About this blog

The On Medicine blog delivers insights and opinion on the high-quality and thought-provoking research published across BioMed Central’s medical journals, including titles such as BMC Medicine and Genome Medicine.

We have over 75 open access medical journals covering everything from clinical practice, to experimental and translational research. They provide instant free access to high-quality, peer-reviewed research.

As well as writing about the research we publish, this blog is also a place to read discussions of medical ethics and practices, insights into journal developments, and commentary on news in the field. In addition, we shine the light on issues relating to transparency and reproducibility at all stages of medical research.

Most of our posts are written by staff, but you’ll also hear from our Editorial Board Members and a variety of guest bloggers.


  • Alison Cuff

    Author profile image Alison is the Editor for BMC Plant Biology, BMC Genetics and BMC Immunology. She studied at the University of Reading completing a PhD on investigating the effects of mutations on the structure of p53. After working for a time in academia, she joined BioMed Central in May 2014, as a Database Editor for the ISRCTN registry. Alison joined the BMC-series in November 2016.

  • Anita Marinelli

    Author profile image Anita completed a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda MD, United States, and afterwards she was a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, United States. Her research focused on the microbiome and the immune responses to bacterial infection in the context of female reproductive health. She joined BioMed Central in 2016, and is an Assistant Editor for BMC Medicine.

  • Thomas Appleyard

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  • Ella Flemyng

    Author profile image Ella studied Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research at King’s College London, graduating with a Masters in 2013. An open access and research transparency advocate, she has worked at BioMed Central since then.

  • Paulina Szyszka

    Author profile image Paulina has a PhD in medical sciences from Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. Her research conducted at King’s College London focused on investigating potential therapeutic agents for adrenocortical carcinoma. She joined BioMed Central in 2015, and is Assistant Editor for BMC Medicine.

  • Sabina Alam

    Author profile image Sabina Alam is the Chief Editor of BMC Medicine. After completing a PhD in neuroimmunolgy from the University of Bath, and then a postdoctoral position in neuroscience at the School of Pharmacy, Sabina joined BioMed Central as an Assistant Editor on the BMC Series in 2008. She has been the Chief Editor of BMC Medicine since 2011.