Presented by Kerri Bevis MD, Assistant Professor Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

December 10, 2012 :
“CanCORS Dataset” 
Presented by Mona Fouad, MD, Professor, Division Director Preventive Medicine.  CanCORS is one of the largest longitudinal cancer outcome trials undertaken.

November 13, 2012 : 
“Hospice Emergency Kits in End-of-Life Care for Veterans in Home Settings”
Presented by Amos Bailey, MD,
Professor and Director of Palliative Care Services - Birmingham VA Medical Center and Kathryn Burgio, PhD, Professor, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care