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Jane Freedman named editor-in-chief of Circulation Research

UMass Medical School Communications

June 24, 2019
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Jane E. Freedman, MD

Jane E. Freedman, MD, the Edward Budnitz, MD, Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, is the new editor-in-chief of Circulation Research, one of 12 scientific journals of the American Heart Association.

Circulation Research, launched in 1953, publishes research founded in basic cardiovascular biology, along with translational and clinical research that yields fundamental insights to advance the understanding of the mechanisms of disease and therapies. Dr. Freedman was selected last fall after a lengthy international search for the journal’s next editor. The inaugural issue of Circulation Research under her editorship was published online on June 20.

“I’m thrilled and honored to take on this role and I look forward to working with our new editorial board in broadening our scientific scope and having greater interface with early and mid-career scientists and even consumer audiences,” said Freedman, professor of medicine, director of translational research for the UMass Memorial Heart and Vascular Center and director of the High-Throughput Gene Expression and Biomarker Core Lab. She shared some of the early plans for the journal in an editorial in her first issue.

“I’m continually fascinated, learning new things every day as I read through the submitted studies and it’s exciting to know that the science we’re publishing today could likely be the practiced medical discoveries of tomorrow,” she said.

Freedman’s main research interests include inflammation and immunity in cardiovascular thrombosis, as well as gene expression and extracellular RNAs as biomarkers and modulators of heart disease and stroke. She has led numerous large research projects, spoken at universities and conferences worldwide and published more than 150 papers in leading medical journals.

She has served on the editorial board of Circulation Research since 1998 and was previously an associate and senior editor for the American Heart Association’s flagship journal, Circulation.

“We enthusiastically endorse the selection of Dr. Freedman as the editor-in-chief of Circulation Research. Along with her editorial experience, she’s an active member of the association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council and is a highly respected investigator and clinician,” said Mark Estes, MD, chair of the American Heart Association’s Scientific Publishing Committee and professor of medicine at the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

Freedman plans to initiate a regular podcast series and more interaction on social media.