Background and activities
Stein Kaasa is Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (NTNU). His responsibilities include the development of the core curriculum in palliative medicine and the development of the Nordic specialist postgraduate training curriculum in palliative medicine. Professor Kaasa’s main research interests are: basic research in assessment and classification of symptoms and subjective health; experimental and descriptive clinical studies in palliative medicine and cancer research; pain treatment including translational research on opioids and on cachexia.
Recently, the European Palliaitve Care Research Centre (PRC) was established in Trondheim, Norway; Stein Kaasa is the chair of this research intitative aiming at improving palliative patient care, including end of life care, through research of highest quality in an international setting. He is also chair of the European Association for Palliative Care Research Network (EAPC RN) and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) task force on cancer pain, and principal investigator of the European Palliative Care Research Collaborative (EPCRC). Stein Kaasa is National Cancer Director at the Norwegian Directorate for Health.
Professor Kaasa has published more than 300 articles and book chapters. He has authored the Nordic Textbook of Palliative Care and is co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Professor Kaasa advises many international journals – either as an advisory board member or as a reviewer (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Palliative Medicine, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Pain, Lancet Oncology).