Brian Morrison Graduate Memorial Award in Palliative Medicine

Through a philanthropic gift made by family and friends of the late Brian Morrison, the University of Toronto (U of T) has established the Brian Morrison Graduate Memorial Award in Palliative Medicine, with the purpose of supporting and advancing scholarship in palliative medicine. Under the direction and supervision of an advisory committee within the Faculty of Medicine, overseen by the Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Palliative Medicine Division Director, one annual award will be available to a resident or fellow in the Department of Medicine who has demonstrated special interest and scholarly achievements in the field of palliative medicine.

Application Details

The application should include the following and be sent as PDFs via email to the Research Administrator at, by Monday, January 8, 2024 Please indicate "Brian Morrison Graduate Memorial Award in Palliative Medicine " in the subject line.

  • a one page description outlining a proposed (or ongoing) scholarly project related to research, education or quality improvement
  • a CV
  • a brief letter of support from your supervising faculty member(s)

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants must:

  • demonstrate academic excellence
  • clearly identify their faculty supervisor
  • describe a feasible project that has the potential to advance the field of palliative medicine


  • The award is to support the recipient's project or a related degree they are pursuing.
  • The awardee must present the outcome of the project at the Division of Palliative Medicine's annual Research Day.

In the event that the advisory committee does not agree on an applicant in a given year, the award will be withheld until the following year’s submissions.

Past Recipients

2019 Rebecca Roddin Camilla Zimmermann (supervisor) Factors associated with improvement in patient-reported outcomes after receiving early palliative care
2019 Gerard Saranza Anthony Lang (supervisor) Factors affecting preferences of patients with “atypical parkinsonism” for communication about end-of-life care
2021 Jallal Ebrahim Jonathon Ailon (supervisor) Improving Advance Care Planning for Patients admitted to Cardiology with Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations
2022 Yifan Li Kieran Quinn (supervisor) Examining the Origins of Patient Reported Quality of Life Outcome Measures in Palliative Care: A Systematic Review
2023 Suraj Tandon Jenny Lau (supervisor) Availability of Inpatient Palliative Care Services in Ontario Facilities: A Survey Study