Co-convenor - Cancer lead
Professor David Weller
Professor David Weller, an academic general practitioner, graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1982. He undertook PhD studies in Adelaide and Nottingham, and from 1995 to 2000 was senior lecturer, Department of General Practice, Flinders University of South Australia. He has been James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh since 2000, and Head of the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health since 2005. Current research interests include primary care oncology and medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. He leads the Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (CA-PRI) promoting international research collaboration, and is actively engaged in activities to build capacity in primary care and cancer research in the UK.
Areas of interest - primary care, screening, early diagnosis, follow-up, survivorship and prevention.
Co-convenor - Palliative care lead
Prof Scott Murray (UK)
Scott leads the first Primary Palliative Care Research Group
based in an academic department of family medicine, at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. This group has undertaken a wide range of high impact research studies focusing on the experiences of people with advanced illnesses, and how their care might be improved. He with Kirsty Boyd helped develop a validated tool to identify people with deteriorating health who are at risk of dying so that they and their families can be offered an holistic review of their needs and care planning. The Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators
Tool is freely available to download from our website in several languages.
Scott also chairs the International Primary Palliative Care Network
which seeks to encourage research and advocacy for palliative care internationally in primary care. He recently led a EAPC Taskforce to produce a Toolkit
for national palliative care development in the community, now translated to French and German. This group is now known as the EAPC Primary Care Reference Group
, and looks forward to meeting at WONCA Europe meeting in 2017