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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – July 2011

The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care

When: August 10–12, 2011
Where: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, MD
Institute: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

In August, NINR and partners will present The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care Summit. This free, three-day trans-NIH event will bring together scientists, researchers, health professionals, educators, and members of the public to focus on the important contribution of research in building a foundation for care for all patients and their families facing a serious advanced illness.

The Summit will begin on Wednesday evening with a unique public event titled "The Ethics of Science at the End-of-Life: A Town Hall Discussion." With assistance from the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics, this opening event will allow leading experts in science, medicine, and bioethics to converse with the public on critical, relevant issues faced both in research and in practice.

The Summit is being co-sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Institute on Aging, the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics, the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research, and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health. Portions of this event have been made possible by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, with generous support by Pfizer, Inc.

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The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care Summit is part of the yearlong observation of NINR's first 25 years at NIH. To learn more about the Summit, NINR, and the Institute's 25th anniversary, please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/25years.

This page last reviewed on August 23, 2012

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