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.
Fred Saad, MD, FRCSC, is Professor of Surgery/Urology at the University of Montreal and holds the University of Montreal Endowed Chair in Prostate Cancer. He is Director of Urologic Oncology and the Prostate Cancer Research Laboratory at The University of Montreal Hospital Centre. He presently coordinates over 30 clinical and basic research projects in urologic oncology. He sits on the executive committee of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and is chairman of the NCIC-GU group and the Canadian Uro-Oncology group. He is secretary treasurer of the G-U Global Research Group and the Canadian Prostate Health Council. He has published over 150 articles and book chapters related to urologic oncology. Dr Saad sits on 8 editorial boards and serves as a reviewer for over 30 medical journals. He has been an invited speaker/professor over 200 times due to his involvement in research and medical education.
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.
Gustavo De Simone
Born in Argentine in 1995, graduated as physician in 1979 and completing the Specialty on Medical Oncology, Gustavo De Simone was appointed Medical Director of the Palliative Care Programme at Mainetti Comprehensive Cancer Centre in La Plata (Argentine) in 1991. Since then he has contributed to the development of specialist palliative care services in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentine. He has led development of palliative care education mainly at postgraduate level within the University of La Plata (1992–1997) and Universidad del Salvador (since 1998) and has been involved in the development of the research and development programmes. He is Medical Director of Pallium Latinoamerica Study Centre (NGO), in academic link with Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care since 1993.
In June 2005, Dr De Simone was made Coordinator of Post-graduated Training in Palliative Care (Residence Programme) within the Ministry of Health, Buenos Aires Government. He currently is Chief of Education and Research Department at the ‘Bonorino Udaondo’ Public Hospital in Buenos Aires.
In 1998 he became Honorary Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Universidad Del Salvador, Buenos Aires, and Director of the Career of Medical Oncology. This is the first Chair in Palliative Medicine in Argentine and provides a focal point for educational developments in South America. Based on his commitments on education, he received the 2003 International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) Annual ‘Vittorio Ventafridda Award’.