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.
Anthony H. Dickenson
Anthony H. Dickenson, BSc, PhD, FmedSci, FBPharmcolS is Professor of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College, London, UK. He gained his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK, and has held posts in Paris, California and Sweden. 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.
Prof. Dickenson is an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society, was a Member of the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain for six years and is Section Editor for the journal Pain. He has authored more than 340 refereed publications and has a h index of 90, all due to his motivated and brilliant research team. He is a founding and continuing Member of the Wellcome Trust funded London Pain Consortium.
Prof. 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, ASEAPs, the Scandinavian Pain Society, the British Pain Society, the Thailand Pain Society, the Irish Pain Society, the Singapore 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 to schools on pain.
Paul Farquhar-Smith has been a Consultant in pain and anaesthetics for 14 years and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He has a PhD in visceral pain and cannabinoids. He works in chronic cancer pain in close collaboration with supportive and palliative care services.
A major interest of his is neuropathic pain in cancer survivors, such as chronic pain after surgery and chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CIPN). He is involved in the London Cancer Vanguard project, developing pathways and recommendations for CIPN. He has written in reference textbooks and in the British Pain Society guidelines for cancer pain and has lectured nationally and internationally on these subjects. He is currently co-Chair of the British Pain Society / Association for Palliative Medicine Joint Working Group on Pain in Cancer Patients.
Kirsty Bannister graduated from University College London (UCL), UK, in 2003 with a BSc in Pharmacology (first class honours) before completing a Master of Research and subsequent PhD in Epigenetics at Imperial College London, UK. In 2008, Kirsty began a post-doctoral placement back at UCL in the Neuropharmacology of Pain laboratory, investigating neural and pharmacological systems that sub-serve pain transmission and modulation in the spinal cord and brain. Kirsty joined King's College London, UK, in the autumn of 2017 on a permanent basis as a lecturer in Neuropharmacology and Principal Investigator of the Descending Modulation of Pain group. Her interests remain investigating descending mechanisms of pain control in both normal and pathological conditions, and how to translate basic science to the patient. Kirsty has authored 26 refereed publications and has led multiple symposia at international meetings including the World Congress on Pain, European Pain Federation EFIC, Pain Mechanisms and Therapeutics, and The Physiological Society. In 2017, Kirsty won the EFIC IBSA publication award for an original research article and in 2019 was awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences grant and a NC3Rs grant to continue her investigation of the functionality and anatomy of endogenous descending controls.
James M. Beattie
Dr James M. Beattie is a Consultant Cardiologist based in Birmingham, UK. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, he undertook initial cardiology training in the University Department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He later pursued periods of research at the University of California, Davis, USA and the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, USA. In 1985, he returned to the UK to take up a post as Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham, UK. From 1990 to May 2017, he was a Consultant Cardiologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, UK, part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, a university teaching hospital. In June 2017, he was appointed Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London, UK. He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
He has had a long interest in palliative care for heart failure and was a National Clinical Lead with the NHS Heart Improvement Programme for 10 years, through which he contributed to the development of this aspect of heart failure care across England. He has co-authored ESC position papers on heart failure palliative care and is helping to progress this as a member of the ESC Heart Failure Association Palliative Care Task Force.