The first project coming out of the partnership between GIPPEC and the University of Ferrara is to establish a CALM Centre of Excellence in Italy in 2017.
CALM or Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully is an individualized therapy designed to help patients manage the challenges of living with cancer, reduce distress and promote psychological well-being.
This particular project will train and provide supervision to local health care providers delivering the CALM therapy to patients, with the goal of the CALM therapy becoming the standard of care in the university hospital.
Dr. Gary Rodin and Carmine Malfitano from the Canadian research team will be travelling to Ferrara to work with the Italian research team headed by Drs. Luigi Grassi and Rosangela Caruso to deliver the training in April 2017.
The partnership agreement signed by Drs. Rodin and Grassi will enable both GIPPEC and the University of Ferrara to promote research and educational collaborations through sharing best practice in clinical research and clinical trials and supporting faculty and student exchanges.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the coming year.