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Jeri L. Miller, PhD, MS, MSc, to Speak at 2018 Palliative Care Symposium

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is thrilled to announce that Jeri L. Miller, PhD, MS, MSc, has joined the list of plenary speakers at this year’s National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research, Oct. 11-12, in San Diego.

Dr. Miller is the Chief of the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research (OEPCR) at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The OEPCR coordinates and supports ongoing NINR and NIH research efforts in end-of-life and palliative care (EOL PC) science, including:

  • Stimulation of end-of-life and palliative care research initiatives;
  • Creation of opportunities for collaborative activities;
  • Facilitation of interdisciplinary EOL PC science; and,
  • Identify opportunities for science to inform policy and practice.

Agency’s Role in Supporting and Evaluating Palliative Care Research

A major program priority for OEPCR is to coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of end-of-life and palliative care research in direct collaboration with other NIH Institutes and Centers, federal research agencies and outside constituencies.

At the symposium, Dr. Miller will discuss the interplay of research with clinical practice, why research is mutually important to scholars and practitioners at all levels, and avenues for obtaining funding for palliative care research.

An Experienced Researcher, Analyst and Leader

Dr. Miller was the former Head of the Office of Research on End-of-Life Science and Palliative Care Investigator Training, and Education and Science Policy in NINR’s Division of Science Policy and Public Liaison. She has expanded this role in OEPCR as both Chief and Senior Science Policy Analyst.

Dr. Miller completed her NIH post-doctoral IRTA fellowship through the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development with a cross-appointment at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center.

She continued as an NIH Intramural Scientist within the NIH Clinical Center where she was the Principal Investigator of numerous NIH research protocols. She spearheaded research collaborations and research training and mentorship with the then National Naval Medical Center-Department of the Navy and various academic centers.

A Renowned Speaker and Author

Dr. Miller is an international speaker and author with numerous awards and honors for her research at NIH and for her leadership at NINR. She received the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Team Award for the development and operationalization of the NINR end-of-life and palliative care science program and received the 2018 Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for her work in building national programs of science in palliative care.

She is a member and consultant to numerous federal and national advisory groups and technical panels, including past Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) technical reviews of palliative care research. She serves on a variety of NIH and national committees that focus on the care for persons and families faced with the challenges of advanced illness, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Round Table on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness.

In addition to her administrative roles, Dr. Miller oversees the NINR Centers program, the NINR Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) group and is the NIH scientific officer of several large multi-site pragmatic trials through the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. Dr. Miller was a previous clinician as well as administrator of programs within the Ontario Ministry of Health in Canada.

Symposium to Highlight Research, Education and Practice

Research conducted by our 2017 Seed Grant recipients will also be presented at the symposium. Applications are still being accepted for 2018 Seed Grants, which are funded by the Gary and Mary West Foundation, and are designed to support projects that advance palliative care education and research with a focus on seniors or family caregivers of seniors.

The application deadline for the seed grants is Aug. 27.

Faculty from institutions all over the country, from many disciplines, will be presenting concurrent sessions and posters throughout the two-day symposium. Review the dynamic program, travel details, and how to register!

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