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Editor Profiles

Anne Menard

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New Content ItemAnne is an Editor on the BMC Series, and has been the Editor for BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies since August 2019. Anne has a Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics and a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Genetics, both from the University of Leicester. Anne previously worked on the BMC Series as an Assistant Editor, Senior Assistant Editor then as a Manuscript Editor. Before joining the BMC Series in May 2017, Anne worked on a research project at the Institute of Psychiatry of King’s College London, before moving to the Middle East and working on a medical journal in Oman for two years. This sparked her interest in scientific publishing, and led her to working at BioMed Central when she moved back to London. She is delighted to be working on BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies and promoting open access.

Clare McFadden

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New Content ItemClare joined the BMC Series as a Manuscript Editor in November 2019. She started out studying Human Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. Following that, she obtained a Masters in Cardiovascular Science from the University of Edinburgh, and subsequently, a PhD researching the impact of inflammation and oxidative stress in adipose tissue on obesity and insulin resistance. She moved to London and worked for a year for a small academic publishing company before joining the BMC Series. She has an interest in research integrity, in particular ensuring that images published in the Series accurately present data and adhere to our standards of reporting.

Assistant Editors

Esther Fagelson

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New Content ItemEsther is an Assistant Editor for the BMC Series and has been the Assistant Editor of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine since March 2019. Prior to joining the BioMed Central, Esther completed her MSc in Early Prehistory and Human Origins at the University of York, UK, investigating the cognitive evolution of decision making and mental time travel as shown through Palaeolithic stone tool assemblages. Previously she worked as a research intern at the British Museum.

Section Editors

Holger Cramer

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New Content ItemHolger Cramer

Holger Cramer, MSc, PhD is Research Director at the Department for Internal and Integrative Medicine at the Kliniken Essen-Mitte and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He further holds a fellowship at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), University of Technology Sydney. Dr Cramer’s research is focused on clinical research in complementary and integrative medicine (with a special emphasis on non-pharmacological treatment approaches) as well as on public health and health psychology. He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Since 2017, Dr Cramer is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine as an Associate Editor in 2013 and has been serving as a Section Editor since 2017.

Victor Kuete

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New Content ItemBasic research

Prof. Dr Victor Kuete is a Research Coordinator and Associate Professor at The University of Dschang (Cameroon). He has been a fellow of TWAS (2007), AUF (2008), DAAD (2009), University of Mainz-Germany (2010), Alexander von Humboldt (2012-2014), Tubitak (2016), etc., International Foundation for Science Grantee (2008-2009; 2012-2013) and Alexander von Humboldt Grantee 2015-2018. He joined BMC Complementary and Alternative medicine in 2012 as Associate Editor and further as Section Editor in 2014. His Research Program is focused on Pharmacognosy and Prof. Dr Kuete mainly investigates African medicinal plants and derived molecules as potential antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-proliferative agents with emphasis on multidrug resistant (MDR) phenotypes as well as the mode of action of active ingredients. Prof. Dr Kuete is authors of >250 Scientific publications in Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry with >50 book chapters and several books.

Jianping Liu

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Jianping_PictureJianping Liu, MD, PhD

Jianping Liu is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He is an advisor for traditional medicine for the World Health Organization (WHO), and is a Chang Jiang Scholar Professor (awarded by the Ministry of Education, China). He is a part-time senior researcher at the National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), at the Arctic University of Norway, and an adjunct professor of the University of Western Sydney. He is the current president of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). He is a member of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field Advisory Board and Chairman of the Evidence-based Medicine Committee under the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr Liu joined BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine as an associate editor in 2011, and became a section editor in 2013. He has authored 9 books, co-authored 8, and published more than 520 papers in both international and Chinese peer review journals.

Insop Shim

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New Content ItemBasic research

I am currently a professor at College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University. I hold a Ph.D. in Biopsychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from University of Illinois at Chicago and completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine University of Illinois. I am a member of the Society for Neuroscience and have served as an organizing committee of many International conferences and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Korean Society of Stress Medicine and Executive Editor of Experimental Neurobiology.

My research expertise is in the areas of neural mechanisms responsible for motivational behaviors including stress, drugs of abuse, and learning and memory. It is the goal of my research in particular, to elucidate both the effects and the mechanisms of action of the herbal medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using animal models of stress-related diseases such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or learning and memory. I have joined a board member since Aug, 2016.  

Claudia Witt

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New Content ItemIntegration into healthcare

Claudia M. Witt, MD, MBA is trained as medical doctor, epidemiologist and research methodologist. Being a full professor at the University of Zurich she serves as Vice Dean for Interprofessionalism and as the Director of the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich. Furthermore, she holds an appointment as Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Maryland and leads a research group at the Institute for Social Medicine Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. From 2011 to 2013 she served as President of the international Society of Complementary Medicine. Her research interests include clinical studies and comparative effectiveness research in complementary and integrative medicine including effect modifying factors, safety and health economic evaluations as well as developments in clinical research methodology (see She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a Section Editor in 2011.