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 Section Editors for this issue.
Sam H. Ahmedzai
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.
Anthony H. Dickenson
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.
M. Patricia Rivera
Dr Rivera is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Dr Rivera joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty in 1995. She is a Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program, a Program that she helped to establish at UNC in 1995. She has recently been promoted to Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and is the Director of the Pulmonary Function and Bronchoscopy Laboratories at UNC.
Dr Rivera received her MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in New York. She did her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She completed a Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. For several years, she served as Chair and Co-chair of the Thoracic Oncology Network of the American College of Chest Physicians and has been an editor and writer for the Lung Cancer Guidelines, which were published by the ACCP. She is also a member of the American Thoracic Society.
Dr Rivera's research interest focuses on lung cancer and early detection of pre-malignant lesions using fluorescence bronchoscopy. She has received several honors and awards, including: Governor from North Carolina for the American College of Chest Physicians, University of North Carolina School of Medicine 1998 Whitehead Lecturer, University of North Carolina 2005 White Coat Ceremony Keynote Speaker, and was nominated for the Humanitarian in Medicine award in 2004.