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Associate Editor Acknowledgements

New Content ItemThe in-house Editors of BMC Public Health would like to warmly thank the Associate Editors for their invaluable assistance, whose hard work helped to shape the journal. The below mentioned Associate Editors are the ones that handled the highest number of manuscripts in 2018. 

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Petri Böckerman

Associate Editor for Health behaviour, health promotion and society (joined in 2017).

Petri Böckerman, Professor of Health Economics, received his doctoral degree in economics from the Helsinki School of Economics in 2003. He has been researcher at Labour Institute for Economic Research since 1996. Böckerman is Research Fellow of IZA Institute of Labor Economics and Docent (Adjunct Professor) of Turku School of Economics and University of Tampere. He has served as scientific advisor of Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation (2016-2018). Böckerman is associate editor at BMC Public Health and academic editor at PLoS ONE. His main research interests are empirical health and labour economics. Additional information can be found at:

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Florian Fischer

Associate Editor for Global health (joined in 2018).

Dr. Florian Fischer is an expert in issues related to public health with a background in epidemiology. Originally he was trained as a paramedic. Afterwards, he studied consecutively in a bachelor, master and doctoral programme in public health at Bielefeld University. He is employed as Research Associate at the School of Public Health at Bielefeld University. Dr. Fischer has been the scientific coordinator of an interdisciplinary graduate school on refugee health. His main research areas are global health, evidence-based public health, digitalization and health, and health communication.

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Ziad El-Khatib

Associate Editor for Global health (joined in 2017).

Dr. Ziad El-Khatib is a senior epidemiologist at the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) in Austria, as well he holds an affiliation as an Associate Professor in global health at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institutet and as an Associate Professor at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda, as well he is an Adjunct Professor in World Health at the University of Québec at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada. He a multidisciplinary background in biomedicine, IT, epidemiology and global health. His research includes infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and injuries, surveillance, mHealth and using large databases, such as the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD).

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Ryan D. Burns

Associate Editor for Energy balance-related behaviours (joined in 2017).

Ryan D. Burns is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation within the College of Health at the University of Utah. His research interests include child and adolescent physical activity interventions, primarily in school-based settings, and the relationship between the engagement in health behaviors and academic performance. He also has interests in the application of statistical methods to model physical activity and health-related fitness data. Current funded projects include implementation evaluation of an after-school parent-child physical activity and mindfulness training intervention. He has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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José Tuells

Associate Editor for Infectious disease epidemiology (joined in 2017).

José Tuells (PhD, MD, MPH) is an epidemiologist, Professor of the University of Alicante (UA, Spain) and Director of the Balmis Chair in Vaccinology (UA). He is a member of various research groups in Public Health, History of Science, Vaccines and in the European Joint Action on Vaccination (EU-JAV project). He has held several positions as Director of the Public Health Area; Head of Service at the International Vaccination Centre; Head of the Preventive Medicine Service at the University Hospital of Vinalopo (Elche, Spain). His main research areas are epidemiology of immuno-preventable diseases, history of vaccinology, acceptability & hesitancy of vaccines and social vaccinology.

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