The fifth annual Supportive and Palliative Care Conference, titled “Advances in Supportive and Palliative Care,” will be held April 15 and16 (Thursday and Friday) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.p. The conference will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. with a free public lecture, “The Vital Role of Care Givers in Health Care,” by Myra Glajchen, director of the Institute for Education and Research in Pain and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.p. The conference will continue Friday with sessions on supportive care issues in cancer treatment, pain management, anxiety and depression in patients with cancer, panel discussions and patient presentations.p. Rudolph M. Navari, associate dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science and director of its Walther Cancer Research Center, is chair of the conference. Other organizers include health care professionals from Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.p. More information on the conference is available on the Web at http://palliativecare.nd.edu or by contacting Harriet Baldwin, at 574-631-6691.p.