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Dr Manjinder Sandhu Editor-in-Chief

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK and University of Cambridge, UK 

Group Leader

Sandhu Group, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge and Sandhu | Global Health and Populations Group, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Manj’s research seeks to improve our understanding of genomic diversity and the development of and susceptibility to complex diseases by integrating population genetics, epidemiology and genomic wide technologies. 

His research is focused on low and middle income countries and particularly those in Africa and South-East Asia. He led the development and delivery of the African Genome Variation Project – a major resource that provides insights into population genome diversity in Africa and is engaged in a programme of work to study ancient DNA and indigenous populations groups. 

He established and co-directs the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR), an international network of scientists committed to strengthening research capacity and undertaking chronic disease research in Africa. Alongside this he is the co-director of the Ugandan Medical Informatics Centre (UMIC) an integrated data centre providing computational resources to African institutions across the region. 

Associate Editors 

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Pascale Allotey Associate Editor

Director - UNU-IIGH

Pascale Allotey was trained across a range of health disciplines; academically in epidemiology, anthropology and psychology and professionally in clinical nursing, midwifery and public health nursing. Her research has therefore been across a range of multidisciplinary areas including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, equity and human rights in health, forced migration, conflict and health, implementation research and health systems research. She has also undertaken research in tropical health, non-communicable diseases, obstetrics and paediatrics. Over the last 10 years, her work has focused largely on innovative interdisciplinary program development, research capacity building and the merging of research, policy and practice to respond to real life challenges and community based interventions in West Africa and South East Asia. 

In her previous position as Professor of Public Health she co-founded, and was Associate Director of the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO), a health and demographic surveillance site in Malaysia which supports life course epidemiological studies with a focus on non-communicable disease, co-morbidities and complex community interventions. She also led the Global Public Health research program at the Monash University Campus in Malaysia. Her previous position was Chair in Race, Diversity and Professional Practice at Brunel University, UK and has held research and academic positions at the Universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Western Australia. She has served as an expert for several UN agencies and international NGOs and grass roots organizations. As a principal investigator, her research has been funded by grants from the Wellcome Trust, National Health and Medical Research Council Australia, Australian Research Council and Global Forum for Health Research among others. She has published widely with over 100 peer reviewed publications

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Alex Brown Associate Editor

South Australia Health & Medical Research Initiative, Australia

Professor Alex Brown is an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher working at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute as the Aboriginal Research Program Leader. He has a history of working in communicable disease control, public health policy, disease surveillance and Aboriginal health research. 

Professor Brown’s research expertise focuses on chronic disease epidemiology and control, Aboriginal men’s health, health services research (particularly in primary care) and health and research policy development. His research targets overcoming disparities in health outcomes for Aboriginal people, with a particular focus on the role of cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease and diabetes in driving life expectancy differentials. He was recently appointed to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and serves on the Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Jaime Miranda Associate Editor

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú

Director, CRONICAS Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia; and, Research Professor, School of Medicine, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Research, low- and middle-income country, capacity building. 

Dr. Miranda is Research Professor at the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Director of the CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, both at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. His works brings together epidemiological and health policy aspects of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries with emphasis on obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. 

Dr. Miranda is a Member of PLoS International Advisory Group, Councillor for Latin America & Caribbean of the International Epidemiological Association (2011-2014), and Co-Chair of the Joint Technical Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Dr. Miranda trained in medicine at UPCH and earned a PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). 

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Ayesha A. Motala Associate Editor

University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Professor and Head, Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

Ayesha is a clinician and her research has focussed on the epidemiology, genetics and clinical aspects of diabetes mellitus and other NCDs in South African Asian Indians and Africans. She has been involved in several population-based studies, both cross-sectional and longitudinal and in collaboration with partners nationally and internationally. She is the lead Principal Investigator of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Diabetes study to assess the burden, spectrum and determinants of type 2 diabetes across 7 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

She has served as Chairperson of the National Endocrinology Society and as member of several committees of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO). She is a member of the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR) which was established to strengthen research capacity and chronic disease research in Africa.

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Michèle Ramsay Associate Editor

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) and Professor in the Division of Human Genetics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Her research interests include African population genetic and epigenetic diversity and their role in diseases exacerbated by adverse lifestyle choices, including obesity and cardiometabolic diseases. She collaborates on genetic research into eye and skin disorders and autoimmune diseases in African populations and studies epigenetic changes in a mouse model for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Michele plays a leadership role in the Southern African Human Genome Programme (SAHGP) and the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Consortium (H3Africa) where she is the principal investigator of a Collaborative Centre, AWI-Gen, which is a Wits-INDEPTH partnership to investigate genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in Africans.

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Charles Rotimi Associate Editor

Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH), USA

Charles Rotimi, a genetic epidemiologist, is the Chief of the Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch and the Director of the Trans-NIH Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health. His lab is particularly interested in engaging the global communities to ensure ethnic diversity in genomics research both at the level of study participants and investigators. His scientific approach takes broader societal context into account, recognizing the need not to alienate individuals or groups from the scientific process. His lab gives particular attention to ways in which scientists document and describe the non-random pattern of human genetic variation and its link to disease risks in different populations. His is the founding president of the African Society of Human Genetics and served as its president for 10 years. He successfully led the establishment of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative with $76 million commitment from the NIH and Wellcome Trust (Science. Jun 20, 2014). H3Africa is creating and supporting a network of labs that are conducting leading-edge research into the genetic and environmental determinants of diseases in Africans.

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Nikhil Tandon Associate Editor

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Nikhil Tandon, is an endocrinologist by training, whose research interest lies in chronic disease epidemiology across the life course. He has also contributed to the development of the Indian Diabetes Consortium for conduct of large scale genetic studies. As a clinician researcher he conducts individual and health system interventions for managing chronic disease and its risk, by adopting and evaluating newer technology platforms such as mHealth to improve delivery of care.

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Eske Willerslev Associate Editor

Director, Centre of Excellence for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen

Eske is an evolutionary geneticist recognized for his studies on human dispersal, microbial long-term survival and evolution, megafaunal extinctions, DNA degradation, and environmental DNA. In 2010 he sequenced the first ancient human genome. He has conducted the first large-scale multi-species ancient population genetic study, and established the field of environmental DNA, where modern and ancient DNA are obtained directly from environmental samples such as sediments, ice and water. 

After spending his youth as explorer and fur trapper in Siberia, he established the first ancient DNA laboratory in Denmark. At the age of 33, Willerslev became Full Professor at University of Copenhagen. 

Eske is a Lundbeck Foundation Professor and is The Prince Philip Professorship of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology elect at University of Cambridge.

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Elizabeth Young Associate Editor

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK and University of Cambridge, UK

Liz is a clinical epidemiologist and a public health doctor. 

Following an early career in clinical medicine Liz specialised in public health, and now combines her wide-ranging research activities with her role as an honorary consultant in public health medicine (UK). 

She is currently leading and collaborating on a number of population-based studies to assess the burden and aetiology of chronic diseases in low and middle-income countries. In addition she is involved in a new programme of work which seeks to integrate electronic health records and genomics to build innovative study designs with a view to improving genetic risk assessment, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Alongside these activities she is a member of the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR) and continues to support its development and commitment to facilitating large-scale public health and genomic epidemiological research, conducted through population-level interventional studies and clinical trials, across sub-Saharan Africa.

Editorial Board 

Adebowale Adeymo 

Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH), USA 

Charles Agyemang 

The Academic Medical Center (AMC), The Netherlands 

Fasil Ayele 

Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH), USA 

Simon Barquera 

National Institute of Public Health, Mexico 

Antonio Bernabé Ortiz 

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú 

Ines Barroso 

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK 

William Checkley 

John Hopkins University, USA 

Collet Dandara 

University of Cape Town, South Africa 

August César Ferreira de Moraes 

Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Tulio de Oliveira 

Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa 

Deepti Gurdasani 

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK 

Branwen Hennig 

Wellcome Trust, UK 

Zane Lombard 

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 

Alice Matimba 

University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe 

Emmanuel Peprah

Center for Translational Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/NIH, USA

Deenan Pillay 

Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa 

Joshua Randall 

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK 

Gurdeep Sagoo 

PHG Foundation, UK 

Alta Schutte 

North-West University, South Africa 

Liam Smeeth 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK 

Stephen Tollman 

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 

Estee Torok 

University of Cambridge, UK and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK 

Caroline Trotter 

University of Cambridge, UK 

Chris Tyler-Smith 

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK 

James Wood 

University of Cambridge, UK 

Communications Editor

Uttara Partap

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK