Myra Bluebond-Langner

The True Colours Chair in Palliative Care for Children and Young People

Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner is the UK’s first professorial chair in children’s palliative care. She was appointed in 2010 and is based in the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Professor Bluebond-Langner is leading the development of high quality multidisciplinary collaborative studies which will inform practice and training. Her stated goal is “to make a tangible difference in the lives of children with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses and their families through an integrated programme of research, practice, education and policy.”

An External Review of the True Colours Professorial Chair in Palliative Care for Children and Young People at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health was undertaken in 2018. The External Review Board noted the calibre of the Chair’s research, particularly on decision making which the Board expect to ‘become a gold standard reference in years to come’.

A list of selected publications (2010 – 2015) can be accessed by clicking here.

Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner will retire on 31st December 2021. A joint statement from UCL GOS ICH, GOSH Charity, Louis Dundas Centre Steering Committee & the True Colours Trust can be found here. True Colours is proud to have established the UK’s first, and only, professorial chair in children’s palliative care and to have funded the post for ten years.

Since becoming the True Colours Chair in 2010, Professor Bluebond-Langner has led the field with her passion, academic rigour and commitment to children’s palliative care.   We are grateful for all she has done for the sector over the last ten years. We can say with great certainty that her work will improve the way services are delivered now and, in the future, in London, the UK and the world.

True Colours will now work with UCL GOS ICH, GOSH Charity and the Louis Dundas Centre Steering Committee to appoint a successor to continue to realise the founding vision behind the establishment of the Chair.