Abby Campbell is a practicing M.D, and holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology. She loves to travel, write, and believes the importance of high quality websites in supporting evidence based health choices.

Angela Johnson MS Nutrition, RD

Angela Johnson earned a BA in English from Carleton College and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Oregon State University. She is also a registered dietitian and her year-long dietetic internship was supervised by the University of Northern Colorado. She worked in clinical practice as an RD for several years, and also loves the alone-at-the-desk time of research and writing.

Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Dr. Merry is an practising M.D from Ireland. She holds a Ph.D in pharmacology from Trinity College in Dublin, and a fellowship in infectious disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr Merry has published extensively in high impact factor peer reviewed journals and acts as reviewer for a number of medical journals. A sample of Dr Merry's contributions to journals can be seen below. She has also done <a href=""> pioneering HIV research in Uganda.</a> <strong>Publications</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Prevalence and type of drug-drug interactions involving ART in patients attending a specialist HIV outpatient clinic in Kampala, Uganda.</a> Seden K, <b>Merry C</b>, Hewson R, Siccardi M, Lamorde M, Byakika-Kibwika P, Laker E, Parkes-Ratanshi R, Back DJ, Khoo SH. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy">J Antimicrob Chemother</span>. 2015 Dec;70(12):3317-22. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkv259. Epub 2015 Aug 18 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Artemether-lumefantrine co-administration with antiretrovirals: population pharmacokinetics and dosing implications.</a> Hoglund RM, Byakika-Kibwika P, Lamorde M, <b>Merry C</b>, Ashton M, Hanpithakpong W, Day NP, White NJ, Äbelö A, Tarning J. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="British journal of clinical pharmacology">Br J Clin Pharmacol</span>. 2015 Apr;79(4):636-49. doi: 10.1111/bcp.12529 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Steady-state pharmacokinetics of rilpivirine under different meal conditions in HIV-1-infected Ugandan adults.</a> Lamorde M, Walimbwa S, Byakika-Kibwika P, Katwere M, Mukisa L, Sempa JB, Else L, Back DJ, Khoo SH, <b>Merry C</b>. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy">J Antimicrob Chemother</span>. 2015 May;70(5):1482-6. doi: 10.1093/jac/dku575. Epub 2015 Feb 3 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Healthcare globalization and medical tourism.</a> Sadlier C, Bergin C, <b>Merry C</b>. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America">Clin Infect Dis</span>. 2014 Jun;58(11):1642-3. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu143. Epub 2014 Mar 11. No abstract available <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Therapeutic drug monitoring of nevirapine in saliva in Uganda using high performance liquid chromatography and a low cost thin-layer chromatography technique.</a> Lamorde M, Fillekes Q, Sigaloff K, Kityo C, Buzibye A, Kayiwa J, <b>Merry C</b>, Nakatudde-Katumba L, Burger <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="BMC infectious diseases">BMC Infect Dis</span>. 2014 Sep 1;14:473. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-14-473. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Efavirenz- but not nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy decreases exposure to the levonorgestrel released from a sub-dermal contraceptive implant.</a> Scarsi K, Lamorde M, Darin K, Penchala SD, Else L, Nakalema S, Byakika-Kibwika P, Khoo S, Cohn S, <b>Merry C</b>, Back D. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="Journal of the International AIDS Society">J Int AIDS Soc</span>. 2014 Nov 2;17(4 Suppl 3):19484. doi: 10.7448/IAS.17.4.19484. eCollection 2014 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Unintended Pregnancies Observed With Combined Use of the Levonorgestrel Contraceptive Implant and Efavirenz-based Antiretroviral Therapy: A Three-Arm Pharmacokinetic Evaluation Over 48 Weeks.</a> Scarsi KK, Darin KM, Nakalema S, Back DJ, Byakika-Kibwika P, Else LJ, Dilly Penchala S, Buzibye A, Cohn SE, <b>Merry C</b>, Lamorde M. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America">Clin Infect Dis</span>. 2016 Mar 15;62(6):675-682. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ1001. Epub 2015 Dec 8. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Significant pharmacokinetic interactions between artemether/lumefantrine and efavirenz or nevirapine in HIV-infected Ugandan adults.</a> Byakika-Kibwika P, Lamorde M, Mayito J, Nabukeera L, Namakula R, Mayanja-Kizza H, Katabira E, Ntale M, Pakker N, Ryan M, Hanpithakpong W, Tarning J, Lindegardh N, de Vries PJ, Khoo S, Back D, <b>Merry C</b>. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy">J Antimicrob Chemother</span>. 2012 Sep;67(9):2213-21. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks207. Epub 2012 Jun 11. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Ebola outbreak response; experience and development of screening tools for viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) in a HIV center of excellence near to VHF epicentres.</a> Parkes-Ratanshi R, Elbireer A, Mbambu B, Mayanja F, Coutinho A, <b>Merry C</b>. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="PloS one">PLoS One</span>. 2014 Jul 9;9(7):e100333. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100333. eCollection 2014 <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Global patient safety and antiretroviral drug-drug interactions in the resource-limited setting.</a> Seden K, Khoo SH, Back D, Byakika-Kibwika P, Lamorde M, Ryan M, <b>Merry C</b>. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy">J Antimicrob Chemother</span>. 2013 Jan;68(1):1-3. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks346. Epub 2012 Aug 22. Review. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Effects of rifampin-based antituberculosis therapy on plasma efavirenz concentrations in children vary by CYP2B6 genotype. </a>McIlleron HM, Schomaker M, Ren Y, Sinxadi P, Nuttall JJ, Gous H, Moultrie H, Eley B, <b>Merry C</b>, Smith P, Haas DW, Maartens G. <span class="m_-5258054464860162004jrnl" title="AIDS (London, England)">AIDS</span>. 2013 Jul 31;27(12):1933-40 <strong>Disclaimer:</strong> Articles on this website by Dr. Merry do not represent the opinions of either her employers nor the academic institutions with which she is affiliated.

Elizabeth Martin

Regular human, passionate about evidence based health. Researching for HBS has caused me to have more knowledge about juicers & blenders than any human really should have :)

HBS Review Team
Margaret Carmen

Margaret Carmen is a chef instructor and freelance writer. She holds a BA in English and a degree in Culinary Arts. She has many years of experience in restaurants and bakeries as a cook and pastry chef. In 2003 she contributed to the dessert section of Bistro Cooking At Home by Gordon Hamersley. These days, when she isn’t in the classroom or writing food-related articles, she is likely in her home kitchen baking sourdough bread or preparing delicious, healthy, locally sourced meals for her family.

Marilia Coutinho Ph.D

Marilia Coutinho is a Brazilian researcher, university professor and technical consultant. She has majored in Biology (1985), holds a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Ecology (1989) and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science (1994), all obtained at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1997) and a visiting scholar at the University of Florida (1998-2000). She has peer-reviewed scientific papers on the sociology of the life sciences and also articles on physical activity, strength sports, body image, physical education and nutrition.

Melissa Waine B.Sc.

Melissa Waine holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Hons (I) in Molecular Biology, from UNSW in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.). She has extensive experience in research and writing for pharmaceutical companies, healthcare communication agencies, not-for-profit organisations, start ups, research institutes, government bodies, universities and private individuals.

Michele Berman M.D.

Michele Berman, MD, is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. She served as Staff Pediatrician at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Missouri, and as Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Berman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a former Member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, and the Montgomery County Medical Society. Her awards include Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and Omicron Delta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University’s National Leadership Society. HealthPlus Health Plan named her Outstanding Primary Care Physician, and she has been cited by Washingtonian Magazine as an Outstanding Washington Physician.

Nicolas Ferrara PT DPT

Nicolas Ferrara is a physical therapist from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, and from Stony Brook University in 2016 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He currently works in an outpatient facility specializing in orthopedic, neurological, and prosthetics rehab.

Paul Kostandin

<p class="p1">Paul Kostandin is a Chef and Hospitality Professional from Richmond, Virginia. When he isn’t working in the kitchen, he can be found gardening, fishing or getting into trouble with his toddler. With over 20 years of professional cooking experience from fine dining to diners and sandwich shops he has amassed a wealth of knowledge over his career. He has worked with cuisines and culinary traditions from all around the globe and loves writing about food, cooking, and new kitchen equipment!</p>

Sonja Ristevski B.Sc.

Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1st class) degree from Melbourne University and a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion from La Trobe University. Having a solid academic research history, she has previously worked for Melbourne University, Monash University, Austin Health and La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is a member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (A.M.W.A.).


Ph.D in Epidemiology who's been known to play a little classical guitar, and annoy friends by arguing over the scientific validity of health fads.