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University Professor appointed Editor-in-Chief of new American Physiological Society journal

21 October 2019

Professor Ole Petersen

A leading Cardiff University academic, Professor Ole Petersen, has been appointed Founding Editor-in-Chief of Function, the newest publication from the American Physiological Society.

Scheduled to launch in 2020, Function will provide an open-access, multidisciplinary home for high-profile articles covering major advances in basic, translational, and clinical science that extend the physiological or pathophysiological understanding of biological function.

Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, School of Biosciences, is Vice-President of Academia Europaea, and Director of the Academia Europaea Cardiff Hub. Throughout the course of his career he has received a number of awards recognising his ground-breaking research into the role of calcium signalling in pancreatic disease.

Speaking of his appointment, Professor Petersen said:

“The opportunity to curate top science in the broad and important area of biological function is truly exciting.”

Professor Ole Petersen Profile

My vision for Function is to publish the results of studies in the broad area of biological function but rooted in a physiological basis. The studies must demonstrate real novelty, represent a step-change in knowledge and be rigorously executed with reproducibility in mind. A physiological or pathophysiological perspective will always be essential. We will look for clearly presented studies that are highly likely to make a real impact.

Professor Ole Petersen, Director of the Cardiff University - Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub

American Physiological Society Executive Director Scott Steen, CAE, FASAE, said:

“I’m thrilled with the selection of Ole Petersen. He is a renowned scientist with wide-ranging experience in scientific publishing. His deep ties to Europe and the global research community are particularly important as APS looks to expand its international footprint and accelerate our support for open science.”

Curt Sigmund, PhD, chair of the American Physiological Society Publications Task Force added:

“From the inception of Function, the American Physiological Society leadership have understood that selecting a working scientist with impeccable scientific credentials for the editor-in-chief role was of critical importance. In Ole, we’ve secured a well-connected, esteemed researcher with the vision, confidence and scientific credentials to ensure the success of this new enterprise.”

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