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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Currow, David C.; Johnson, Miriam J.; Calman, Lynn; Campling, Natasha; Saad, Fred; Casale, Roberto

Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: September 2018 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p vii–ix
doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000378

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.

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David C. Currow

David C. Currow is Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, UK. Prof. Currow is the Principal Investigator for the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) which has randomized more than 1,850 palliative care patients across 21 sites in Australia to phase III symptom control studies. He is a Foundation Partner in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative, an initiative to improve systematically clinical outcomes in palliative care. He is an Editor on the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. He is Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, and has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and books.

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Miriam J. Johnson

Miriam J. Johnson is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Hull York Medical School and Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at the University of Hull, UK. Her clinical and research interests include mechanisms and management of breathlessness, and inequalities in palliative care service provision e.g. for people with non-malignant disease such as heart failure and respiratory disease. The projects employ a wide range of research methodologies (clinical trials of drug or complex interventions, qualitative studies, observational, secondary data analysis, data linkage studies) and collaborative partners are involved across different disciplines and countries. She has published widely and holds grants from a variety of bodies (NIHR, NHMRC, Dunhill Medical Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care/CRUK, Yorkshire Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation).

She is palliative care specialty joint lead for the Yorkshire and Humber Comprehensive Research Network. She set up one of the UK's first integrated palliative care services for people with heart failure.

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Lynn Calman

Dr Lynn Calman is a Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group (MSRG) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. Lynn undertook a BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Adult) at the University of Edinburgh, UK and worked clinically in palliative care and completed training as a mental health nurse before undertaking her doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Lynn has held academic positions at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester, UK, before taking up her role in Southampton in 2012. She was awarded an MRC postdoctoral fellowship in health services research from 2008 to 2012 to explore how lung cancer patients can be supported to live well after treatment.

Lynn has led and collaborated on a number of major research studies in cancer survivorship and psychosocial oncology. Currently, she is a co-applicant on the Macmillan Cancer Support funded five-year HORIZONS Programme, designed to understand recovery and wellbeing following curative intent cancer treatment and inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support survivors. She is also leading her own research programme focusing on people living with cancer that cannot be cured. Since 2016, Lynn has been a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Lung Cancer Clinical Studies Group (CSG) and until 2017 was member of the Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship CSG and Chaired the subgroup: Understanding and measuring the consequences of cancer and its treatment.

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Natasha Campling

Dr Natasha Campling is a senior research fellow within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. She is a nurse by background, having qualified at the University of Edinburgh, UK with a first-class degree (BSc Hons), before going on to specialize in cancer and palliative care at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK. In 2006 Natasha completed a PhD in nursing from King's College London, UK funded by an EPSRC doctoral training award. Since then she has worked as an academic researcher and has held positions at King's College London, the School of Pharmacy (University of London, UK), and Cranfield University, UK; managing and leading the delivery of an extensive range of research studies. Recently she has focused exclusively on research in palliative and end-of-life care, collaborating on a study funded by the Health Technology Assessment programme of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) on Self-Management of Analgesia and Related Treatments at the end-of-life. Natasha led the qualitative components of the study, including design, data collection, and analysis. Following this, Natasha focused on two end-of-life areas. First, a project supporting family caregivers at end of life, funded by the NIHR's School for Social Care Research, which implemented evidence to support family caregivers in the transition between hospital and home. Second, a programme of work exploring treatment decisions in the face of patient deterioration in hospital: development and implementation of treatment escalation plans, funded by NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) Wessex. Currently Natasha is conducting a mixed method evaluation of service provision for accessing medicines at end of life (ActMed) funded by the Health Services and Delivery Research programme of the NIHR, for which she is a co-applicant.

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Fred Saad

Fred Saad, MD FRCS is Professor and Chairman of Urology and Director of G-U Oncology at the University of Montreal Hospital Centers (CHUM), Canada. He holds the U of M Endowed Chair in Prostate Cancer Research and is Director of the molecular oncology research lab in Prostate Cancer. He is the past Chair of the National Cancer Institute of Canada G-U Group and the Canadian Urologic Oncology Group. Dr Saad has been involved in most of the important clinical trials in advanced prostate cancer over the last 20 years and presently sits on seven steering committees of international clinical trials. He serves on several international guidelines committees and sits on seven editorial boards, including Lancet Oncology, JAMA Oncology, Nature Urology, and Urology, as well as Current Oncology. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles as well as over 1,500 scientific abstracts, eight books and over 50 book chapters. With a h-factor of 96 and over 41,000 citations he was listed as one of the most cited scientists in 2017. Dr Saad's research interests include molecular prognostic markers, mechanisms of progression, and new therapeutics in prostate cancer. He has over 40 clinical and basic research projects ongoing and has received over 30 million dollars in research grants to date. In 2014 he received the lifetime achievement award from the CHUM Research Center and in 2017 received the outstanding contribution award from The Prostate Cancer Canada Network.

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Roberto Casale

Roberto Casale MD, PhD graduated in Medicine and Surgery from Pavia University, Italy in 1975. He became full board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Pavia University in 1976, and also specialized in neurology with a postgraduate course in clinical neurophysiology. He specialised in anesthesiology and pain relief in 1989 and obtained a PhD in advanced technologies in rehabilitation and sports from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.

Dr Casale is Scientific Director at Habilita Care and Research Rehabilitation Hospitals, Bergamo, Italy. He is the Director of the EFIC (European Pain Federation) Pain School on Neuropathic Pain, formerly known as EFIC Montescano Pain School and now moved to Bergamo (EFIC Bergamo Neuropathic Pain School). Currently, he is also the Chairman of the ESPRM (European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine) SIG on ‘Pain and Disability’.

Dr Casale has lectured at University Schools of Specialization in Pavia, Padua, Florence and Siena, Italy. From 1992 to 2015, he was Director of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and Pain Rehabilitation Unit. From 2001 to 2015, he was the Director of the Department of Neuromotor Rehabilitation at the Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, Scientific Institute of Montescano, Italy. He was also in charge of the Alzheimer Unit from 1999 to 2015. He has been Councillor and Secretary of AISD (Italian Association for the Study of Pain), as well as Councillor of EFIC (European Chapters of IASP), and Co-ordinator of the SIG ‘Pain and Rehabilitation’ of SIMFER (Italian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). His scientific interests are: pain medicine (physiopathology of pain and pain therapy, muscle pain, neuropathic pain, CRPS, microneurography), and rehabilitation medicine (chronic pain and associated motor disability, central and peripheral nervous system lesions, localized muscle fatigue).

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