Dr. Virginia Barbour joined PLOS in 2004 and was one of the founding co-editors of PLOS Medicine; she was appointed the journal’s first Chief Editor in 2008 and became Medicine Editorial Director in 2012. Her background in publishing comes from The Lancet. She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, and then medicine at UCL and Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine, London. Her specialist clinical medical training was in Haematology at the Royal Free Hospital, London. She was awarded a DPhil from Oxford University in 1997 for research into globin gene regulation. Her post-doctoral work was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
She is Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics, and is a member of the Ethics Committee and a Director of the World Association of Medical Editors. She has participated in discussions on a number of guidelines in publishing, including revisions to the CONSORT statement, and the development of the PRISMA statement. Her interests include open-access, the rigorous reporting of research and taking an evidence-based approach to the priorities of global health.