Blair Smith

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Professor of Population Science

Bio

Biography

Holding a Chair in Population Health Science, Blair is an academic general practitioner, currently also practising clinically as a Consultant in Pain Medicine, NHS Tayside.  He is also Clinical Co-director of Tayside Clinical Trials Unit.  Graduating at the Universities of Glasgow (MBChB, 1987) and Aberdeen (MEd Distinction 1998; MD 2000), he held an NHS Primary Care Career Scientist Award (2000 to 2005) and was Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Aberdeen until 2011.  

His research on chronic pain and neuropathic pain has been published widely, specifically studying its epidemiology, primary care management and self-management.  He is a Chief Investigator on Generation Scotland, a major programme for studying genetics and health, with over 30,000 volunteer participants.  He is now actively exploring the opportunities that this and other collaborations bring to researching the biological mechanisms of chronic pain, from the laboratory to the community.  He has established the Chronic Pain Research Group at the University of Dundee, based in the Division of Population Health and Genomics.

He is Past Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG).  He was formerly Treasurer of the Society for Academic Primary Care, and sat on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of General Practice, both from 1997 to 2007.  He chaired the NHS Scotland / SGHD Chronic Pain Steering Group until June 2011, and established its Research Subgroup and the Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC).  He was appointed to his current post in August 2011.

Blair was appointed on 1 May 2014 to the post of Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain working with the Scottish Government, and is Specialty Adviser to the Chief Medical Officer.  He aims to facilitate improvement in the management of pain, in an evidence-based yet practical way.

In 2017, Blair received the award for Best Postgraduate Supervisor from the Dundee University Students' Association.  In 2018, he was awarded the British Pain Society Medal and Annual Lecture, for "outstanding contribution to the field of pain".

Publications

Genome-wide association study of knee pain identifies associations with GDF5 and COL27A1 in UK Biobank
12/2019, Communications Biology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Genome-wide association study of knee pain identifies associations with GDF5 and COL27A1 in UK Biobank
8/2019, Communications Biology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Translating clinical trials into improved real-world management of pain : Convergence of translational, population-based and primary care research
8/2019, Pain
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Comparison of psychiatric co-morbidity in treatment-seeking, opioid dependent patients with versus without chronic pain
8/2019, Addiction
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Chronic pain : a review of its epidemiology and associated factors in population-based studies
8/2019, British Journal of Anaesthesia
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Implementation of Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROMs) from specialist pain clinics in England and Wales : experience from a nationwide study
8/2019, European Journal of Pain
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The National Pain Audit for specialist pain services in England and Wales 2010–2014
8/2019, British Journal of Pain
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Reply to Henningsen et al.
7/2019, Pain
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Letter

Multiancestry Genome-Wide Association Study of Lipid Levels Incorporating Gene-Alcohol Interactions
6/2019, American Journal of Epidemiology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

A catalog of genetic loci associated with kidney function from analyses of a million individuals
6/2019, Nature Genetics
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Press

Update to opioid section of SIN 136: Management of Chronic Pain

Lesley Colvin & Blair Smith

21/08/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research



How to work out in midlife… when everything hurts

Blair Smith & Lesley Colvin

27/01/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research



Opoioid epidemic - the global spread explained

Blair Smith

20/08/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Inspiring teacher honoured with Student-led Teaching Award

Blair Smith

31/08/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Teaching



How genetics can uncover links in chronic pain and other conditions

Blair H. Smith

23/02/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research



International Association for the Study of Pain. Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain.

Blair H. Smith

28/01/15

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research



Scotland's new lead for chronic pain

Blair H. Smith

8/05/14

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other



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