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

Genetic landscape of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identifies heterogeneous cell-type and phenotype associations
3/2019, Nature Genetics
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Genome-wide association study of antidepressant treatment resistance in a population-based cohort using health service prescription data and meta-analysis with GENDEP
12/2018, Pharmacogenomics Journal
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Multi-Ancestry Genome-Wide Association Study of Lipid Levels Incorporating Gene-Alcohol Interactions
1/2019, American Journal of Epidemiology
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Chronic pain as a symptom or a disease : the IASP Classification of Chronic Pain for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)
7/2018, Pain
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The IASP classification of chronic pain for ICD-11 : Chronic neuropathic pain
7/2018, Pain
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The IASP classification of chronic pain for ICD-11 : Applicability in Primary Care
7/2018, Pain
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Genome-wide association analyses of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over 1 million individuals identify hundreds of loci and shared genetic influences
1/2019, Nature Genetics
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New genetic signals for lung function highlight pathways and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease associations across multiple ancestries
11/2018, Nature Genetics
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Protein-coding variants implicate novel genes related to lipid homeostasis contributing to body-fat distribution
12/2018, Nature Genetics
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Genome-wide interaction study of a proxy for stress-sensitivity and its prediction of major depressive disorder
12/2018, PLoS ONE
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Press

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 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 Smith

28/01/15

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



Scotland's new lead for chronic pain

Blair Smith

8/05/14

1 item of media coverage

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