Great Turnout for CALM International Advanced Workshop

“The first casualties of cancer are emotional ones. CALM is one way we can help reduce patients’ fears and help them manage what lies ahead.”  Dr. Gary Rodin, GIPPEC Director

The Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Training Program hosted an advanced CALM workshop in Toronto May 31 – June 2, 2015.  The advanced workshop is aimed at clinicians who are incorporating CALM therapy into their sites and practice.  The CALM team was happy to welcome clinicians and researchers...

Save The Date: GIPPEC Symposium - October 2, 2015

GIPPEC will host its first symposium, The Last Year of Life: Beyond Aggresive Interventions or Assisted Dying, Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at the University of Toronto.

A full agenda and registration information will soon be posted at

Symposium Objectives:

  • To generate interdisciplinary dialogue regarding:
    • How death and dying is perceived and managed in modern society
    • The allocation of healthcare resources for palliative and end-of-life care
    • The appropriate use of medical interventions at the end of life
    • Ways to support patients/families...

Congratulations Camilla Zimmermann!

Camilla Zimmermann, a member of the GIPPEC Executive, was recently awarded the Princess Margaret Research Instutute Best Clinical Paper for her cluster-randomised controlled trial of early palliative care for patients with advanced cancer.  Congratulations Camilla!

Welcome Kevin Reel to GIPPEC Faculty

GIPPEC is pleased to welcome Kevin Reel as the newest member of GIPPEC faculty.  Kevin is the Ethicist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He has an MSc in medical ethics from Imperial College, London, UK, and a BSc in occupational therapy from the University of Toronto.  Kevin completed his Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, where he is now a Course Co-Director in the...

Welcome Amy Deckert!

GIPPEC is happy to welcome its newest research fellow, Amy Deckert.  Working under Dr. Gary Rodin, Amy will be focusing on a “prehabilitation” intervention in preserving physical functioning among individuals with advanced cancer.

GIPPEC Welcomes Doris Howell to Faculty

Dr Doris Howell RN, PhD is the RBC Chair in Oncology Nursing Research and Education, University Health Network. She is a Senior Scientist with the Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Ontario Cancer Institute.  Adjunct Scientist at the Division of Preventive Oncology, Cancer Care Ontario; and an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES); and an Affiliate Scientist with ELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre .  She is the Co-Director of the Ontario Patient...

Welcome Kimberly Widger to GIPPEC Faculty

GIPPEC is pleased to welcome Kimberley Widger as part of our GIPPEC Faculty.  Kim is currently an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and a Nursing Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Call for Fellows

The Fellowship Program of GIPPEC is an opportunity for trainees to develop and build research skills in areas relevant to palliative care and to develop meaningful lines of research within well-developed research teams. GIPPEC fellowships provide research mentorship, training, and infrastructure and the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary network of scholars and investigators pursuing groundbreaking research in the field.

For more information, and to apply, visit


Call for Faculty

GIPPEC is currently considering applications for Core Faculty Members with primary appointments in existing university departments and divisions who devote a significant proportion of their academic responsibilities to the aims of the GIPPEC as well as Associate Faculty Members who devote part of their academic responsibilities to the aims of the GIPPEC

For more information, and to apply, visit


CALM Therapy featured as part of UHN Seried on End-of-Life Care

For some couples, third time's the charm.

That's true for Larry and Evelyn Bryan, who met more than 25 years ago working for the same company. She was in product development, he in engineering support. Each had been married twice before.  They fell in love, married in 1989 and settled in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto, both with children they adored from previous marriages.

It was a modern day love story.

All that changed in February 2013...

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