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Caledonian Cachexia Collaborative

Below you will find members of our collaborative. We represent researchers at varying stages of their academic career and in a diverse range of disciplines. We are fortunate to attract a high calibre of doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Our Team

Barry J A Laird

Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care, University of Edinburgh.

Consultant Edinburgh Cancer Centre and St Columba's Hospice Care

Professor Laird is an academic clinician specialising in palliative medicine. The main focus of his research is symptom science around the host-tumour interaction is implicated in the genesis of cachexia.


Richard J. E. Skipworth

Honorary Reader in Surgery, University of Edinburgh.

Consultant Surgeon, NHS Lothian

Mr Skipworth's Research focusses on clinical and translational aspects of cancer cachexia. He is also the secretary of the Cancer Cachexia Society


Donald C McMillan

Professor of Surgical Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor McMillan is a world leader in inflammation and cachexia research in cancer. He developed the Glasgow Prognostic Score which has been examine din over 300 studies and incorporated in cachexia clinical guidelines.


Marie T Fallon

St Columba's Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine,  University of Edinburgh.

Consultant Edinburgh Cancer Centre 

Professor Fallon leads the Edinburgh Palliative and Supportive Care group and is a world leader in palliative care research. Her multidisciplinary groups key theme is to improve the care of patients living with life limiting illness.


Stephen Wigmore

Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery,

University of Edinburgh

Professor Wigmore has a longstanding interest in cancer cachexia and therapeutic interventions to ameliorate the effects of cancer on host physiology.


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Iain Gallagher

Associate Professor, School of Applied Sciences,

Napier University

Dr Gallagher's research is focussed on  human muscle pathology as well as developmental biology. He returned to Immunology with a post doctoral position at the Roslin Institute (2011) before working at the University of Stirling and now Napier University.


Ross Dolan

Clinical Lecturer, Academic Unit of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

He has an interest in the systemic inflammatory response, body composition, tumour pathophysiology and physical function


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Iain D Phillips

Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Edinburgh Cancer Centre, NRS Research Fellow, Clinical lead for oligometastatic SABR service

He has an interest in prehab and biomarkers of outcome in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and led the setting up of an early intervention prehabilitation clinic in Lothian.


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Leo Brown

Clinical Research Fellow & Specialty Registrar

NHS Lothian / NHS Forth Valley / University of Edinburgh

Leo is currently undertaking a PhD at University of Edinburgh with Mr Skipworth and Professor Wigmore with focus on the phenotyping and risk stratification for cancer cachexia in patients with malignancy of the upper gastrointestinal tract.


Judith Sayers

Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh & St Columba's Hospice Care,

Specialty Trainee in Surgery, NHS Lothian

Miss Sayers is currently a research fellow at St Columba's Hospice, and is working on the Revolution trial. She is working on cachexia characterisation in advanced cancer and surgical patients.

Michael Yule

Medical Research Fellow, St Columba's Hospice Care and Specialty Trainee in General Surgery, South-East Scotland.

Michael is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh with Mr Skipworth and Professor Laird. The focus of this thesis is on the detection and characterisation of cancer cachexia. He is also working on the REVOLUTION trial.


Rebekah Patton

Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh and St Columba's Hospice Care, Trainee in Internal medicine

Dr Patton set up and established the Revolution trial. Her predominant research interest is in assessing the biological basis of symptoms.

Josh McGovern

Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, Specialty Trainee in Surgery, NHS GGC

Josh's research focusses on the role of  the muscle and the inflammatory response in cancer cachexia. He is currently undertaking a higher degree examining cancer cachexia associated parameters.

Amy Mcluskie

Clinical Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh.

Amy is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Professor Laird and Professor Fallon. She is also working to set up the INSPIRE trial, which is a multinational phase III RCT looking at the cost effectiveness of palliative rehabilitation on disability, symptom burden and quality of life in patients with advanced cancer. She previously worked as an advanced specialist community dietician.

Andrew Crumley

Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon

NHS Forth Valley

Mr Crumley has an interest in cachexia, systemic inflammatory response and it's clinical application in patients with cancer.

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Peter Hall

Professor in Cancer Informatics and Health Economics, Consultant Medical Oncologist, University of Edinburgh

An academic Medical Oncologist with a research interest in Health Economics, Data Science and Health Technology Assessment in Cancer. The focus of his research is on the development of improved methods for efficient research design, cost-effectiveness analysis and the measurement of clinical and socioeconomic outcomes using data obtained from clinical trials and routinely collected within health systems.


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