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The Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care is proud to present the second event in our Inaugural Lecture Series.

The event is a celebration of our new professors, Lorna Fraser and Matthew Maddocks, who will present an overview of their contribution to their fields.

This in-person event is free and open to members of the public. The lectures will be followed by a drinks reception.

Image of Lorna Fraser and Matthew Maddocks

A Tale of an Accidental Academic by Professor Lorna Fraser


Lorna joined King's College London as Professor of Palliative Care and Child Health in November 2022. Her background is in clinical paediatrics and her research focuses on children and young people. She was the founding director of the highly successful Martin House Research Centre, a multi-disciplinary centre for research on the care and support of children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families and the workforce that care for them. She has a portfolio of funding from the major funders, including two NIHR fellowships. Her main area of expertise is the use of routine data to influence policy and address healthcare inequalities. Her work has influenced national service specifications, children's palliative care funding, and vaccine prioritisation for children with COVID-19.

Working closely with children and their parents is central to her research and they were recently awarded the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health Patient and Public Involvement prize. In 2018, Lorna was awarded the postdoctoral researcher award by the European Association of Palliative Care.

Horizons by Professor Matthew Maddocks


Matthew is an academic physiotherapist and Professor of Health Services Research and Rehabilitation. He completed his PhD on the role of exercise for people with cancer cachexia, and has held National Institute for Health and Care Research post-doctoral, clinical trials and career development fellowships.

His team undertakes applied clinical and health services research to advance rehabilitation and palliative care for people living with serious illness. This includes better management of complex symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue, weakness, and timely multi-professional care for syndromes including cachexia, sarcopenia and frailty.

At this event

Lorna Fraser

Associate Dean (People and Talent) and Professor of Palliative Care and Child Health

Matthew Maddocks

Professor of Health Services Research & Rehabilitation

Event details

Dinwoodie rooms 1&2
Cicely Saunders Institute
Bessemer Road, SE5 9PJ