On David Bowie, terminal illness, and creative expression

"David Bowie was secretive about his illness and yet his final video, Lazarus, released several days before his death, reveals a strong desire to share his end-of-life experience. Could you unpack this contradiction for us?"

This was the question we asked Dr. Gary Rodin, the GIPPEC director and the head of the Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, as part of our tribute to David Bowie.

More videos on the way. Stay tuned!







Jennifer Gibson on Physician Assisted Deaths

Check out a lively discussion on CBC Current about physician-assisted deaths featuring three speakers. Jennifer Gibson is a GIPPEC executive, director of University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics and co-chair of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying. Maureen Taylor is a physician assistant at Toronto East General Hospital, former CBC medical journalist, and co-chair of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory...

Palliative Options of Last Resort: Which Ones, When and Why - Dr. Timothy Quill

Dr. Timothy Quill, a professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Board certified palliative care consultant in Rochester, New York, presented at the annual GIPPEC (Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative & End of Life) Symposium. The presentation title was "Palliative Options of Last Resort: Which Ones, When and Why". Click here to...

Rational and Irrational Use of Aggressive Interventions at the End of Life - Malcom Moore

Dr. Malcom Moore, the president of BC Cancer Agency, presented at the annual GIPPEC (Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative, and End of Life Care) symposium. His presentation title was "Rational and Irrational Use of Aggressive Interventions at the End of Life". Click here to see the slides

Dear Cancer: Diary of a five-time cancer survivor (Part 4)

“For 31 years, I have been battling this grueling illness as a child, teenager and young adult. Over the years, cancer has taken my health, my hair, my engery, chunks of my body and, sometimes, even my sanity. But it has also given me a gift – to live life meaningfully and with great urgency. Not knowing whether I have months or years to live has forced me to live life in the moment and enjoy the present."...

Exploring Palliative and Humanistic Care in China

On November 6, 2015, Dr. Gary Rodin shared his experiences providing palliative care service and the CALM therapy in an international event exploring the promotion of palliative care and application of humanistic care in China. The event was organized by The China Council for the Promotion of Health Care and International Exchange and Beijing Cancer Hospital.

During the visit to China, Dr. Rodin and Dr. Madeline Li visited Beijing Cancer Hospital and Beijing New Journal...

GIPPEC Symposium: The Last Year of Life: Beyond Aggressive Interventions or Assisted Dying

On October 2, 2015, we held the first GIPPEC Symposium, "The Last Year of Life: Beyond Aggressive Interventions or Assisted Dying," at the BMO Education & Conference Centre on the Toronto Western Hospital Campus.  Thank you to everyone who turned out and engaged in the thought-provoking discussions.

Welcome Kirsten Wentlandt to GIPPEC Faculty

Kirsten Wentlandt graduated with her PhD in Physiology and Neurosciences before finishing her MD at Queen’s University.  She then returned to the University of Toronto to complete her residency in Family Medicine, fellowship in Palliative Care and a Masters in Health Sciences (Health Administration).  She joined UHN after graduating in 2011 as a Palliative Care physician and as the Medical Affairs Lead in Physician Leadership and Development.  She currently divides her time between provision of clinical services, teaching, research development...

GIPPEC Welcomes Adam Rapoport to Faculty

GIPPEC is pleased to welcome Dr. Adam Rapoport as the newest member of its faculty.  Adam is a general pediatrician with a Masters in bioethics. His palliative care career began in 2009 when he joined the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, as their pediatric consultant. In July 2011 Adam became the first Medical Director of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service at SickKids. PACT provides both inpatient and outpatient palliative care...

Chloe Shaw awarded 2015-16 GIPPEC Fellowship

GIPPEC is pleased to introduce Dr. Chloe Shaw, recipient of the 2015-16 GIPPEC Fellowship.  Chloe will be coming to Toronto from the Institute for Women's Health at University College London, where she currently works as a Research Associate researching end-of-life decision making for critically ill babies on the neonatal unit.  Chloe completed her PhD within the discipline of Social Psychology in 2012, and now uses the qualitative method of Conversation Analysis to study the social organization of talk in health...

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