Smith, Blair, MD MEd FRCGP FFPMRCA FRCP Edin

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  • 13072 Citations
  • 55 h-Index
1991 …2021

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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".

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Master of Education, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

External positions

National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain, Scottish Government

1 Apr 2014 → …

Consultant in Pain Medicine, NHS Tayside

1 Apr 2013 → …

Keywords

  • R Medicine (General)
  • Chronic pain
  • Primary Care Medicine
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology

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Author Correction: Genome-wide association study of knee pain identifies associations with GDF5 and COL27A1 in UK Biobank

Meng, W., Adams, M. J., Palmer, C. N. A., 23andMe Research Team, Shi, J., Auton, A., Ryan, K. A., Jordan, J. M., Mitchell, B. D., Jackson, R. D., Yau, M. S., McIntosh, A. M. & Smith, B. H., 26 Mar 2020, In : Communications Biology. 3, 1, 1 p., 149.

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Translating clinical trials into improved real-world management of pain: Convergence of translational, population-based and primary care research

Gilron, I., Blyth, F. M. & Smith, B., Jan 2020, In : Pain. 161, 1, p. 36-42 7 p.

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A catalog of genetic loci associated with kidney function from analyses of a million individuals

LifeLines Cohort Study, Wuttke, M., Li, Y., Li, M., Sieber, K. B., Feitosa, M. F., Gorski, M., Tin, A., Wang, L., Chu, A. Y., Hoppmann, A., Kirsten, H., Giri, A., Chai, J-F., Sveinbjornsson, G., Tayo, B. O., Nutile, T., Fuchsberger, C., Marten, J., Cocca, M. & 33 others, Ghasemi, S., Xu, Y., Horn, K., Noce, D., van der Most, P. J., Sedaghat, S., Yu, Z., Akiyama, M., Afaq, S., Ahluwalia, T. S., Almgren, P., Amin, N., Ärnlöv, J., Bakker, S. J. L., Bansal, N., Baptista, D., Bergmann, S., Biggs, M. L., Biino, G., Boehnke, M., Boerwinkle, E., Boissel, M., Bottinger, E. P., Boutin, T. S., Brenner, H., Brumat, M., Burkhardt, R., Butterworth, A. S., Campana, E., Campbell, A., Smith, B. H., Köttgen, A. & Pattaro, C., Jun 2019, In : Nature Genetics. 51, 6, p. 957-972 16 p.

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    A multi-ancestry genome-wide study incorporating gene-smoking interactions identifies multiple new loci for pulse pressure and mean arterial pressure

    LifeLines Cohort Study, Sung, Y. J., de Las Fuentes, L., Winkler, T. W., Chasman, D. I., Bentley, A. R., Kraja, A. T., Ntalla, I., Warren, H. R., Guo, X., Schwander, K., Manning, A. K., Brown, M. R., Aschard, H., Feitosa, M. F., Franceschini, N., Lu, Y., Cheng, C-Y., Sim, X., Vojinovic, D. & 40 others, Marten, J., Musani, S. K., Kilpeläinen, T. O., Richard, M. A., Aslibekyan, S., Bartz, T. M., Dorajoo, R., Li, C., Liu, Y., Rankinen, T., Smith, A. V., Tajuddin, S. M., Tayo, B. O., Zhao, W., Zhou, Y., Matoba, N., Sofer, T., Alver, M., Amini, M., Boissel, M., Chai, J. F., Chen, X., Divers, J., Gandin, I., Gao, C., Giulianini, F., Goel, A., Harris, S. E., Hartwig, F. P., Connell, J. M., Smith, B. H., Rotter, J. I., Franks, P. W., Rice, K., Elliott, P., Caulfield, M. J., Gauderman, W. J., Munroe, P. B., Rao, D. C. & Morrison, A. C., 1 Aug 2019, In : Human Molecular Genetics. 28, 15, p. 2615-2633 19 p.

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  • Associations of autozygosity with a broad range of human phenotypes

    Clark, D. W., Okada, Y., Moore, K. H. S., Mason, D., Pirastu, N., Gandin, I., Mattsson, H., Barnes, C. L. K., Lin, K., Zhao, J. H., Deelen, P., Rohde, R., Schurmann, C., Guo, X., Giulianini, F., Zhang, W., Medina-Gomez, C., Karlsson, R., Bao, Y., Bartz, T. M. & 416 others, Baumbach, C., Biino, G., Bixley, M. J., Brumat, M., Chai, J-F., Corre, T., Cousminer, D. L., Dekker, A. M., Eccles, D. A., van Eijk, K. R., Fuchsberger, C., Gao, H., Germain, M., Gordon, S. D., de Haan, H. G., Harris, S. E., Hofer, E., Huerta-Chagoya, A., Igartua, C., Jansen, I. E., Jia, Y., Kacprowski, T., Karlsson, T., Kleber, M. E., Li, S. A., Li-Gao, R., Mahajan, A., Matsuda, K., Meidtner, K., Meng, W., Montasser, M. E., van der Most, P. J., Munz, M., Nutile, T., Palviainen, T., Prasad, G., Prasad, R. B., Priyanka, T. D. S., Rizzi, F., Salvi, E., Sapkota, B. R., Shriner, D., Skotte, L., Smart, M. C., Smith, A. V., van der Spek, A., Spracklen, C. N., Strawbridge, R. J., Tajuddin, S. M., Trompet, S., Turman, C., Verweij, N., Viberti, C., Wang, L., Warren, H. R., Wootton, R. E., Yanek, L. R., Yao, J., Yousri, N. A., Zhao, W., Adeyemo, A. A., Afaq, S., Aguilar-Salinas, C. A., Akiyama, M., Albert, M. L., Allison, M. A., Alver, M., Aung, T., Azizi, F., Bentley, A. R., Boeing, H., Boerwinkle, E., Borja, J. B., de Borst, G. J., Bottinger, E. P., Broer, L., Campbell, H., Chanock, S., Chee, M-L., Chen, G., Chen, Y-D. I., Chen, Z., Chiu, Y-F., Cocca, M., Collins, F. S., Concas, M. P., Corley, J., Cugliari, G., van Dam, R. M., Damulina, A., Daneshpour, M. S., Day, F. R., Delgado, G. E., Dhana, K., Doney, A. S. F., Dörr, M., Doumatey, A. P., Dzimiri, N., Ebenesersdóttir, S. S., Elliott, J., Elliott, P., Ewert, R., Felix, J. F., Fischer, K., Freedman, B. I., Girotto, G., Goel, A., Gögele, M., Goodarzi, M. O., Graff, M., Granot-Hershkovitz, E., Grodstein, F., Guarrera, S., Gudbjartsson, D. F., Guity, K., Gunnarsson, B., Guo, Y., Hagenaars, S. P., Haiman, C. A., Halevy, A., Harris, T. B., Hedayati, M., van Heel, D. A., Hirata, M., Höfer, I., Hsiung, C. A., Huang, J., Hung, Y-J., Ikram, M. A., Jagadeesan, A., Jousilahti, P., Kamatani, Y., Kanai, M., Kerrison, N. D., Kessler, T., Khaw, K-T., Khor, C. C., de Kleijn, D. P. V., Koh, W-P., Kolcic, I., Kraft, P., Krämer, B. K., Kutalik, Z., Kuusisto, J., Langenberg, C., Launer, L. J., Lawlor, D. A., Lee, I-T., Lee, W-J., Lerch, M. M., Li, L., Liu, J., Loh, M., London, S. J., Loomis, S., Lu, Y., Luan, J., Mägi, R., Manichaikul, A. W., Manunta, P., Másson, G., Matoba, N., Mei, X. W., Meisinger, C., Meitinger, T., Mezzavilla, M., Milani, L., Millwood, I. Y., Momozawa, Y., Moore, A., Morange, P-E., Moreno-Macías, H., Mori, T. A., Morrison, A. C., Muka, T., Murakami, Y., Murray, A. D., de Mutsert, R., Mychaleckyj, J. C., Nalls, M. A., Nauck, M., Neville, M. J., Nolte, I. M., Ong, K. K., Orozco, L., Padmanabhan, S., Pálsson, G., Pankow, J. S., Pattaro, C., Pattie, A., Polasek, O., Poulter, N., Pramstaller, P. P., Quintana-Murci, L., Räikkönen, K., Ralhan, S., Rao, D. C., van Rheenen, W., Rich, S. S., Ridker, P. M., Rietveld, C. A., Robino, A., van Rooij, F. J. A., Ruggiero, D., Saba, Y., Sabanayagam, C., Sabater-Lleal, M., Sala, C. F., Salomaa, V., Sandow, K., Schmidt, H., Scott, L. J., Scott, W. R., Sedaghati-Khayat, B., Sennblad, B., van Setten, J., Sever, P. J., Sheu, W. H-H., Shi, Y., Shrestha, S., Shukla, S. R., Sigurdsson, J. K., Sikka, T. T., Singh, J. R., Smith, B. H., Stančáková, A., Stanton, A., Starr, J. M., Stefansdottir, L., Straker, L., Sulem, P., Sveinbjornsson, G., Swertz, M. A., Taylor, A. M., Taylor, K. D., Terzikhan, N., Tham, Y-C., Thorleifsson, G., Thorsteinsdottir, U., Tillander, A., Tracy, R. P., Tusié-Luna, T., Tzoulaki, I., Vaccargiu, S., Vangipurapu, J., Veldink, J. H., Vitart, V., Völker, U., Vuoksimaa, E., Wakil, S. M., Waldenberger, M., Wander, G. S., Wang, Y. X., Wareham, N. J., Wild, S., Yajnik, C. S., Yuan, J-M., Zeng, L., Zhang, L., Zhou, J., Amin, N., Asselbergs, F. W., Bakker, S. J. L., Becker, D. M., Lehne, B., Bennett, D. A., van den Berg, L. H., Berndt, S. I., Bharadwaj, D., Bielak, L. F., Bochud, M., Boehnke, M., Bouchard, C., Bradfield, J. P., Brody, J. A., Campbell, A., Carmi, S., Caulfield, M. J., Cesarini, D., Chambers, J. C., Chandak, G. R., Cheng, C-Y., Ciullo, M., Cornelis, M., Cusi, D., Smith, G. D., Deary, I. J., Dorajoo, R., van Duijn, C. M., Ellinghaus, D., Erdmann, J., Eriksson, J. G., Evangelou, E., Evans, M. K., Faul, J. D., Feenstra, B., Feitosa, M., Foisy, S., Franke, A., Friedlander, Y., Gasparini, P., Gieger, C., Gonzalez, C., Goyette, P., Grant, S. F. A., Griffiths, L. R., Groop, L., Gudnason, V., Gyllensten, U., Hakonarson, H., Hamsten, A., van der Harst, P., Heng, C-K., Hicks, A. A., Hochner, H., Huikuri, H., Hunt, S. C., Jaddoe, V. W. V., De Jager, P. L., Johannesson, M., Johansson, Å., Jonas, J. B., Jukema, J. W., Junttila, J., Kaprio, J., Kardia, S. L. R., Karpe, F., Kumari, M., Laakso, M., van der Laan, S. W., Lahti, J., Laudes, M., Lea, R. A., Lieb, W., Lumley, T., Martin, N. G., März, W., Matullo, G., McCarthy, M. I., Medland, S. E., Merriman, T. R., Metspalu, A., Meyer, B. F., Mohlke, K. L., Montgomery, G. W., Mook-Kanamori, D., Munroe, P. B., North, K. E., Nyholt, D. R., O'connell, J. R., Ober, C., Oldehinkel, A. J., Palmas, W., Palmer, C., Pasterkamp, G. G., Patin, E., Pennell, C. E., Perusse, L., Peyser, P. A., Pirastu, M., Polderman, T. J. C., Porteous, D. J., Posthuma, D., Psaty, B. M., Rioux, J. D., Rivadeneira, F., Rotimi, C., Rotter, J. I., Rudan, I., Den Ruijter, H. M., Sanghera, D. K., Sattar, N., Schmidt, R., Schulze, M. B., Schunkert, H., Scott, R. A., Shuldiner, A. R., Sim, X., Small, N., Smith, J. A., Sotoodehnia, N., Tai, E-S., Teumer, A., Timpson, N. J., Toniolo, D., Tregouet, D-A., Tuomi, T., Vollenweider, P., Wang, C. A., Weir, D. R., Whitfield, J. B., Wijmenga, C., Wong, T-Y., Wright, J., Yang, J., Yu, L., Zemel, B. S., Zonderman, A. B., Perola, M., Magnusson, P. K. E., Uitterlinden, A. G., Kooner, J. S., Chasman, D. I., Loos, R. J. F., Franceschini, N., Franke, L., Haley, C. S., Hayward, C., Walters, R. G., Perry, J. R. B., Esko, T., Helgason, A., Stefansson, K., Joshi, P. K., Kubo, M. & Wilson, J. F., 31 Oct 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 4957.

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    Prizes

    Best Postgraduate Supervisor

    Blair Smith (Recipient), Jun 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Press / Media

    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

    Thesis

    An Investigation of Health Care Professionals' Attitudes and Beliefs Toward the Management of Chronic Pain in Older Adults

    Author: Cameron, P. A., 2016

    Supervisor: Smith, B. (Supervisor) & Schofield, P. A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Comorbid opioid dependence and chronic pain: Clinical implications

    Author: Higgins, C., 2018

    Supervisor: Matthews, K. (Supervisor) & Smith, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Factors associated with co-prescription of opioids and gabapentinoids

    Author: Wu, S., 2017

    Supervisor: Smith, B. (Supervisor), Watson, J. (Supervisor) & Meng, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science

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    Genetic factors associated with neuropathic pain

    Author: Veluchamy, A., 2019

    Supervisor: Smith, B. (Supervisor) & Palmer, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    The trends and rates of gabapentin and pregabalin

    Author: Zhou, Y., 2019

    Supervisor: Smith, B. (Supervisor) & Watson, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science

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