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Professor Julia Downing, UK
Children’s Palliative Care in a Pandemic

Professor Julia Downing is an experienced palliative care nurse, educationalist and researcher. She is the Chief Executive of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and an honorary professor at Makerere University, Uganda. She has extensive experience in global palliative care research and education and is on the editorial board of ecancer, the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM) and the International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN). 

She has been working in palliative care for over 30 years, with over 20 of those working internationally in Africa and Eastern Europe and globally developing palliative care for adults and children. Professor Downing serves on the boards of several NGOs including the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), the African Palliative Care Association UK (APCA UK), the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) and ehospice. She is also an advisor to the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). Professor Downing is a visiting professor at Edge Hill University and the University of Belgrade. 

She is also a Senior Honorary Research Fellow with the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London, an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Cardiff University. She has won numerous international awards recognizing her contributions to palliative and cancer care.


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