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Associate Editor Acknowledgements

New Content ItemThe in-house Editor 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 handled the highest number of manuscripts in 2019. 

Hisatomi Arima

Associate Editor for the Chronic disease epidemiology section.

Professor Hisatomi Arima, MD PhD is the Head Professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan.  Hisatomi holds specialist qualifications in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.  He also worked as an epidemiologist for the Hisayama Study, a prospective cohort study of cardiovascular disease, at Kyushu University where completed his PhD degree in Medicine.  Prior to taking up his position at Fukuoka University, he was appointed as a Special Contract Professor at the Center for Epidemiologic Research in Asia, the Shiga University of Medical Science for 2 years.  Before then, he spent 2 years as a Senior Lecturer and 3 years as an Associate Professor at the George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, where he was involved in large-scale clinical trials of blood pressure lowering for acute and chronic phases of stroke including PROGRESS, INTERACT2 and ENCHANTED.  Hisatomi has published on clinical and epidemiological aspects of hypertension, stroke and coronary heart disease, is an associate editor and a reviewer of scientific journals, and is a member of national and international societies of hypertension, stroke and cardiology.

Petri Böckerman

Associate Editor for the Health behavior, health promotion and society section (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 an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and Academic Editor at PLoS ONE. His main research interests are empirical health and labor economics. Additional information can be found at:

Anthony Ajayi

Associate Editor for the Health behavior, health promotion and society section (joined in 2018).

Dr Anthony holds a PhD degree in Health Sociology from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and a Master of Science degree in Demography and Population Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He currently works as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Population Dynamics and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights unit of African Population and Health Research Center.  Dr Anthony provides support in evidence generation, through policy review and primary research, program design and implementation in family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights. His research is driven by the quest to generate evidence that would shape policies, make the society more inclusive, and ensure the wellbeing of all.  Dr Anthony is also currently a consulting editor for AIDS and Behavior and Associate Editor for BMC Women’s Health. He was recognized by Publons in 2018 and 2019 for placing in the top 1% of global peer reviewers in Medicine and Social Sciences.

José Tuells

Associate Editor for the Infectious disease epidemiology section (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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Luis Prieto

Associate Editor for the Global health section (joined in 2018).

Luis Prieto is Vice President of Outcomes Research and Development at the International Consortium of Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), and a Distance Learning Tutor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He began his career in 1990 as a researcher at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) in Barcelona, where he gained experience in health outcomes, with particular focus on Patient Reported Outcomes. Since then he has played different roles as a healthcare research executive in different public and private organizations (e.g. World Health Organisation, European Medicines Agency). Luis has a master's degree in Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology (UAB, Spain), an MBA (ESADE, Spain), and a PGDip in Health Economics (University of York).