Members of the Centre for Dementia Palliative Care

Lead for the Centre for Palliative Dementia Care

Professor Liz Sampson 

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Professor Liz Sampson leads the Centre for Dementia Palliative  Care Research and is an honorary consultant in old age liaison psychiatry at North Middlesex University Hospital for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. Her research focusses on key symptoms i.e. pain and delirium and the care settings (acute hospitals) and care homes where many people with dementia will be towards the end of life. Liz is the Principal Investigator for the ESRC/NIHR Empowering Better End of life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) programme grant.  Liz trained at Birmingham University Medical School and completed her MD at the Institute of Neurology and her Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 
Dr Kanthee Anantapong

Dr Kanthee Anantapong is a PhD student at UCL Centre for Dementia Palliative Care Research. He is also a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. His PhD project aims to develop a decision aid for family carers and practitioners regarding nutrition and hydration for people with severe dementia admitted to acute hospitals. Kanthee completed his Medical Degree, residency training in Psychiatry and one-year course in Epidemiology at Prince of Songkla University. He also completed his Master in Gerontology at King’s College London. His interests are dementia, frailty and palliative care research.
Dr Yehudit Bauernfreund

Yehudit is an Academic Clinical Fellow in the MCPCRD at UCL and junior doctor training in psychiatry. Yehudit’s research focuses on dementia and delirium in emergency and acute settings. She did her undergraduate studies at Cambridge University and UCL. She completed the academic foundation doctor’s programme at the Centre for Ageing Population Studies in UCL, where her research focused on non-pharmacological treatments for depression and anxiety in frail older adults.
Dr Bridget Candy

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Bridget Candy is a principal research fellow. Bridget’s research focusses on the generation of systematic reviews that are both rigorous and critical.  Bridget works on a broad range of topics in palliative care. This includes currently; updating a Cochrane review on feeding in severe dementia and a meta-review of integrated palliative dementia care. In her PhD at UCL she sought to identify active intervention components by using novel review methods to link trial data with what patient’s want. In recognition of her work she was awarded in 2016 pos-doc researcher of the year by the European Association of Palliative Care.
Justin Chan

Justin Chan is a 2nd year PhD student at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department . His PhD project is exploring the use of technology in monitoring awareness in people with severe dementia. Justin is also involved in the DeCoDe-H project, which aims to promote comfort and decrease distress in people with dementia whom are in acute hospitals. Justin received his BA and MPhil degrees in psychology at the University of Cambridge before pursuing a MSc in dementia studies at the University College London.
Dr Ping-Jen Chen

Dr Ping-Jen Chen MD FRCP Edin is studying for his PhD with the MCPCRD and is a consultant geriatrician, palliative medicine specialist and assistant professor at Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. He is  the deputy secretary-general of the Taiwan Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and associate editor for BMC Palliative Care. His researches focus on clinical epidemiology, healthcare utilization, home healthcare and palliative care for people with dementia. Ping-Jen graduated from Kaohsiung Medical University and finished specialists training in Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He also trained in the Stroke Prevention Research Unit University of Oxford as a visiting fellow in 2010.
Sophie Crawley

Sophie Crawley is a Research Assistant and part time PhD student currently working on Empowering Better End of life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) and Experience Loss and Planning Ahead Study (ELPAS). Sophie completed her BSc in Psychology at Loughborough University.
Dr Nathan Davies

Dr Nathan Davies is a Senior Research Fellow and an Alzheimer’s Society Junior Fellow working across the Research department of Primary Care and Population Health and MCPCRD. His work focusses on decision-making and decision support tools for people with dementia, family carers and professionals. His work on rules-of-thumb to guide making difficult decsions has been implemented across primary and secondary care in the NHS. Nathan completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter and an MSc at Swansea University before completing his PhD at UCL. He won the 2019 Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research leaders Award for outstanding contribution to dementia Research.
Dr Anna Buylova Gola

Dr Anna Buylova Gola is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics. Her research focusses on evaluation of treatments and services, with particular emphasis on measuring effects and costs of palliative care in complex settings, incorporating carer, family and wider community effects of palliative care and equity in end-of-life experience and access. Anna is currently working on the ESRC/NIHR Empowering Better End of life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) programme and supports other research projects. Anna has an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Chicago, an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and a PhD from Imperial College London. 
Dr Charlotte Kenten

Dr Charlotte Kenten is a Senior Research Fellow in the MCPCRD, where she is the Programme Manager for the ESRC/NIHR funded Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) Programme. Charlotte’s previous research on palliative and end of life care has primarily employed qualitative methods. It has focused on the end of life experiences and preferences of young adults with cancer and increasing consent to organ donation. Charlotte has a PhD in Geography from the University of Sheffield.

Dr Nuriye Kupeli

Dr Nuriye Kupeli is a Senior Research Associate and an Alzheimer’s Society Fellow. Her work focusses on family carers’ experiences of continuing compassion while caring for someone living with dementia and its impact on carer wellbeing. Nuriye is a Co-Investigator for the ESRC/NIHR Empowering Better End of life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) programme grant. She is leading a workstream exploring unmet palliative care needs of people living with dementia and its association with quality of life, care transitions and carer experiences. Nuriye completed a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Advanced Research Methods and a PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. 
Dr Kirsten Moore

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Dr Kirsten Moore is a Principal Research Fellow, a Senior Alzheimer’s Society Fellow and co-director of the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network. Her research focusses on the grief that family carers experience whilst caring for someone living with dementia. She is a Co-Investigator and work stream lead on the ESRC/NIHR Empowering Better End of life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) programme. Kirsten moved to the UK in 2014. Prior to that she trained in psychology and sociology at Swinburne University in Australia and completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne and the National Ageing Research Institute where she also worked for 14 years.
Rabya Mughal

Rabya Mughal is a researcher on the Empowering Better End of Life Care in Dementia (EMBED-Care) programme at the UCL Division of Psychiatry. She is currently working on the systematic review of palliative care in dementia. She completed her undergraduate studies in Social Sciences at Warwick University in 2007 and worked for seven years in public service reform, including projects on education, public health, social care and loneliness in old age. She completed an MA in Education Psychology in 2014 and is currently working on a PhD, which focuses on the role of sleep in neurodevelopmental conditions.  
Pepsi Reilly

Pepsi Reilly is a Research Assistant. Her research focusses on understanding how family carers of people living with dementia experience compassion.  Pepsi is currently working on the Continuing Compassion in Care project, which is an Alzheimer’s Society fellowship led by Dr. Nuriye Kupeli. Pepsi has completed her Masters in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths College and completed her undergraduate course in Psychology at the University of Reading.

Dr Joe Sawyer

Dr Joe Sawyer is an Alzheimer’s Society Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine. Joe’s research focusses on new public health approaches to palliative care. He is currently working to understand how networks of community members support end of life care for people affected by dementia. Joe trained at Imperial College London before taking up an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow post at UCL. He completed his Masters in International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Ali-Rose Sisk

Ali-Rose Sisk is a PhD student currently working on the EMBED-Care programme and a registered general nurse specializing in neurosurgery. Her research focuses on young-onset dementia (YOD) and palliative care. Ali-Rose completed her BSc Science (Nursing) and MSc Medicine and Health (Research) in the University College Cork where she co-developed the universities first dementia communication intervention for undergraduate nurses as part of her MSc degree.
Dr Victoria Vickerstaff

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Dr Victoria Vickerstaff is a senior research fellow in statistics based in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department and Priment Clinical Trials Unit. Her main research interests are the applied and methodological aspects of clinical trials, including the use of multiple primary outcomes, clustered data and methods for handling missing data. She completed her BSc in Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Warwick and completed both her MSc in Statistics and PhD at University College London.  Her PhD explored the analysis of multiple primary outcome measures in randomised controlled trials.
Dr Emily West

Emily West is a Research Fellow. Her research focusses on pain, agitation and delirium in dementia and the role of new technologies in assessing non-verbal patients.  She is currently working on DeCoDe-H, developing a simple, acceptable, and practical intervention to support acute hospital staff and family carers in identifying and addressing discomfort and distress in patients with severe dementia. She originally trained in Social Anthropology at Brunel University, before embarking on a PhD through the international EURO-IMPACT consortium - undertaking research in Italy, London and the Netherlands. She has also been a Fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, and undertook a postdoc exploring the role of new health technologies for ageing populations at ESHPM in Rotterdam.