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silhouetteLesley Colvin:
Consultant/ Reader 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.





Selected Publications
1. Currie G, Sena E, Fallon M, MacLeod M, Colvin L. Using animal models to understand cancer pain in humans. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2014; 16(6) 423
2. Colvin LA, Stein A, Smith BS. Managing Chronic Pain - a clinical challenge: new SIGN Guidelines provide a practical evidence-based approach and identifies research gaps. Br J Anaesth 2014, 112 (1): 9-12
3. Baird CR, Fox P, and L. A. Colvin. Gabapentinoid Abuse in Order to Potentiate the Effect of Methadone: A Survey among Substance Misusers. European Addiction Research 20(3):115-118, 2013.
4. A. Sadler, John A. Wilson, and L. Colvin. Acute and Chronic Neuropathic Pain in the Hospital Setting: Use of Screening Tools. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(6):507-11, 2013

Barry Laird profile picBarry Laird:
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.
Selected Publications
1. MacLeod N, Chalmers A, O’Rourke N, Moore K, Sheridan J, McMahon L, Bray C, Stobo J, Price A, Fallon M, Laird B. Is radiotherapy useful for treating pain in mesothelioma? A phase II trial. Journal of Thoracic Oncology 2015 (accepted for publication)
2. Simmons C, Koinis P, Fallon M, Fearon K, Bowden J, Solheim T, Gronberg BH, McMillan D, Gioulbasanis I, Laird M. Prognosis in advanced lung cancer – a prospective study examining key clinicopathological factors. Lung Cancer 2015 (accepted for publication)
3. Laird, B, McMillan D, Fayers P, Fearon K, Kaasa S, Fallon M, Klepstad P. The systematic inflammatory response and its relationship to pain and other symptoms in advanced cancer. The Oncologist 2013: 18(9); 1050-1055
4. Laird B, Kaasa S, McMillan D, Fallon M, Hjermstad M, Fayers P, Klepstad P. Prognostic factors in patients with advanced cancer; a comparison of clinic-pathological factors and the development of an inflammation-based prognostic system. Clinical Cancer Research 2013: 19; 5456-5464

silhouetteRuth Isherwood:
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 has completed her MD.

silhouetteDebra Gordon:
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.

Palliative_LucyNorrisLucy Norris:
Data/Trial Manager
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.

silhouetteHarriet Harris:
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) MD IPAC Inflammatory biomarkers in Prognosis in Advanced Cancer

Dr Kerry McWilliams (Palliative Medicine Trainee) MD A multi-site observational study of the impact of opioids on cognitive, immune and endocrine function

Dr Sabrina Ramnarine PhD Neuropathic pain treatment predictors

Dr Nicholas McLeod MD Neuropathic pain treatment predictors Mesothelioma/Pain and Radiotherapy

Dr Marta Seretny PhD Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to investigate the development and treatment of Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Dr Peter Foley PhD An investigation of supraspinal plasticity and sensitization in Multiple Sclerosis-related neuropathic extremity pain

Dr Joanna Bowden MD Complex intervention strategies for cancer cachexia: the role of comorbidity in muscle wasting associated with lung cancer

Ooi Thye Chong PhD Electro-acupuncture in the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women

Dr David Jeffrey PhD Influencing empathy:  A qualitative longitudinal study of medical students’ views and experiences

Dr Oliver Daly MRes Post-breast surgery pain

Dr Kevin McCarthy Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Paediatric Pain; Cognitive aid for Treating Children’s Pain