Prof Alex Baldacchino

Prof Alex Baldacchino
Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions



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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

My main research interest lies in improving the lives of individuals with a history of substance misuse problems. My research portofolios have a common thread of understanding the comorbid conditions (physical and psychological) arising as a result of chronic abuse of pharmacological agents with dependence potential especially opioids and alcohol. I am interested in utilising informatic systems, clinical outcome data, neuropsychological and neuroimaging processes amongst many other possibilities in order to identify and minimise risks present in this patient population

I graduated as a doctor in Malta in 1987 gaining my MD in the process. I eventually decided to study psychiatry as my clinical specialisiation following a period of internal medicine jobs. I therefore joined the basic and higher psychiatric schemes in the UK (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Fife and London) in order to fulfill my requirements as a general psychiatrist and as a specialist in addiction medicine. I was awarded my MRCPsych in 1994, FRCPsych in 2007 and FRCPE in 2016. Always interested in research and teaching I pursued a clinical academic career along side my basic medical and higher psychiatric training. I joined as a lecturer and senior lecturer with St George's Hospital Medical School in London and then with Ninewells Hospital Medical School in Dundee. I was awarded my MPhil in Psychiatry from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Dundee in 2012.

I am a Executive Board Member and Chair for the training and education Committee and, recently, President Elect of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) I am also founding member for the European Network for Training, Education and Research (ENTER)-Mental Health. Other positions include Associate Director for the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI), NHS Fife Research and Development (R&D) Director, and President for ISAMDundee2015 World Congress.

Last but certainly not least I am honoured to spend time with patients who need the best of clinical care and compassion which, I hope, makes a difference in their quality of life.

My hobbies are hill walking, swimming and gardening


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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Torrance, N, Mansoor, R, Wang, H, Gilbert, S, MacFarlane, CJ, Serpell, M, Baldacchino, AM, Hales, T, Donnan, P, Wyper, G, Smith, B & Colvin, L 2018, 'Association of opioid prescribing practices with chronic pain and benzodiazepine co-prescription: a primary care data linkage study' British Journal of Anaesthesia, vol 120, no. 6, pp. 1345-1355. DOI: 10.1016/j.bja.2018.02.022
Baldacchino, A, Merinder, LB, Neufeind, J, Gervin, M, Lack, C, Meder, J, Sieroslawski, J, Greacen, T, Hyldager, E, Clancy, C, Sorsa, M, Laijarvi, H, Charzynska, K & Baeck-Moller, K 2014, 'Predictors of service use of patients with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders across seven European sites' Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 31-58. DOI: 10.1080/17523281.2012.754370
Gilchrist, G, Moskalewicz, J, Nutt, RA, Love, J, Germeni, E, Valkova, I, Kantchelov, A, Stoykova, T, Bujalski, M, Poplas-Susic, T & Baldacchino, AM 2014, 'Understanding access to drug and alcohol treatment services in Europe' Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 120-130. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2013.848841
Gradin, V, Gray, S, MacFarlane, J, Waiter, G, Balfour, D, Matthews, K, Baldacchino, A & Steele, D 2012, 'Neural responses to rewards and punishments in patients with opiate dependence on methadone treatment: fNEMO study' European Neuropsychopharmacology, vol 22, no. Suppl 2, pp. S402-S403. DOI: 10.1016/S0924-977X(12)70628-4
Smith, BH, Higgins, C, Baldacchino, AM, Kidd, B & Bannister, J 2012, 'Substance misuse of gabapentin' British Journal of General Practice, vol 62, no. 601, pp. 406-407. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp12X653516
Akbar, TP, Baldacchino, AM & Crome, I 2012, Adolescent addictions in the United Kingdom. in Clinical handbook of adolescent addiction. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 9-23.