Editor Profiles

Emma Cookson, Editor

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New Content ItemEmma completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Exeter, UK, in 2008 and then went on to do a PhD at University College London, UK, in cell biology and biophysics where she graduated in 2012. She then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where her research focused on neuronal cell biology, including mechanisms of neurotransmitter secretion. She joined BioMed Central, becoming Editor of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, in 2016. She is currently involved in organising the first thematic series at the journal, ‘Open data for discovery science’. Emma is also a contributor to the BMC-series blog.  

Section Editors

Andreas Holzinger

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New Content ItemStandards, technology, machine learning, and modeling

Andreas is lead of the Holzinger Group, HCI-KDD, Institute for Medical Informatics/Statistics, Medical University Graz, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering of Graz University of Technology. Currently, Andreas is Visiting Professor for Machine Learning in Health Informatics at the Faculty of Informatics at Vienna University of Technology. He serves as a consultant for the Canadian, Dutch, French, Swiss, UK, and US Governments, for the German Excellence Initiative and as national expert in the European Commission. He obtained a PhD in Cognitive Science from Graz University in 1998 and a second PhD in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology in 2003. He founded the Expert Network HCI-KDD to foster collaboration and research in two areas that offer ideal conditions towards understanding intelligence: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Knowledge Discovery/Data Mining (KDD). He has served as a Section Editor at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making since April 2016. 

Philip Payne

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New Content ItemHealthcare Information Systems

Dr. Payne is the founding Director of the Institute for Informatics (I2) at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also serves as the Robert J. Terry Professor in the School of Medicine. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University. He received his PhD with distinction in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University and he is an internationally recognized leader in the field of clinical research informatics (CRI) and translational bioinformatics (TBI). Dr. Payne is the author of over 190 publications focusing on the intersection of biomedical informatics and the clinical and translational science domains, including several seminal reports that have served to define a new sub-domain of biomedical informatics theory and practice specifically focusing upon clinical research applications. He has served as a Section Editor at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making since 2016.