Consultant Senior Lecturer in Pain Medicine
Dr Lesley Colvin completed a PhD in Neurosciences after graduating from medical school and has been instrumental in facilitating the development of the translational pain group in Edinburgh. Dr Colvin is a Co-PI on most of the clinical trials conducted by the team. In addition, she has the programme of research relating to opioids and dependence.
1. Colvin LA, Fallon MT. Opioid-induced hyperalgesia: a clinical challenge. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2010; 104: 125-127
2. Currie G, Delaney A, Robertson D, Allchorne A, Anderson H, Garry E, Fallon M, Colvin L, Mitchell R, Fleetwood-Walker S. Central sensitization in a model of cancer-induced bone pain is dependent on N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors containing the NR2A subunit. Br. J. Anaesth. (2010) 104 (4): 517-8.
3. Delaney A, Colvin LA, Fallon MT, Fleetwood-Walker SM. Postherpetic Neuralgia: From Preclinical Models to the Clinic. Neurotherapeutics 2009 Oct;6(4):630-7
4. Colvin L, Johnson PRE, Mitchell R, Fleetwood-Walker S, Fallon M. From bench to bedside: A case of rapid reversal of Bortezomib-induced neuropathic pain by the TRPM8 activator, menthol. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2008; 26(27): 4519-4520
Clinician Scientist in Palliative Medicine. Honorary Consultant at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
Dr Barry Laird is currently supported by a fellowship through the European Palliative Care Research Centre, Trondheim, Norway. In conjunction with this group Dr Laird is involved in developing several international trials in cancer pain and cachexia. His other research interests include systemic inflammation and its relation to cancer symptomatology, prognosis in advanced cancer and the interaction between pain and psychological symptoms in cancer. Dr Laird is an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre where he runs a portfolio of clinical trials and supervises the group’s research nurses in Glasgow.
1. Laird BJA, Scott AC, Colvin LA, McKeon A, Murray GD, Fearon KCH, Fallon MT. Cancer Pain and its Relationship to Systemic Inflammation: An Exploratory Study. Pain. 2011;152:460–463
2. Laird BJA, Scott AC, Colvin LA, McKeon A, Murray GD, Fearon KCH, Fallon MT. Pain, depression and fatigue as a symptom cluster in advanced cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2011;42(1):1-11
3. Laird BJA, Walley J, Murray G, Clausen, Colvin L, Fallon M. Characterization of cancer induced bone pain: an exploratory study. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2010. DOI 10.1007/s00520-010-0961-3
4. Fallon MT, Laird BJA. A systematic review of combination step III opioid therapy in cancer pain: An EPCRC opioid guideline project. Palliative Medicine. 2011;25(5):597-603
Senior Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Ruth Isherwood is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Strathcarron Hospice. Strathcarron Hospice provides specialist palliative care to patients in Forth Valley across all diagnoses and care settings. She is also a Senior Clinical Research Fellow and is undertaking a programme of research which is supervised by Professor Marie Fallon. The research is funded by the Beatson Oncology Centre Fund - a registered charity. Her current research interests are in the management of pain, opioid-related side effects and opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Dr Isherwood also supervises and mentors clinical colleagues who undertake research projects. She has presented widely at national and European conferences and is working towards an MD.
Clinical Educator/Research Nurse
Debra Gordon joined Professor Fallon’s research team in 2006 as Clinical Educator for the EPAT© study. Her role followed on from an extensive and diverse nursing career in cancer care. Since 2000, Debra has worked in Specialist Palliative Care, initially as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at King’s College Hospital, London, before joining the clinical team at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. She is currently also Senior Research Nurse on the TVT Study.
Since qualifying as a nurse in 1995, Ali worked predominately in the Critical Care Units in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before pursuing a career in Oncology at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh in 2002, working in Haematology and the Chemotherapy Out Patient Department. She joined the Palliative Care Research Team in 2009 and works as a Research Nurse on a portfolio of palliative care studies.
Lucy joined the team in 2008 as Data Manager on the EPAT Study. She previously worked in IT in Norwich and Edinburgh after studying at London and Manchester Universities. She is now also fulfilling the role of Trial Manager.
Personal Assistant, Data Manager and Clinical Trials Co-ordinator
Since graduating from Durham University with a BA(Hons) in General Arts, Harriet has worked almost exclusively as a secretary and team administrator in General Medicine and Palliative Medicine. She joined the Palliative Care Research Team at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh in 1998 and has been Professor Fallon’s PA since 1999. Since 2006, when she transferred from the NHS to the University of Edinburgh, she has combined this role with that of Clinical Trials Co-ordinator to the academic Palliative Care Research Team.
Dr Claribel Simmons (Palliative Care) PhD Prognostication
Dr Kerry McWilliams (Palliative Medicine Trainee) PhD Two-step (TVT) study
Dr Sabrina Ramnarine Neuropathic pain treatment predictors PhD Neuropathic pain treatment predictors
Dr Nick McLeod Neuropathic pain treatment predictors MD Mesothelioma/Pain and RTX
Dr Marta Seretny ST3 Anaesthetics PhD Wellcome Fellowship (CIPN/fMRI)
Dr Peter Foley ST5 Neurology PhD MS
(Ooi Thye Chong PhD Acupuncture for pelvic pain)