Editorial introductions : Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care

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Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care 17(2):p i, June 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000647
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Anthony Dickenson


Anthony Dickenson, BSc, PhD, FmedSci, FBPharmcolS is Emeritus 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.

Professor 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 360 refereed publications and has an h index of 106, all due to his motivated and brilliant research team. He is a founding and continuing Member of the Wellcome Trust funded London Pain Consortium.

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, 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


Paul Farquhar-Smith has been a Consultant in Pain and Anaesthetics for 20 years and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He works in chronic cancer pain in close collaboration with supportive and palliative care services.

A major interest is neuropathic pain in cancer survivors such as persistent pain after surgery and chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CIPN). He has written in reference textbooks on multiple subjects including cannabinoids in cancer pain. Paul has also lectured nationally and internationally on these subjects.

Paul has advised on guidelines including NICE, ICD-11, and RM Partners and London Cancer Vanguard. He is on the Editorial board of BJP and Editor of Cancer Pain in Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care. He is a section Head for the f1000 educational website. He has organised and runs the highly successful ‘Opioids, gabapentinoids, and cannabinoids’ meeting at the Royal Marsden for over 10 years.

He has published over 90 peer reviewed original articles, chapters and letters on pain, intensive care, and anaesthesia.

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