One more answer to the question, Is Research Integrity Possible without Peer Review? Today’s response is from journal Editor-in-Chief and surgeon, D. Robert Siemens.
Dr. Siemens is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Urology at Queen’s University and is Director of the Center for Applied Urological Research. Dr. Siemens is cross-appointed to the Departments of Oncology and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and has published over 300 peer-reviewed original manuscripts and book chapters. His collaborative basic and translational science units have held continuous funding from granting agencies including Prostate Cancer Canada, USDOD CDMRP, NSERC and CIHR. Dr. Siemens’ interests have focused on the effects of micro-environmental changes on cancer behavior and particularly the ability of cancer cells to evade immune detection. He has built a strong collaborative with other principal investigators in the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, as well as Pathology and Molecular Medicine and School of Computing. Dr. Siemens has also formed a research network including epidemiologists, radiation and medical oncologists, nursing and cognitive psychologists focused on numerous prostate and bladder cancer survivorship issues, including patient information and decision aids, as well as indicators of quality of surgical care. He has recently been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of UrologyⓇ and is the President-elect of the Canadian Urological Association.