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.

Editorial Director

Gunther Eysenbach

Gunther Eysenbach

Publisher

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.

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.

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

Human Resources

Nick Martin

Nick Martin

People Operations and Culture 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.

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.

I am happy to talk about my moonlighting as an archaeologist, although there are rather fewer golden temples, rolling boulders, or dinosaurs than you’d believe!

Production

Candice Judith Dcosta

Candice Judith 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!

Jonathan Nash

Jonathan Nash

Head of Production

I'm motivated by the chance to contribute to a seamless and efficient publication process, creating satisfaction for authors and readers and ensuring that research is disseminated as effectively as possible.

My passion is travelling, and I always like to have my next trip on the horizon.

Cat Solomon

Cat Solomon

Production Assistant

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

Rajitha Sivakumaran

Rajitha Sivakumaran

Senior Copyeditor

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

Copyeditor

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.

Ena Music

Ena Music

Copyeditor

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.

Christie Ettles

Christie Ettles

Copyeditor

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.

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

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.

Amrit Sagoo

Amrit Sagoo

Production Editor

I believe new innovations in technology have the potential to bring about great changes in health, and I want to be part of that change.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

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.

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.

Priyanka Kharbanda

Priyanka Kharbanda

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

Engineering

Curtis McDonald

Curtis McDonald

Head of Development

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'm can often be found with a glass of wine in my hand, swimming, or striving to explore and experience Toronto.

Austin Medeiros

Austin Medeiros

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Improving the way that people access important health information.

I am very passionate about virtual reality.

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.

Ayub Khan

Ayub Khan

Full Stack Engineer

Being open to what others have to say and seeing new and exciting ways others would think motivate me to think outside the box

"I like talking to myself. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." - Oscar Wilde

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.

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.