top of page
stock image microscope

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

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.



Barry J A Laird

Reader in Palliative Medicine, University of Edinburgh 

Consultant, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, St Columba's Hospice

Dr Laird is an academic clinician specialising in palliative medicine. The main focus of his research is understanding how the tumour-host interaction in cancer is implicated in the genesis of cachexia.



Marie Fallon

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

Professor Fallon leads the Edinburgh Palliative and Supportive Care group (EpaS) and is a world leader in palliative care research.

Her multidisciplinary group’s key theme is to improve the care of patients with life-limiting illness with a strong focus on cancer.



Stephen Wigmore

Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Consultant Liver and Pancreas Surgeon

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



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 



Thomas Di Virgilio

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, university of Edinburgh

Dr Di Virgilio uses non invasive brain stimulation techniques to examine brain-to-muscle communications in response to injury or disease. He is interested in the role of TMS in cachexia pathophysiology.


Robert Paval

PhD Doctoral Fellow, University of Stirling

Robert's research focuses on examining the role of intelectin-1 and other adipokines in cancer cachexia, using cell culture studies, RNA and protein manipulation and the use of various high throughput techniques, as well as advanced methods of data analysis. 



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.


Tanvir Abbass

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

Tanvir's research is focussed on the role of MUST, systemic inflammation, cachexia, frailty in colorectal and lung cancer.

leo picture.png

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.



Holger Husi

Reader in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Dr Husi specialised in large-scale biosystems investigations and analysis, covering areas in neuroscience, renal complications, cardiovascular disorders, pulmonary and autoimmune diseases,  muscle wasting and cancer. He is the lead of the Pan-omics database initiative.



Richard J E Skipworth

Honorary Reader in Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Consultant Surgeon, NHS Lothian

Mr Skipworth research focusses on clinical and translational aspects of cancer cachexia. He is an honorary Reader at University of Edinburgh, NHS Research Scotland Clinician and secretary of the Cancer Cachexia Society. 



Donald C McMillan

Professor of Surgical Science, University of Glasgow

Professor McMillan is a world leader in inflammation and cachexia research in cancer. He developed the Glasgow Prognostic Score which has now been examined in over 300 studies in over 150,000 patients. This score is now advocated in cachexia clinical guidelines and cancer nutrition assessment.


iain g.jpg

Iain Gallagher

Lecturer in Health and Exercise, University of Stirling

 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.



Ines Boehm

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

 Dr Boehm's research focusses on the role of  the cellular and molecular characterisation of the mammalian neuromuscular junction in health and disease


Phillips Dr Iain_9378.JPG

Iain D Philips

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. 



Charlie Hall

Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Specialty Trainee in Palliative Medicine

Dr Hall's predominant research interest is in the role of optimising rehabilitation in patients with advanced cancer. He led the day-to-day running of the Energy Trial and his MD focussed on this.



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.

Janice _edited.jpg

Janice Miller

University of Edinburgh, Specialty Trainee in Surgery, NHS SE Scotland

Janice's research examined the characterisation and mechanisms of altered body composition and tissue wasting in cancer cachexia.


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.

Peter Hall

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

Dr Hall is 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.


Pete Hall.jpg
bottom of page