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Editor Profiles

Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Editor

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New Content ItemCiaràn is an Editor for the BMC Series since March 2019. He obtained his BSc in Neuroscience from University College Dublin, MSc & PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He still researches the neurochemical correlates of behaviour relevant to psychiatric disorders cross-species. Having most enjoyed the publishing process during his PhD, Ciaràn relocated to London to pursue an Editorial career at BMC Series. He is committed to promoting robust science on open-access platforms as Editor of BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, BMC Endocrine Disorders, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, BMC Rheumatology & BMC Sports Science, Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Clare McFadden

New Content ItemClare joined the BMC series as a manuscript editor in November 2019. She started out studying Human Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. Following that, she obtained a Masters in Cardiovascular Science from the University of Edinburgh, and subsequently, a PhD researching the impact of inflammation and oxidative stress in adipose tissue on obesity and insulin resistance. She moved to London and worked for a year for a small academic publishing company before joining the BMC Series. She has an interest in research integrity, in particular ensuring that images published in the Series accurately present data and adhere to our standards of reporting.

Section Editors

Alessia Alunno

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New Content ItemPre-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.

Susan Goodman

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New Content Item​​​​​​​Clinical rheumatology

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.

Edward Roddy

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New Content ItemEpidemiology 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.