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.
Timothy J. Beebe, Ph.D., is Mayo Professor and Head, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Health Services Research in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a Research Affiliate in the Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic. He earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and his Master’s degree in applied social research from the University of Michigan. His primary expertise is in the field of survey methodology where he has a 25 year track record of testing new data collection methods in both the general population and physician samples. He has been a Section Editor for BMC Medical Research Methodology since 2011 and is also a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a member of the Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.
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.