About Medical Xpress
Medical Xpress is a web-based medical and health news service that is part of the renowned Phys.org network. Based on the years of experience as a PhysOrg medical research channel, started in April 2011, Medical Xpress became a separate website.
Branching out with Phys.org's monthly 2.5 million readership, Medical Xpress features the most comprehensive coverage in medical research and health news in the fields of neuroscience, cardiology, cancer, HIV/AIDS, psychology, psychiatry, dentistry, genetics, diseases and conditions, medications and more.
Readers of Medical Xpress will have access to the same features offered on Phys.org, such as article comments, ranking, the ability to save favorite articles, a personal account page, easy sharing, podcasts, iPhone/iPad/Android apps and other options.
Readers may follow Medical Xpress on Facebook, Twitter or through a variety of customizable RSS feeds and e-Newsletter for the latest in medical research and health news.
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Our key editors and writers
• John Benson – Editor-in-Chief
John joined Phys.org in 2006. His academic roots lie in bio-chemistry from the University College London (UCL). The UCL motto is, "Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward." Taking these words to heart, John has devoted over 25 years of his life to science consulting. John's guidance since joining Phys.org in 2006 is invaluable in creating reliable and trustworthy science and technology stories for Phys.org.
• Andrew Zinin – Managing Editor
Andrew has a life-long interest in scientific news. As a youth he contributed science and technology news to local school magazines. Andrew achieved a Master's degree in physics with post-graduate work as a research assistant for five years, conducting scientific research. Throughout his career he has never forgotten the thrill and excitement of capturing the dreams of a young child through scientific discovery. Andrew is an accurate editor whose earnest efforts and youthful zeal play a major part in the success of Phys.org.
• Alexander Pol – Managing Editor
Alex holds a PhD in nano-engineering from Delft University of Technology, (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. He is an author and co-author of numerous scientific publications. Alex served as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed scientific journals before launching his career in scientific journalism. Phys.org values Alex's thoughtful and careful scientific insight in developing policy and creating standards for content.
• Candace Ganger – Assistant Editor
Candace Ganger is a copy editor, spelling judge and avid blogger whose articles and excerpts have been featured on various websites. She's an author of young adult books and was a winner in the 2010 Sourcebooks/Teenfire Writing Competition. Prior to her career in writing, Candace worked for five years as a musician, publicist and small town socialite. When she's not covered in peanut butter and toddler stickers, she enjoys reading, writing, rock n' roll and everything nanotechnology has taught her!
• Lisa Zyga – contributing author
Lisa graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric in 2004. She subsequently completed a science writing internship at Fermilab, followed by a communications internship at Caterpillar. Since then, she has been writing in a freelance capacity for a variety of science, technology, and other publications. Lisa began writing for Phys.org in 2005, providing engaging and interesting editorials about scientific developments. Lisa‘s stimulating and accurate science and technology articles have made her very popular among Phys.org readers.
• Miranda Marquit – contributing author
Miranda has a M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University and is a life-long lover of science who now enjoys writing about it. A technology columnist for her local newspaper, Miranda has also had her work published in a range of print and online publications including Discover magazine. Miranda joined Phys.org in 2005. Her passion for science and technology shows through in her writing, making her contributions lively and incisive.
• Stuart Mason Dambrot - contributing author
As a Consilientist, Mr. Dambrot analyzes deep-structure interconnections between multiple areas of knowledge and creativity, focus on the synthesis of a precise conceptual language that communicates the common neocortical foundations of human intellectual expression. As a Futurist, Mr. Dambrot identifies, monitors, and extrapolates convergent and emergent trends in a wide range of areas, including computing, communications, energy, neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology, synthetic biology, molecular electronics, artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing and communications, and quantum neurobiology. Mr. Dambrot speaks and writes about a wide range of topics, many of which are covered in his blog Critical Thought. He has written for Phys.org, MedicalXpress.com, Nature, Science, Nature Biotechnology, New Scientist, Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Electronics, Columbia University 21stC, Economist, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Japan Times, EE Times, Photonics Spectra, ChemicalWeek. Mr. Dambrot holds a degree in Physiological Psychology.
• Bob Yirka - contributing author
Bob Yirka has always been fascinated by science and has spent large portions his life with his nose buried in textbooks or magazines; he has Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Systems Management. He’s worked in a variety of positions in the telecommunications field ranging from help desk jockey to systems analyst to MIS manager. Recently, after nearly twenty years in the business, he’s decided to move to what he really loves doing and that is writing. In addition to writing for Phys.org, Bob has also sold several short-stories and has written three novels.
• Nancy Owano - contributing author
Nancy Owano has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. She has written about new technologies for online sites including WiMAX Day, Quantum Networks, and The Linux Line. Before that, she was a correspondent in London for Chemical Marketing Reporter and India Abroad. She also worked as reporter and desk editor for the Daily Nation and Sunday Nation in Nairobi, Kenya. Nancy’s Monday-through-Sunday schedule for Phys.org has her on a daily roll of informative scientific and technology reports.
• Mary Anne Simpson - contributing author
Mary Anne has an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine in social ecology with an emphasis in multi-cultural human development, legal system development and environmental factors. She was conferred a J.D. degree from Western State College of Law, Fullerton, California and was distinguished with American Jurisprudence Awards in Labor Law and Criminal Procedure. She has argued and briefed a variety of cases in the Appellate Courts. In recent years however, she has returned to her first love - writing about science, technology, ecology and the environment. Mary Anne always digs to the source and as a consequence her stories are cutting edge and detailed.
• Lin Edwards - contributing author
Lin has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma in Freelance Journalism from the Australian College of Journalism. After many years as a technical writer, writing mainly in fields such as chemistry, electronics, heavy engineering, RFID, robotics, and lasers, Lin decided to return to university and has just completed a BA in Literature and Composition. She has also been working as a freelance writer and academic editor, and while she enjoys writing on many topics, science and technology are her first love. Lin began writing for Phys.org in 2009.
• Laura Mgrdichian - contributing author
Laura is a physical sciences writer, covering physics, nanoscience, astronomy/astrophysics, and materials science for Phys.org. She began her career as a reporter covering local events on Long Island, New York and later worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She has been freelancing since 2005. She has B.S. degree in physics from Stony Brook University and currently lives near Boston, Massachusetts. Laura's association with Phys.org began in 2006. Believing wholeheartedly that ‘the devil is in the detail’, Laura creates accurate and thought-provoking science articles.
• John Messina – contributing author
After a 35-year professional career in the telecommunications industry, John's second-life career began in 2006. He has flourished as a freelance writer for various websites. John's passion is researching and writing electronic technology and science stories. He graduated from RCA Institutes in 1970 with an Associate Degree in electronic technology. John knows his stuff and readers appreciate his practical insights.
• Ted Goodman - contributing author
Ted Goodman is a versatile writer, who covers many subjects from symphony orchestras to tournament bridge. Somehow, soon after graduate school, he landed a free-lance job with the National Institutes of Health, editing medical research papers and re-creating their texts to publish for lay audiences. That was a tough way to get his feet wet, but the experience led him to similar assignments in other government offices. "So many folks are afraid of science and new technologies; I like to bring that knowledge home to them so that they can love it like I do." Though Ted's degrees from George Washington University (Washington, DC) are in speech and hearing science, his own research stopped after graduate school. He has spent his career either teaching or writing (or playing bridge!).
• Ben Mathiesen - contributing author
Ben graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, earning Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honors. Ben received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a research astrophysicist specializing in X-ray astronomy, the numerical simulation of astrophysical fluids, and the evolution of the universe. In addition to writing and publishing numerous journal articles in astronomy and astrophysics, he has designed and taught several courses in physics, applied math, technical writing, and scientific programming. Ben tilts the world on its axis and back again with interesting stories hell bent on accuracy.
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