James undertook his postgraduate research in physiology at the Babraham Institute, UK, obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK . With a growing interest in biomedical research, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiology Department at St Thomas’ Hospital (King’s College London) and then in the Renal Medicine Department at Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College London) working on medically focussed pre-clinical laboratory-based projects before moving into a career in scientific publishing. He subsequently joined Portland Press Limited/Biochemical Society and was the in-house Editor of the Society’s journal focused on translational science and medicine. In June 2015, James joined the BMC series at BioMed Central, and is currently a Senior Editor within the series and the Editor of BMC Endocrine Disorders.
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.
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.
Diabetes 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.