Advisory Board and Editors Public Health

Silvia Alessi-Severini

Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada. Member of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee. Member of the Manitoba Drug Standards and Therapeutics Committee. Academic Editor of PLOS ONE. Member of the PEBC Panel of Examiners for the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination. Board member of the Women's Health Research Foundation of Canada.

Christian L. Althaus

Research group leader at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Christian Althaus' research is focused on modeling the dynamics of infectious diseases within and between hosts. He is a co-founder of the Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics (SMIDDY).

Stefan D Baral

Stefan Baral is a physician epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.

Maria del Mar Bibiloni Esteva

Dr. Bibiloni Esteva has a degree in Biology (2007) and Biochemistry (2008) and PhD in Human Nutrition (2012) from the University of the Balearic Islands. She is a researcher at the Institute of Health Carlos III (CIBERobn, Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition) and Assistant Professor of the Department of Fundamental Biology and Health Sciences of the University of the Balearic Islands.

Scotty J Butcher

Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Teaching and research interests in strength training and high-intensity training with rehabilitation implications; Co-Founder of Strength Rebels, an educational company providing online continuing education resources for health and fitness professionals and on-site strength and conditioning for older adults, post-rehabilitation, and general health.

Sheng Chen

Professor in Microbiology, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Director, Shenzhen Key Laboratory in Food Biological Safety Control, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Eleonora Cocco

Degree in Medicine and Surgery obtained in 1998 at the University of Cagliari - Thesis entitled "Genetic Predisposition to Multiple Sclerosis in the Sardinian Population"
Specialization in Neurology obtained in 2003 at the University of Cagliari - "Combined effect of APOE genotype and HLA DR-DQ in multiple sclerosis in Sardinia"
From 2002 to 2014, Indefinite University Researcher in the disciplinary field MED26 (Neurology)
Since 2002, she has been a Senior Medical Assistant at the Regional Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
Since 2014, she is a full-time Professor in the disciplinary field MED26 (Neurology).
In February 2017, she became Director of the "Center for diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis" located at the Binaghi Hospital (ATS Sardegna / University of Cagliari).
In March 2017, she obtained the national scientific qualification for Professor of the (ordinary) class in the disciplinary field MED26 (Neurology).
Since 2002, she has been teaching in several degree programs (medicine and surgery, physiotherapy, health care) and in specialized schools in neurology, neurophysiopathology, infantile neuropsychiatry, physiatry and emergency medicine.
She received the Marco Vergelli award in 2001 and the Rita Levi Montalcini award in 2008 - both for her research on multiple sclerosis research.

James C. Coyne

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute and Director of Behavioral Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Groningen, NL.

Keith A Crandall

Founding Director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. Past Chair of the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University. PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis.

José G B Derraik

Dr José Derraik was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), but moved to New Zealand in 1995. José has a very broad academic background, with a BSc and MSc in Ecology from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and a PhD in Public Health (University of Otago). His MSc examined invertebrate biodiversity in human-modified habitats. His PhD focused on vector ecology, more precisely on mosquitoes in New Zealand and how the threat of a mosquito-borne disease outbreak has been affected by ongoing anthropogenic environmental change. José then worked as a Senior Advisor for MAF Biosecurity NZ, where he provided expert advice to the NZ government on biosecurity threats to human health.

In 2008, José joined the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) where he has been working on paediatric research, as well as on a number of clinical trials in adolescents and adults at risk of metabolic disease. His research focuses primarily on the long-term effects of early life events (such as preterm or post-term birth) in childhood. However, José has recently been appointed as an honorary research associate at Uppsala University in Sweden, where alongside his Swedish colleagues he has been examining also the long-term effects of early life events in adulthood.

Lastly, José is currently involved in a large multi-institutional project (A Better Start) in New Zealand, with a leading role in a number of studies aiming to predict, prevent, and mitigate childhood obesity in the country.

Dorothy D. Dunlop

Dr. Dunlop is a health services researcher with expertise in statistical methodology. Her applied research interests include the investigation of physical activity to prevent disability in older adults and to understand the consequences of arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. She co-authored a book on statistical methodology; she has published and applied statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. Dr. Dunlop is the principle investigator on an NIH-funded epidemiologic study on the relationship of physical activity to reduce disability and an NIH-funded study to evaluate the cost effectiveness of a physical activity intervention.
She has served on data safety monitoring boards, on executive committees of federally funded clinical trials, and on the editorial boards of medical journals.

Marcelo U. Ferreira

Prof. Marcelo Ferreira is a medical parasitologist with over 20-year experience in field-oriented and laboratory research. He graduated in Medicine from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (1988), where he was trained in Internal Medicine (1999-2004) and obtained his MSc (1993) and PhD (1997) degrees. Further research training was obtained in Japan (Nagoya University, 1995-97) and the United States (Harvard University, 2005-06). He teaches medical parasitology at the University of São Paulo since 1990 and currently serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee on Malaria of the Pan-American Health Organization.