About this blog

The On Medicine blog delivers insights and opinion on the high-quality and thought-provoking research published across BMC’s medical journals, including titles such as BMC Medicine and Genome Medicine.

We have over 75 open access medical journals covering everything from clinical practice, to experimental and translational research. They provide instant free access to high-quality, peer-reviewed research.

As well as writing about the research we publish, this blog is also a place to read discussions of medical ethics and practices, insights into journal developments, and commentary on news in the field. In addition, we shine the light on issues relating to transparency and reproducibility at all stages of medical research.

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


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  • Alison Cuff

    Author profile image 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.

  • Anita Marinelli

    Author profile image Anita completed a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda MD, United States, and afterwards she was a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, United States. Her research focused on the microbiome and the immune responses to bacterial infection in the context of female reproductive health. She joined BioMed Central in 2016, and is an Assistant Editor for BMC Medicine.

  • Aoife Buckley

    Author profile image Aoife Buckley has worked in academic publishing for the past few years and recently joined the team at Springer Nature in New York. Her portfolio at BMC consists of a range of oncology journals.

  • Thomas Appleyard

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  • Demitra Ellina

  • Ella Flemyng

    Author profile image Within BMC, Ella oversees a portfolio of open-access, applied-methodology journals within health sciences that aim to improve the design, conduct and reporting of different study designs. She is an advocate for improving research integrity and seeing publishing and peer review develop to meet the needs of the research community. Before working in publishing, Ella completed a Master's of Science in biomedical and molecular science at Kings College London.

  • Hannah Lippman

    Author profile image Hannah studied Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton before working in the NHS for several years. She joined BioMed Central as an Editorial Assistant in 2014 and now holds the position of Database Editor within the ISRCTN Registry, advocating complete and transparent clinical trial registration.

  • 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.

  • Jonathan Collin

    Author profile image Jonathan graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) in 2015. He joined BioMed Central as a Journal Development Editor in October 2016 to oversee the critical care and emergency medicine portfolio of journals.

  • Mairead Weir

    Author profile image Mairead is a Database Editor at BioMed Central. She received her MSc from King's College London in Global Health and Social Justice in January 2017.

  • Paulina Szyszka

    Author profile image Paulina has a PhD in medical sciences from Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. Her research conducted at King’s College London focused on investigating potential therapeutic agents for adrenocortical carcinoma. She joined BioMed Central in 2015, and is Associate Editor for BMC Medicine.

  • Robin Packer

    Robin studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and joined BioMed Central in July 2013, and now holds the position of Database Editor for the ISRCTN registry.

  • Sabina Alam

    Author profile image Sabina Alam is the Chief Editor of BMC Medicine. After completing a PhD in neuroimmunolgy from the University of Bath, and then a postdoctoral position in neuroscience at the School of Pharmacy, Sabina joined BioMed Central as an Assistant Editor on the BMC Series in 2008. She has been the Chief Editor of BMC Medicine since 2011.

  • 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.