Camilla Zimmermann

Department Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Head of Division of Palliative Care at University Health Network
Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto

Dr. Camilla Zimmermann is Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the University Health Network, and a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Research Institute. She is also Professor of Medicine and Rose Family Chair in Supportive Care at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Zimmermann is internationally known for her research on palliative and supportive cancer care, particularly in the area of early palliative care. She has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is co-editor of the textbook Supportive Oncology. Her research on early palliative care in patients with solid tumours and leukemia is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Dr. Zimmermann was awarded the William E. Rawls Prize by the Canadian Cancer Society for her research, which is focused on determining the best way to provide timely, integrated symptom management and supportive care for patients with cancer and their families.

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A special look at the stigma of palliative care across Africa      Sep 6th, 2017      Louise Lee

Last year, Camilla Zimmermann, Head of Palliative Care at University Health Network, published a paper on the stigma of palliative care, identifying perceptions commonly associated with palliative care, including death, hopelessness and dependency. These perceptions work against early integration of palliative care resulting in patients...

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Graduate course in palliative and supportive care helps develop next-generation researchers      Jan 10th, 2017      Louise Lee

The “Multidisciplinary Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care Research” course, jointly hosted by the GIPPEC global institute and the Institute of Life Course of Aging at the University of Toronto, aims to provide learners an opportunity to explore a novel, interdisciplinary area of study.

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Norwegian delegates visited GIPPEC and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre      Dec 28th, 2016      Louise Lee

From left to right: Lesley Chalklin, Caitlin Doherty, Stein Kaasa, Gary Rodin, Camilla Zimmermann and Jon Harvard Loge

On December 6-7, Dr. Stein Kaasa, chair of the European Palliative Care Research Centre and Professor Jon Harvard Loge from Norway visited the Department of Supportive Care and...

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GIPPEC Symposium on the Access to Palliative and End-of-Life Care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples      Dec 1st, 2016      Louise Lee

The 2nd annual GIPPEC symposium, held on November 15 and 16 in Toronto, focused on improving access to palliative and end-of-life care for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) communities.

Following a traditional smudging ceremony, the symposium kicked off with the keynote speaker, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Chair in Northern and...

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Call for Abstract: Transatlantic collaboration: Enhancing clinical care through palliative care research      Jul 30th, 2016   

In this seminar, researchers will share their experiences of conducting collaborative research within Canada and in both North America and Europe. The seminar will provide great opportunities to connect, share...

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Assisted dying is not Palliative Care      Jul 1st, 2016      Louise Lee

Echoing the view of Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, GIPPEC urges the public not to confuse assisted dying with palliative care.

While it's true that palliative care advocates believe in choices - people need to know their end-of-life options, and they need...

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GIPPEC is filming      Jan 31st, 2016      Louise Lee

GIPPEC is working with our partners, Dr. Faith Mwangi Powell and Richard Powell, on a research project, measuring the quality of death and dying in the Kenyan hospices. Here we are filming to create elearning modules for training researchers to administer the questionnaire and collect data for the...

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Congratulations Camilla Zimmermann!      May 20th, 2015      Katrina MacAlpine

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!

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