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Prof Liz Sampson
PI Office 6
6th floor, Wing B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
Tel: 020 7679 9730
Fax: 020 7679 9426
  • Professor of Dementia and Palliative Care
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

I studied medicine at the University of Birmingham and gained my MD from the Institute of Neurology at UCL. I was awarded a Medical Research Council Special Training Fellowship in Health Services Research and completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I work clinically as a consultant in Liaison Psychiatry (lead for older people) at North Middlesex University Hospital with Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. 

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I am a liaison/old age psychiatrist and clinical professor in dementia and palliative care at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department. I head the Centre for Dementia Palliative Care Research, a world-leading research group in this field  (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/marie-curie-palliative-care-research-department/research/centre-dementia-palliative-care-0). 

My work focuses on key dementia symptoms and clinical issues for people with dementia who may be reaching the end of their lives and developing interventions to improve care for older adults. My main areas of interest are:
  • Epidemiology and health services research on dementia and delirium in acute hospital patients.
  • Research on identifying, better understanding and managing common symptoms towards the end of life, including pain, delirium and difficulty swallowing. 
  • Developing and testing complex interventions to improve treatment, particularly dementia palliative care

I am a member of the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) editorial board, the BAP Dementia Guideline Group and the Lancet Commission on dementia. I am the deputy head of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department.
I was awarded the William Farr Medal by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries (2014) for research that makes a significant contribution to improving the care of older people.

Key current projects

Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care)

I am Principal Investigator on this major, five-year, ESRC/NIHR funded programme grant which aims to provoke a step-change in end-of-life dementia care, working with policymakers, big data, co-design, cohort, qualitative and intervention studies, building UK and international collaborations (Cicely Saunders Institute, KCL, USA, Netherlands, Australia). 

Dementia-Discomfort and Distress in Hospitals Study (DeCoDe-H)

Funded as PI by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) funding stream to investigate the relationship between pain, discomfort, distress and challenging behaviour in acute hospital in-patients. This includes an international collaboration with an Australian Technology Company (Painchek ®) to test innovative facial recognition technology for pain. 

Social media

Twitter: @drlizsampson


Dr Liz Sampson's work overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA0qiDB-dc8

The impact of dying with dementia on the health outcomes of carers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyNQ2hRxUg

Assessment and management of pain in dementia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLZyXFxGJr0

Pain assessment and management in FTD and motor neurone disease: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edms71JX9qQ

The Last Stage of Alzheimer's: What You Need to Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvfWGa0MDf8

Teaching Summary

I am the Postgraduate Tutor for the UCL Division of Psychiatry

Academic Background
2005   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2003   Doctor of Medicine University of London
1998   Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists University of London
1993   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Birmingham
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