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Every year we print the list of those who have reviewed papers for the journal in the previous 12 months. This list appears in the January edition, and is a way of expressing our sincere thanks to them for the hard work that they have done for us. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how indebted I am to them. It is with their help that the quality of the Journal is constantly increasing, and this in turn encourages authors to send us their best papers, which I hope they will continue to do.

In many cases, the reviewer asks that a statistician should assess the paper. Once again, our statistical reviewers do a huge amount of hard work, and give excellent advice to authors on how to improve their manuscript. I thought it might be helpful if I introduced them to you, once again in an attempt to acknowledge my gratitude to them for their valuable input. I have asked Patricia Fitzpatrick and John Fenlon to send me a brief biological sketch, and these are printed below.

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Patricia Fitzpatrick

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Senior Lecturer & Head of Health Services Research Activity Hub, UCD School of Public Health & Population Science & Epidemiologist, BreastCheck, National Breast Screening Programme

After qualifying in medicine, Patricia Fitzpatrick undertook specialist training in Public Health Medicine. She was appointed to University College Dublin in 1997, and to Senior Lecturer in 2002; she also works with BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme as Consultant Epidemiologist since 2002. She has extensive experience in study design, statistical analysis and report production. She has extensive experience of large databases. She has been and is currently a member of several national statutory boards and policy committees, including the Boards of the Women’s Health Council and National Cancer Registry; she has been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; she is chair of the Research Committee of the Women’s Health Council and has been on several research grant award committees. She is a reviewer for several medical journals. Research interests include health services research, screening, injury and chronic disease epidemiology. She leads the Health Services Research division of the School of Public Health and Population Science.

John Fenlon

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Reader in Statistics and Director of RISCU (Risk Initiative and Statistical Consultancy Unit) at the University of Warwick

He graduated in Mathematics at the University of Manchester, where he went on to take a MSc in Mathematical Statistics. His career background is in biological and environmental research, and he led a group of applied statisticians for many years at Horticulture Research International before moving to the University in 2003.

His research interests are in experimental design, and the analysis of discrete data in biology, particularly with regard to the analysis of assay trials in the biological control of insect pests. He is currently completing his PhD on ‘Stochastic models of predator-prey and parasitoid-host interactions’.

RISCU offer a statistical consultancy service both within the University and outside. Recently completed programmes include a project on ecological profiling to measure predator biodiversity (BBSRC) and another on risk analysis related to the impact of pesticides on non-target species (Defra). Ongoing commercial contracts exist with several industrial organisations (oil, food, engineering), as well as the educational, legal and medical sectors. For the last 4 years he has taught the undergraduate course on Designed Experiments within the Statistics Department.

Outside Statistics his interests include walking and travel, classical music (he is a keen choral singer) and architecture (particularly Romanesque).