Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) is an institution organised as a private foundation with locations in Salzburg and Nuremberg. Teaching, research and patient care – these are the three pillars on which the university was founded in 2002, and which continue to have the highest priority. With 22 university institutes, three research centres and six research programs it provides a first-class educational offer and excellent research at the Salzburg location. The education offer of Paracelsus University in Salzburg comprises the study of human medicine, the study in pharmacy and nursing science as well as postgraduate doctorate degree study programs in medical science, molecular medicine and nursing & allied health sciences, as well as a number of university and further education programs. The work in PD_Pal will be undertaken by the Institute for nursing science and practice at the medical private University Salzburg (PMU) (head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Osterbrink, PhD) has many years of experience in planning and conducting empirical research projects. Since 2016 the Institute has been WHO Collaborating Center in Nursing Science and Practice, which the task to facilitate post-graduate palliative education in European countries. The institute hosts the professorship for palliative care, which unites a medical professor who is specialized in Neurology and Palliative Care (Univ.-Prof. Stefan Lorenzl, PhD, Dipl. Pall. med. (Univ. Cardiff)) 50% and a Professor for nursing research (Univ.-Prof. Phil Larkin, PhD, president EAPC), 50%. Apart from the research, the Institute offers a wide variety of nursing degree programs, including an online bachelor program, 2 other bachelor programs, 2 different Master programs (ANP and MScN) and a PhD-program. Many of these degree programs are provided online.


Stefan Lorenzl

MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology

Stefan Lorenzl, Univ.-Prof, has academically and clinically worked as a physician in the field of palliative care since 2006, starting at the University of Munich at the interdisciplinary center for palliative care where he also has held a professorship for palliative care. Currently, SL is employed at the Agatharied hospital and head of the department of neurology and palliative care. In addition to practical experience in the field of palliative care, SL has also received grants from different national and international sources and therefore had the opportunity to collaborate with many people across the EU in this field. The last international grant SL participated in and which was accepted is a joint project with many European countries led by the UK. This grant (JPND) intends to investigate late stage of Parkinson's disease (Care for late stage Parkinson's Disease - ClasP) with special attention to telemedical applications in rural areas in Bavaria, Germany, and the aim of increasing awareness of the needs of patients with neurological diseases.

Katharina Lex

MScN, Research Nurse

MScN, is a nursing scientist and a nurse with an expertise in Parkinson’s disease. She has experiences in nursing research and in working as a nurse in diverse institutions. She has worked as a research assistant in the pilot project “beizeiten begleiten”.

Piret Paal

PhD, Philosophist

Dr. Piret Paal was born in Miiaste, Estonia in 1977. She received the Bachelor and MSc degree in linguistics and ethnology from the University of Tartu, Estonia in 2000 and 2004 respectively. She received the PhD in Cultural Studies, from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2011. Since 2010 she has been working as a researcher in palliative and hospice care at the Ludwig-Maximilian’s University in Munich and in the Hospice Care Da Sein in Germany. Since September 2017 she works as a facilitator for WHO Collaborating Centre at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. Her research interests involve patient centered care, palliative care education, and spiritual care. She is the author and coauthor of more than 20 peer reviewed papers, numerous scientific proceedings, and book chapters. She has published and edited 4 books. Her current h-index is 5. Dr. Paal has been a member of European Association for Palliative Care since 2011. Since then she has been leading the educational subgroup on spiritual care education of Spiritual Care Taskforce. Recently she was invited to join the palliative care education reference group at the EAPC.