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New Editor-in-Chief for BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health journal

Professor Sharon Cameron, a consultant in gynaecology and sexual and reproductive health and Professor at the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health (BMJ SRH).

New Editor-in-Chief for BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health journal
Professor Cameron: “It is an honour to take up the role of Editor-in-Chief at one of the leading medical journals in its field.”

Professor Cameron succeeds Dr Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, who has been Editor-in-Chief since 2015.

BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health is one of more than 70 specialist journals published by BMJ.

The title is the official journal of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and publishes international research, debate and comment that promotes sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing, and best contraceptive practice.

Professor Cameron is the recent former co-director of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of FSRH and clinical lead for sexual and reproductive health services at NHS Lothian.

She is a member of the steering committee for the World Health Organisation (WHO) evidence-based guidelines in family planning and is the President of the International Federation of Abortion and Contraception Professionals (FIAPAC).

Professor Cameron was also an Executive Scientific Editor of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for six years and is currently on the editorial board of Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

Professor Cameron said: “It is an honour to take up the role of Editor-in-Chief at one of the leading medical journals in its field. Readers can continue to expect high quality original research articles and the latest guidelines on contraception from the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the FSRH, as well as some new features such as short debate articles on topical areas and expert commentaries. For authors, we aim to have faster decision times on submitted papers and we will do our utmost to help disseminate the findings of published articles to as wide an audience as possible."

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Asha Kasliwal, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) said: “Professor Cameron is a tireless champion of women’s right to sexual and reproductive health. I had the pleasure to work with her on different occasions, including the Contraception Priority Setting Partnership, a research project which aimed to find out the most pressing questions that patients and doctors would like science to answer about contraception.

“Professor Cameron has also worked continuously to improve access to post-partum contraception and has been instrumental in furthering the debate on abortion care rights, publishing pieces on safety of home usage of misoprostol, which is now a reality in Scotland, England and Wales, and the need to decriminalise abortion care in the UK. She was the clinical lead on the new NICE guideline on abortion care, which will help to enhance access to safe, high-quality abortion care across the country. With a wealth of academic and clinical expertise, I am sure the BMJ SRH will thrive under Professor Cameron’s stewardship.”

BMJ and the FSRH said they also like to acknowledge the commitment and leadership shown by the outgoing Editor, Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, and to offer sincere thanks to all members of the outgoing editorial team for their dedication to BMJ SRH over the years in shaping the journal.