NINR, the lead NIH institute for end-of-life research, has established the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research (OEPCR), part of NINR’s Division of Extramural Science Programs. Dr. Jeri L. Miller (pictured left), a former NIH intramural researcher with expertise in clinical practice and science policy, has been appointed as chief of the office.
“NINR-supported end-of-life and palliative care research has led the way in addressing some of the most critical challenges in clinical care today,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. “Through this new office, NINR will continue to advance end-of-life and palliative care science to build the evidence for clinical care.”
OEPCR will support ongoing NINR research efforts in end-of-life and palliative care science, including stimulating research initiatives, creating opportunities for collaborative activities and facilitating interdisciplinary science. In her new role as OEPCR chief, Miller will coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of end-of-life and palliative care science in interdisciplinary collaboration with the senior leadership of NINR, other NIH Institutes, federal research agencies, academia, and other outside experts and constituencies.
The new office builds on work Dr. Miller led for the past five years including a report titled: “Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care”, which looks at the trends in end-of-life and palliative care research publications over the past 14 years, including information on federal research awards, funding patterns, and the contributions of public and private investments in end-of-life and palliative care science.
NINR also sponsored several community events related to end-of-life science, including a trans-NIH national summit on "The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care.”