Dr. Jadad is a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate, whose mission is to help improve health and wellness for all, through information and communication technologies (ICTs). He has been called a «human Internet», as his research and innovation work seeks to identify and connect the best minds, the best knowledge and the best tools across traditional boundaries to eliminate unnecessary suffering. Such work focuses on a radical ‘glocal’ innovation model designed to improve the capacity of humans to imagine, create and promote new and better approaches to living, healing, working and learning across the world. Powered by social networks and other leading-edge telecommunication tools, his projects attempt to anticipate and respond to major public health threats (e.g., multiple chronic conditions, pandemics) through strong and sustainable international collaboration, and to enable the public (particularly young people) to shape the health system and society. Born and educated in Colombia, he obtained his medical degree in 1986, specializing in anesthesiology. By the time he was 20 years of age and still a medical student, he became a leading medical expert on crack cocaine in Colombia and an internationally sought after speaker. In 1990 he joined the University of Oxford (Balliol College), where he became one of the first physicians in the world with a doctorate in health knowledge synthesis. He developed new methods to distill high-quality health-related information and to build specialized bibliographic databases to support health-related decisions. He led the development of the most widely used tool to assess the quality of clinical trials (‘the Jadad scale’), now used throughout the world. His work helped fuel the development of the Cochrane Collaboration, a global network of individuals who are synthesizing over 500,000 clinical trials in all areas of health. In 1995, he moved to Canada and joined McMaster University, where he was Chief of the Health Information Research Unit; Director of the McMaster Evidence-based Practice Centre; Co-Director of the Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre; Associate Medical Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care for Cancer Care Ontario and Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. In 2000, Alex moved to Toronto, where he led the creation of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, a setting designed as a simulator of the future, to study and optimize the use of ICTs before their widespread introduction into the health system and society at large. After stepping down as the Founding Director of the Centre in 2009, Dr. Jadad became the Centre’s Chief Innovator, a position that he held until 2012. He is also spearheading the development of the Global People-centred eHealth Innovation Network, a unique group of individuals, organizations, tools and facilities working in harmony to promote research, development, education, policy, funding, recognition and commercialization activities related to the uses of ICTs to promote optimal levels of health and wellness, worldwide. He also convenes the People, Health equity and Innovation (PHI) Group at the University of Toronto, which focuses on efforts to level the playing field for disadvantaged members of society, with emphasis on youth leadership development (focusing on the role that students could play to re-shape health and educational systems), supportive care (for people with chronic conditions, terminal illnesses or advanced age, and their caregivers) and the promotion of a culture of multiculturalism, worldwide. From 2004 to 2009, he was Founding Chair of the Board of the Foundation of the Institute for Innovation on Human Wellbeing, in Andalusia, Spain, overseeing the development of a centre and large-scale projects designed to re-create every aspect of human life, including homes, workplaces, learning spaces and multi-cultural communities. The Institute is one of the core driving elements of a €15-billion effort to enable Andalusia to transform its universities, corporations and community-based organizations, becoming a major world player in the Knowledge Age. In 2006, Dr. Jadad became a senior advisor to the Andalusian and Spanish governments, participating in high-level strategic discussions with recognized leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Rigoberta Menchu and Al Gore. Dr. Jadad was also the founding President of the Spanish eHealth Foundation (he is now President Emeritus), which enabled the creation of the Spanish eHealth Network and Revista eSalud, the leading academic journal and portal in the Hispanic world focused on eHealth [www.revistaesalud.com]. In 2005, he was invited by the World Health Organization to act as the representative for the American continent, sitting as a member of its Global Observatory for eHealth’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). Dr. Jadad has received numerous awards, including a ‘National Health Research Scholars Award’, by Health Canada (1997), one of ‘Canada’s Top 40 Under 40’ awards (1998), a ‘Premier’s Research Excellence Award’ (1999), the New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology (2002). In 2001 and 2002, he was featured by Time Magazine as one of the new Canadians who will shape the country in the 21st century, and as one of the leading medical researchers in the country. In 2004, he received the Canadian Latin Achievement Award, as one of the people who have made important contributions to the relationship between Canada and the Hispanic world. In 2005, he was selected by the Top 40 Under 40 alumni as one of “The Best of the Best” for achievements in Health and Science, and by his peers in Colombia as the scientist who probably has had the greatest impact in the country’s history. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from Health Canada’s Chief Scientist for his contributions to health and the health system. In 2007, he was invited by the British Medical Journal to author the article on the impact of computers on humanity, which was published in a commemorative issue that featured the top 15 breakthroughs since 1840, when the journal was published for the first time. In 2007, Dr. Jadad became the first Hispanic Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and was selected by media and community leaders as one of Canada’s “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians”. In 2008, he received the Order of the Congress (equivalent to the Order of Canada) and the Jose Maria Cordoba Medal in his native Colombia, and published his first non-medical book (sixth in total), entitled Unlearning*. In this book, he provides a guided tour through the evolution of the human mind, ending with a view of the greatest challenges humans face at the dawn of the 21st century, and his own obituary. In 2009, he became the Chair of the Canadian Association for People-centred Health’s Academic Research Collaborative, and of the Global People-centred eHealth Innovation Network, two initiatives that promote collaborative efforts across traditional boundaries designed to enable the health system to meet the needs of people in the age of the Internet and global telecommunications. In 2010, Dr. Jadad chaired and convened the Global People-centred eHealth Innovation Forum during the European Ministerial eHealth Conference, and the International Forum “Youth-led Innovation and Entrepreneurship” in Brussels and Extremadura (Spain), two events designed to promote collaborative efforts among leading groups interested in optimizing human health and wellbeing through the innovative use of ICTs in all regions of the world. In late 2010, he co-chaired the First International Summit on Human-centred and Family-focused eHealth in China, becoming the Chair of the International Advisory Committee on eHealth of the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2011. He is the editor-in-chief of the first global, interactive, co-created and live book on polypathology (when people live with multiple chronic diseases), a challenge that remains poorly understood while accounting for over 60% of the health expenditures in most countries**. This effort led to the emergence of 10 global communities that are pursuing collaborative projects to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to the sustainability of the health system, while promoting optimal levels of healing and wellbeing throughout the world. In 2011, Dr. Jadad was a key member of an international group of experts who reconceptualized the meaning of ‘health’ as the capacity to adapt and self-manage in the face of physical, mental and social challenges, a shift away from a disease-focused approach that is motivating changes in health systems worldwide. In 2012, Dr. Jadad was honoured with the Pioneers for Change Award, which recognizes Canadians born abroad who have made extraordinary contributions to the country. Dr. Jadad also holds the following positions: Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Senior Scientist; Centre for Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Staff Physician, University Health Network
Dr. John Rosenberg is registered nurse with a clinical background in community-based palliative care. As an active researcher since 1999, he has focussed upon social models of health care, the application of health promotion principles to palliative and end of life care, and community development approaches to the support of dying people. Industry Research Activities: Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research Dr. Rosenberg was the foundation Director of the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research in Canberra, ACT (2011-2014) in a joint appointment with the Australian Catholic University. He established and led a program of research in palliative and end of life care: Stream 1 of the research program responded to locally identified practice issues (such as emergency medication kits, volunteering, and delirium screening; Stream 2 continued his work in the areas of community development in end of life issues, including an ARC Linkage Grant (2011-2014) led by the University of Western Sydney titled Caring at end of life: understanding the nature and effect of informal community care networks for people dying at home. External research projects 2012 – 2013: The palliative care volunteer in 2020. Palliative Care ACT – Margaret Corden Scholarship. 2012 – 2013: The use of an emergency medication kit (EMK) in palliative care community practice. Australian National University Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice. 2012: Building community and professional capacity at the end of life: an evaluation of health promoting palliative care in the Australian Capital Territory. Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences Research Grant. 2011: The impact of spa therapy upon pain and distress in palliative care patients – Reducing symptoms with Spa Therapy (RESPAT). Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research. 2011: “Too little, too late!”: Evaluation of the Respecting Patient Choices program for Home Based Palliative Care patients at Clare Holland House. Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences Research Grant. 2004 – 2006: The development of a framework of competency standards for specialist palliative care nursing practice. Queensland Nursing Council. 2003: Multicultural awareness in palliative care. Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. 2003: Palliative care by nurses in rural and remote practice. Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. 2001: Descriptions by informal caregivers of formal palliative care nursing interventions at home. Queensland Nursing Council. Adjunct positions: In addition to his current appointment in the Supportive and Palliative Care Team in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT, Dr. Rosenberg holds adjunct positions in the Palliative Care Unit, School of Public Health, La Trobe University as a Senior Lecturer, and in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University as Associate Professor.
Prof Allan Kellehear is a 50th Anniversary Professor (End-of-Life Care) at the University of Bradford, UK. He is a medical and public health sociologist. Founder of the world’s first academic public health palliative care unit in Australia in the 1990s, he also wrote some of the first academic literature expounding the public health approach to palliative care and co-founded (with Sallnow and Kumar) the Public Health Palliative Care Conference Series. He is a Fellow of theAcademy of Social Sciences, and President of theAssociation for the Study of Death and Society(ASDS) and Public Health Palliative Care International.
Dr. Marshall has been affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University as a professor of Palliative Care since 1989. She has held several positions at McMaster including inaugural Director of the Division of Palliative Care, and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the founder of both the Niagara West Palliative Care Team and McNally House Hospice, Grimsby, where much of her clinical work has been located for the past 17 years. She explored Palliative Care as Public Health during her sabbatical in 2013 and since then, has assumed new provincial and national leadership roles in Palliative Care.
Dr. Suresh Kumar is the Founder Director of Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, India, the first WHO Collaborating Center in Palliative Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries. Dr. Kumar is a palliative care physician and sociologist by training. He has been active in the community-based palliative care scene internationally for more than two decades. He is now actively involved in palliative care projects in Indonesia, Srilanka, Thailand, and Bangladesh in addition to playing a key role in community-based palliative care programs at multiple sites in India.
André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and one of Canada’s top public policy writers. His latest book is MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH: Public Health Issues in Canada. http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/book/matters-of-life-and-death He is also the author of the best-selling books THE PATH TO HEALTH CARE REFORM: Policies and Politics, CRITICAL CARE: Canadian Nurses Speak For Change; THE GIFT OF DEATH: Confronting Canada’s Tainted Blood Tragedy and; A CALL TO ALMS: The New Face of Charity in Canada. André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Canadian Policy Research Award, and the Atkinson Fellowship for Public Policy Research. In 2002, he received the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Organization as the top public health reporter in the Americas. In 2005, he was named Canada’s first Public Health Hero by the Canadian Public Health Association, and in 2007 he was honoured as a Champion of Mental Health. André is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, he was crowned as the country’s top newspaper columnist. He has been the recipient of the Canadian Nurses’ Association Award of Excellence for Health Care Reporting, the Nursing in the Media Award of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the International Media Prize of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society), and the Science and Society Book Prize. His advocacy work has been honoured by a number of consumer health groups, including Safe Kids Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and the Canadian Hearing Society. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to improving health care in Canada. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (BCommerce) and Carleton University (BJournalism). He has also been awarded honorary doctors by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Manitoba, Laurentian University, and the University of Toronto. He lives in Montréal. Please view The Globe and Mail’s author page for André. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/authors/andr-picard
Dr. Ross Upshur is currently the Head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and Assistant Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. At the University of Toronto, he is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, affiliate member of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Dr Zipporah Ali is the Executive Director or of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She serves on the board of several organizations including; Hope for Cancer Kids; International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and ehospice and Youth Against Cancer in Kenya. She was among several others who received the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) award for her contribution to palliative care in Africa and her work on the inaugural board of APCA. She has previously served on the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAHPC) board, African Palliative Care Association (APCA) board, St. George’s Secondary School board and Kenya Cancer Association Board. She was also on the steering committee of Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations. Dr. Ali is involved in advocacy and creating awareness on pain relief and palliative care in Kenya for children and adults. In her leadership role as the Executive Director for KEHPCA, she has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Health to integrate palliative care into government hospitals. She has also been instrumental in advocating for palliative care to be integrated in undergraduate medical and nursing schools in Kenya. She is a strong advocate for cancer prevention, control and treatment and was instrumental in developing the first National Cancer Control Strategy and the National Guidelines for Cancer Management-Kenya Dr. Ali holds an MD from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi, a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University and a Masters in Palliative Care from the University of Dundee. She has completed the International Pain Policy Fellow program with the International Pain Policy Studies Group (WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin) as well as the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative at The Institute of Palliative Medicine at the San Diego Hospice. In 2012, Zipporah was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University by Oxford Brookes University in recognition of her outstanding contribution in palliative care both internationally and locally. She was also awarded l the Individual Advocacy Award by the African Palliative Care Association and Open Society Foundations.
Dr. Julian Abel was appointed as a consultant in palliative care in Weston Super Mare, southwest England in 2001. Dr. Abel worked in both a district general hospital and a hospice. He has been involved in with strategic developments in End of Life Care in England since 2008. This has included development of the first electronic palliative care coordinating system, advance care planning and end of life care in acute hospitals. Inspired by Professor Allan Kellehear's vision of a compassionate society, Dr. Abel has dedicated the last 5 years to embedding a public health approach to end of life care in the UK, running programs locally, regionally and nationally. They have seen community development being included as one of six ambitions for end of life care in the Ambitions Framework for End of Life 2015 - 2020 published by NHS England. Dr. Abel co-authored the National Guidance to Ambition 6, Communities are Prepared to Help, published in July 2016. He was chair of the organizing committee for the 4th International Conference Public Health Palliative Care: Community Resilience In Practice held in Bristol, England in 2105. Dr. Abel is the Vice President of Public Health Palliative Care International and Chair of Public Health Palliative Care UK.
Prof. Joachim Cohen is a medical sociologist and a professor of the End-of-Life Care Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University. In the research group he is chairing a research program public health and palliative care. He graduated in 2001 as a Master in Sociology and in 2007 as a PhD in Social Health Sciences. His research has been awarded with the Kubler Ross Award for Young Researchers and the Young Investigator Award from the European Association of Palliative Care 2010. Both prizes were awarded to him, mainly because of his large-scale population-based and population-level cross-national research on end-of-life care. Prof. Cohen has published over 110 articles in international peer reviewed journals and co-edited the Oxford University Press book: “A public health perspective on end of life care”.
Dr. Libby Sallnow is a palliative medicine doctor working in London and a doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh. She has a longstanding interest in new public health approaches to end of life care, with a detailed working knowledge of such projects in London and Kerala. She has published articles and book chapters in this field and co-edited the book "International perspectives on public health and palliative care" in 2011. She graduated in 2004, obtained a Masters in Palliative Care and Policy in 2011 and is finishing her PhD which examines the impact of a new compassionate communities initiative in East London. She has supported the development of the international movement in new public health approaches, is research lead for PHPCI and vice chair of PHPCI UK.
Kerrie Noonan is a social researcher at the school of social sciences and psychology, Western Sydney university and a clinical psychologist within the palliative care service at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney Australia. Kerrie has a long-standing interest in capacity building approaches to death, dying and bereavement and how people and communities can build their death literacy. Over the past 20 years, Kerrie has led the delivery of multiple community capacity projects, and she cofounded The GroundSwell Project and organizations transforming end of life conversations into deep community engagement and social action. Kerrie is a member of the ‘caring at end of life research team’ and is an inaugural council member of Public Health Palliative Care International. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, a BA (Psychology), and a Grad. Dip. in Systemic Therapy (Family Therapy).
Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Division Lead at the Centre for Education and Research On Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada. Her research experience has been interdisciplinary and collaborative contributing to a broad range of fields of study including: social work, palliative care, interprofessional education, gerontology and LGBTQ. Kathy completed a two year research fellowship with the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) and worked with Pallium Canada co-leading their Compassionate Communities initiative before becoming faculty at LU. She is also the past chair of the board of directors for Hospice Northwest.