Adelina Comas Herrera
Adelina Comas-Herrera is co-lead of the Strengthening Responses to Dementia in Developing Countries (STRiDE) project. Funded by the Research Councils UK Global Challenges Research Fund, STRiDE is a multi-national project covering Brazil, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa. The project aims to build capacity to generate research that supports the development of policy responses to dementia, with related projects also under way in Hong Kong and New Zealand. She is the curator of LTCcovid.org, an initiative linked to International Long-Term Care Policy Network that shares evidence and resources to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 amongst those who use and provide long-term care.
Lourenço serves as President of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers, Board and Executive Committee member of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM), Board Member of the European Health Management Association and Honorary Fellow of the Brazilian College of Health Executives. Additionally he is an Affiliate Member of Nova SBE Health Economics and Management Knowledge Centre and Guest Lecturer on Healthcare Management Executive Training Programmes at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and NOVA SBE. He works as Hospital Administrator at Coimbra University and Hospital Centre, the major hospital in Portugal with nearly 2,000 acute beds. Since 2014, he has been a consultant for the World Health Organization, providing technical assistance on health systems’ strengthening and financing. He is also Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Group on Tuberculosis Control for WHO-E. Lourenço has also co-authored several healthcare policy documents, book chapters, scientific papers and has presented keynote talks all over the world.
Annamaria Müller is President of the Board of Directors of the Friborg Hospital (HFR). She is economist and former Head of the Hospital Office at the Department of Public Health and Social Welfare of the Canton of Bern.
Axel Kaehne joined Edge Hill as a Senior Research Fellow in April 2013. He was appointed Reader in Health Service Research in 2016 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care. He is currently President of EHMA, the European Health Management Association (Brussels).
Axel has designed and delivered evaluations of health improvement programmes in England and Wales and is also member of the Children’s Nursing Research Unit at Alder Hey, the Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
He leads the Special Interest Group for Integrated Care of the European Health Management Association and works with colleagues across England to establish an Integrated Care Researcher Network. He is teaching Research Methodologies, Quantitative Approaches and Statistics/SPSS on the MCh and MRes course in the faculty and supervises currently three PhD students and several Master’s students. He is leading a module in Strategic Clinical Leadership and the dissertation module for the MCh (taught) degree.
Carmen Laplaza Santos
Carmen Laplaza works for the European Commission where she is currently the Head of Unit in the Health Innovations & Ecosystems Unit within the DirectorateGeneral for Research and Innovation.
Prior to holding this position, she was the Deputy Head of Unit of the Innovative and Personalised
Medicine Unit within the same Directorate-General. Carmen has also worked for the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology where she was Deputy Head of the E-Health, Wellbeing and Ageing Unit after being responsible for the budget sector, dealing mainly with the financial implementation of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Horizon 2020 research framework programmes.
Before joining the European Commission in 2008 she held senior roles in financial and strategic departments of different sectors, such as retail, advertising and banking. Carmen studied at the University of Navarra, Spain where she obtained a degree in Economics in 1994.
Ceri Thompson is Deputy Head of the eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing Unit in DG CNECT. Ceri worked previously on international cooperation for Eurostat, and on health issues in DG SANTE. Before joining the EU institutions, Ceri worked on global health policy at the UK’s Department for International Development, and for KPMG’s international healthcare practice, conducting strategic and efficiency reviews of health systems in the CARICOM and EECCA regions, and of various London hospitals.
She has experience across a range of EU health policy areas, including nutrition & physical activity, alcohol and drugs, tobacco, pharmaceutical policy and health inequalities. She started her career working on a large, epidemiological field research project in Fortaleza, North East Brazil.
She studied mathematics at Durham University (UK). She has an MSc (medical statistics/epidemiology) and a DrPH (health economics) both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Chris joined PHP Plc in October 2017 and has over 25 years real estate investment and development experience in the UK and continental Europe. PHP has invested £2.6bn into primary care real estate since its establishment 25 years ago and owns 515 medical centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland. PHP’s goal is to ‘invest in the health of our communities’ and strongly believes that modern, purpose built primary care premises are a key foundation from which healthcare systems can offer high quality and affordable healthcare solutions for their populations.
Chris has an MBA from Warwick Business School, is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the British Property Federation Healthcare Panel.
Clayton Hamilton leads the digital health flagship programme within the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Division for Country Health Policies and Systems, providing support and guidance on all aspects of digital health and innovation to support health systems strengthening and reform in the Region’s 53 Member States.
With a background in ICT development and business management and over 22 years of UN experience working in the fields of technology, digital health, and public health, Mr. Hamilton provides strategic guidance to assist countries in their development of national digital health programmes within the framework of delivering on WHO’s triple billion targets and in working towards the achievement of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In working to accelerate the uptake of safe and inclusive digital health services for all, Mr. Hamilton leads the development of dialogue and regional guidance on digital health and innovation, establishes partnerships with major international stakeholders working to reform health systems and public health, and provides thought leadership on the adoption of frontier digital technologies to improve access to healthcare and empower individuals in their choices for better health and well-being.
Dr. Ellen Kuhlmann is the President of the EUPHA section on Health Workforce Research, and Senior Researcher at the Hannover Medical School in Germany.
Dr Kuhlmann’s research focuses on four areas with a particular interest in international comparison and global health: (1) healthcare systems, policy and governance, (2) health workforce governance and professions, (3) organization and management, (4) gender and public health. Her research interests reflect her own professional background and education as a registered nurse specialised in intensive care/anaesthesiology, Master Public Health, and Ph.D. and post-doc qualification (Habilitation) in sociology.
Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge began his term as WHO Regional Director for Europe on 1 February 2020, following his nomination by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and appointment by the WHO Executive Board.
He has 25 years of experience in medical practice and public health in numerous settings around the world. Having qualified in medicine, surgery and obstetrics from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1994, he began his career as a family doctor in Belgium.
Josep Figueras, MD, MPH, PhD (econ) is the Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. In addition to WHO, he has served major multilateral organizations such as the European Commission and the World Bank. He has served as policy advisor in more than 40 countries within Europe and beyond. He is a member of several governing, advisory and editorial boards, including the board of the European Health Forum Gastein.
His research focuses on comparative health system and policy analysis. He is an editor of the Observatory series published by Open University Press, and has published a wide range of volumes in this field, most recently: “Health systems governance” (2015); “Economic crisis: impact and implications for health systems policy in Europe” (2014); “Health systems, health and wealth: assessing the case for investing in health systems” (2012); “Health professional mobility and health systems. Evidence from 17 European countries” (2011); and “Cross-border health care in the European Union. Mapping and analysing practices and policies” (2011).
Dr. Marius Ungureanu is Chief of Staff of the Minister of Health of Romania. He is also a Lecturer at the Department of Public Health where he serves as Director of Education.
Dr. Ungureanu has been trained as a medical doctor and has completed a residency program in family medicine. Over time, he completed his education in public and healthcare management with a Master in Health Administration and a PhD in medicine/public health. Dr. Ungureanu’s work is focused on producing evidence for policymaking in health systems. In his academic work, he has studied the impact of health workforce policies on health professionals’ retention in Romania. Dr. Ungureanu’s work has been published in leading peer-review journals, such as The Lancet and Health Policy.
Apart from his academic work, Dr. Ungureanu has provided consulting services to the World Health Organization, International Labor Organization and OECD. Dr. Ungureanu is a member of the European Public Health Association’s (EUPHA) Governing Board and has served as a Deputy Health Minister.
Prof. Maurizio Cecconi is the President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). He is also the Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department at Istituto Clinico Humanitas and a full professor of Anaesthesia and ICU at the Humanitas University.
Prof. Cecconi has worked in different healthcare systems, including the UK NHS & Private and Italy NHS & Private. He has a strong background in research and has been an active voice in the field of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, clinical research, clinical trials, and health policies and guidelines. ICU Management & Practice spoke to Prof. Cecconi about his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.
Rosanna Tarricone is the Associate Dean at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Associate Professor in Public Administration at Università Bocconi, Department of Social and Political Science, Milan. She graduated in Business Administration at Università Bocconi and holds an MSc in Health Services Management and a PhD in Public Health and Policy, both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK. She has over 100 publications in the areas of health policy, healthcare management, the economic analysis of health care services and health technology assessment (HTA).
Rosanna serves as an expert for the DG Research and DG Health of the European Commission. She facilitates the continuous exchange of experiences and harmonization of methods and procedures between the HTA Agencies of the EU Member States within EUnetHTA. Since 2007 Rosanna has been an advisor for the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Italy and has contributed to the design and development of the National Programme of HTA for Medical Devices. She is part of the Panel of Experts aimed at advising the MoH on the future of the Italian National Health Service.
Prof. Federico Lega, Ph.D, is a member of the EHMA Board and Professor of Health Administration at Milan University, Italy. In the last ten years, he has advised several companies of the medical industry on their transformation toward value-based models and for the development of effective market-access initiatives. Since 2002 he has coordinated over fifteen initiatives of duality or study-tour, involving the exchange of managers and senior clinicians between countries (Italy, UK, USA, Germany and France).
He currently seats in the boards of hospitals and local health authorities, advises health departments of Regions, national health agencies and insurances, and worked as a consultant for WHO. Since 2015 is acting as Editor in Chief of the journal Health Services Management Research, Associate Editor of BMC health services research and Medical Care Research Review. He has published eight books and over 150 articles on journals.
Prof John Dillon is Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology and a principle investigator, in the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, based at Ninewells hospital, Dundee. He is also an Honorary Consultant with NHS Tayside, leading a busy general hepatology service and a research group. He is Vice President for Hepatology of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was President of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology. He graduated in medicine from St Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London, and subsequently gained his MD based on research performed in the University of Edinburgh while a lecturer in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
His award winning research interests include; new pathways of care for patients with abnormal LFTs, for people infected with HCV, new therapies for HCV infection, as well as novel diagnostics and treatments for NAFLD. His research activities stretch from the bench to the bedside and out into the community. He has published over 200 peer reviewed original research papers. The impact of his research work includes the Tayside region of Scotland reaching WHO HCV elimination targets in 2020. He chairs the Scottish HCV Action Plan Clinical Leads Group, is a member of the Scottish Government’s Ministerial advisory board for Blood Borne viruses and sexual health. He previously led the development group of the UK consensus guidelines for HCV and has chaired the Hepatitis C SIGN guideline development group. He Chaired the SHAAP group that produced the recent “Alcohol-related liver disease: guidance for good practice” documents. He has delivered over 200 international lectures on liver disease
Ana Gama is a researcher at NOVA National School of Public Health, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (ENSP-UNL). She has a PhD in International Health and a Master Degree in Community Psychology. She has been working as researcher in several national and international projects combining quantitative and qualitative methods, community-based participatory research and implementation research approaches to investigate health of vulnerable populations, such as migrant groups. Her main fields of research have been public health, health promotion and disease prevention, access and use of health services for prevention, diagnosis and care. She has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored book chapters and books.
Anam Ahmed has a background in the medical sciences with a strong interest in creating and facilitating bridges between health sciences and the practical field. She works as a research consultant at Panaxea and is specialized in health services research. Panaxea is a consultancy organisation in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) that supports informed decision-making concerning healthcare innovations. Anam is also doing her PhD-research at the department of Primary and Community Care at Radboudumc (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). Her PhD is based on two projects commissioned by the National Health Care Institute and focuses on the effectiveness of integrated, person-centred care for vulnerable groups. In order to investigate this complex healthcare intervention she uses realist research, a theory-driven approach to find an answer on what works, for whom, why, and in what circumstances.
Annika Bengts is a Doctoral Candidate from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University, Finland. She focuses her research on multi-provider environments and business ecosystems in healthcare.
Anu Vehkamäki is graduating as an M.Sc. from Aalto University. She has explored the academic world as a research assistant for several years in various faculties and received multiple stipends for her study efforts. She has also gained international study experience at the National University of Singapore. Anu has focused her studies on researching knowledge and business networks. This gained expertise she is now applying to the healthcare environment.
Bronagh McGuckin is a Dental Core Trainee (DCT) working in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours from Queen’s University Belfast, secured Membership to the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and was awarded a PgCert in Medical Education from Newcastle University. Whilst working as a General Professional Trainee (GPT) at Newcastle Dental Hospital, she was involved in a research project applying health economic principles to the provision of NHS Dental Services in England.
Cordula Wagner (PhD, physiotherapist, sociologist) is Executive Director of the Netherlands Institute of Health Services Research (Nivel) in Utrecht and works as a professor of patient safety at VU University / Amsterdam University Medical Center in Amsterdam. She is also head of the research center ‘Safety 4 Patients’, a collaboration of Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH) and Nivel.
For the last 20 years Cordula has been involved in a substantial number of projects focussing on a) the implementation of quality systems among healthcare institutions and professionals, b) the evaluation of national quality programs and more specific quality improvement activities such as guidelines, team-training and break through projects, c) the relation between quality systems, care process and clinical outcomes, and d) risk management and patient safety. The research takes place in various health care fields, e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, primary care and mental health care organisations. She has also participated in a number of European projects focussing on quality and patient safety.
Cristina Mendes Santos
Cristina Mendes Santos, MSc, female, is a PhD student in Dynamics of Health and Welfare at Linköping University and Nova University Lisbon and a researcher at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. Her current research focuses on self-care programs in oncology, more specifically, on internet-delivered interventions aiming at improving psychosocial outcomes in cancer survivors. She has a background in Clinical Psychology and holds a master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from University of Porto. Her master focused on the assessment of health-related quality of life in colorectal cancer patients. She has a strong track record in coordinating oncology clinical trials at IPO-Porto and is a member of the Portuguese Psychologists Association working group on Psychology and eHealth.
Daniele Bellavia is a research collaborator in the Center for Health Economics, Social and Health Care Management at LIUC Business School since January 2020, after having obtained his master’s degree in Management Engineering at LIUC – Cattaneo University in December 2019.
During the degree course, he first deepened the issues related to business organization and later took the specialization in Health Care System Management, where he acquired skills on the management of companies in the health sector.
His research interests include management issues in the healthcare context (with the application of techniques such as Activity-based Costing, Business Process Improvement as well as Health Technology Assessment) with a particular focus on organizational and economic impact.
Dorine J. van Staalduinen
Dorine is a PhD candidate at both the Leiden University Medical Center and the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of the Leiden University. The focus of her doctoral research is on the implementation of Value-Based Healthcare (VBHC). Her background in Health Policy Management made her especially interested in approaching healthcare from a management perspective. In her PhD trajectory she therefore combines a healthcare perspective with a governance (or management) perspective to study VBHC. She is mainly interested in the organizational- and team factors that influence the intended interprofessional collaboration in VBHC-teams. Furthermore, she investigates if and how change management perspectives could provide insights in evaluating the implementation of VBHC.
With her research she wants to increase knowledge regarding how VBHC should implemented in addition to what should be implemented and why.
As a health systems researcher, Eva desires to find and implement safe and sustainable healthcare delivery models globally through co-creation and smart technologies and digital solutions.
She has 15 years experience in health systems reseach, currently working as senior reseacher in Gravitate Health project led by Univesity of Oslo. She is also an associate professor working on task shifting, digital health, ethics in AI and digital health literacy at the University of South- East Norway. Her research has been focused on person centred care, digital health, patient safety, health technology assessment and quality of life. She teaches Public Health at the Medical Faculty, University in Maribor and is Public Health delegate – Emergency Response Unit with the Norwegian Red Cross.
Eva serves as a Board member of Polytekniske Forening- Helse, Women in Global Health Norway and is a member of the Expert Council at the Slovenian Digital Health Innovation Lab.
She holds an MBA in Healthcare Management and a PhD in Health Sciences. Originally from Slovenia, she has studied, lived and worked in Austria, Japan, Finland, Spain, Argentina, Syria and Norway.
She believes that knowledge transfer, capacity building, motivation and empowerment through eduction represent a cornerstone for improving the society, therefore, she founded SanAstra Foundation, dedicated to improve digital health literacy.
Apart from the healthcare expertise, Eva is passionate about the sustainable development and the SDG’s, in particular SDG 5, Gender Equality. As the President of Professional Women’s Network Norway, she is contributing to raising awareness about gender balanced leadership and opportunities for empowering female professionals.
Fabrizio Ruffini is a statistician, he studied at University La Sapienza in Rome where he obtained a degree in Statistics Sciences. He works for the Hospital of Perugia, since 2005, where he is currently head of management control from 2016. For the last 16 years, Fabrizio has been involved in a substantial number of projects, in particular he set up and implemented corporate budgeting process, he developed reporting model, he has done health analyzes, he studied corporate lean organization in surgery rooms, he partecipated at standard costs study in healthcare and lastly he’s monitoring performance measures of the Hospital of Perugia constatly. Since 2017 he developed a dashboard system for top management and middle management for data analysis through business intelligence and data visualization tools. Currently Fabrizio is developing a system for the monitoring of each hospitalization in the hospital, also he is elaborating on a model for the health forecasts in the Hospital of Perugia.
Isabel Farina is currently PhD candidate at Politecnico of Milan, with an interdisciplinary programme between Management Engineering and Design. Her research focuses on Social Prescribing as a community-asset based model of care, with a special attention on children and youth wellbeing. Her background in medical anthropology, combined with her past work experience in Service Design, made her PhD trajectory interested in approaching Social Prescribing with a multidisciplinary eye, looking for participatory methods and transferability of the model from UK to Italy.
As the Director General of Health Assessment Europe (HAE) and Executive Director of International Accreditation at Accreditation Canada (AC), Katerina Tarasova pairs innovation and performance excellence to drive global cooperation.
With 17 years of experience in international development, strategic planning and health systems strengthening, Katerina has a proven track record for building lasting partnerships – which have helped advance quality and patient safety in more than 35 countries.
Drawing from direct experience in business and humanitarian settings in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia, she has informed the development and promotion of people-centred programs and services, contributing to HAE’s and AC’s growing reach and impact.
In recent years, she was responsible for conceptualizing national-level projects supporting healthcare assessment and policy implementation. She has also collaborated with European Commission, PAHO, World Bank and others to mobilize international projects focused on healthcare, education, and socio-economic development.
Katerina is a member of the Board for the Canada-Arab Business Council as well as a Committee Member for the International Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and a Diploma in European Integration from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Kendra is currently a PhD Candidate at University College London. Her research focuses on global medicine and health policy. Having grown up in America, Kendra has a particular interest in cultural influences on health policy decision-making. She hopes to refine the existing resource allocation process in the US to create more affordable and accessible healthcare for US citizens. In doing so, she is examining other countries policies and cultural influence on resource allocation practices.
Joana Faro is hospital management consultant dedicated to the implementation and development of an information system for clinical services and adequate support to the Decentralized Forecast Management model. Responsible for collecting, processing and disseminating information to analyze the effectiveness of hospital activities and their productivity.
Joana Seringa is a PhD student at National School of Public Health, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. Holds a master’s degree in health management, and is graduated in nursing, with a postgraduate degree in management control and corporate finance.
Presently, is the manager of the operating rooms at Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central.
Her current research focuses on Patient Reported Experiences and Outcome Measures.
Her main scientific areas of interest concern global and digital health; value based healthcare; and financing and organizational models.
João Victor Rocha
João Victor Rocha is a researcher at National School of Public Health in Portugal, and a last year-PhD Candidate at NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Linköping University (Sweden). His PhD research focused on the use of Hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions to assess and compare access, quality and performance of primary health care between countries. As a researcher his current work focuses on various fields, including COVID-19 (governmental responses and impacts in health care delivery services); Long COVID (analysis of risk factors); and Patient Reported Experiences and Outcome Measures (as an indicator of quality of Primary Health Care). His background is Actuarial Sciences and Administration (with focus on human resources), with both the Bachelor and Master obtained in Brazil. For six years he worked on projects financed by the Ministry of Health of Brazil to assess health situation and public health policies there, before moving to Europe to pursue his PhD.
Dr. Justin Aunger is a Research Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. He is an early career researcher working on a realist synthesis and evaluation of partnering as a strategy for improvement in NHS providers. He recently completed his PhD at the School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham and is an expert in applied behavioural psychology at individual and organisational levels.
Lucrezia Bianca Ferrario
Lucrezia Bianca Ferrario is a research collaborator in the Centre for Health Economics, Social and Health Care Management – LIUC Business School, and she is one of the Coordinator of the Healthcare Datascience Lab – Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC University, providing the economic vision for the application of economic and financial tools useful in the definition of the correct cost of healthcare technologies.
She is currently a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC University (Castellanza, Varese, Italy), for the course titled “Technology Assessment and Datascience in Healthcare”. She also teaches in Masters in Healthcare Management Course and in the Health Technology Assessment training course at Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC University, with a specific focus of all the aspects related to the definition of the organizational and financial impacts related to healthcare innovations in the clinical practice.
Her main scientific areas of interests concern all the methods and tools related to the evaluation of healthcare technologies, health economics, HTA, Multi Criteria Decision Analysis – MCDA, and the application of the methodology of benchmarking and Activity Based Costing within the healthcare sector, with more than 20 papers published and with several attendances at National and International Conferences on these topics.
Maria Maia holds a Ph.D. in Technology Assessment (TA) from the Univ. Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), in Portugal and a Master in Administration and Management of Health Services from Universidade de Évora (UE) and Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa (ESTeSL), in Portugal. With a background in health sciences (Radiology), since 2013 she is a researcher in the field of TA at the Institute of Technology and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), were she is member of the Research group “Life, Innovation, Health, and Technology“. At the present, Maria is leading ITAS work in two projects related to AI applied in health and collaborating in several other projects as well. She is an elected member of the board of the Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) (since 2018), an editorial board member of the Journal of Responsible Technology (Elsevier), and a founder member of the Observatory of Technology Assessment (OAT) of CICS.NOVA Portugal (2015), where she is also an associated research member.
Among her main fields of interest and research are citizen and stakeholders’ perspectives on new technologies, concepts and practices of Technology Assessment (TA), scientific developments and practices of responsible innovation (RI) ,TA in health, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare settings, decision-making process , values and ethical principles and guidelines for innovation and R&D, Radiology and mixed-methods research.
Maria Picco is a Master student in Management Engineering at Politecnico of Milan (Italy), with a specialization in Sustainable Operations Management and Social Innovation. She is running a master thesis regarding the evolution of health professionals’ role in the home care setting. During her studies, she was involved in a project work that aimed at understanding the current care pathways of Heart Failure and identifying the most promising organizational and technological innovations for the management of HF patients.
Marija Jevtic is full professor at University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, specialist in Hygiene (Public Health) at the Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina with subspecialisation in medical ecology; research collaborator at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Research Centre on Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health; associate member of the Academy of Medical Sciences Serbian Medical Society; group analytic therapist and System Psychodynamic Organizational Consultant; EU Climate Pact Ambassador.
She has 25 years experience in the research and education process and advocacy in public health and environment and health. Field of interest and work: public health, environment and health, SDGa, climate change, disaster andhealth, migration, mental health, school health, food safety, nutrition, health management, reproductive and sexual health, group psychotherapy, organizational consulting. As a university professor she have been involved in different curricula development in Faculty of Medicine University of Novi Sad in the field of Public Health, Nursing, Disaster medicine, Nutrition, Medical ecology, Hygiene. She is also professor at Faculty of Technical Sciences University of Novi Sad (undergraduate and postgraduate studies) in the field of disaster and vulnerability, public health and emergencies, mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies).
She has been Director of Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina; Head of the Department of Hygiene at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad; Assistant minister Ministry of Health RS.
Paulien Vermunt is a senior researcher at Vilans, the national Centre of Expertise for long-term care in the Netherlands. In 2012, she obtained a PhD in the field of type 2 diabetes prevention in Dutch primary care. Afterwarts, she started working as a consultant guiding the implementation of person-centred care in the nursing home sector. Her current work focuses on improving the quality of elderly care in the Netherlands. In the past two years, Paulien was project leader of the evaluation of ‘Dignity and pride’, a governmental support program for quality improvement in Dutch nursing homes.
Robin Peeters is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University. She has a background in Medicine and Healthcare Policy, Innovation, and Management. Already during her Medical education, she developed a particular interest in organizing health care more efficiently and effectively. Her current PhD research, therefore, focuses on inter-organizational networks in which different types of stakeholders from various sectors collaborate to achieve specific goals such as decreasing costs or increasing the quality of health care in their region. She is particularly interested in the effectiveness of this type of network: how to conceptualize and operationalize the term ‘network effectiveness’ and how these networks can contribute to the major challenges that health systems face.
Dr Róisín O’Donovan has recently completed a PhD examining psychological safety in healthcare teams. She has been working at the UCD Centre for Research, Education and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS) at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in University College Dublin for the past 5 years. Her PhD research focused on understanding and improving psychological safety in healthcare teams and was funded under the Irish Research Council Employment Based Postgraduate Programme and the Ireland East Hospital Group.
Sofie Van Steendam
Sofie Van Steendam is a pharmacist born and raised in Leuven, Belgium. She has two Master’s degrees obtained from the KU Leuven: Pharmaceutical Care and Healthcare Management and Policy. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Sofie started her career at Amgen in 2019 as a Sr. QA Associate, and will join Daiichi Sankyo as of September 2021 as a Medical Information Manager.
Vassiliki Costarelli is an Associate Professor in Eating Behaviour and Health, in the Department of Economics & Sustainable Development at Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. She is a Dietician and a Registered Nutritionist (R.Nutr.) She is an active member of the Human Ecology Laboratory, of the above Department and her research interests are focusing on nutrition and dietary behaviour, health and nutrition literacy, diet and well-being, nutrition in vulnerable groups and food security, childhood obesity, nutrition and cancer and sustainable diets. She has 122 publications out of which, 68 articles in peer reviewed journals and numerous citations. She has an h-index of 21. Dr Costarelli is also a reviewer to more than 30 scientific journals and was the coordinator to a number of funded Greek and European research projects.
As Health Assessment Europe’s Development Lead, Yuliya Shcherbina works with healthcare providers to facilitate the implementation of accreditation and quality improvement programs from Health Assessment Europe (HAE) and their affiliates, Accreditation Canada (AC) and Health Standards Organization (HSO). Yuliya has more than 8 years of experience in international development, working on a variety of health quality improvement, relationship building, and communications projects. Since joining HAE four years ago, she has initiated and overseen the implementation of several accreditation projects by healthcare organizations located primarily in Southern Europe.
Prior to her current role, Yuliya also worked for the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, developing and managing relationship building projects between clinicians, scientists and the community. In this role, Yuliya also worked with patients to facilitate knowledge building on advancements in stem cell research and the impact of clinical trials on patient care, both domestically and internationally.
In addition to working in various EU countries and North America, Yuliya is fluent in several languages including English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian. Yuliya Shcherbina holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations.
Carol Hilliard is an Assistant Director of Nursing in Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin in Dublin, Ireland. She is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered General Nurse and has over twenty-five years’ experiences in acute children’s healthcare. She obtained a MSc Nursing and BSc Nursing from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and has recently completed a Doctorate of Governance with the Institute of Public Administration and University College Dublin.
Carol’s clinical background is in the area of burns and wound care in children. She has a strong interest in ethics and is a member of the hospital’s Ethics Committee. She has been involved in Irish and European research studies, and her research interests include moral agency in healthcare professionals, the family-professional relationship and service provision for children with complex care needs.
Dr Lisa Rogers is a Research Scientist at the University College Dublin Centre for Research, Education and Innovation in Health Systems at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in University College Dublin. She is a registered general nurse whose research interests include translating evidence into routine practice. Her PhD research focused on evaluating the impact of context when introducing change in healthcare teams. Her findings have contributed to the field of implementation science by 1) providing greater clarity and consistency for the term context by providing an operational definition of the construct; 2) developing a practical method to study and map context and 3) her findings have demonstrated the bidirectional influence between context and implementation and exposed additional contextual factors (e.g. micropolitics) previously overlooked in the field of implementation.
Dr. Rachel Gifford is currently a Postdoctoral researcher and teacher in the department of Health Services Research in Maastricht University. She completed her PhD in Organizational Behavior at the University of Groningen, where her research focused on the organization of medical specialists and hospital care. Her PhD research examined how physicians responded to various structural adaptations in their work that resulted from ongoing institutional and environmental pressures. This includes the pressure to move medical specialists into salaried employment, and the emphasis on integrating professionals to improve care delivery processes. Using an interdisciplinary approach and taking a micro level perspective, her empirical results reveal the relational and cultural barriers that are often overlooked, but play a crucial role in determining the outcome of reform efforts. These findings help to bridge the gap between theory and practice and offer insights into important micro level dynamics that may influence the success and outcomes of ongoing policy efforts.
Dr. Simone Laratro got a PhD in Management and Innovation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan – Italy. From 2016 to 2020, he was a researcher at CERISMAS – Research Centre in Healthcare Management. Since March 2021, he is a Senior Consultant at PwC Public Sector – Italy.
His PhD research focused on healthcare operations and value-based healthcare evaluating the conditions needed to transform healthcare organizations.
His findings have contributed to the healthcare literature by providing different perspectives with regard to the value-based theoretical model. He analyzed value creation and the conditions of its implementation, looking at these phenomena from both providers’ and patients’ point of view. His findings have contributed to healthcare process redesign and organizational models, particularly focusing on how organizations should undertake operational changes and deals with value-based healthcare implementation through three different fronts: i) clinical pathways, ii) operational efficiency, iii) patient’s perspective.
Wouter van der Schors
Wouter van der Schors works as a PhD Candidate in Health Economics and Health Systems Research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His background is in Medical Sociology and Health Law. Currently, his focus is on finalizing his dissertation on inter-organizational collaboration in market-based healthcare systems. In his doctoral research, he combines quantitative, qualitative and textual research methods to study the implications of collaborations for policy and healthcare management, the relationship with institutional developments and the effect of inter-organizational collaboration on quality in oncological care networks. Previously, he investigated health insurance decision making, quality measurement tools and the principle of solidarity in health insurance at the Nivel Institute for Health Services Research. In all his research work, Wouter strives towards building knowledge for well-informed decision-making useful for patients, policymakers and healthcare professionals.