Hull York Medical School


Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre

Director: Prof Miriam Johnson

Associate Research Director (palliative care): Prof David Currow

Associate Research Director (palliative medicine): Dr Fliss Murtagh

Associate Research Director (primary care): Prof Una Macleod

The Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre is part of the Supportive care, Early Diagnosis and Advanced disease (SEDA) research group.

Our vision is to be a world leader in well-designed research, relevant to the needs of people living with and dying from serious illness, their families and communities. We aim to improve quality of life and reduce inequalities in care which are driven by socio-economic status and poor diagnosis.


We will do this by pursuing the following research strategy:

  1. Generating new knowledge in four broad substantive areas:
    1. Assessment and management of common but under-researched distressing symptoms (such as breathlessness, and cognitive impairment)
    2. Inequalities in access to palliative care and how to reduce them to improve outcomes
    3. Venous thromboembolism in people with advanced cancer
    4. Bereavement and pre-bereavement support - needs and effective interventions.


  1. Developing better methods to conduct research in palliative care


  1. Raising the profile of palliative care and building research capacity for the nation:


  1. Translating the results of palliative care research to improve services:


The Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre will be situated in the new Health Campus medical building at the University of Hull, embedded in the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR).  It will be supported in meeting these strategic objectives by the ICAHR’s research support service infrastructure including data collection and management. The new building, which is specifically designed to encourage cross-fertilisation of research ideas, will provide space required for a growing programme.