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Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: April 2007 - Volume 1 - Issue 1 - p vii–ix
doi: 10.1097/01.SPC.0000266931.86090.67
Editorial introductions
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Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care was launched in 2007. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of supportive and palliative care are divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Editors and Section Editors for this issue.

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Editors and Section Editors

Sam H. Ahmedzai

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Professor Sam H Ahmedzai is Chair and Head of the Academic Unit of Supportive Care at the School of Medicine in Sheffield University where he has worked since 1994. He also works clinically as consultant physician in palliative medicine in Sheffield. He set up and leads the North Trent Supportive Care Network. He was formerly Medical Director of the Leicestershire Hospice and past chair of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer's Quality of Life and Pain and Symptom Control Groups.

Sam graduated from the Universities of St Andrews (Scotland) and of Manchester. His medical training was in oncology and respiratory medicine. His research interests are in pain control, nutrition, respiratory palliation and quality of life evaluation. His group is particularly involved in developing the biological science of symptoms and distress. His clinical work is in a multi-disciplinary symptom control and supportive care team at the hospitals in Sheffield and surrounding network.

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Anthony H. Dickenson

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Anthony Dickenson, BSc, PhD, is Professor of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology at University College, London, UK. He earned his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, has held posts in Paris, California and Sweden, and was appointed to the Department of Pharmacology at University College in 1983. His research interests are pharmacology of the brain, including the mechanisms of pain and how pain can be controlled in both normal and pathophysiological conditions, and how to translate basic science to the patient.

Professor Dickenson was a member of the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain for 6 years and is an associate editor for the journal Pain. He has authored more than 200 refereed publications and has made many media appearances. Professor Dickenson has given plenary lectures at the World Congress on Pain, the American Pain Society, the European Pain Congress, the Canadian Pain Society, the Belgium Pain Society, the Scandinavian Pain Society, the British Pain Society, the Thailand Pain Society, the Irish Pain Society, the Australian Pain Society, the New Zealand Pain Society and many other international and national meetings. He has also spoken at the Royal Institution, to GPs and schools on pain.

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Richard J. Gralla

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Richard J. Gralla, MD, is President of the New York Lung Cancer Alliance. He is a former Chief of Solid Tumor Service and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University in New York, New York. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr Gralla is active in many professional memberships including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer, American Association for Cancer Research, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Oncology Nursing Society. He serves on the following journal editorial boards: Cancer (reviewing editor), Lung Cancer (associate editor), and Supportive Care in Cancer (associate editor). He has made several presentations and he has had over 145 original, peer reviewed articles published as well as multiple book chapters and editorials published.

Dr Gralla graduated from Brown University with an AB and from the University of Virginia with a MD. He was a medical intern and resident at St. Luke's Hospital Center in New York, New York. In addition, he was a medical resident, clinical fellow in medical oncology, and a N.C.I. clinical research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.

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Section Editors

Dorothy M. K. Keefe

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Dr Keefe graduated in Medicine (MBBS) from the University of London in 1986. She emigrated to Australia in 1988, where she undertook her Physician Training in General Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in South Australia. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1996, and received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1999, for a thesis entitled ‘The effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy on the mucosa of the small intestine’. Dr Keefe is Interim Clinical Director of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, Associate Professor in Oncological Medicine in the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Head of the Mucositis Research Group in the Hanson Institute, and Chairman of the Mucositis Study Group of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC).

Dr Keefe's research interests include mucositis in its broadest sense, covering patho-biology, epidemiology, prevention and treatment. She has been heavily involved in leading the development of evidence based guidelines for the management of mucositis through MASCC, as well as co-chairing an international, multi-centre study investigating burden of illness and cost of care for patients with mucositis. She is also investigating the relationship between mucosal and other toxicities of anti-cancer treatments. Her laboratory work investigates chemotherapy and radiotherapy-induced whole gut damage, and the efficacy of new agents.

Dr Keefe has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research publications, the majority on mucositis. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, and several supportive care journals, including Current Opinions in Supportive and Palliative Care.

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William S. Breitbart

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William Breitbart, MD is Chief of the Psychiatry Service and Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, US. Dr Breitbart is also Attending Psychiatrist, Pain & Palliative Care Service, Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University

A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Dr Breitbart is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He received both a Clinical Fellowship (1985–1986) and a Career Development Award (1986–1989) from the American Cancer Society. He was a Soros Faculty Scholar of the Open Society Institute, Project on Death in America (1995–1998). Dr Breitbart serves on the Board of Directors of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) and the International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS). He is President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Vice-President of the International Psycho-oncology Society. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Pain Society and is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). He was a panel member for the American Psychiatric Association Guidelines for the Management of Delirium. Dr Breitbart currently serves as a panel member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Study Section.

Dr Breitbart's research efforts have focused on psychiatric aspects of palliative care and have included studies of interventions for anxiety, depression, desire for death and delirium in cancer and AIDS patients. Other research efforts include investigating the neuropsychiatric problems of HIV-infected patients, including pain, fatigue and other symptoms. Most recently, Dr Breitbart has developed novel psychotherapy interventions aimed at sustaining meaning and improving spiritual well-being in the terminally ill. Dr Breitbart has had continuous NIH funding of investigator initiated research since 1989.

Dr Breitbart has published extensively on the psychiatric complications of cancer and AIDS with over 70 peer review publications and 180 chapters and review papers. In addition, Dr Breitbart has edited 5 textbooks including Psychiatric Aspects of Symptom Management in the Cancer Patient, published by the American Psychiatric Press, Psycho-oncology (co-editor with Dr Jimmie Holland) and Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine (co-editor with Dr Harvey Chochinov) both by Oxford University Press, and Psychosocial Aspects of Pain: A Handbook for Health Care Providers (co-editor with Dr Robert H. Dworkin) by IASP Press. Dr Breitbart is Editor-in-Chief, of Cambridge University Press' international palliative care journal entitled, “Palliative & Supportive Care” which focuses on the psychiatric, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of palliative medicine. Dr Breitbart also helped found IPOS Press, the publications arm of the International Psycho-oncology Society.

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Augusto Caraceni

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Augusto Caraceni, born in Milan on 8th August 1960, is director of the ‘Virgilio Floriani’ Hospice and palliative care unit at the National Cancer Institute of Milan.

After graduating from medical school at the Università degli Studi di Milano in 1985, he was board certified in Neurology and in Clinical Neurophysiology from the Università di Pavia. While training in pain therapy and in palliative care at the National Cancer Institute of Milan in 1986 with Vittorio Ventafridda he participated in the WHO program to test and disseminate the WHO ladder for cancer pain relief. Clinical fellow in Neurology and Palliative care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York in 1994, he served for many years as member of the board of directors of the Italian Association of Palliative Care and of the European Association of Palliative Care. He is the Editor of the Italian Journal of Palliative Care and was recently appointed as a member of the National Committee on pain therapy, palliative care and dignity at the end of life of the Italian Ministry of Health.

His clinical and research experience include the neurological complications of cancer, cancer pain and opioid analgesics, pain assessment and measurement, neuropathic pain in cancer, symptom control in advanced cancer, with a special interest on delirium which lead to the publication of a monographic textbook written by Caraceni A & Grassi L (Delirum: acute confusional states in palliative medicine, Oxford University Press 2003). He has published about 70 articles on indexed journals and more than 60 other publications both in Italian and in English including 3 books.

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