Prof Athula Sumathipala (Prof of Psychiatry, University of Keele, UK and Hon. Director of IRD) has been appointed as the Section Editor for Chronic Diseases of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. The JHPN is an open access, peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor of 1.39. It publishes articles across the broad areas of health and nutrition, with a special focus on research of relevance to developing countries. Topic areas include global health, maternal and child health, nutrition, common illnesses and determinants of population health.