About the Editors


Prof. Aziz Sheikh, MD, FRCP, Professor of Primary Care Research & Development, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Prof. Aziz Sheikh is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK where he is also Co-Director of its Centre for Population Health Sciences and the head of its Allergy & Respiratory Research Group. He read Physiology and Medicine at University College London and then read Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Clinically, he trained in General Practice at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow and received specialist training in allergy at the Royal Brompton Hospital.  He has Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians in both London and Edinburgh and the Royal College of General Practitioners.  He has editorial experience of working with a number of journals, including the BMJ (editorial advisor, Primary Care editorial advisor) and PLOS Medicine (section advisor, Guidelines and Guidance). He holds visiting chairs at the University of Birmingham (UK), Queen Mary’s University of London (UK), Maastricht University (Netherlands), and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (USA). He was appointed Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Primary Care Respiratory Journal in 2011.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Kamran Siddiqi, MBBS, PhD, Professor in Public Health, The Hull York Medical School, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

Prof. Kamran Siddiqi is a clinical academic with a background in chest medicine, public health and epidemiology. He works at the University of York as a professor in global public health and holds honorary consultant post in public health medicine at Public Health England. He chairs the tobacco control section at the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases and co-chairs the lung diseases programme within the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. Previously, Kamran has worked as a consultant in chest medicine and in public health medicine, education advisor to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and medical officer at the World Health Organization. He has also carried out research in the UK, Latin America, and South Asia in the area of lung health. He uses quantitative research methods to evaluate public health interventions and is particularly interested in research to help control tobacco use in south Asia. He has served at several national funding boards and NICE guideline development committees. Kamran has published extensively on TB diagnosis, tobacco control and smoking cessation.

Associate Editors

Dr Jasper V Been, MD, PhD, MPHDivision of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics, Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Jasper Been is a consultant neonatologist at the Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He trained as a paediatric at Maastricht University Medical Centre, where he also obtained his PhD in neonatal pulmonology an MPH in epidemiology, as well as an MSc in Public Health. Supported by several fellowships, he then became a postdoc at The University of Edinburgh and at Stanford University, and trained in neonatology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Sophia Children's Hospital. Dr. Been is a clinician-academic with a research focus around perinatal public health, and particular expertise in tobacco control, large-scale analysis of routinely collected health care data, and systematic reviews. In addition to being a leading paediatrician and researcher, his investigations into smoke-free legislation and child health have been published in several leading medical journals. He has also authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and is currently part of an active project, Tobaccao control policies and perinatal and child health; a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Prof. Niels H. Chavannes, MD, PhD, Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Strategic Chair of eHealth Applications in Disease Management, Head of Research, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Niels H. Chavannes is a Full Professor and Head of Research at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. His area of interest is in eHealth, disease management, chronic diseases and smoking cessation. He spent two years as a Consultant Family Physician at United Family Hospital in Shanghai, China, combined with an Assistant Professorship at LUMC. where he coordinated several (inter)national clinical research projects, and teaching on chronic disease management, eHealth and mHealth applicability, therapy adherence, and smoking cessation strategies. He is the Vice-Chair of the Dutch Asthma and COPD Advisory Group (CAHAG) and the National Advisor of the Dutch Action Program on Chronic Lung Diseases of the Lung Alliance Netherlands (LAN). Dr. Chavannes has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles. In 2006 his team received the National Public Health Stimulation Award for the Kroonluchter Project, implementing a highly successful integrated COPD management program.

Prof. Anthony D’Urzo, MD, MSc, BPHE, CCFP, FCFP, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Director, Primary Lung Care Clinic, Toronto, Canada

Prof. Anthony D’Urzo is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto (UofT), the Chair and co-founder of the Primary Care Respiratory Alliance of Canada (PCRC) and Director of the Primary Care Lung Clinic, Toronto. His primary research interests are in respiratory health-asthma and COPD, and experimental case studies. He is actively involved in clinical and pharmaco-therapeutic research in the areas of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) management. Since 1994 Prof. D’Urzo has been working closely with the Ontario Lung Association and the Ontario Thoracic Society.  He is also actively involved in the Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) summer program (UofT) as a supervisor and recently served as the Associate Director of the Health Science Research course in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Toronto Medical School. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and serves on the editorial board of several prestigious medical journals. 

Prof. Janwillem Kocks, PhD, Department of General Practice, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Prof. Janwillem Kocks is a General Practitioner and Assistant Professor at the department of General Practice and Elderly Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. His current research focuses on diagnosis and individualised management of both asthma and COPD in primary care. He obtained his MD from the University of Groningen and completed his PhD research at the Groningen Research Institute on Asthma and COPD (GRIAC). From 2013-2014, he was visiting senior research fellow at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. Kocks developed various programs such as the Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) and H2020 FRESH AIR web platforms. He is the board director of the IPCRG, secretary of the General Practice and primary care group of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), and serves as a board member for the Dutch COPD Astma Huisartsen Advies Groep (CAHAG) research committee, GRIAC, ERS Research Agency airway group, and the IPCRG UNLOCK initiative. He also chairs the GRIAC primary care research group.

Dr. Irem Patel, PhD, FRCP, Consultant Respiratory Physician in Integrated Care, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Dr. Irem Patel is an honorary Senior Lecturer within the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology at King’s College London. She is co-Head of the Respiratory Department at King’s College Hospital as well as Clinical Lead for COPD, Asthma, Oxygen and Treating Tobacco Dependence. Her specialist and research interests include COPD, respiratory infection, respiratory failure, and the development and delivery of pathways of care for patients with chronic respiratory disease. She holds one of the first posts in Integrated Respiratory Care in the UK, and leads a multidisciplinary specialist team delivering integrated respiratory care in South East London. She is a clinical advisor to the British Lung Foundation and has served on the BTS Council and Education and Training Committees, and was a member of the London Respiratory Network (2013-2016) and co-lead of the London Clinical Oxygen Network until 2016. She was also involved in the development of competency frameworks to support the National COPD Strategy, and has worked as Clinical Adviser and Steering Group member for various NHS Improvement COPD and Asthma projects.

Prof. Hilary Pinnock, MB, ChB, MRCGP, MD, Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, and a general practitioner in Whitstable, Kent. Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing self-management for asthma, telehealthcare for supporting management of respiratory disease, supporting people with COPD and depression to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, and supportive care for people with severe COPD. Current projects include tele-monitoring of asthma and COPD, the role of GPs with a Special Interest, the reconfiguration of respiratory services within primary care organisations, the palliative care needs of people with COPD, supported self-management for people with long-term conditions and the impact of information technology on the consultation. She leads the education subgroup of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, and chairs the primary care group of the European Respiratory Society. She chairs the self-management and diagnosis evidence review groups of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline.

Dr. Ioanna Tsiligianni, MD, PhD, MPH, Research Fellow, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine and the Pulmonology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

Since 2003, Dr. Ioanna Tsiligianni has been a general practitioner in Crete. Her areas of interest focus on health outcomes assessment, as well as the use of diagnostic tools in chronic diseases. Her research is mainly related to COPD and asthma, health status and lung function, primary health care and family medicine. She holds a masters in Public Health & Health Care Management and two PhDs; one in interstitial lung diseases and the other in health status and COPD  from the University of Crete and the University of Groningen, respectively. She collaborates as a researcher with the University Medical Centre of Groningen, the Department of General Practice, and Pulmonologist Department at the University of Crete—where she also had a six months sub-specialization in smoking cessation techniques. She was the chair of the 7th IPCRG World Conference, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She coordinated the development of the first national guidelines for primary care on COPD and asthma in Greece, and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research articles.

Statistics Editor

Prof. Gopal Netuveli, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London, London, UK

Professor Gopal Netuveli has a background in natural and clinical sciences with research interests in epidemiology, public health, health services, social epidemiology and social policy. He completed his PhD from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2002, and since 2003 has served as a Dental Public Health Research Fellow at Imperial College London. The subject areas of his research include quality of life, ageing, resilience, health inequalities, mental health, chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, oral health, medical errors, cross national comparisons and welfare state policies. His research tends to assume a life course perspective and the use of longitudinal data and he has interest and expertise in quantitative research methods. His area of expertise also lies in quantitative data analysis and advances social statistics, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. His special interests include longitudinal data analysis and management of missing data. He has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and a book, Basic Skills in Statistics (2002).