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.
Sam H. Ahmedzai
Professor Sam H. Ahmedzai is Chair and Head of the Academic Unit of Supportive Care at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he has worked since 1994. He also works clinically as a Consultant Physician in palliative medicine in a multi-disciplinary symptom control and supportive care team in the Sheffield hospitals. He is Clinical Lead for the Sheffield Adult Cancer Survivorship and is a Council Member of the British Pain Society. He was formerly Medical Director of the Leicestershire Hospice.
Sam graduated from the Universities of St Andrews (Scotland) and Manchester. His medical training was in oncology and respiratory medicine. His research interests are in pain control, nutrition, respiratory palliation and holistic needs assessment. He initiated the Science Committee for the Association for Palliative Medicine (UK) and past chair of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer's Groups on Quality of Life and on Pain and Symptom Control. The Sheffield Academic Unit has also led developments in consumer involvement in cancer research.
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.
Dr Edward Chow is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, Canada and a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada.
He is the Chair of the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program and Bone Metastases Site Group at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he is a staff Radiation Oncologist.
Dr James Beattie is Consultant Cardiologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust which is a teaching hospital group linked to the University of Birmingham. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, he undertook initial cardiology training in the University Department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He later pursued periods of research at the University of California at Davis and the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. He returned to the UK as Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham and was appointed to his current position in 1990. He is engaged in general acute adult cardiology practice and he is heart failure lead for the Trust. He holds fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Glasgow and London and is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.
He has had a long interest in palliative care for heart failure and is a National Clinical Lead with the NHS Heart Improvement Programme through which he has contributed to the development of this aspect of heart failure care across England. He co-authored the position statement on heart failure palliative care from the European Society of Cardiology. He is a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care and is chair of their Heart failure Policy Group.
Aynur Aktas, MD is a third year research fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Harry R Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology, USA (A WHO Demonstration Project in Palliative Medicine and an ESMO Designated Center of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care). Dr Aktas completed family practice residency at a State Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey in 2002. She continued her career as a staff physician at the Anadolu Medical Center (affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine) in the Palliative Care Inpatient Unit (also an ESMO Designated Center of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care). Dr Aktas joined the Cleveland Clinic as a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Fellow in 2008. Her research interests focus on cancer symptom clusters and symptom assessment. She has completed a number of studies, which have examined different methods of not only detecting the symptoms but also evaluating them for their severity, as well as, the degree of distress an individual symptom may be causing a patient. She has authored or co-authored numerous manuscripts. She's also had the pleasure of making paper presentations in national and international symposiums. This year, she received The Young Investigator of the Year Award from Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and a travel scholarship grant from International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). She's currently a member of AAHPM and IAHPC.
Dr Andrea Barsevick, PhD RN, is a Professor at the College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA where she resides in the Population Science Division of Medical Oncology. She recently relocated from Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, USA where she served as the Director of Nursing Research, a position she held for 21 years. She is also an advanced oncology certified nurse (AOCN®) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
Dr Barsevick has a program of research focused on symptom management and quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. Her current research focuses on behavioral intervention for the symptoms during treatment; symptoms and work outcomes for colorectal cancer survivors; and quality of life for African American breast cancer survivors. Her research on symptom clusters earned Dr Barsevick a State of the Science Award from the Oncology Nursing Society as well as international recognition. Dr Barsevick currently serves on the National Cancer Institute Steering Committee on Symptoms and Quality of Life which sets the national agenda for symptom management research. She has been a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network panel that developed the evidence-based guidelines for the management of cancer-related fatigue.
Dr Barsevick has received grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Vincent Maida is a consultant in Palliative Medicine and Wound Management at the William Osler Health System in Toronto, Canada. He completed his MD from the University of Toronto in 1982. He is an Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care at the McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. In 2010, he completed his MSc in Wound Management from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, as well as qualifying as a certified clinical medical teacher in 2011. In 1999, he was certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Professor Maida is a passionate advocate for patient-centered care, interprofessional education, and integrative/collaborative healthcare. Professor Maida's research interests include pain and symptom management, prognostication, wound management, and preventive healthcare. Over the past five years, he has published more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles and three textbook chapters. He has also developed numerous conceptual innovations and graphic paradigms for palliative care and wound management. He has lectured extensively on his research, to date on four continents.
Professor Maida has achieved numerous citations and awards for his clinical and academic endeavours. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, and in 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions towards the domains of Palliative Care and Wound Management. He has also been awarded the Osler award of excellence in 2001 and 2009.