The Center for Research on End of Life Care was established in 2014 to improve the quality of life and care provided to patients and families confronting life-threatening illness and death. The Center motto “Putting Research into Action” guides its mission to generate knowledge, techniques, and tools to improve medical care of seriously ill patients and the people who love them.
The Center has had remarkable success in its first two years of existence. It obtained over $12 million dollars in NIH Funding for grants ranging from a seven-year Outstanding Investigator award, to large multi-site prospective studies, exploratory and small grants, and scientist development awards from our core faculty members. To date five medical students have been awarded grants to receive research training on projects as varied as studies of the severity of suffering and challenges to effective symptom management in the Intensive Care Unit, to studies of ways to improve physician communication about patient prognosis and test results, and research to enhance the quality of life and adjustment of family caregivers and bereaved survivors.
People with intellectual disabilities face significant discrimination and may receive substandard medical care. The below videos are a resource for students and clinicians to learn more about caring for this population at the end of life and improve their clinical skills.
Co-Investigators: Jonathan Avery, MD; James Kocsis, MD; James Gang, BA
Dr. Shen has been selected to receive a MERIT Award (R37) from the NCI for her outstanding merit on an R01 application as an early stage investigator.
The Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at the Weill Cornell Medicine is currently recruiting participants for a study titled “Bereavement Rumination Process in Bereaved Adults”.