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    Barry Pless - A Giant in Injury Prevention
    • Denise Kendrick, Professor of Primary Care Research University of Nottingham

    I had the pleasure and privilege of working as an Associate Editor for the journal "Injury Prevention" for several years alongside Barry as Editor-in-Chief. This story about how we first met says a lot about Barry. We first met at one of the early World Injury Prevention Conferences. We were both sitting on the front row in one of those parallel session rooms waiting to give our presentations. I had just had one of my first papers published in the first volume of Injury Prevention. I was rather over-awed to be sitting next to Barry, and even more over-awed to be giving a presentation in the same session as him. He leaned over and said how much he had liked my paper that had been published in Injury Prevention. I was amazed that he could remember one paper from so many and that he took the time and effort to tell me this. As a young researcher, his encouragement meant a lot to me. Typically, for him, he continued to encourage and support my development as a researcher and in later years I had the privilege of learning from his scientific integrity, wisdom and common sense through working with him on the journal. I am truly grateful to Barry for this. I know I was not unique in benefitting from Barry's support, encouragement and mentorship. He fulfilled this role with numerous researchers, and many of us would not be where we are today without his support.

    Barry's work as Editor of Injury Prevention has been inspirational. His leadership, vision, c...

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    Conflict of Interest:
    I am a member of the Editorial Board of Injury Prevention
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    Vale Ivor Barry Pless
    • Caroline F Finch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Injury Prevention Edith Cowan University

    The influential leadership of Barry Pless is one of the reasons why I am now the Editor-in-Chief of the journal he founded. Early on in my injury research career, he often called on me to be an expert reviewer of papers relating to bicycle helmet wearing as there was significant interest in this topic in the 1990s and 2000s, in particular. As an early career researcher at that time, his selection of me to be a reviewer for this prestigious journal was an honour and a great research development opportunity for me.
    Also, influential for my early career shaping, were Barry’s items about the field and its leaders. One such item was a piece he wrote in the early days of Injury Prevention about the top 10 most published injury prevention researchers of all time. This proved to be one of the most influential items I’d read, and it shaped my career. I was particularly inspired to learn of people like John Langley and David Chalmers, injury research leaders from New Zealand, relatively close to where I was in Australia. They became good role models for me, and I actively sought them out as mentors. That would not have happened without Barry’s editorial items.
    On a more personal front, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks of study leave in Canada in the mid-2000s. I added a side trip to Montreal to visit Barry and discuss publishing matters. Whilst our discussions were great, what I recall most was him being disappointed that he was unable to take me to have a true...

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    Conflict of Interest:
    I am the current Editor-in-Chief of Injury Prevention