The 6th Research Congress of the EAPC was held in Glasgow and broke several records for the highest number of submitted abstracts (663) and the highest number of participants (1406) from 39 countries. In all it was a great success and this congress secured the EAPC Research Congress as the premier international research meeting for palliative care.
We were delighted to welcome so many international speakers for the plenary sessions and the many themed sessions which spanned all research areas including symptom control, family carers and end of life care trajectories.
As is normal for the research congress, the majority of the programme consisted of oral presentations of submitted abstract which is a great strength of the meeting and a big incentive for researchers to submit their work. We awarded 5 prizes for the best oral abstracts and Drs Klepstad, Teno, Kurita, Simon and Abernethy were indeed worthy winners. We also presented the prestigious Junior Investigator Award to Dr Joachim Cohen for his exceptional work on using epidemiological data to research place of death.
The programme reflected the broad range of research in palliative care and also focused attention on a number of large European research initiatives including several multicentre studies and the recently formed Palliative Care Research Centre (PRC) in Trondheim, Norway. The PRC is now the centre-piece of the EAPC Research Network and it will further stimulate ambitious clinical research projects across Europe over the next years. The 7th EAPC Research Congress is scheduled for May 2012 in Trondheim, Norway.
Chair of the Organising Committee
Please click here to view the full report and download the pdf files of the presentations of the Congress