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Christopher Barton

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New Content ItemHealth policies, systems and management in low and middle-income countries

Christopher Barton is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology at Monash University in 2005 and then undertook post-doctoral research training in Primary Health Care at the University of Adelaide. In 2012 he was selected to participate in the Oxford Primary Care Research Leadership program. His research focus is on management of chronic illness in primary care and the emotional and social impact of chronic illness, in particular respiratory illnesses. He is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at Flinders University and teaches research methods to Health Sciences students. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2015.

Ariadne Kapetanaki

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New Content ItemHealth policies, systems and management in low and middle-income countries

Ariadne Beatrice Kapetanaki is a Senior Lecturer at the Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her research focuses on food policies that effectively prevent and tackle nutrition-related non-communicable diseases; social marketing for behavior change in relation to healthy eating and alcohol consumption; upstream social marketing and critical marketing. She has worked on research projects related to food policies, food systems and healthy diets funded by the Food Standards Agency, Food Standards Scotland and the Economic and Social Research Council. She earned her PhD in Food Policy from the Centre for Food Policy, City University London, UK. She is also a Fellow of the Lancet Commission on Obesity. Ariadne joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2015.

Frances Kay Lambkin

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New Content ItemHealth behavior, health promotion and society

A/Prof Frances Kay-Lambkin is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and the Director of Translation for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Newcastle. She is also Conjoint Associate Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and a Visiting Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. She is internationally recognized for her innovative web-based interventions for mental health and substance use disorders, and is the current President of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions. Frances’s research is developing high quality, evidence-based care that is accessible and acceptable to people with mental and physical health comorbidities. She aims to bridge the evidence-practice gap in four key ways: (1) Determining ‘what’ to disseminate; (2) Deciding ‘who’ to disseminate it to; (3) Deciding ‘how’ to disseminate it; and (4) Determining ‘when’ is best to disseminate it.

Tim Mackey

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New Content ItemGlobal Health

Prof Tim K. Mackey is Section Editor of the Global Health section of BMC Public Health.  He is the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and is the Associate Director for the UC San Diego MAS Program in Health Policy & Law.  He has an interdisciplinary background and a passion for engaging in research, teaching, and advocacy on global public health policy-related issues.  He has co-authored over 100 journal articles, with his work featured in multidisciplinary journals such as ScienceJAMANature BiotechnologyThe Lancet, Nature Reviews Clinical OncologyClinical Microbiology Reviews and BMC Medicine. His research and expertise has also been featured in major news outlets such as CNN, NPR, and POLITICO Pro.  His work focuses on an array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health.

Carol Maher

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New Content ItemEnergy balance-related behaviors

Carol Maher is an Associate Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at the University of South Australia.  With a background in physiotherapy, her research focuses on the links between lifestyle behaviors (particularly physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep) and health and obesity in children and adults. She is particularly interested in developing and testing technology-based interventions for improving health behaviours, using platforms such as websites, smartphone apps and online social media. Associate Professor Maher joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in May of 2014.

Christina Pollard

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New Content ItemHealth policies, systems and management in high-income countries

Dr Christina Pollard trained as a dietitian and has worked as a public health practitioner for the Western Australian government for over 30 years to improve population nutrition through health promotion. She calls herself a ‘pracademic’ recognising the need to conduct and translate research evidence for policy and practice. Dr Pollard has developed, implemented and evaluated public health nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention interventions at national, state and local levels. She is committed to training and developing an adequately skilled public health workforce. Her Curtin University research informs public health interventions to improve the health of population groups who are vulnerable due to their social, environmental or economic circumstances.  A Fellow of both the Public Health Association of Australia and the World Cancer Research Fund International she advocates to improve population health. Dr Pollard joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in May 2016.

Mahfuzar Rahman

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New Content ItemEnvironmental Health

Mahfuzar Rahman is physician/epidemiologist by training. He has been with BRAC (NGO) since 2014 and joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2015. His main research interests are occupational, environmental and molecular epidemiology, with a focus on the effects of pollutants on health and the interactions between host factors (genetic and acquired susceptibility) and environmental exposures on acute and chronic diseases. Other interests include the evaluation of non-communicable diseases, examining and measuring the underlying causes of chronic disease, morbidity and mortality. His works involve health system research concerning health delivery for women and children, public health implementation research to ensure evidence-based interventions incorporating health human resource issues and leading interventions for improved service quality. While most of his work is related to low income settings, Dr. Rahman has also been involved in The Global Burden of Disease Study in Seattle and Imperial College, London for many years.

David Rehkopf

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New Content ItemHealth behavior, health promotion and society

Dr. Rehkopf is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health, with an appointment in Health Research and Policy, and affiliations with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Stanford Center for Population Health. He received his Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Health and Social Behavior. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. His research focus is on understanding the health effects of income and work policy on health, as well as understanding the biological pathways through which the social and economic environment impacts disease and death. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in 2016.

Giovanni Rezza

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New Content ItemInfectious Disease Epidemiology

Giovanni Rezza (MD) is the Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, Italy. Specialized in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, and in Infectious Diseases, his main background is in infectious disease epidemiology. He has worked for WHO, the Italian Cooperation, and the European Union. His area of expertise includes HIV and other emerging infectious diseases. He is an expert on vaccines and vaccination strategies, and he has been a member of the WHO committee on HIV vaccine research and development. He has been the Director of the AIDS National Research Programme, project leader of several Italian and EU projects, and reviewer for the EU, Pasteur Institute, MRC, and RIVM grant proposals. As an author of more than 400 articles indexed in PubMed, 4 books, and book chapters, his H index is currently 49 (according to Web of Science).

Richard Rosenkranz

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New Content ItemEnergy balance-related behaviors

Richard Rosenkranz is currently Professor of Health and Physical Education at Western Sydney University in Australia.  Previously, he spent seven years in an academic role at Kansas State University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health. With a background in behavioral science, public health nutrition, and physical activity, he has focused his research on the identification of modifiable influences of healthful eating and physical activity toward health promotion and chronic disease prevention. He is particularly interested in developing and testing interventions designed to impact the influences on physical activity and healthful eating, and then employing methods from implementation science to disseminate evidence-based policies and practices at scale within communities. Professor Rosenkranz joined the Editorial Board of BMC Public Health in May of 2015.

Janice Thompson

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New Content ItemEnergy balance-related behaviors

Dr. Thompson completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Arizona State University in 1991, and post-doctoral training at Stanford University in 1995. She is currently Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Exercise in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK. Janice’s research interests include working with high-risk communities to develop, implement, and evaluate culturally-tailored diet and physical activity interventions to reduce obesity and subsequent risks for type 2 diabetes. She is a Fellow and past Vice President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Scientific Committee member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), and has authored over 100 scientific publications and four nutrition textbooks. In 2015, she was awarded the ACSM Citation Award in recognition of her significant contributions to research and scholarship in exercise science. Janice joined the Editorial Board for BMC Public Health as Section Editor in February 2016.

Michelle Turner

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New Content ItemEnvironmental Health

Michelle C Turner is an Assistant Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal, formerly CREAL), Barcelona, Spain as well as Affiliate Scientist at the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.  Her primary research interest is examining potential environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer and chronic disease focusing on ambient air pollution exposures; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation (radon, extremely low frequency magnetic fields); chemical exposures; and circadian disruption using both epidemiologic and biomarker- based approaches to inform policy making.  She currently serves as Section Editor of the Environmental Health section of BMC Public Health.  She joined the Editorial Board of the journal in 2013.

Dianne Stanton Ward

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New Content ItemEnergy balance-related behaviors

Dianne S. Ward, EdD, is an experienced researcher in the area of child health; specifically, obesity prevention. She has published more than 189 research articles, 10 book chapters, and a book about physical activity interventions for children and adolescents.  Since 1998, she has been Professor of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Research Fellow in the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ward has been Principal Investigator of co-investigator for more than 20 NIH, CDC, or RWJF funded research projects exploring environmental determinants of obesity and testing home-, school-, and community-based interventions to prevent obesity in children and families through promotion of healthy eating and/or physical activity.  Dr. Ward joined the editorial board of BMC Public Health in 2015.

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