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
Baldacchino, A, Balfour, DJK & Matthews, K 2015, 'Impulsivity and opioid drugs' Psychological Medicine, vol 45, no. 6, pp. 1167-1179. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291714002189
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.
Baldacchino, AM, Blair, H, Sommer, B, Tan, L, Riglietta, M, Tidone, L, Scherbaum, N, Grosse-Vehne, E, Little, H, Galea, S & Crome, I 2012, 'Clinical outcomes for psychotic and co-morbid patients admitted to acute psychiatric wards in four European centres - follow-up to 6 months' Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 240-253. DOI: 10.1080/17523281.2012.658081
Frisher, M, Baldacchino, AM, Crome, I & Bloor, R 2012, Preventing opioid overdoses in Europe: a critical assessment of known risk factors and preventative measures. European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon.
Charzynska, K, Hyldager, E, Baldacchino, A, Greacen, T, Henderson, Z, Laijarvi, H, Hodges, CL, Lack, C, Sieroslawski, J & Baeck-Moller, K 2011, 'Comorbidity patterns in dual diagnosis across seven European sites' The European Journal of Psychiatry, vol 25, no. 4, pp. 179-191. DOI: 10.4321/S0213-61632011000400001
Gilchrist, G, Moskalewicz, J, Slezakova, S, Okruhlica, L, Torrens, M, Vajd, R & Baldacchino, AM 2011, 'Staff regard towards working with substance users: a European multi-centre study' Addiction, vol 106, no. 6, pp. 1114-1125. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03407.x