Professor Sir Brian Greenwood announced as Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s journal, Transactions
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) has announced Professor Sir Brian Greenwood, Manson Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as the Editor-in-Chief of our journal, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
RSTMH’s Managing Editor, Jon Wilkinson, says:
“The Society is privileged to welcome Sir Brian as Editor-in-Chief of Transactions. The journal has a rich history in the field of tropical medicine and global health and we are confident that Sir Brian will lead Transactions through a new and exciting phase of its development.”
Sir Brian has spent 50 years undertaking research in Africa. Through his straightforward but high-quality methods for clinical studies and field trials of drugs and vaccines, he has reinvented field research in tropical medicine.
His work has influenced national and international public health policies that deal with some of the major killers of children in Africa. He demonstrated the effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets, now the cornerstone of malaria control throughout Africa. Furthermore, he was involved in a hugely impactful set of articles published in Transactions by Snow and colleagues in the 1980s which described trials of bed nets in the Gambia.
Of his appointment, Sir Brian says:
“Transactions has a long history of publishing cutting edge research in the field of tropical medicine and global health. I’m delighted to be part of the process of ensuring that Transactions continues to publish authoritative and impactful articles. I look forward to enhancing the quality, reputation and readership of this already excellent journal.”
First published in 1908, the journal has featured the work of some of the most prominent scientists in the field of tropical medicine, including Sir Patrick Manson, Sir Ronald Ross, Sir David Bruce and Cyril Garnham, among many others.
In over a century of publication, Transactions has also printed many highly influential papers, including:
- The first description of Zika virus in 1952 by George Dick and colleagues, published in two papers in Transactions
- The first descriptions of the chikungunya virus in 1955 in papers by Robinson and Lumsden
- The discovery of the pre-erythrocytic stages in the life cycles of P. cynomolgi and P. vivax by Shortt and Garnham
Dr Simon Cathcart, RSTMH President, says:
“RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health since 1907. Over the next five years and beyond as we deliver our new strategy, we want to bring about greater impact in tropical medicine and global health in a number of ways: through our international network of members, supporting the development of researchers’ careers by facilitating scholarly communication and providing funding, awards and opportunities to those in the sector. RSTMH’s journals are fundamental to this mission and we’re excited to have Sir Brian, a former RSTMH President, as Transactions Editor-in-Chief to assist us in achieving these aims.”