James undertook his postgraduate research in physiology at the Babraham Institute, UK, obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK . With a growing interest in biomedical research, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiology Department at St Thomas’ Hospital (King’s College London) and then in the Renal Medicine Department at Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College London) working on medically focussed pre-clinical laboratory-based projects before moving into a career in scientific publishing. He subsequently joined Portland Press Limited/Biochemical Society and was the in-house Editor of the Society’s journal focused on translational science and medicine. In June 2015, James joined the BMC series at BioMed Central, and is currently a Senior Editor within the series and the Editor of BMC Rheumatology.
Pre-clinical and translational science
Alessia undertook her medical degree, specialty training in Rheumatology and PhD in medical biotechnologies at the University of Perugia, Italy. During her training, she also completed a research fellowship at the Centre for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. Her research activity mainly focuses on the interplay of T and B lymphocyte subsets and on the identification of novel autoantibodies in Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Over the last decade Alessia gained extensive experience on the immunopathogenesis of rheumatic diseases and co-authored over 80 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Since 2016 Alessia is assistant professor of rheumatology working at the Rheumatology Unit, University of Perugia, Italy. In 2014 she joined the Editorial Board of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders as an Associate Editor and became a Section Editor of BMC Rheumatology in 2017.
Dr Goodman graduated from Barnard College in New York prior to attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her residency in internal medicine was at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, and she trained in rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NYC. She has been an Attending Physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School, where she has worked closely with the orthopedists, developing the research program of the Combined Arthritis Program. This collaborative program brings together orthopedists and rheumatologists focused on the care of patients with rheumatic diseases who need orthopedic surgery. This multispecialty collaboration led to the development of the Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center of Excellence, which she directs. This center unites her frequent collaborators in Rheumatology, orthopedics, and basic science, furthering goals in clinical and translational research. Dr. Goodman joined BMC Rheumatology in 2017 as a Section Editor.
Epidemiology and public health
Edward Roddy DM FRCP is a Reader in Rheumatology at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre and Consultant Rheumatologist at the Haywood Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. He undertook training in general medicine and rheumatology in the East Midlands, UK and Western Australia, and completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Nottingham, researching the epidemiology and treatment of gout in primary care. His sub-speciality clinical and research interests include crystal arthropathy, foot pain and osteoarthritis, in which he leads epidemiological studies and clinical trials in primary care. He joined the BMC Series at Biomed Central in 2014 as Associate Editor in the epidemiology section of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, before becoming a Section Editor of BMC Rheumatology in 2017.