Dr Richard McCallum, a gastroenterology specialist and Founding Chair of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM).
This international, peer-reviewed journal is the official publication of the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) and publishes high-quality original articles and reviews in the areas of basic, clinical, and translational medical research. Dr McCallum succeeds Dr Michael McPhaul, who has been Editor-in-Chief since 2005.
Dr McCallum is currently Professor of Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso. He is also director of gastroenterology research at the Center for Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility, as well as an honorary professor in the Departments of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Dr McCallum has previous editorial experience at numerous research journals, including the American Journal of the Medical Sciences and Gastrointestinal Disorders. In addition, he has helped edit 14 books on gastroenterology, is the author of nearly 500 scientific articles and over 100 book chapters, and holds three US patents.
Dr McCallum said: “My goal is to continue to serve the Journal of Investigative Medicine readership, building on the great achievements and legacy of Editor-in-Chief, Dr Michael J. McPhaul.”
He added: “The words printed on the JIM pages will inform and promote future investigations, hopefully accelerate the translation of novel ideas, and facilitate the latest advances into safe and effective treatment strategies. The bottom line for our AFMR membership, who are fortunate enough to be involved in clinical investigations, is to help our patients who have entrusted their care to us.”
Amir Zeki, MD, MAS of UC Davis, an AFMR past president and current chair of the AFMR Publications Committee added, “Dr McCallum’s vision and ideas are in line with AFMR’s mission to develop and mentor tomorrow’s leaders in medical research. We are fortunate to have him at the helm of JIM, and the future looks bright for the journal.”
Allison Lang, Publishing Director at BMJ, said: “As the new Editor-in-Chief, Dr McCallum brings a wealth of clinical and editorial experience to the team, as well as a shared vision to advance the academic field of healthcare and create a healthier world. We are confident that he will continue to enhance the journal’s reputation for publishing high quality biomedical research into the future.”
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Established in 1940, the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) is an international multi-disciplinary association of scientists engaged in all areas of biomedical investigation — patient-oriented, translational, and basic research. AFMR fosters research in the medical sciences, provides leadership in articulating and publicizing the aims and goals of scientific research, disseminates the knowledge medical research generates, and identifies and supports efforts to achieve these objectives.
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