The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.

Useful Links

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is also open to nurses and other healthcare providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or serious conditions. For 20 years, the Academy has dedicated itself to advancing hospice and palliative medicine and improving the care of patients with life- threatening or serious conditions. Originally organized as the Academy of Hospice Physicians in 1988, the Academy began with 250 charter members and has grown to nearly 4,000 today.

American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives

The American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives (AACPI) is a network of state-based Pain Initiative organizations that work to remove the barriers that impede pain relief through education, advocacy and institutional improvement.

American Cancer Society's Research Program and Funding

The American Cancer Society is the largest non-government funder of cancer research in the United States. Since the Research Program began in 1946, the ACS has devoted about $3 billion to cancer research.

American Geriatrics Society

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit association of geriatrics health care professionals, research scientists, and other concerned individuals dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.

American Pain Society

The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

The Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), was founded in 1945 and is the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research. 

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes communication, facilitates and provides education, and is an information resource for patients, professionals, health care providers and policy makers around the world. 

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Supportive and Palliative Care Research Collaboratives

NCRI maintains strategic oversight of cancer research in the UK, identifies gaps and opportunities in research, and co-ordinates the funding activities of its Partners.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.

NIH Road Map for Medical Research

The NIH Roadmap identifies the most compelling opportunities in three main areas: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.

NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on Improving End-of-Life Care

In December 2004, an NIH conference brought together national and international experts to clarify for healthcare providers, patients, and the general public, key questions regarding the definition of "end of life," the factors that contribute to improved or worsened outcomes for patients and their families at the end of life, and future research directions for improving care at the end of life. This official statement from the panel outlines several recommendations to advance research and improve care.

National Consensus Project Guidelines

National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition. 

The updated edition published October 2018 creates a blueprint of excellence by establishing a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, age or setting.


Oncotalk, a training program for Oncology Fellows funded by the National Cancer Institute and based at the University of Washington, is dedicated to improving oncologists' communication skills. 

Palliative Dementia Care Resources

Palliative Dementia Care Resources is committed to promoting public and professional awareness around palliative care needs facing individuals with advanced dementia and their caregivers. They are dedicated to providing access to appropriate online resources for family and professional caregivers.

Pain & Policy Studies Group

PPSG's mission is to "balance" international, national and state policies to ensure adequate availability of pain medications for patient care while minimizing diversion and abuse, and to support a global communications program to improve access to information about pain relief, palliative care, and policy. 


Learn more about hospice and palliative medicine by visiting our patient web site,

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)

An emerging network of social work organizations and leaders who seek to further the field of end-of-life and hospice/palliative care… in other words, we are advancing the role of the social worker in caring for the seriously ill, providing relief from pain, improving quality of life, supporting family and friends, assisting with difficult decision-making, and help in dealing with trauma, grief and loss.