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Zhilian Hu, Ph.D. - Associate Editor, BMC series

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Zhilian joined the BMC series in the Shanghai office in January 2024 as an Associate Editor for BMC Women's Health. Before this, she was a research scientist at The University of Oxford, where she investigated cardiac regeneration utilizing different fish species including zebrafish. She holds an MSc in Animal genetics, breeding, and reproduction from Shanxi Agricultural University and a PhD in Biology from the University of Freiburg, where she mainly investigated the molecular events driving neuronal development and disorders, particularly in the central nervous system. Her background covers multiple fields, including neurobiology, hematology, and cardiology. She is thrilled to promote open-access publishing and robust science.

Zhilian is also the Associate Editor for BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology and is keen on promoting efficient and safe therapeutic agents and strategies.

Senior Editorial Board Members

Neelam Aggarwal - PGIMER, India
New Content ItemDr. Neelam Aggarwal, MBBS, MD, DGO, DHM, FICOG, is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. PGIMER is a premier tertiary care institute of India. The main focus of her work is maternal, perinatal and menopausal health. She was the national president of Indian menopausal society in the year 2019-2020. Currently she is the founder president of Stillbirth Society of India (SBSI). She is also the nodal officer with WHO SEARO for stillbirth surveillance in India. She is on resource faculty team for MPDSR training.  She is on the various working groups of International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA). Her recent work emphasises on bereavement care in perinatal loss.
She has been the reviewer for many indexed peer review journals like BJOG, BMC, JMC and PLOS ONE etc.
She has contributed multiple chapters in books and more than around 200 research publications.

Anthony Ajayi - African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
New Content ItemAnthony Ajayi is an Associate Research Scientist at African Population and Health Research Center based in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Medical Sociology from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and a Master of Science degree in Demography and Population Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Anthony has over seven years of experience in designing and implementing multi-country research projects and programs on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV. Before joining APHRC, Anthony was a research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He is the lead Principal Investigator and a Co-Investigator on multiple studies in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Liberia. Anthony’s quest is evidence generation that would shape policies, make society more inclusive, and ensure the wellbeing of all. He has authored over 80 articles in highly accessed peer-reviewed journals.

Shangrong Fan - Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, China
New Content ItemDr Shangrong Fan, MD, is a professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, China. He has received his doctor of medicine diploma from Peking University. He is an editorial board member of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and BMC Women's Health. His research interests are maternal fetal medicine and female genital infectious diseases. He specializes in research and management of perinatal infections such as syphilis, group B streptococcal (GBS) infection and sepsis.
He has contributed multiple chapters in books and around 60 research publications.

Florian Fischer - Institute of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
New Content ItemDr. Florian Fischer is an expert in issues related to public health, global health, and women’s health. Originally, he was trained as a paramedic. He studied and received his doctorate in public health at the School of Public Health at Bielefeld University, Germany. He focuses on evidence-based public health and megatrends in the context of health and care. His research experience relates to various settings and population groups, with specific emphasis on vulnerability and social determinants of health. In the past years, his research focus shifted to digital health and nursing care. He has authored a large amount of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters.

Jane Fisher - Monash University, Australia
New Content ItemJane Fisher, an academic Clinical and Health Psychologist, is Finkel Professor of Global Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is Co-Director of the Division of Planetary Health and leads the multidisciplinary Global and Women’s Health research group of academics, research higher degree students and professional staff who undertake research in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. Jane has longstanding interests in the social determinants of women’s health and mental health and wellbeing across the life course and of how these can be addressed in public health approaches to mental health promotion and prevention of mental health problems.

Jane Fisher was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in the January 2019 Australia Day Honours for her contributions to mental health, women and the community.

Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj - University College London, UK
New Content ItemAlex Gentry-Maharaj, MSc, PhD is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Women’s Cancer at the Institute for Women’s Health at University College London. The main focus of Alex’s work is screening for ovarian cancer. She has been a core member of the United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), the largest randomised controlled trial in the world, since 2003. Alex has contributed to genetic predisposition to ovarian cancer and the first GWAS for ovarian cancer through the international efforts of the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC). Alex has an interest in the menopause transition and the therapies that women use to alleviate their menopausal symptoms. Other interests include biomarker discovery for ovarian, colorectal, breast and pancreatic cancer.

Antonio Simone Laganà - Department of Health Promotion, Mother and Child Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties (PROMISE), University of Palermo, Italy
New Content ItemAntonio Simone Laganà was born in Reggio Calabria (Italy) on 8th May 1986. He is Deputy of the Special Interest Group for Endometriosis & Endometrial Disorders (SIGEED) of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and Ambassador of the World Endometriosis Society (WES).
Antonio Simone Laganà was trained in obstetric/gynecological ultrasound at the Altamedica Main Centre in Rome (Italy), got the Master in “Gynecological Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery” at the University of Pisa (Italy), the Ph.D. in “Medical and Surgical Biotechnologies” at the University of Messina (Italy), and developed an intensive training in minimally invasive gynecological surgery (high-volume advanced laparoscopy, hysteroscopy) at the Univerzitetni Klinični Center Ljubljana (Slovenia), during the Subspecialist Training Programme (Fellowship) in Reproductive Medicine (according to the criteria of the European Society of Human Reproduction, ESHRE, and Embryology and European Board & College of Gynecology and Obstetrics, EBCOG).
His research interests include endometriosis, reproductive immunology, infertility, gynaecological endocrinology, laparoscopy, and hysteroscopy. He is the author of more than 400 papers published in PubMed-indexed international peer-reviewed journals, and his presence is often requested as an invited speaker at international congresses. He is currently an editor of high-impact journals, including Scientific ReportsJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Journal of Ovarian Research, Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, and many others.
He is habilitated as Full Professor in Italy for Gynecology and Obstetrics.


Associate Editor
Zhilian Hu, PhD, Springer Nature, China

Editorial Quality Editor
Didem Sanver, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, UK

Manuscript Editors
Harshal Dhondge, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Nikhil Ghate, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Akshay Ravindra Joshi, PhD, MPhil, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Rajasree K P, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Raunaq Singh Nagi, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Noohi Nasim, PhD, Springer Nature, India
Vaishnavi Nimbalkar, MSc, Springer Nature, India
Pranitha Pandit, PhD, MPhil, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Priya Sharma, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India
Varsha Shetty, PhD, Springer Nature, India
Neha Tiwari, PhD, M.Tech, B.Tech, Springer Nature, India
Pratibha Verma, PhD, MSc, BSc, Springer Nature, India

Senior Editorial Board Members
Neelam Aggarwal, The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), India
Anthony Ajayi, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
Shangrong Fan, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, China
Florian Fischer, Kempten University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Jane Fisher, Monash University, Australia
Alex Gentry-Maharaj, University College London, UK
Antonio Simone Laganà, University of Palermo, Italy

Editorial Board Members
Ibrahim Abdelazim, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Richard Gyan Aboagye, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana
Kenneth Adde, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Jones Adjei, Red Deer College, Canada
Bright Ahinkorah, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Patrick Kafui Akakpo, MD, FWACP, University of Cape Coast , Ghana
Gulzhanat Aimagambetova, Nazarbayev University School of Medicine, Kazakhstan
Leonard Ajah, University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh Institute of Social Research Trust, Bangladesh
Ömer Alkan,  Atatürk University, Turkey
Esra Alkhasawneh, DNSc, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Rula Alsawalqa , PhD. The university of jordan, Jordan
Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Brazil Marcelo Antonini, PhD, Hospital Do Servidor Publico Estadual, Brazil
Francis Appiah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Melaku Hunie Asratie, Master of Public Health, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
Nehad Ayoub, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Kishwar Azad, BIRDEM and Ibrahim Medical College, Bangladesh
Meredith Bagwell-Gray, The University of Kansas, USA
Luchuo Engelbert Bain, Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health, LIIRH, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Sanaa Bardaweel, University of Jordan, Jordan
Federica Bellone, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
Tesfalidet Beyene, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Attila Bokor, Semmelweis University, Hungary
fulvio borella, MD, AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Univeristy of Turin, Italy
Giulia Borghese, UOC Ginecologia e Fisiopatologia della Riproduzione Umana, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna, Italy
Maria Teresa Bruno, Researcher, University of Catania, Italy
Shyam Sundar Budhathoki, Nepalese Society of Community Medicine (NESCOM), Nepal
Giovanni Buzzaccarini, IRRCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Italy
Anna Capozzi, Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Italy
Paolo Casadio, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi University of Bologna, Italy
Eliano Cascardi, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Benito Chiofalo, National Cancer Institute of Rome, Italy
Beniamino Cislaghi, PhD, Makerere University, Uganda
Maurizio Nicola D'Alterio, University of Cagliari, Italy
Eugene Darteh, PhD, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Ottavia D'Oria, Sapienza University, Italy
Anindita Dasgupta, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work, USA
Alessandro De Luca, Sapienza University, Italy
Simona Del Forno, MD, PhD, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Bologna, Policlinico di Sant'Orsola, Bologna, Italy
Gayathri Delanerolle, University of Oxford, UK
Luigi Della Corte, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Miriam Dellino, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Omer Demir, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Turkey
Anteneh Mengist Dessie, MPH, Debre Tabor University, Ethiopia
Kavitha Dhanasekaran, MD, Indian Council of Medical Research, India
Preeti Dhillon, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), India
Mariano Catello Di Donna, University of Palermo, Italy
Alba Di Leone, IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Italy
Roger Dmochowski, Vanderbilt Medical Center, USA
Patricia Driusso, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil
Akmal El-Mazny, Cairo University, Egypt
George Eleje, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
Andrea Etrusco, University of Palermo, Italy
Addis Eyeberu, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Euzebus Ezugwu, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria
Mohamed Farghali, Ain Shams Universiy, Egypt
Federico Ferrari, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Spedali Civili Brescia, University of Brescia, Italy
Sara Filoche, PhD, University of Otago, New Zealand
Kristen Foley,  Master of Public Health (Qualitative Research), Torrens University Australia, Australia
Gianluca Franceschini, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy
Pasquale De Franciscis, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy
Simone Garzon, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, AOUI Verona, University of Verona
Fred Gbagbo, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Mikiyas Amare Getu, Woldia University, Ethiopia
Andrea Giannini, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Melissa Harris, University of Newcastle, Australia
Franciele Hellwig, International Center for Equity in Health, Brazil
Julie Hennegan, Burnet Institute, Australia
Xin Hua, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, China
Jabed Iqbal, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Rakibul Islam, Monash University, Australia
Bonnie Jerome-D'Emilia, Rutgers University, USA
Dimitrios Rafail Kalaitzopoulos, Cantonal Hospital of Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Abdullah Karaer, Inonu University, Turkey
Celia Karp, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Getachew Kassa, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Elizabeth Kemigisha, PhD, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
Mohammed Khatkhatay, Retired, National Institute For Research In Reproductive Health, India
Hae Won Kim, Seoul National University college of nursing, South Korea
Mahmut Kuntay Kokanali, University of Health Sciences, Ankara City Hospital
Harald Krentel, Bethesda Hospital Duisburg, Germany
Manuel Maria Ianieri, M.D. Ph.D., Mater Olbia Hospital, Italy
Aurelia Lepine, PhD in Economics, UCL, UK
Erica Liebermann, PhD, University of Rhode Island, USA
Osaheni Lucky Lawani, University of Toronto, Canada
Carrie Lyons, PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health , USA
Brianna Magnusson, Brigham Young University, USA
Tara Mantler, PhD, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
Mislav Mikuš, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, Croatia
Morikazu Miyamoto, National Defense Medical College, Japan
Emma Motrico, University of Seville, Spain
Linda Murray, PhD, Massey University, New Zealand
Brooke Nickel, BSc (Hons), MIPH, Ph.D., The University of Sydney, Australia
Vu Quoc Huy Nguyen, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
Wassan Nori, Mustansiriyha University/Faculty of Medicine /Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Iraq
Roghaiyeh Nourizadeh, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Lemessa Oljira, School of Public Health, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Shabnam Omidvar, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Tania Perich, Western Sydney University, Australia
Emanuele Perrone, Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Italy
Kath Peters, Western Sydney University, Australia
Omero Poli-Neto, Ph.D., University of São Paulo, Brazil
Parul Puri, The George Institute for Global Health, India
Antonio Raffone, MD, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Diego Raimondo, IRCCS AOU Bologna, Bologna University, Italy
Meghna Ranganathan, PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Amrita Rao, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Farzaneh Rashidi Fakari, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Hedyeh Riazi, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Gaetano Riemma, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
Carlo Ronsini, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
Cinara Sacomori, Ph.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
Marzieh Saei Ghare Naz, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Alejandro Martin Martin Sanchez, M.D.,  Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS. Roma, Italia, Italy
Diksha Sapkota, PhD, Griffith Criminology Institute, Australia
Antonio Schiattarella, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
Joy Scheidell, PhD, University of Central Florida, USA
Hirohito Seki, Kyorin University School of Medicine, Japan
Omar Shaaban, Assiut University, Egypt
Lindiwe Sibeko, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Ahmet Akın Sivaslıoğlu, Medicalpoint Hospital, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Kara Skelton, Towson University, USA
Felice Sorrentino, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Foggia, Italy
Giulio Sozzi, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy; 
Joshua Sparks, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, USA
Marina Sprem Goldstajn, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Shobhit Srivastava, Doctorate, Project Concern International , India
Quraish Sserwanja, Relief International, Uganda
Guglielmo Stabile, Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Italy
Iztok Takač, University Medical Centre Maribor, Slovenia
Omer Tapisiz, Guven Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Ngan Tran, PhD in Public Health/Health economics, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Ioannis Tsakiridis, Assistant Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Charalampos Theofanakis, University of Athens, Greece
Andrea Tinelli, Centro di Ricerca Clinico Salentino, Veris delli Ponti Hospital, Italy
Giuseppe Trojano, Department of Maternal and Child Health “Madonna delle Grazie” Hospital ASM Matera, Italy
Sayeed Unisa, International Institute for Population Sciences, India
Diama Vale, MD PhD, University of Campinas, Brazil
Marco La Verde, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy
Amerigo Vitagliano, University of Padua, Italy
Ya-Wen Wang, Shandong University, China
Fei Wang, MD. PhD, the Second Hospital of Shandong University, China
Omer Weitzner, Meir medical center, Israel
Tiara Willie, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Hsien-Ming Wu, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
Xiaomeng Xia, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China
Tingting Yao, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, China
Daniela Yela, University of Campinas, Brazil
Betregiorgis Zegeye, HaSET Maternal and Child Health Research Program, Ethiopia
Sheng Zhifeng, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, China
Brunella Zizolfi, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy

Editorial Advisors
Karla Kerlikowske, University of California, USA

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