Meet the team

The JMIR Publications team comprises a talented group of individuals in their respective fields. They have come together to work toward the JMIR mission and vision.

Simply put, we love what we do and who we do it for.

Do you have passion for science communication and want to help us disrupt scholarly publishing with openness and technology? Join us.

Editorial Director

Gunther Eysenbach

Gunther Eysenbach

Editorial Director

Gunther Eysenbach, MD, MPH, FACMI, has a life-long passion for information and communication technologies and medical information, and has been recognized as the most impactful medical informatician in the world. He studied medicine, computer science, and public health, and, as a medical student, wrote books and worked for a major scholarly publisher as an Editor. He is a visionary who recognized the importance of the internet for both medical information dissemination as well scholarly publishers in the 90s, became a pioneer of the gold Open-Access movement, created one of the first open-access journals, co-founded the OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association), and built a respected global publishing firm known for its quality and forward-thinking innovations (one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies). He is also the co-inventor of TrendMD, a company he co-founded as Chief Science Officer, which is another avenue to disseminate scientific information in a targeted manner. Gunther spends most of his time as President of JMIR Publications, but also invests in innovative startups in medicine and science as an angel investor, holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, and is working on his charitable organization to help authors from developing countries publish their work.

When he is not surfing the Internet he can be found kitesurfing, snowkiting or SUPing.

Thomas Derrick

Thomas Derrick

Executive Assistant

As a former doctoral student and open-access journal founder, I am passionate about the need for accessible high-quality research.

If you ever want to hear European travel and archaeology stories please do ask, but there are rather fewer gigantic rolling boulders, snakes, or golden temples than George Lucas would have us believe, and certainly more spreadsheets. Also, please don't ask me about dinosaurs!

Editorial Support

Ann Millar

Ann Millar

Editorial Manager

I appreciate the innovations and collaborations taking place throughout the JMIR community. It is exciting to be in a role that supports the sharing of health research and technology in improving health and health care around the world.

I am a “foodie” who is lucky enough to live in Toronto, the world’s most culturally diverse city, with a wealth of excellent restaurants from which to choose. In my spare time, I can be found at a local movie theatre taking in the latest offerings or travelling.

Bernd Pohlmann-Eden MD, PhD

Bernd Pohlmann-Eden MD, PhD

Medical and Research Strategist
Professor of Neurology & Pharmacology

“The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.” Benjamin Franklin

Having worked as neuroscientist and physician in several leadership positions in academia and industry, both in Europe and North America, I recognize how important knowledge transfer is. I am absolutely passionate about it. Fast and easy access to science, particularly in the medical and research fields, is of paramount significance for experts as well as for patients. Informed decision-making is the way to go. I am thrilled to be part of the JMIR team. JMIR has pioneered high quality open access publications. JMIR thrives on innovation and its strong vision for revolutionizing digital and open knowledge dissemination. There is no better place for me to contribute.

Travelling the world, meeting other cultures, learning from others, are all big for me. I am a proud author of a children’s book.

Sharon Bailey

Sharon Bailey

Managing Editor, Content

As a health sciences librarian, I am a strong advocate for health literacy, evidence-based practice, and medical education. As someone who worked in the book publishing industry for over a decade, I also know the value of communicating information to readers in a timely, accessible way. It's an exciting time at JMIR publications and I'm proud to be here.

I love baseball, my cats, and turtlenecks in the fall.

Dheepalakshmi Gopal

Dheepalakshmi Gopal

Journal Manager

My main motivation comes from providing excellent service to the leaders in the health sciences space with whom I interact.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" - Neale Donald Walsch

Stephanie Savu

Stephanie Savu

Editorial Assistant

I want to see our goal of being an excellent place to publish scientific research realized on a daily basis.

“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile.” - Bernard Beckett

Sabiha Gardezi

Sabiha Gardezi

Editorial Assistant

As a PhD graduate and having worked in academia as a post-doctoral fellow, I greatly value open scientific communication. As an open-access journal, JMIR publishes research from around the world. By being part of the JMIR team, I have the opportunity to allow communication of exciting new research that will help our scientific community grow.

"It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded." Sir Isaac Newton

Production

Candice Dcosta

Candice Dcosta

Head of Copyediting

Effective communication of research can empower patients and health care practitioners to make the right choices for their health. Therefore, I aim to bridge the gap between research and its communication by helping authors translate their bench work into the written word effectively.

My interests include a capella music, dogs, and food, but mostly dogs. Dogs are the best!

Laragh Kedwell

Laragh Kedwell

Production Manager

I am a firm believer that knowledge should be shared widely and freely, now more than ever. JMIR is a continuously innovative company dedicated to publishing high quality open access research, and as a passionate and experienced production manager I'm very proud to play a part in its successes.

I love all things Eurovision, and my dream is that one day Canada will get to participate.

Richard di Santo

Richard di Santo

Manager, Special Projects

The future of publishing is in the hands of innovators. Forging new, sustainable ways of publishing while ensuring the integrity and accessibility of meaningful content has been the focus of my career to date, and I am excited to be a part of JMIR’s innovative ethos with a view to increasing our impact while better serving the needs of the scientific community and the public at large.

I value honesty, dedication, kindness, creativity, and good coffee.

Rajitha Sivakumaran

Rajitha Sivakumaran

Senior Copy Editor

Knowledge is meant to be shared, and my role at JMIR helps to disseminate this knowledge on a global scale, empowering everyone from students and patients to academics.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan

Joshua Dykas

Joshua Dykas

Copy Editor

With the increasing prevalence of technology in our world, researchers in the field of digital health have become vitally important to the advancement of medicine. As a copyeditor at JMIR, I am motivated to help make their research the most accessible to the public.

During my free time, I am a creative scribbler and compulsive copyeditor.

Christie Ettles

Christie Ettles

Copy Editor

I’m passionate about science communication, so I’m excited to help enhance the clarity of published research at JMIR.

Some of my favourite things are organic chemistry, food, and cats.

Ena Music

Ena Music

Copy Editor

I want to make it easy for researchers to share new knowledge and insights with medical professionals and the public.

I like taking photos, spending time in nature, and taking photos of nature.

Janel Pangilinan

Janel Pangilinan

Copy Editor

JMIR works with authors and experts to disseminate their ideas, research, and findings, and being able to take part in that process as a copy editor is both fun and fulfilling.

When I'm not editing, you can usually find me absorbed in a fantasy novel, playing JRPGs, or sleeping.

Neha Mirchandani

Neha Mirchandani

Copy Editor

I enjoy collaborating with researchers to help them effectively communicate and disseminate their research findings to newer audiences. At JMIR, I have the opportunity to help facilitate science communication, which makes my work more enriching and purposeful.

Outside of work, I find joy in writing, creating art, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Debbie Gordon

Debbie Gordon

Senior Production Editor

I am motivated to contribute to JMIR's mission and vision because they align with my belief of working toward leaving the world in a better state that when I arrived in it.

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” - Ovid

Priyanka Kharbanda

Priyanka Kharbanda

Senior Production Editor

Working with JMIR is another step in my endeavor to enable readers to have access to well-researched, high-quality content. 

"Where is your will to be weird?" – Jim Morrison

Tom Nicholls

Tom Nicholls

Production Editor

I want to help create a world where medical research is accessible to everyone.

I love dogs, reading, and baseball.

Cat Solomon

Cat Solomon

Production Editor

I find inspiration in the work ethic and creativity of my fellow JMIR staff. I love contributing to the work we do and being a team player.

"Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

Angela Weiser

Angela Weiser

Production Editor

I am inspired by the innovative publishing models and spirit of collaboration that fuel JMIR.

I write and create art in my free time.

Ian Usher

Ian Usher

Production Editor

I'm motivated by the desire for clarity and accuracy in the work I do.

I've played mini-golf in every province of Canada.

Simon Honeyman

Simon Honeyman

Production Editor

I'm driven to work within a community dedicated to advancing medical discourse through well-presented research and innovative publishing models.

When time allows, I moonlight as a professional singer, and have toured throughout North America and Europe.

Bharti Bedi

Bharti Bedi

Production Editor

The unusual times we live in makes it important, now more than ever, to provide top quality healthcare information to the world. Being part of JMIR allows me to contribute to the process that empowers people.

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” ― Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Monisha Swaminathan

Monisha Swaminathan

Production Editor

I have always been fascinated with current happenings in the medical field being a Biomedical Geneticist myself. To be able to contribute to the field in my way, by enabling access to up-to-date information is always exhilarating.

Enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone & tomorrow may never come.

Vrishali Parab

Vrishali Parab

Production Editor

Open access to knowledge empowers everyone in the society. It is a key to education and informed decisions. Knowing that my work will contribute to make scholarly research more accessible to all motivates me.

I find joy in all kinds of stories but have a soft spot for those about food.

Engineering

Curtis McDonald

Curtis McDonald

Engineering Lead

I am motivated by the JMIR Publications mission because we're helping people discover useful information that can lead to advancements in health for the individual or the general populace.

When I'm not programming, I can often be found with a glass of wine in my hand, swimming, or striving to explore and experience Toronto.

Mindy Barrs

Mindy Barrs

Full Stack Engineer

As a developer, I have the possibility to turn ideas into reality. The freedom of taking a concept and bringing it to life is extremely satisfying.

I am into gaming, be it video or tabletop; going to the movies from time to time; and just wandering around the city and finding something new.

Jatin Kumar

Jatin Kumar

Full Stack Engineer

My desire to learn, positive thoughts, and working well as part of a team always motivate me.

I feel Mexican is the best food cuisine in the world. Ciao!

Mateus Koehler

Mateus Koehler

Full Stack Engineer

I strongly believe in JMIR's mission, and being a part of that is a big motivator for me.

Tinker, Gamer, Reformed Night Owl, and low-key Otaku.

Justin Cook

Justin Cook

Full Stack Engineer

I enjoy finding solutions to problems, so naturally, I gravitated to the world of development. Working for JMIR Publications allows me to aid in solving how knowledge is disseminated to the general public.

In my free time, you can usually find me gaming or watching sports.

David Bembenek

David Bembenek

Full Stack Engineer

Medical research is the force driving humanity forward.

Life is not like a box of chocolates. Life is what you make it.

Batstone Christyanton

Batstone Christyanton

Full Stack Engineer

I am inspired and motivated by JMIR publications mission because we are bringing important health related research to professionals and public.

“If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.” Les Brown

Laura MacKew

Laura MacKew

Full Stack Engineer

I’m inspired by the innovation happening at JMIR Publications to improve access to medical information using leading edge technology solutions. As a former research professional, I intimately understand the need to access the latest medical information and I'm thrilled to contribute to advancing this everyday at JMIR.

Cat lover, psychology research nerd and hairstyle chameleon.

John Gong

John Gong

Full Stack Engineer

I'm motivated to help people improve the exchange of medical information using advanced technology solutions with my skills and knowledge. I will be proud to make some contributions to this society.

I like reading articles about history and politics, and watching the news. I really like spending my time swimming when the weather allows.

Prem Kumar Vyda

Prem Kumar Vyda

DevOps Engineer

Being a part of an organization that provides a platform for researchers to publish cutting-edge medical research is a great motivator for me. I feel elated to contribute towards the organization's goal

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” George Bernard Shaw

Artem Osadchyi

Artem Osadchyi

Front-End Engineer

Through my work, I aim to contribute to the bigger picture to help the world become more informed, healthier, and more educated.

I love modern design and the process of its implementation. Apart from work I hike a lot, practice calisthenics, and simply try to live my life to the fullest enjoying every single moment.

Julie Tran

Julie Tran

UI/UX Designer

I'm motivated by the collaborative group of people surrounding me, who work hard to yield results.

Not a big fan of the gym, but I love outdoor activities.

Human Resources

Chris Boynton

Chris Boynton

VP Organizational Development

Leave it Better Than You Found It

Training for a life goal of a IronMan 70.3

Nick Martin

Nick Martin

People Operations Lead

I am passionate about people and processes—I work to make it possible for teams to do their best work every day. I am responsible for the employee experience at JMIR Publications.

I try to learn something new everyday, which allows me to grow as an individual. My goal is to always be a better version of myself than I was the day before. My guilty pleasure is "so-called" reality TV.