We are delighted to announce that the KeyNote Speakers for the 2018 Seminar are:

Dr Suzanner Guerin, PhD, Associate Professor in Research Design & Analysis, Deputy Head of School, UCD School of Psychology, University College Dublin;


Professor George Kernohan BSc PhD FHEA, Professor of Health Research, Ulster University

Suzanne and George will present two sessions at the Seminar:

The first session - Introducing knoweldge transfer and exchange for palliative care - introduces the context for knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) in palliative care, including the need for effective dissemination and communication and the challenges of this task.  Central to the presentation is EMTReK, an evidence-based model for the transfer and exchange of research evidence.  The aim is to provide delegates with some points for reflection across the day as they experience KTE in action.

At the end of the Seminar, the second session - Applying knmowledge transfer and exchange in palliative care - will reflect on the application of KTE as proposed by the model and its components, as evident in the presentations across the day, encouraging discussion and debate among delegates.  This provides an opportunity for delegates to share their views on EMTReK and its relevance to their work.  The purpose is to provide delegates with take-home messages and practical examples of effective KTE.


Previous KeyNote Speakers:


Dr Joan Cunningham, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Blackrock Hospice, Dublin

Presentation - Schwartz Rounds: The Blackrock Hospice Experience One Year On



Speaker - Prof Sheila Payne, Co-Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK

Presentation - How to make the most of an EAPC Congress.



Speaker - Dr Fliss Murtagh, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Palliative Care, CSI, London

Presentation - Developing Best Evidence; Producing Relevant Research for Palliative Care Practice.



Speaker - Prof Declan Walsh, Professor of Palliative Medicine at TCD, UCD and Our Lady's Hospice

Presentation - Palliative Care Research: Current and Future Agenda for Ireland.



Speaker I - Dr Sophy Gretton, SpR in Palliative Medicine (UK) and Chair of the EAPC Research Network Junior Forum

Presentation - The EAPC Research Network Junior Forum.


Speaker II - Dr Una Fallon, Specialist in Public Health Medicine and Chair of the Midlands Research Ethics Committee

Presentation - Top Tips on Applying to a Research Ethics Committee. 



Speaker I - Prof Philip Larkin, Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care), UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services

Presentation - Collaborative Research: Challenges and Strengths in the Irish Context.


Speaker II - Finn Reygan, Post-doctural researcher, Psycho-Oncology Service, St Vincent's University Hospital

Presentation - Provision of Care to LGBT Patients.



Speaker I - Darci Meyers, Director, Dechen Shying Spiritual Care Centre, Garranes, Allihies, West Cork

Presentation - Dechen Shying Spiritual Care Centre: A model for offering spiritual care within a palliative care context.


Speaker II - Dr Rob George, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Bioethicist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

Presentation - Different approaches to the management of suffering.



Speaker I- Dr Natasha Michael, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick

Presentation - The Changing face of Ireland: Exploring Cross-Cultural Palliative Care.


Speaker II - Dr Paul D'Alton, Senior Clinical Psychologist in Psycho-Oncology, Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin

Presentation - The Cult of the Positive - Mindfulness Based Interventions as an antidote?



Speaker I - Tine De Vlieger, General Coordinator of Patient Services and Volunteer Work of the Network of Palliative Care for Antwerp, Belgium

Presentation - European Palliative Care Stage Oppertunity: A particular way of sharing, learning and empowerment.


Speaker II - Dr Philip. J Larkin, Senior Lecturer in Nursing & Programme Director, Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing, NUI Galway

Presentation - Understanding Palliative Care - Patient Reflections on Life's End.