Cameron Weir

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Consultant Anaesthetist & Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer


Cameron graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc(Hons) degree in Pharmacology in 1988. He then studied Medicine (MBChB Glas.) before embarking on a career in Anaesthesia. In 1998 he was appointed as a research fellow (sponsored by the British Journal of Anaesthesia and Royal College of Anaesthetists) to investigate the molecular mechanisms of anaesthesia with Professor Jerry Lambert, University of Dundee. He was awarded the Jubilee Medal from the Anaesthetic Research Society & Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2001. After completing his PhD, he took up post as clinical lecturer within the University Department of Anaesthesia. He was appointed Consultant Anaesthetist / Honorary Senior Lecturer in 2005. His clinical interests include anaesthesia for hepato-biliary surgery (including intraperitoneal chemotherapy), dental sedation and day-case surgery. Cameron leads the Tayside Anaesthesia Allergy Clinic taking referrals from across the East of Scotland. He was elected onto Council of the Anaesthetic Research Society where he served as Honorary Treasurer for 5 years. He is lead for the Institute of Anaesthesia’s academic track and has been an Associate Editor for Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care and Pain since 2006. He is a College Tutor and is an examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists.


Molecular mechanisms of general anaesthesia

Anaesthetic Allergy

Local anaesthetic induced suppression of metastatic activity in cancer cells

PhD supervision

Co-supervisor to Miss Alice Tat Yan Ling PhD thesis – The influence of transmembrane amino acids on the interaction of intravenous general anaesthetics with the GABAA receptor

Co-supervisor to Donald Sloan - Anaesthesia induced hypothermia promotes rapid changes in the phosphorylation of p42/44MAP kinase and tau in the brain – Winner of the ARS / RCoA Presidents prize

Lectures and conferences

Scottish Society of Anaesthetists / Royal College of Anaesthetists Joint Winter Scientific Meeting Dundee, November 2012

Chinese Society of Anesthesiology Annual Scientific Meeting Chongqing, September 2012

Chinese Society of Anesthesiology Annual Scientific Meeting Jinan, August 2011

Edinburgh Anaesthesia Festival 2007

Association of Anaesthetist of Great Britain and Ireland, Winter Scientific Meeting, London 2006

Association of Anaesthetist of Great Britain and Ireland, Group of Anaesthetists in Training, ASM, Oxford 2006

Society of Intravenous Anaesthesia, UK Edinburgh 2005

Scottish Society of Anaesthetists Trainees Meeting, Dunfermline 2005



BSc Honours Pharmacology and Neuroscience (Anaesthesia and Analgesia module)

Transitional block teaching


Postgraduate / National

Research Methodology Course (National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia & British Journal of Anaesthesia, London)

Scottish Primary FRCA course

Scottish Primary FRCA OSCEs

Advanced Life Support Instructor


Book Chapters

Pharmacology of local anaesthetics and techniques in Postoperative Pain Edited by D Rowbotham - in press

Weir, C.J. Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting in Smith & Aitkenhead’s Textbook of Anaesthesia (6th Edition) 2013 Edited by A Aitkenhead, I Moppet and J Thompson

Weir, C.J. Local Anaesthetic Pharmacology. Principles and Practice of Regional Anaesthesia (4th Edition) 2012 Edited by G McLeod, C McCartney, and J Wildsmith - Winner of the BMA / BMJ medical book award for anaesthesia

Selected publications

Weir, C.J. Ion channels, receptors, agonists and antagonists. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine 2011 14: (9) 410-416

Lambert JJ, Cooper MA, Simmons RD, Weir CJ,Belelli D. Neurosteroids: endogenous allosteric modulators of GABA(A) receptors. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2009 Dec;34 48-58.

Weir C.J. Ion channels, receptors agonists and antagonists. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine 2007 8: (10) 437-442

Hardy, J.J., Connolly, C.M.N., Weir, C.J. Epistaxis in pregnancy – Not to be sniffed at! Int J Obst Anaes 2007

Weir, C.J., Belelli D, Wildsmith, J.A.W., Peters, J.A. Lambert JJ The interaction of anaesthetic steroids with recombinant glycine and GABAA Receptors. Br. J. Anaesth. 2004 92 (5) 704 - 711.

Weir, C.J. The molecular mechanisms of general anaesthesia: Dissecting the GABAA receptor. Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain 2006 6(2): 49-53.

Weir, C.J., Wildsmith, J.A.W. How do General Anaesthetics Work? The case for GABAA Receptor Modulation. Preparing for the Primary FRCA Bulletin of the Royal College of Anaesthetists 2001;5:204-207.

Weir, C.J., Gibson, I.F. & Martin, W. Effects of metabolic inhibitors on endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent vasodilatation of rat and rabbit aorta. Br. J. Pharmacol. 1991;102:162-166.