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- Coordinate actions between groups and individual researchers across Europe and from USA, Canada and Australia
- Plan and conduct international multicentre studies
- Promote palliative care research in Europe with the aim to improve research funding
- Apply for further national and international funding on behalf of the participants in the centre
- Initiate and develop evidence based guidelines and perform update of treatment guidelines when appropriate.
- Establish an international PhD program for teaching young investigators/researchers
The European Palliative Care Research Centre (PRC) was officially launched in October 2009. The PRC will improve palliative care through research, teaching and implementation of research findings in an international setting. The PRC is based at NTNU's Faculty of Medicine and at Trondheim University Hospital, and was established with recommendations and support from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). The Norwegian Cancer Society has awarded a major grant of 15 Million NOK (1.8 Million Euro) to establish the PRC. The centre will coordinate groups and individual researchers across Europe along with researchers in North America and Australia. The PRC is based upon an open invitation for all active researchers in palliative care to participate.
The PRC emphasises research within the area of symptom control that includes assessment and classification as well as understanding of the basic underlying mechanisms of common symptoms and signs. Large scale studies with a prospective design will be prioritised.
The scope of the PRC will encompass clinical, translational and basic research and the studies will be conducted in close collaboration with, and as an integrated part of, the EAPC Research Network (EAPC RN).