Medical student scores Lancet paper on placebos

Damian Finniss

One of our second year medical students, Damien Finniss, recently published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. He and his co-authors, from Europe and USA, conducted a review on placebo effects in an attempt to better understand how placebo effects work and how they may be applied in clinical practice.

This attracted global attention with features in most major newspapers. In Australia, it created a significant amount of media attention for Sydney Medical School, RNSH and the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI), where it made TV news, a host of radio interviews and a feature in the health section of The Australian on 27th March.

As well as being a medical student, Damien is a clinician and researcher at PMRI and also a Clinical Lecturer of the Sydney Medical School. He is recognized as a world expert in the clinical applications of research on the placebo effect.

Damien continues to Chair the International Association for the Study of Pain’s group on placebo and regularly speaks internationally on the topic area. He has published several key papers and text book chapters on the topic.

Damien presented his findings at an open forum at RNSH on Tuesday 30th March 2010.