The Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine was founded in 2011 to advance the scientific theory and practice of compassionate care in medicine and promote effective communication skills in physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals at every level of training and practice.  It provides courses in the science of compassion in medicine, medical counseling skills, spiritualities of caring in medicine, the Pathos Project, and an introduction to hospice and palliative care.  It conducts research and consulting in these areas and collaborates with other local and national organizations with similar goals.


Thu May 3, 2018

Charles Edison Lecture Series: Precision Medicine and Data Science


Location: 107 Carey Auditorium

Eric Laber, associate professor of statistics, North Carolina State University, specializes in nonregular asymptotics, dynamic treatment regimes, and machine learning. Precision medicine holds tremendous potential to improve patient outcomes while reducing resources and treatment burden. Laber will review some of the basic methodologies used in data-driven precision medicine, the limitations of the framework in which these methods were developed, and discuss the need for an expanded framework that may narrow the existing research-practice gap.…

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