Dirk studied biomedical engineering, education and religious studies at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology, Germany, the University of Sydney, Australia and King’s College London, UK . As a PhD student, he worked on positive contrast MRI sequences to be used with novel iron-based nanoparticles for cancer imaging. Dirk is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Dirk became interested in a career in publishing in 2007 with two internships in scientific journal and book publishing at Springer Verlag. He joined BioMed Central in 2015 as Editor for the BMC series.
Since September 2017, Dirk is the Editor of BMC Medical Research Methodology and is excited to continue the journal’s great track record of high quality publications.
Demosthenes Panagiotakos is Professor for Biostatistics, Research Methods and Epidemiology at Harokopio University in Athens. Since 2016 he is the vice Rector of Financial Affairs, Research and Development at Harokopio University. He is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Australia. He is furthermore visiting Distinguished Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers State University of New Jersey. His research interests include medical research methodology, epidemiologic study design and multivariate data analysis. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of Health, Environment and Emerging Risks of the European Commission as well as the National Council for Nutrition Policy. He joined the editorial board of BMC Medical Research Methodology as Section Editor in 2018.
Data analysis, statistics and modelling
Chiu-Hsieh (Paul) Hsu, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Assistant Director for Biostatistics, Phase I & II Consortium in the University of Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona. He received a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. He has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona since 2003. His research interests include development of robust statistical methods for missing data, survival analysis and personalized risk prediction models for colorectal cancer research. He is also heavily involved in collaborations in the areas of health disparities, patient care, cardiovascular and cancer prevention research. He has served as a Section Editor at BMC Medical Research Methodology since 2011.
Data collection, quality, and reporting
Roberta W. Scherer, PhD, is Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis. Dr Scherer has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews and coordinating multi-center randomized trials. She has conducted not only interventional reviews across a wide variety of topics, but also on methods, looking at the subsequent publication of conference abstracts. Dr Scherer is also director of the data coordinating center for two multi-centered trials, one on treatment for tinnitus and one examining the use of methylphenidate for apathy in Alzheimer’s disease. Her research interests are focused on whether results of randomized trials presented as conference abstracts can be included in systematic reviews by comparing conference results with those in trial registers or full length publications. She has served as Section Editor for BMC Medical Research Methodology since 2015.