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Dr Nilay Hepgul



Trial Manager/Research Associate,OPTCARE Neuro

Phone: 0207 848 5805
Address: King’s College London
Cicely Saunders Institute
Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Bessemer Road
Denmark Hill, SE5 9PJ


Psychological medicine, predictors of health outcomes, psychoneuroimmunology, health care decision making.


Nilay joined the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation in March 2015 to work on the Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced long-term Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) project.

Prior to joining the department, she conducted research towards a PhD and was subsequently appointed as a post-doctoral study manager at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience within the departments of Psychological Medicine and Health Services and Population Research. Here research interest is in understanding the interaction between mental and physical health, in order to provide more comprehensive clinical care of individuals suffering from these problems.


N. Hepgul, N. Kodate, J.E. Anderson, M. Henderson, G. Ranjith, M. Hotopf, C.M Pariante. Understanding clinical risk decision making regarding development of depression during interferon-alpha treatment for hepatitis-C: A qualitative interview study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2012; 49(12):1480-8.

N. Hepgul, A. Cattaneo, P.A. Zunszain, C.M. Pariante. Depression pathogenesis and treatment: what can we learn from blood mRNA expression? BMC Medicine. 2013; [Epub].

P.A. Zunszain, N. Hepgul, C.M. Pariante, C.M. Inflammation and Depression. In: Current Topics in Behavioural Neurosciences. 2013; 14:135-51.

N. Grant, M. Hotopf, G. Breen, A.J. Cleare, N. Grey, N. Hepgul, S. King, P. Moran, C.M. Pariante, J. Wingrove, A.H. Young, A. Tylee. Predicting outcome following psychological therapy in IAPT (PROMPT): a naturalistic project protocol. BMC Psychiatry. 2014; [Epub].

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