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Editor Profiles

Liam Messin, Editor

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New Content ItemLiam is an Editor for the BMC series, and has been the Editor of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine since 2017.  Prior to joining BioMed Central, Liam completed his PhD in interdisciplinary biomedical research at Warwick Medical School, UK, investigating the cell biology of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Previously he worked for The Naked Scientists Radio show, based at the University of Cambridge, and taught at the Oxford Royale Academy.

Section Editors

Holger Cramer

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New Content ItemHolger Cramer

Holger Cramer, MSc, PhD is Research Director at the Department for Internal and Integrative Medicine at the Kliniken Essen-Mitte and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He further holds a fellowship at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), University of Technology Sydney. Dr Cramer’s research is focused on clinical research in complementary and integrative medicine (with a special emphasis on non-pharmacological treatment approaches) as well as on public health and health psychology. He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Since 2017, Dr Cramer is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine as an Associate Editor in 2013 and has been serving as a Section Editor since 2017.

Victor Kuete

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New Content ItemBasic research

Prof. Dr Victor Kuete is a Research Coordinator and Associate Professor at The University of Dschang (Cameroon). He has been a fellow of TWAS (2007), AUF (2008), DAAD (2009), University of Mainz-Germany (2010), Alexander von Humboldt (2012-2014), Tubitak (2016), etc., International Foundation for Science Grantee (2008-2009; 2012-2013) and Alexander von Humboldt Grantee 2015-2018. He joined BMC Complementary and Alternative medicine in 2012 as Associate Editor and further as Section Editor in 2014. His Research Program is focused on Pharmacognosy and Prof. Dr Kuete mainly investigates African medicinal plants and derived molecules as potential antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-proliferative agents with emphasis on multidrug resistant (MDR) phenotypes as well as the mode of action of active ingredients. Prof. Dr Kuete is authors of >250 Scientific publications in Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry with >50 book chapters and several books.

Jianping Liu

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Jianping_PictureJianping Liu, MD, PhD

Jianping Liu is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He is an advisor for traditional medicine for the World Health Organization (WHO), and is a Chang Jiang Scholar Professor (awarded by the Ministry of Education, China). He is a part-time senior researcher at the National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), at the Arctic University of Norway, and an adjunct professor of the University of Western Sydney. He is the current president of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). He is a member of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field Advisory Board and Chairman of the Evidence-based Medicine Committee under the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr Liu joined BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine as an associate editor in 2011, and became a section editor in 2013. He has authored 9 books, co-authored 8, and published more than 520 papers in both international and Chinese peer review journals.

Insop Shim

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New Content ItemBasic research

I am currently a professor at College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University. I hold a Ph.D. in Biopsychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from University of Illinois at Chicago and completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine University of Illinois. I am a member of the Society for Neuroscience and have served as an organizing committee of many International conferences and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Korean Society of Stress Medicine and Executive Editor of Experimental Neurobiology.

My research expertise is in the areas of neural mechanisms responsible for motivational behaviors including stress, drugs of abuse, and learning and memory. It is the goal of my research in particular, to elucidate both the effects and the mechanisms of action of the herbal medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using animal models of stress-related diseases such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or learning and memory. I have joined a board member since Aug, 2016.  

Claudia Witt

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New Content ItemIntegration into healthcare

Claudia M. Witt, MD, MBA is trained as medical doctor, epidemiologist and research methodologist. Being a full professor at the University of Zurich she serves as Vice Dean for Interprofessionalism and as the Director of the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich. Furthermore, she holds an appointment as Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Maryland and leads a research group at the Institute for Social Medicine Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. From 2011 to 2013 she served as President of the international Society of Complementary Medicine. Her research interests include clinical studies and comparative effectiveness research in complementary and integrative medicine including effect modifying factors, safety and health economic evaluations as well as developments in clinical research methodology (see She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a Section Editor in 2011.