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Joint Psychological Medicine and Palliative Care PhD Symposium 2016

psych-pall-care_425x372Prize winners Clare Ellis-Smith (left) and Lesley Henson

Cicely Saunders Institute hosted the third annual joint Psychological Medicine and Palliative Care PhD symposium on 14 March 2016. Dr Lesley Henson (palliative care) won best oral presentation prize for her research on emergency department visits by patients with cancer. Clare Ellis-Smith (palliative care) won the poster prize for her presentation on the development of an assessment measure for people with dementia in long-term care.

The annual PhD Symposium aims to provide PhD students from both departments the opportunity to showcase their projects and network with colleagues and peers. This year’s oral and poster presentations included diverse topics and methodologies, while reflecting the overlap in research interests. Topics included health-related quality of life in multiple myeloma patients, violent behaviour amongst military reservists, a patient-reported outcome measure intervention in advanced heart failure patients, and salivary cortisol levels in chronic fatigue syndrome and interferon-alpha induced persistent fatigue.

Professor Ulrike Schmidt from department of Psychological Medicine commenced the afternoon and welcomed the delegates. The afternoon included six oral presentations, with poster viewing sessions over lunch and during breaks. Professor Irene Higginson closed the event, with a prize-giving by the event judges from both departments. The wine reception that followed provided the opportunity for all delegates to continue to share ideas, discuss research and network further.