Julia Downing, PhD, RGN, FHEA

International Children’s’ Palliative Care Network, UK/South Africa;
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Professor 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 a Professor in Palliative Care at Makerere University, Uganda. She has extensive experience in research, presenting at conferences and writing for publication, and is on the editorial board of ecancer, APM and the International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN). She has been working within palliative care for 27 years, with nineteen of those working internationally in Uganda, Africa, Eastern Europe and globally developing palliative care services for adults and children.

Professor Downing serves on the Boards of several NGOs including the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, Hospice in the Weald, the African Palliative Care Association UK, the Palliative Care Association of Uganda and the Palliative Care Research Society. She is a Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University and the University of South Wales in the UK and the University of Belgrade in Serbia. She is also a Senior Honorary Research Fellow with the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London, England. She was the recipient of the IJPN’s Development Award in 2006, the Robert Tiffany lectureship from the ISNCC in 2014, the Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” International Award for Contributions to Cancer Care from the Oncology Nursing Society in 2015 and was recognised as one of eight ‘Change Agents in Cancer Care’ in a publication on Women as Change Agents in Oncology in 2016.