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Editorial Board Members

Our Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. Our Editorial Board Members handle manuscripts within their areas of expertise, overseeing all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Cardiovascular Disorders

Jeemon Panniyammakal

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Research interests: Cardiovascular disease epidemiology, prevention, hypertension, heart failure

jeemon panniyammakalDr. Jeemon Panniyammakal in his research career spanning over 1.5 decades at the national level, developed a focus on prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in India with an emphasis on improving primary care. He was involved in several large epidemiological studies and clinical trials such as: (a) the ADVANCE study (Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease), (b) UMPIRE trial (Use of a Multidrug Pill In Reducing cardiovascular Events) trial, (c) STICH trial (Surgical Intervention for Ischemic Heart failure Trial), (d) Sentinel surveillance Study in Indian industrial population, (e) quality improvement programs in acute coronary syndrome, (f) health system and policy research in primary care (management of hypertension, diabetes and multi-morbidity in primary care), and (g) acute coronary syndrome and heart failure registries in India in various capacities. Dr. Jeemon is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, and Senior Clinical Fellow of the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Dr. Jeemon’s current focus of research is in improving the quality of care in primary care settings for patients with multi-morbidity. Currently, he is holding a major research grant from Medical Research Council UK, NHMRC (Australia), NHLBI (USA), World Diabetes Foundation, and Indian Council of Medical Research. He has been also awarded the prestigious Senior Fellowship from the DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance (2021-2026) to develop a novel model for management of heart failure with mHealth support. Webpage.

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Huaidong Du

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Research interests: Nutritional Epidemiology, cardiometabolic disease prevention, eye disease epidemiology, Biobank study, prospective cohort study
Huaidong DuHuaidong Du obtained a Medical degree in Clinical Medicine and MSc in Ophthalmology from China, where she had been practicing as an Ophthalmologist for several years before she moved to the West. She joined University of Oxford in 2010 after completing her MSc and PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Netherlands. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Nutritional Epidemiology working on the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) study, which is large prospective cohort study involving over 0.5 million Chinese adults recruited from 10 different Provinces. Her main research interests focus on lifestyle factors (e.g. diet, physical activity and adiposity) in aetiology of major chronic diseases, and vision and eye-related diseases. She also coordinate periodic CKB resurveys which are conducted every 5-6 years among ~25,000 randomly selected surviving participants. Webpage

Hongjiang Wu

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Research interests: Diabetes, Epidemiology, Noncommunicable disease, Socioeconomic status, Trend analysis

Hongjiang WuDr. Wu is an epidemiologist and a research assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received this PhD degree in epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, and completed two years’ postdoctoral training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Wu’s research interests focus on diabetes epidemiology, including population surveillance of diabetes, young-onset diabetes, and social determinants of diabetes. He has extensive experience in large cohort studies and analysis of routinely collected administrative data. Over the past several years, Dr. Wu has contributed importantly to establishing the territory-wide Hong Kong Diabetes Surveillance Database involving more than 4 million individuals. His research aims to improve the understanding of epidemiology of diabetes and gaps of diabetes care in Hong Kong. Webpage.

Ju-Sheng Zheng

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Research interests: Nutrition epidemiology, type 2 diabetes, genetic epidemiology

Ju-Sheng ZhengJu-Sheng got his PhD degree in nutrition at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (2009-2014). Within his PhD program, he received one year’s training in the Nutrition and Genomics Lab at Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in the USA (2012). He was also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow supported by the European Commission and a postdoctoral researcher at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK (2015-2018). Ju-Sheng joined the School of Life Sciences at Westlake University as a Principal Investigator and group leader in September 2018 and has been leading the Laboratory of Human Nutrition and Epidemiology at Westlake University. Webpage

Geriatric Medicine

Rebecca Bendayan

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Research interests: Longitudinal Data Analysis; Electronic Health Records; Cognitive Decline; Multimorbidity, Polypharmacy

RebeccaDr. Rebecca Bendayan is based at the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King´s College London. She is an expert in longitudinal data analyses and her research aims to identify early predictors of cognitive decline in older adults. Specifically, she is interested in understanding which health conditions are more likely to co-exist, how they develop over the life course and how they relate to cognitive ageing. Dr. Bendayan leads different projects which use longitudinal clinical health records to address the challenge of multimorbidity in UK health care system. Webpage.

Global, Public and Environmental Health

Loai Albarqouni

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Research interests: Evidence-Based Practice; Primary Care; Low value care; Overdiagnosis; Non-communicable Diseases; Clinical Epidemiology

Loai Albarqouni picLoai is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare. His research expertise includes evidence synthesis, evidence-based practice, healthcare services, and primary care. He is a medical doctor (MD) from Palestine and completed a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany, followed by a PhD degree in evidence-based practice from Bond University, Australia. Webpage.

Steven Bell

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Research interests: Alcohol; coronary heart disease; stroke; small vessel disease; Mendelian randomization; GWAS

StevenBellpicSteven is an Epidemiologist based within the Stroke Research Group at the University of Cambridge with an interest in cardiovascular disease and related conditions.
His work utilises genome-wide association studies (GWAS) alongside bioinformatic approaches to obtain insights in disease aetiology. This includes applying techniques such as Mendelian randomization to prioritise therapeutic targets and inform clinical or public health decision making.
More widely, he has an interest in individual participant data meta-analysis, the use of electronic health records in medical research, the application and integration of various “-omic” technologies (e.g. metabolomics, proteomics, phenomics), machine learning and modelling of longitudinal data. Webpage.

Ruifang Li

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Research interestsType 2 diabetes, venous thrombosis, genome-wide association studies, metabolomics study, twin modeling, mental health (personality research)

RuifangLiRuifang Li (a.k.a. Ruifang Li-Gao for publications) was originally trained as a computer scientist and bioinformatician (BSc and MSc). She has been working as a research assistant in the area of chemoinformatics (at Bonn University, Germany) and neuroscience (at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany) from 2010 till 2014. From 2014 to 2020, she obtained her PhD degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), the Netherlands. During her PhD, her main research focus was on untangling the metabolic and genetic basis of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases by using large-scale population based cohort studies. Currently, she worked as a postdoc at Tilburg University and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She aims to use multi-omics approach to investigate the biological mechanisms of Type D (distressed) personality, and its relationship to diseases. She also acts as an associate editor (and statistical reviewer) for the journals of BMC Endocrine Disorders and BMC Cardiovascular Disorders since October 2020. Webpage.

Emelda Okiro

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Research interests: Global Health, Malaria, RSV, Child Health, Childhood Immunization, Health Access, Population health

eokiro _ Kemri _ Wellcome TrustEmelda heads the Population Health Unit within the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya which aims to understand determinants of health transitions and vulnerabilities at fine scales across Africa and works to embed the use of data for decision-making by national ministries. Emelda has 20 years of Population and Public Health research experience. Deep expertise in Impact evaluation, epidemiology, public health, statistics, data analytics and operations research with a focus on evaluations and contribution analysis. Prior to this position Emelda was a Program Officer/Gates Fellow within the Global Health Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. She has worked on evaluating the public health impact of malaria control, on evaluating anti-retroviral treatment programs while at IHME and on developing strategies for primary health care at Philips Research Africa. Emelda has a PhD in Epidemiology, has been awarded two internationally competitive Wellcome Trust (UK) Fellowships and is widely published. Webpage.

Petteri Oura

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Research interests: Life course epidemiology; public health; general population studies; longitudinal studies; musculoskeletal disorders; rehabilitation medicine; osteoporosis. 

Petteri Oura (1)Petteri obtained his MD-PhD degree at the University of Oulu, Finland. His PhD dissertation in 2017 addressed the life-course determinants of vertebral size, a known contributor to vertebral fracture risk. Alongside clinical work at various medical institutions, Petteri currently serves as a post-doc fellow at the University of Oulu, with diverse research activity in life-course epidemiology and public health. His particular interest is in general population studies with longitudinal data on demographic, psychosocial, behavioural and clinical dimensions. Webpage.

Daniel Umpierre

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Research interests: Physical activity, exercise, aging, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, reproducibility, research integrity

Daniel Umpierre picDaniel received his BSc in kinesiology (exercise sciences) from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Having a primary interest in exercise interventions in clinical conditions, he studied physical activity in context of aging, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes during his MSc and PhD. He established two main interests during a postdoctoral fellowship: (1) clinical trials and systematic reviews/meta-analyses of lifestyle interventions; and (2) meta-research in science dissemination practices. Daniel is based in Porto Alegre (Brazil), working as an assistant professor of research methods, chief of the clinical research center at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, and an academic mentor for graduate students and postdocs. Webpage.

Zhirong Yang

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Research interests: diabetes, hyperlipidemia, dementia, stroke, atherosclerosis, acne, primary care, routine healthcare data, pharmacoepidemiology, systematic review and meta-analysis

Yang-ZhirongZhirong completed a PhD in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at University of Cambridge. He also holds a bachelor's degree in medicine and master's degrees in epidemiology and in primary care research. He was a research fellow in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard University in 2018. Before his PhD, he worked as a biostatistician in Shantou-Oxford Clinical Research Unit and then as a research associate in Peking University School of Public Health. His current research interests are in the use of routine healthcare data and evidence synthesis to inform the management of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and diabetes. Webpage.

Infectious Diseases

Samuel Akech

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Research interests: malaria, sepsis, antimicrobial resistance, paediatrics, quality of care, dehydration, malnutrition

Sam Akech 20210616_192334Sam (MBChB, MMED (Paediatrics), Dphil) is a principal investigator at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Programme, Nairobi, a honorary lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is a consultant paediatrician and clinical epidemiologist with research interest in severe febrile illnesses in children. His research spans understanding epidemiology of severe febrile illnesses in children, clinical trials, investigation of effectiveness of treatments in children admitted with severe illnesses, antimicrobial resistance, application of machine learning techniques and data science for biomedical clinical data, and in design of appropriate digital solutions for identification and management of paediatric sepsis. He runs an inpatient surveillance to answer questions of safety following introduction of new interventions, such a recently introduced malaria vaccine in Kenya, and to understand how compliance with clinical guidelines affect in-hospital survival. He is involved in teaching and supervision of postgraduate and doctorate students, is a peer reviewer for several medical journals and research funders and provides technical consultation to global bodies involved in health such as the World Health Organization (WHO). Webpage.

Godfrey Bwire

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Research interests: Cholera, infectious diseases, public health, epidemiology

Godfrey BwireDr. Godfrey Bwire (MBChB, MPH, PhD) is a medical doctor, researcher and a policymaker. Godfrey is the head of the division of public health emergency preparedness and response of the Republic of Uganda Ministry of Health. Godfrey is also a research fellow in the department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Makerere University School of Public Health. Godfrey’s research interests are on infectious diseases, public health and cholera. Godfrey et al. identified a new Vibrio Cholerae transmission event lineage (T13) from South Asia to East Africa, PMID: 29864113. Godfrey has an excellent peer-review record. Webpage.

Kwadwo Kusi

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Research interests: Cellular and humoral immunology of parasite and viral infections; Vaccine candidate discovery, design and testing; Pathogen biology

Kwadwo KusiDr. Kwadwo Asamoah Kusi is a Senior Research Fellow in the Immunology Department of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana. He started his career at NMIMR in 2012 after graduating with a PhD in Medicine from Leiden University Medical Centre, based on his work at Biomedical Primate Research Centre in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. His research has been on assessing pathogen-induced cellular and humoral immune responses, with a special focus on Plasmodium falciparum. He is currently working on identifying HLA-restricted epitopes that elicit protection-associated T cell responses in individuals with a natural history of P. falciparum infection. He is principal investigator of an EDCTP2-funded Senior Fellowship that is investigating the impact of hepatitis B and Plasmodium co-infections on the liver. He is lead Immunologist on an on-going phase Ib clinical trial of an Inovio Pharmaceuticals Lassa fever vaccine at NMIMR as well as on a combined trial of measles/COVID-19 live vaccines for cross protection in Ghana, as part of a multi-centre trial under the CROWN CORONATION umbrella. He has on-going studies on multi-allele vaccine formulation strategies that aim to overcome the strain-dependent effects of polymorphisms in immunogenic Plasmodium antigens on antigen-specific immune responses. Webpage

Kathy Leung

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Research interests: infectious disease epidemiology; infectious disease modeling; vaccine; health economics

Kathy LeungKathy Leung received her BS in Biological Sciences from School of Life Sciences and BA in Economics from China Center for Economic Research at Peking University, MPhil, and PhD from School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong. In recent years, Kathy is interested in mathematical modelling of a wide range of diseases such as influenza, MERS, COVID-19, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, HPV, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer. She also conducts epidemiological and economic evaluations of disease intervention strategies, such as HMFD vaccination, public health and social measures against COVID-19, and risk-based breast cancer screening. Leveraged on the latest development of data science, she also uses machine learning to interpret SARS-CoV-2 genomic data and participates in the development of tools to tackle misinformation about COVID-19 vaccination with natural language processing. Kathy is a member of HKU’s COVID-19 Response Team and has contributed to the earliest studies about COVID-19 epidemiology. She is an investigator of the Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health (D²4H) at the Hong Kong Science Park. Webpage.

Matthew Quaife

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Research interests: Health economics, infectious disease modelling, TB, HIV, cost-effectiveness analyses, choice modelling

Matthew (1)

I am a health economist specialising in the prevention of infectious diseases, working at the interface of mathematical modelling and health economics. I enjoy the challenge of representing complex human behaviours in models and understanding how to encourage equitable and efficient health. My work mainly focuses on HIV and TB. Webpage.

Max Carlos Ramírez-Soto

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Research interests: Sporotrichosis, subcutaneous mycoses, fungal infections, epidemiology, viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D and E), dengue, SARS-CoV-2

Max Carlos Ramirez-SotoMax is a PhD Researcher at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru. He has a BSc and completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru. He is a professor and researcher in epidemiology and infectious diseases. His research expertise includes evidence synthesis, clinical and epidemiological aspects of fungal infections and infectious diseases. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals that explore clinical and epidemiological aspects of sporotrichosis, chromoblastomycosis, and superficial mycoses, and infectious diseases (HAV, HBV, HCV, dengue, SARS-CoV-2, and cutaneous leishmaniosis). He also works in managing funds in research and improving evaluation and selection processes in Peru. He is currently the Associate/Academic Editor and Editorial Board Member for various international journals. He also acts as an associate editor for the journals of BMC Cancer and BMC Infectious Diseases since May 2019. He serves as peer reviewer for various leading journals, and is a Top Peer Reviewer in Publons, Web of Science. Webpage

Lin Wang

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Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling, Bayesian statistics, machine learning, serology, immunology, arbovirus, dengue, influenza, SARS-CoV-2

LinWangDr. Lin Wang is a Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge. Before joining Cambridge, he was a chargé de recherché in the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease Unit at the Institute Pasteur, and a postdoctoral fellow in the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong. He has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Fudan University, MSc and BSc in Physics from Nankai University and Southeast University, respectively. His research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling, Bayesian statistics, machine learning, serology, immunology, and viral evolution, with applications to arbovirus (e.g. dengue) and emerging diseases (e.g., pandemic influenza, SARS-CoV-2). Webpage.

Medical Genomics

Chani Hodonsky

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Research interests: Genomics, atherosclerosis, blood traits, epidemiology, ancestry, diversity, gene expression, TWAS, GWAS, somatic clonality

Chani J HodonskyChani Hodonsky is a postdoctoral research associate in the University of Virginia Center for Public Health Genomics. She completed her PhD in Genetic Epidemology at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health in 2019, where her dissertation involved identifying and fine-mapping genetic associations with red blood cell traits in the ancestrally diverse PAGE Study. Currently, Chani studies the role of genetic variation and gene expression changes in the development and progression of atherosclerosis in Clint Miller's lab at UVA. This work involves both population-based association studies (eQTL and related fine-mapping in coronary artery tissue) and single-cell-based analyses of individual human samples (somatic clonality in coronary artery disease). In addition to her work in the Miller Lab, Chani peer reviews for several academic journals, and is an active member of the American Society for Human Genetics and American Heart Association. Webpage.

Chao Xu

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Research interests: multi-omics; genetic epidemiology; bioinformatics; biostatistics

Dr. Chao XuDr. Chao Xu is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center Biostatistics and Research Design Shared Resource. He received his PhD in Biostatistics from Tulane University, US. He has a broad background in statistical genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and genetic epidemiology, with specific training and expertise in genetic and genomic studies of complex diseases, such as the osteoporosis and cancer. Webpage.


Hanna Lu

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Research interests: Brain stimulation; neuroimaging; clinical trial; predictors; aging

Hanna LuDr. Lu currently works as Research Assistant Professor and Core Member of Neuromodulation Lab and Dementia Research Unit at the Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is also a Honorary Professor at the Affiliated Brain Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University and the Board Member of BrainConnects and The Brain X. Dr. LU’s research interests focusing on the development of personalized image-guided neuromodulation and using this technique to decode complex cognitive function and treat brain disorders. Dr. LU has published more than 20 SCI papers as first and corresponding author, including JNNP, JAD, JMADA. Some of her papers win the Gold Award of the Asian Oceanian Congress of Neurology. Webpage

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mohammad Chehrazi

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Research interests: Causal inference for observational studies, Bayesian modeling, Meta-Analysis, Categorical Data Analysis, skewed link function modeling, Design and analysis of Clinical Trials, Statistical Modelling, Survival Data Analysis

Mohammad ChehraziI am assistant professor of Biostatistics at Babol University of Medical Sciences in Iran. I was granted my MSc and Ph.D. degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) in 2016. I am also a member of the Ethical committee for biomedical research at Islamic Azad University. I was working as a Biostatistician at Royan Biomedical and Stem cells Institute from 2009 to 2018. The institute is a reputable and very well-known organization for stem cells and biomedicine research with a significant level of innovations and global achievements, hence I had the opportunity to be involved in the design of research plans, data management, data analysis and interpretation of the results of many major projects which was a great experience and learning opportunity for me to work as a Biostatistician in the research teams under supervision of the well-known specialists and academic entities in medical and biology fields. I have published several peer-reviewed papers in international ranked journals in a variety of academic disciplines, including medicine, public health, biology, genetics, biomedicine, human reproduction and psychology. I have outstanding experience in working with statistical software programmes including R, SAS, STATA, SPSS, PASS, GraphPad prism, Bugs. Webpage

Kimiyo Kikuchi

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Research interests: global health, maternal and child health

Kimiyo KikuchiDr. Kimiyo Kikuchi is a lecturer at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, and specializes in global health, maternal and child health, and the social aspect of HIV. Dr. Kikuchi studied at the Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, and obtained Ph.D. in Health Sciences, with research on the adherence of antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive orphans and non-orphans in Rwanda (mixed methods study). Dr. Kikuchi worked as a consultant of official development assistance under Japanese government projects on maternal health, school health, and water and sanitation in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Dr. Kikuchi settled in the University of Tokyo as an assistant professor in 2012 and worked as the primary researcher of Ghana's EMBRACE project to ensure the continuum of care in maternal and child health, which embodies the "New International Health Policy 2011-2015" of the Japanese government. Then, in 2016, Dr. Kikuchi moved to Kyushu University and launched a project to improve the continuum of care on maternal and child health in Bangladesh using a telemedicine system. Webpage

Shengzhi Sun

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Research interests: Environmental epidemiology; climate change and health; air pollution and health; built environment and health; cohort study; time-series study

Shengzhi SunDr. Sun is currently a Research Scientist in Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public health. Prior to his current position, he completed two years of postdoctoral training at Brown University School of Public Health. He obtained a Ph.D. is in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Hong Kong (2017). His research focuses on climate change and health and, in particular maternal and child health. He applies sophisticated statistical approaches to large complex national data sets to inform public health. Webpage

Yeyi Zhu

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Research interests: Pregnancy complications, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, preterm birth, nutrition, epidemiology, obesity, children

Yeyi ZhuYeyi Zhu, PhD, is a Research Scientist II (equivalent to Associate Professor) at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and adjunct faculty at Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Zhu's research interests are at the interface of disease etiology and prevention strategies in the arena of women's and children's health across the lifespan. She applies a life course approach to examine the developmental origins of cardiometabolic impairments of offspring exposed to nonoptimal intrauterine environment by integrating 'omics technologies, high-dimensional electronic health records, and "big data" analytics tools. Her research aims to inform upstream preventive strategies to interrupt the vicious intergenerational cycle of obesity and diabetes and its related comorbidities across the lifespan. Dr. Zhu's research is sponsored by grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Webpage


Kelly Hirko

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Research interests: cancer, epidemiology, obesity, diet, disparities, rural, implementation science

Kelly HirkoI am a cancer epidemiologist, with a focus on understanding how lifestyle factors, such as diet, physical activity, and obesity influence cancer risk and survival. My research explores rural, socioeconomic, and racial/ethnic disparities and investigates social determinants of behavioral risk factors contributing to observed disparities. As a rural community-based researcher, my research is shifting toward translational work including using dissemination and implementation science approaches to effectively incorporate evidence-based interventions into underserved settings. Webpage

Shuai Li

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Research interests: Genetic epidemiology, epigenetic epidemiology, twin research, family research, cancer risk prediction, breast cancer

Shuai Li resizedDr Shuai Li is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Melbourne. Dr Li is trained in medicine and epidemiology, with a Bachelor of Medicine degree and a Master of Science degree obtained in Peking University, and a PhD degree obtained in the University of Melbourne in 2018. From 2018 to 2020, he worked at the Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, Cambridge University. Dr Li’s research interests include genetic and epigenetic epidemiology of cancers, twin and family research, and cancer risk modelling. Webpage

Joseph Rothwell

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Research interests: Cancer epidemiology, cancer prevention, cancer risk factors, cohort studies, metabolomics, biomarkers, omics technologies, nutrition

JosephJoseph is a molecular epidemiologist and researcher at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm). His main focus is understanding cancer, metabolic diseases and their risk factors, such as nutrition and environmental exposures, in the context of primary prevention. He aims to bring together traditional epidemiology and molecular techniques such as -omics technologies to aid the understanding of these diseases and contribute to their prevention.
Initially trained as a laboratory bioanalyst, he spent the early part of his career operating and maintaining instruments such as mass spectrometers for studies of various design on nutrition and health. This led him to specialise in metabolomics and these days he has traded the laboratory bench for epidemiological data analyses and programming. His recent research pertains to colorectal and breast cancer, with large metabolomics datasets frequently put to use. He is a proponent of reproducible research and a fan of open-source code and version control. Webpage.

Ryota Tamura

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Research interests: Malignant glioma; Neurofibromatosis; iPS cells; Neural stem cell; Gene therapy; Immunotherapy; Skull base surgery

ryota tamuraMy clinical and research interests focus on neurosurgical approaches to patients with brain tumors. I am dedicated to management of patients with malignant glioma, sporadic schwannoma and neurofibromatosis type 2. As a neurosurgeon in Keio University, Japan, I specialize in skull base techniques for posterior cranial fossa tumors.
Active areas of research include stem cell-based gene therapy using iPS cells for the treatment of the central nervous system tumors and regenerative medicine. I serve as a PI leading multiple preclinical studies evaluating the treatment effect of genome-edited iPS cells utilizing orthotopic immunocompetent glioblastoma models and plan to transcribe into novel gene therapy clinical studies with glioblastoma patients. Another area of my research involves the role of anti-angiogenic immunotherapy for the treatment of unresectable benign tumors including neurofibromatosis type 2. Webpage.

Wen Zhang

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Research interests: Biotherapy, Immunotherapy, Liquid biopsy, Tumor microenvironment, Biomarkers, Metastasis, Cancer stem cell

Wen ZhangI am a Research Associate in the Department of Immunology, Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College. I am trained in Bioengineering, with a Bachelor degree obtained in China Agricultural University, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology obtained in the Beijing Normal University in 2018. My research focuses on cancer biotherapy and immunotherapy, especially the application of oncolytic viruses. Similarly, I am also interested in the influence of the tumor microenvironment on tumor therapy. In addition, part of my work has focused on liquid biopsy, especially clinical applications of circulating tumor cells. Webpage.