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Engaging & Mentoring Reviewers to Support Quality Peer Review:
Wednesday, 18 September | 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern time
Free for Members - $75 for Non-Members

If you are not available at the event time, as long as you are registered prior to the event, you will be able to access a recording via a link you will receive after the event.

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In celebration of Peer Review Week, ISMTE offers this webinar FREE to its members. We are pleased to feature the following panel of presenters who will discuss:
  • A pilot project for training reviewers
  • A program for reviewer engagement and mentoring
  • A reviewer mentorship program and a PowerPoint training guide for reviewers
Lisa Pelzek-Braun, Managing Editor, Journal of Palliative Medicine
Lisa Pelzek-Braun has served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine since the journal's inception in 1997. Lisa has also served as Program Coordinator for the Center for Palliative Care at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 18 years, managing grant-funded education projects. From there, she moved to Ohio Health to continue work for the journal and also to build and manage the education program for hospice and palliative medicine.
Michelle Gaffney, KWF Editorial, Managing Editor, ASAIO Journal and Editorial Assistant, AJP-Heart & Circulatory Physiology
Michelle Gaffney has 20 years’ experience in scientific publishing. She started her career at Circulation Research, a journal of the American Heart Association, where she worked for 12 years. Michelle currently serves as both the Managing Editor of the ASAIO Journal and the Editorial Assistant of AJP-Heart & Circulatory Physiology. In addition to managing daily manuscript workflow, she has been instrumental in developing the social media presence of both journals and performing in-depth evaluations of journal submission and citation data to guide strategic initiatives. Michelle became a member of ISMTE last year, and she is pleased to serve on ISMTE's Peer Review Week Activities Committee. 

Stephanie Kinnan, Assistant Managing Editor of Clinical Publications
Stephanie Kinnan is the Assistant Managing Editor of Clinical Publications for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. For the past five years, she has assisted in the management of ASGE's flagship journal, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and she has been serving as the managing editor for ASGE's Open Access journal, VideoGIE, for the past two years. Stephanie joined the ISMTE in 2015 and has been very active in the Society since then. She is currently enjoying her second term as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Editorial Office News, having previously served in the roles of EON Associate Editor and Section Editor. At the beginning of 2019 she joined ISMTE's Board of Directors.;">

Shyam Bansal, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Shyam Bansal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University. He is an early stage investigator who transitioned to his first faculty appointment in July 2018. His research focuses on the elucidation of innate (macrophages and dendritic cell) and adaptive (T-cells) immune responses during chronic heart failure and the role of these immune cells in mediating pathological left-ventricular remodeling. He is particularly interested in deciphering the role of T-cell subsets and time-dependent phenotypic changes that these cells undergo during chronic HF. As an extension, he is also interested in identifying and developing novel therapeutic strategies to reverse pathological changes in immune cells for their bench-to-bed transition. Shyam's studies involve simultaneous characterization of several immune cell subsets using multi-color flow cytometry and test mechanism-based immune-modulatory strategies amenable to clinical translation.


Meghan McDevitt, Managing Editor of The Journal of Pediatrics
Meghan McDevitt is the Managing Editor of The Journal of Pediatrics based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the previous editor or EON (2014-2016) and has been involved with the ISMTE since 2011. In addition to her role as Treasurer, Meghan oversees the focus area of Peer Organizations, which aims to develop and maintain relationships with similar groups. She serves as the ISMTE representative on the Peer Review Week steering committee. Meghan attended the University of Dayton, graduating with degrees in English and French, and began her career in scholarly publishing as an editorial assistant for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the official journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She enjoys traveling, attending musicals, and reading on her front porch. 

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