New Editor-In-Chief for Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Blackwell Publishing announces the appointment of Geoffrey Farrell, MD, FRACP, as the new Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (JGH), as of November 25, 2006.

[ClickPress, Sun Dec 10 2006] New Editor-in-Chief Professor Farrell said, “I am honoured to take over the reigns as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, having been closely associated with this Journal and its publishers since the launch in 1984. With the needs and self-identity of the Asian-Pacific region undergoing immense change over the past twenty years, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has assumed the mantle of being the prime English-language vehicle to disseminate knowledge and opinion about clinical management, therapy and prevention of gastroenterology and liver diseases, as well as to publish research results.”

“My vision for Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is to raise its impact factor to 4 during my five-year tenure, catapulting it into the top 10 journals with which it is bracketed. I am committed to challenging my colleague editors and the publishers to make the journal a more “efficient” one in which to publish. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology involves editors from more than a dozen countries – we must leverage on this strength by working together to achieve the twin goals of excellence and relevance. I am confident that we have the team and the desire to do this,” noted Farrell.

When asked about the change, President of Blackwell Publishing in Asia, Mark Robertson, stated, “I am thrilled with the vision and direction Professor Farrell plans for Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His depth of knowledge and experience in the field will certainly bring great value to the editorial board and we are excited to be a part of the vision he has to enhance the excellence and relevance of the research published in the journal. On behalf of all of us at Blackwell I’d also like to thank Professor Rakesh Tandon and Professor Hiroshima Ishii – the outgoing Editors-in-Chief – for their contributions in making Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology the success that it is today. “

About Professor Geoffrey Farrell
Professor Geoffrey Farrell is Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Canberra Hospital, as well as Professor of Hepatic Medicine at Australian National University Medical School. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Research Prize from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. Professor Farrell's research interests are in drug-induced liver disease and other aspects of hepatotoxicity, viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), hepatic drug metabolism, cell biology of liver injury and regeneration, and liver cancer. He has written extensively on drug-induced liver disease, including a definitive book on the subject, and has made significant contributions to the prevention and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis.

He has published three books, edited more than ten proceedings, written more than 80 chapters, reviews and editorials; and more than 160 scientific papers in the fields of hepatology and biochemical pharmacology. Professor Geoffrey Farrell has been a President of the Australian Society for Medical Research, President of the first Asia-Pacific Digestive Week, Chairman of the Australian Liver Association, President of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, a member of the Medical Research Council of the Australian NHMRC, Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney and a Senior Editor of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Media wishing to receive further information or to interview Professor Farrell should contact Alina Boey, Public Relations Asia at 613-8359 1046.

About Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Launched in 1984, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is currently ranked #28 of 46 journals in the area of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2005 Journal Citation Report, ISI). The Editors have developed Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology into an international journal of scientific excellence in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy, with particular emphasis on clinical research and continuing education in the Asian Pacific region. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is taken by subscribers in more than 50 countries and for the past eight years has been ranked among the world's top 25 gastrointestinal journals by the Science Citation Index.

About Blackwell Publishing
Blackwell Publishing is the world’s leading society publisher, partnering with 660 academic and professional societies. Blackwell publishes over 800 journals and has over 6,000 books in print, across a wide range of academic, medical, and professional subjects. The company remains independent with over 1,000 staff members in offices in the US, UK, Australia, China, Singapore, Denmark, Germany, and Japan. Blackwell’s mission as an expert publisher is to create long-term partnerships with our clients that enhance learning, disseminate research, and improve the quality of professional practice.


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