Pat McCaffrey, PRF Co-Executive Editor
|Pat earned her PhD in Applied Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent 15 years as a researcher studying immunology, cancer, and neurobiology in academia and industry. In 2004, she completed a master’s degree in science journalism from Boston University. She has written for various publications at Harvard Medical School, Yale School of Medicine, Harvard University, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Immune Disease Institute, as well as Nature Network Boston and The Lancet Oncology. Most recently, she was a writer for the Alzheimer Research Forum and the Schizophrenia Research Forum, two successful web communities that provided the inspiration for the Pain Research Forum.|
Neil Andrews, PRF Co-Executive Editor
|Neil is a veteran science writer who specializes in writing and editing for expert audiences, including researchers and clinicians, working in the biomedical arena. He earned an undergraduate degree in psychobiology from Hamilton College, a master of science degree in science journalism from Boston University, and a master of arts degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2005-2011 he was the Managing Editor of IBMS BoneKEy, an online-only journal and knowledge environment that he helped grow into one of the premier publications in the bone field.|
Megan Talkington, PRF Science Writer
|After dabbling in science journalism as an undergraduate at Duke University and completing majors in both chemistry and English, Megan was drawn into the laboratory to study RNA and protein assembly. She earned her PhD from The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, then did postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School. In 2008, she started making the move back into science writing, first at Harvard Medical School’s research newsletter Focus, then in an internship at the general interest science magazine Discover. Recently, she was a writer for Children’s Hospital Boston, building webpages on clinical conditions and research in neurology.|
Adrian Ivinson, Director, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center
|Adrian Ivinson is the founding director of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center. He helped develop the vision of an integrated and tightly managed research center engaged in groundbreaking and collaborative research at Harvard Medical School, its affiliated research hospitals, and other leading research groups around the world. Prior to his appointment as director in 2001, Adrian was special advisor to the provost of Harvard University. From 1993 to 2000 he held a number of leadership positions at the Nature Publishing Group, including editor-in-chief of Nature Medicine and publisher of the monthly journals. Adrian received his PhD in genetics from the University of Manchester in the UK, where his research career focused on the genetics of single gene disorders. Today he works on collaborative approaches to translational research aimed at understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases, with a particular concentration on genetics, biomarkers, drug discovery and bioethics.|
Tim Clark, Director of Informatics, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND)
Tim Clark is Director of Informatics at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND) and an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. His research group is based in the neurology department of Massachusetts General Hospital, and its members explore new applications for neuroinformatics, Semantic Web, and social computing. The team is developing the Science Collaboration Framework, the software toolkit on which the PRF is built. Previously, the SCF team worked with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to develop PD Online Research, a web community of Parkinson’s disease researchers, and with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to launch StemBook, a collection of online reviews on stem cell research. Tim was formerly vice president of informatics at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where his team built one of the first integrated bio- and chemi-informatics software platforms in the pharmaceutical industry. He began his career in life science informatics at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), where he led the database development team for GenBank.
Sudeshna Das, Head of Web Development for PRF
|Sudeshna Das is a bioinformatics researcher at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND). She is an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School and an associate in neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research interests include development of biomedical web communities and repositories that incorporate Semantic Web technologies. She has led the development of several communities including StemBook, PD Online Research, and a repository of blood stem cell data with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Blood Program. Sudeshna earned her PhD in biomedical engineering from Boston University, where she studied computational methods for protein structure prediction, and was formerly Associate Director of Computational Science at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.|
Stéphane Corlosquet, Bioinformatics Engineer
Stéphane Corlosquet is a bioinformatics engineer at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND). He is also a member of the security and documentation teams for Drupal, the popular open source content management system used by the Science Collaboration Framework. Stéphane started out as a fledgling electronic engineer. His interests soon diverted to web development, and his love of open source solutions led him inevitably to Drupal. He has been the driving force in incorporating Semantic Web capabilities into Drupal 7. Stéphane completed his master’s degree in Semantic Web at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) of the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has been working in IT and web development since 2003.
Nicholas Maloney, Software Developer
|Nicholas Maloney is a software developer at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND). Nick has over a decade of experience developing and managing software projects in finance, higher-ed and health care. His primary area of expertise is leveraging open source technologies such as Drupal to solve complex content management needs. Nick earned his BS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.|
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