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Editor Profiles

Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Editor

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New Content ItemCiaràn is an Editor for the BMC Series and has been the Editor of BMC Endocrine Disorders since March 2019. He obtained his BSc in Neuroscience from University College Dublin, Ireland and MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He then researched the neurochemical correlates of attentional and impulsive processes for a PhD at University of Copenhagen. Having always demonstrated a passion for the scientific publishing process, Ciaràn relocated to London to join BMC. He is excited to pioneer open-access publishing and further develop BMC Endocrine Disorders

Darren Byrne

Darren did his BA in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Following this he did an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice King's College London. After this he did an MSc in Neuroscience with Psychiatric Genetics at King's College London. He then did a PhD in Neuroscience in the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King's College London studying experience-dependent neural plasticity. Darren joined BMC in October 2018 as a locum editor after finishing his PhD and became a manuscript editor in March 2019.

Section Editors

Amar Agha

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New Content Item​​​​​​​Basic and Clinical Endocrinology

Professor Agha is  an academic clinician  in  Endocrinology  at Beaumont Hospital and the Royal College of Surgeons Medical School in Dublin. He  graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1995 and underwent basic medical training followed by specialist training in Endocrinology and Diabetes in Dublin. He  subsequently had  research and clinical fellowship posts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and at St.  Bartholomew’s Hospital in London before returning to Dublin in 2006. His  research interests include the areas of pituitary dysfunction after acquired brain injury and radiotherapy, glucocorticoid replacement therapy, dynamic assessment of pituitary function and the interaction between GH and the thyroid and adrenal axes. He authored  than 80 peer-reviewed publications   mainly as a first or senior author including in some of the leading scientific journals in the field such as JAMA, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the American Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Physiology. He is the recipient of a number  national and international scientific awards.

Stavros Liatis

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New Content Item​​​​​​​Epidemiology

Dr. Stavros Liatis is senior consultant in Internal Medicine and Diabetology at the First Department of Propaedeutic Internal Medicine and the Diabetes Center of Laiko University Hospital in Athens, Greece.

Dr Liatis is also chair of the steering committee of the European Diabetes Epidemiology Study group of the EASD since 2016 and honorary secretary of the executive committee of the Mediterranean Group for the study of Diabetes since 2017.

In his career, Dr Liatis participated as principal investigator and co-investigator in several epidemiological and clinical studies and his main interest focuses on clinical diabetes epidemiology and type 2 diabetes prevention. He has published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals in the field of Diabetes and is a co-author of several textbooks in that field.

He joined the editorial board of BMC Endocrine Disorders in 2011 and he is the section editor in Epidemiology in that journal since 2015.

Abd Tahrani

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New Content ItemDiabetes and Metabolism

I am a UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and obesity, and the Lead for Obesity Research and Diabetic Neuropathy Services at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, UK. I have obtained my PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and was awarded the Specialist Certification in Obesity Prevention and Education (SCOPE) National Fellowship from the World Obesity Federation in 2014. My research work covers the whole spectrum from basic science to clinical trials. My main research interests are: the metabolic and vascular impacts of sleep-related disorders including obstructive sleep apnoea, the screening, pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes-related microvascular complications, particularly autonomic and peripheral neuropathy, obesity management including bariatric surgery, the pharmacotherapy of Type 2 diabetes and obesity and the role of ethnicity in obesity, diabetes and diabetes-related complications. I joined BMC Endocrine disorders as a Section Editor in 2014.