About this blog

The On Health blog delivers insights and opinion on the high-quality and thought-provoking research published across BMC’s multidisciplinary selection of health sciences journals, from Reproductive Health to Implementation Science.

We have nearly 50 health sciences journals covering biomedical, psychosocial, organizational, policy and societal aspects of human health, disease and healthcare. The focus is on the design and evaluation of technological, behavioral, and organizational interventions to improve health at patient, population and global levels.

As well as writing about the research we publish, this blog is a place to read discussions on conferences, insights into journal developments, and commentary on news in the field.

Most of our posts are written by staff, but you’ll also hear from our Editorial Board Members and a variety of guest bloggers.


  • Alison Cuff

    Alison is an Editor for the BMC-series. She studied at the University of Reading completing a PhD on investigating the effects of mutations on the structure of p53. After working for a time in academia, she joined BioMed Central in May 2014, as a Database Editor for the ISRCTN registry. Alison joined the BMC-series in November 2016.

  • Alyssa L. Berry

    Author profile image Alyssa L. Berry is a toxicologist with diverse academic training in biology, immunology, and environmental sciences. After several years in academia teaching graduate level toxicology courses and doing program development, she joined our New York office to pursue her interest in open access publishing and science communication. She currently writes on all aspects of endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, and internal medicine.

  • Amy Smikle

    Author profile image Amy recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. She joined our New York office in 2018 to pursue her interest in science communication and is now an Editorial Assistant for open access journals in the clinical medicine portfolio.

  • benmiller

    Author profile image Ben is a Journal Development Editor at BMC, focusing on Nuclear Medicine and Experimental Medicine. He graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry.

  • helengienger

  • Helen Metherell

    Helen is a Journal Development Editor at BioMed Central looking after the Public Health portfolio of journals. She has worked in scientific publishing for 7 years and moved to BioMed Central in July 2015.

  • Kyle Adair

    Author profile image Kyle is a Journal Development Editor at BMC. He graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases.

  • Nyomi Anderson

    Marketing Specialist at BioMed Central

  • Samuel Cruickshank

    Author profile image Samuel came to BMC in 2015, having received his Masters' in Biology from the University of Sheffield. He writes on all aspects of psychiatry.