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David Hui, MD, M.Sc. (Biochem), M.Sc. (Clinical Rsch)

 Dr. David Hui is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, with a joint appointment to the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA. His research interests include integration of supportive/palliative care into oncology, symptom management clinical trials, prognostication, and research methodology. He completed his medical school at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, followed by internal medicine residency at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, medical oncology fellowship at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, and supportive/palliative oncology clinical research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

He is the principal investigator of multiple randomized controlled trials, supported by research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Cancer Society. He has authored and/or co-authored over 200 scientific papers, with his work appearing at various peer-review journals such as JAMA, J Clin Oncol, Lancet Oncol and Ann Oncol. He is also the author/editor of 4 books. He has served on several NIH grant review panels and is currently an Associate Editor at the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. In addition to academic pursuits, he is active clinically in both palliative care and medical oncology.


Professor Irene J Higginson OBE

 Irene Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England), and various universities. She is dual-trained in palliative medicine and public health medicine. She has developed and validated two outcome measures both freely available and used widely in palliative care: the Support Team Assessment Schedule and the Palliative care Outcome Scale. She is Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, at King’s College London, the world’s first purpose-built Institute of palliative care, integrating research, education, clinical services and support and information. Prof. Higginson is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was in 2013 awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences, for her contribution to the field. She has several active research programmes, leads the MSc, Diploma and Certificate in Palliative Care, supervises several PhD students and is active in teaching. Prof. Higginson has published over 450 articles in peer-reviewed journals, plus several books; her research interests and publications are in the following areas: quality of life and outcome measurements, evaluation of palliative care especially of new services and interventions, epidemiology, clinical audit, effectiveness, psychosocial care, symptom assessment, breathlessness, cachexia/anorexia, and elderly care. She plays an active role in the clinical service, including on-call, and is Director of Research and Development and Assistant Medical Director at King’s College Hospital.


Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

Professor and director, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California

Over her nursing career, Dr. Ferrell has focused her research and clinical expertise in the areas of pain management, quality of life and palliative care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has authored more than 370 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is principal investigator of a research project funded by the National Cancer Institute titled Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors in Phase 1 Clinical Trials. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and co-chair of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.


Dr. David Currow, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia


Dr. Michael Kearney, Santa Barbara, California