Editor profiles

Anna Clark, Editor

New Content ItemAnna is a Senior Editor for the BMC-series and has been the Editor of BMC Physiology since March 2015. Before joining BioMed Central, Anna received her PhD in Neuroscience from King's College London, UK and was a post-doctoral fellow for a number of years. Anna’s interests stem from her undergraduate Pharmacology studies at University College London, UK, where she developed a keen interest in neuronal physiology, which led to her passion for pain; a PhD and subsequent post-docs docs (King's College London, UK and Medical University of Vienna, Austria) where she studied neuron-immune cell interactions in chronic pain conditions. Anna is involved in a trial of ‘Results-free peer-review’ which is currently running on BMC Psychology; the trial is aiming to improve the quality of published research by focusing editorial decisions on the scientific merits of the rationale and validity of study design. Anna also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor of the BMC Series blog​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Kathryn (Kathy) Myburgh, Editor-in-Chief

New Content ItemKathy completed her BSc (Med) Hons degree in Sport Science with Distinction at the University of Cape Town in 1982. She received the Gold Medal for Best oral presentation by a Young Investigator at the South African Congress of Sports Medicine in 1989, the same year that she received her PhD. From 1990-1993 Kathy did postdoctoral work at Stanford University and at University of California at San Francisco USA.

Kathy returned to South Africa and established an MPhil (Exercise Science) course in the Science Faculty at Stellenbosch University in 1997 and in 2002 instituted curriculum reform by adding a final year undergraduate module in Cellular Physiology. She became a Full Professor in 2002 and served as Head of Dept Physiological Sciences, between 2003 and 2010. In this post she paid a lot of attention to modernizing the research laboratories and attracting research-active Faculty. Kathy was elected into the Leadership position as President of the Physiological Society of Southern African for two terms from 2004-2010.  She became the Leader of a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Niche Area covering Integrative Skeletal Muscle Biology from 2008-2013. In 2015, her University promoted Kathy to Distinguished Professor and in 2016, she was awarded a NRF South African Research Chair in Integrative Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Biology and Biotechnology (2016-2020). Her research area is injury and repair focusing on muscle progenitor cells and all factors that influence them. Something Kathy feels is particularly important is integrating physiology and cellular biology. Kathy joined the Editorial board of BMC Physiology in 2005, and has been the Editor-in-Chief since 2015