Pamela J. Hines

Pamela J. Hines, Ph.D.

Pamela J. Hines is a senior editor at Science, the international weekly journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She manages recruitment, selection, and review of research manuscripts, and also develops special issues and Review articles on various topics. She is an expert in the fields of stem cell research, developmental neurobiology, developmental biology, and plant sciences. In the course of her work at Science, Dr. Hines has followed research around the world and across disciplinary boundaries, working with scientists from many countries to identify the best research in the world.  While obtaining her degrees, she conducted research on chromatin, gene control, and the mechanisms of DNA replication in eukaryotes during early development. Throughout that time, Dr. Hines learned first-hand the challenges and joys of teaching.  Dr. Hines received her A.B. from Oberlin College, her M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.  Her areas of interest include stem cells, cell and molecular biology, developmental neurobiology, education, plant science, and developmental biology.



John McConnell

John McConnell, Ph.D.

John McConnell was the founding editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases in 2001.He gained a degree in clinical microbiology and parasitology from the University of East London, before spending  6 years researching septic-shock-related topics at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London.

John joined The Lancet in 1990. He was a peer-review editor for several years, and in 1996 was the first editor of the journal’swebsite. In addition, he has organised the programmes for conferences in Singapore and Beijing on influenza, and in London on healthcare-associated infections.

John has authored research papers, editorials, and commentaries, and delivered lectures on academic publishing and infection-related topics. John has appeared as an expert commentator on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CNBC, and CNN, on regional and national radio, and in national newspapers



Ray Cooke, PhD

Ray Cooke, Ph.D.

Ray is Director of the Modern Languages Department at the Life Sciences University in Bordeaux. His research interests are the didactics of English for academic purposes, and especially scientific writing. Although he fell out with science at school, he fell back in with it 25 years ago when a French-speaking scientist asked him for a hand to write up some research. As other papers accrued, it became apparent to him that the sort of help he was offering could be systematized, since interlanguage errors between French and English, the scientists’ target language, were noticeably repeated across a wide range of research disciplines. This finally led to the development and recent launch of TYOS (Type Your Own Script), an online application offering assistance in scientific writing to non-native speaking scientists.



Walter J. Pagel

Mr Walter J. Pagel

Mr Walter J. Pagel has served as a biomedical editor since 1971, and, except for the two years he was an editor for the US Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals in Chicago, he has worked with the faculty and trainees of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, helping them improve the quality of their research articles.  He has been Director of the Department of Scientific Publications at M. D. Anderson since 1984. The department consists of a diverse group of editors and educators (25 in all) who edit journal articles and books, manage biomedical journals, and teach scientists how to improve their writing and speaking skills.  He is especially proud of the department’s success helping trainees and junior faculty who speak English as a second (or third or fourth) language.  Mr. Pagel is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas.




Ushma Savla Neill

Ushma Savla Neill, Ph.D.

Ushma Savla Neill, Executive Editor, obtained her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University with Christopher M. Waters, studying airway physiology and mathematical models of wound healing. After a brief postdoc with Peter H.S. Sporn studying pulmonary eosinophilia, Ushma won the prestigious Marshall Sherfield Postdoctoral Fellowship. As a Sherfield Fellow, she studied the mechanics of vascular permeability with C. Charles Michel at Imperial College, London. Ushma returned to the US in 2001, and after 2 years as an editor at Nature Medicine, she joined the JCI in March 2003.



Valerie Matarese

Valerie Matarese, Ph.D.

Valerie Matarese Ph.D. is an independent editor based in northeastern Italy.  Born in New York, she trained in biomedical sciences at US universities and worked as a researcher in university settings on both US coasts and at two multinational firms in the food and drug industry, in the US and in Italy.

In 1997, she launched an independent activity offering scientific editing, writing and information research, and has served publishers, university researchers and companies with services such as journal copyediting, author's editing, and original medical writing for online and print publications.  In addition, she has taught scientific reading and writing to graduate students in a classroom setting and has developed a personalized consulting service for researchers and hospital physicians in which best practices in scientific communication are taught during the collaborative writing of research papers.
In Italy, she is an advocate of good scientific reading and writing and adherence to internationally accepted standards for quality reporting in the biomedical sciences, as documented by the publication of a medical education paper (Croat Med J, 2006) and a bibliometric study (Plos One, 2008).



Dr. Robert M. Golub

Robert M. Golub, MD

Dr. Robert M. Golub is Senior Editor, JAMA, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Golub received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University. He received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University School of Medicine/Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident.

Dr. Golub’s areas of research are in medical decision making, including decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, psychology of decision making, and assessing patient preferences. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Medical Decision Making, for which he was director of an international symposium “Medical Decision Making in Latin America” in 1997. He served as visiting faculty for the Stanford University Faculty Development Program. He lectured on decision analysis at the Congreso Nacional de Medicina, Sociedad Argentina de Medicina, in Buenos Aires in 1994. In 1999 he served as visiting faculty in the University of Buenos Aires Program in Clinical Effectiveness, jointly sponsored with the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Golub developed the Northwestern University medical school curriculum on medical decision making (which includes critical appraisal of the medical literature) and has served as course director since 1992. For this curricular work, he received the 2000 Society of General Internal Medicine National Clinician-Educator Award for Teaching Innovation."



Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Rogério Meneghini, Ph.D.

Graduated in chemistry and post-graduated in biochemistry (University of Sao Paulo, 1969). Post-doctorate at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-NIH and at Stanford University (1972-1974), invited Professor at the University  of Ottawa (1989-1990). Assumed the posts of Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, University of São Paulo (1969-2004), Director of the Center of Structural Molecular Biology of the National Laboratory of Synchrotron Radiation (1997-2004) and Scientific Coordinator of the SciELO Program on Scientific Publications (since 1997). Published 90 articles on DNA repair and iron ion intervention in DNA structure and 52 articles on scientific communication.  Deputy Scientific Director of  FAPESP (1993-2005). Total of articles in Web of Science : 92 articles, 2, 769 citations, 30.10 citations/per Item, h index=30.

Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Martín Cammarota, Ph.D.

Martín Cammarota received a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentine, in 1998 studying the role of glutamate receptors in synaptic plasticty. Over the next 5 years he was first a NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow and later Gladys Brawn Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia. There he studied the mechanisms controlling the activation state of the glutamatergic and dopaminergic systems in the brain. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science, in 2003 Cammarota moved to Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he is currently Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the School of Medicine of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). His research focuses on molecular and behavioral aspects of memory processing in mammals and has been published in high impact journals, including Science, Neuron, PNAS, Trends in Neuroscience and The Journal of Neuroscience.

Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Andrea Kauffmann Zeh, Ph.D.

Andrea Kauffmann Zeh is Director of Institutional Relations at the Foundation for Research Development (Fundep) in Brazil. She is responsible for managing institutional relations with the academic, public and private sectors and the development of Fundep´s strategies in technology transfer and industry-university relationships.
Graduated in Genetics by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, she received her Ph.D at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University College London and progressed to a post-doctoral position at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund UK. Throughout her formative years she conducted research in fields such as apoptosis, biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology, cancer, molecular biology and parasitohlogy. She published her results in various journals including Science and Nature.
Andrea was, for almost 6 years, a senior editor at Nature publishing some of the best research and developing special supplements. She has also ventured in science writing with contributions to Nature, the Brazilian newspapers Estado de São Paulo and Jornal do Brasil, Galileu Magazine, Comciencia and the site

Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Mayana Zatz, Ph.D

Professor of Human and Medical Genetics, Director of the Human Genome Research Center and Institute of stem-cells in genetic disorders, at the University of São Paulo (USP) BSc  at USP(1968),  Ph.D. in Human and Medical  Genetics  at USP (1974) and  pos-doc in medical genetics( 1975-1977) at University of California, USA. Is Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Is founder and President of the Brazilian muscular dystrophy association. Has directed her research  in human and medical genetics, focusing mainly neuromuscular disorders in the following aspects: gene identification, genotype-phenotype correlations, mechanisms of clinical variability  and stem-cells. Has published 313 peer-reviewed papers (December 2009), which were cited almost 5300 times. H index= 36. Was awarded several international prizes : L´Oreal/Unesco for women in Sciences- as the best Latin American researcher in 2001- TWAS for researches in medical sciences:2004 and Mexican Prize of Sciences and Technology (2008). Has been actively involved in ethical aspects related to genome research and political decisions regarding the approval of the embryonic stem-cells bill in 2005 and 2008.


Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Gilson Volpato, Ph.D

Gilson Luiz Volpato has taught scientific methodology and scientific writing since 1986. He has given hundreds of conferences and courses on scientific writing per year in Brazil. He published 6 books on this subject. He is the Chief Editor of the Annual Review of Biomedical Sciences and was the President of the Scientific Journal Editor Council in the São Paulo State University (Unesp) for 4 years.

Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Marcia Triunfol, Ph.D

Marcia has a PhD in molecular biology. She developed her thesis at the Johns Hopkins University and later did a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health. She then changed gears and went to work as an associate editor at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and then as a scientific editor at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). In 2008 Marcia founded Publicase Comunicação Científica, the first company in Brazil exclusively dedicated to science writing and publication. At Publicase she has given many workshops to researchers and graduate students in Brazil and elsewhere and has worked as an editor, writer and translator for a number of clients.

Dr Rogerio Meneghini

Martha M. Sorenson. Ph.D.

Dr Sorenson received her PhD in Biology from the University of Washington and did post-doctoral work on muscle at Columbia University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in the 1970s. She emigrated to Brazil in 1983 and is Associate Professor in the Institute for Medical Biochemistry at UFRJ, where she directs projects in muscle physiology and biochemistry. For more than 20 years she has edited colleagues´ manuscripts in English and is interested in the problems encountered by non-native English speakers as they learn to write about their science. Analysis of different measures of scientific visibility among Brazilian research groups is a hobby.






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