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Dr William Paul Farquhar-Smith

Dr Farquhar-Smith became an adviser to OCTP in July 2023.

Dr Farquhar-Smith is a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthetics at The Royal Marsden Foundation NHS Trust where he leads the only dedicated CIPN clinic in the UK. He holds fellowships from both the Faculty of Pain of the Royal College of Anaesthetics and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. His special clinical and research interests include pain experienced by cancer patients, anaesthesia and pain education.

Dr Farquhar-Smith has contributed to reference textbooks, authored guidelines for cancer pain management published by the British Pain Society, and lectured both nationally and internationally. He is a reviewer for Cochrane and has advised on NHS policy including NICE guidelines. He has, to date, published over 80 peer-reviewed original articles, chapters and letters.

Professor Robert Dworkin

Professor Robert Dworkin has been an adviser to OCTP since November 2021

Robert Dworkin is Professor in the departments of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York State. He is also a Director of ACTTION (Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks) a public-private partnership with the United States Food and Drug Administration. Professor Dworkin's major research interests are the methodologic aspects of analgesic clinical trials and the treatment and prevention of chronic neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. Through ongoing studies he is evaluating the research designs and methods, clinical outcome assessments, and statistical analyses used in clinical trials of treatments for acute and chronic pain.

Dr Giorgio Lambru

Dr Giorgio Lambru has been an adviser to OCTP since February 2022

Dr Lambru is a Consultant Neurologist at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London. Dr Lambru is an expert in headache and facial pain conditions, including neuropathic pain and general neurology conditions. He has authored a number of scientific publications on these conditions and has a clinic dedicated to complex headache and facial pain disorders.

Professor Anthony Dickenson

Professor Anthony Dickenson has been an adviser to OCTP since May 2021

Anthony Dickenson is Emeritus Professor of Neuropharmacology at University College, London. Professor Dickenson's research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of pain including how pain can be controlled in both normal and patho-physiological conditions and how to translate basic science to patients. He is an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society, a member of the council of the International Association for the Study of Pain, was a founding member of the London Pain Consortium (Welcome Trust) and is involved in many advisory boards.