Simon Griffin is Professor of General Practice at the University of Cambridge, Group Leader in the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit (www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk) and CEDAR (the UKCRC Public Health Centre of Excellence for Diet and Activity Research, http://www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/), Honorary Professor of General
Medical Practice at Aarhus University Denmark, Honorary Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England and an assistant General Practitioner at Lensfield Medical Practice. He qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1986 and trained in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Southampton and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine prior to his appointment to the University of Cambridge. He leads a research programme which contributes to efforts aimed at preventing the growing burden of diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders by translating epidemiological knowledge into preventive action, and evaluating the effectiveness of a range of preventive approaches in randomised trials. He has been awarded over £36M in extramural research grants and authored over 230 publications. Away from work Simon plays soccer and surfs.
Missed oppotunities and too much medicine: discovering 'lagom' in primary care
Prof Linn Getz
Linn Getz (b. 1962) is a Norwegian MD with clinical experience from general practice, psychiatry and occupational medicine in Norway and Iceland. Her Phd titled Sustainable and responsible preventive medicine (2006) deals with ethical dilemmas emerging from implementation of advancing medical technology. Linn has taken active part in development of the ideological base for general practice in the Nordic region. In this context she has devoted considerable time and thought to the rapidly increasing body of evidence which links human existential experience to biological function and disease development. She is involved in projects focusing on multimorbidity, the patient as a person, as well as potentials and pitfalls related to the rapidly increasing interest in systems biology as some sort of a new scientific paradigm in medicine. Linn works as a professor at the Department of Public Health and general Practice at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.
How to care for the whole person in general practice: a million dollar question with a billion pixel answer?
Margrét Ólafía Tómasdóttir
Margrét Ólafía Tómasdóttir (born 1981) graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Iceland in 2007. She finished her speciality training in general practice in Iceland in July 2014. She is a PhD candidate in General Practice. Her research project is a collaboration between the University of Iceland and the General Practice Research Unit, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. Her scientific topic is Multimorbidity with reference to the concept of allostatic load. She was also the chief resident in general practice training in Iceland from 2010-2014.
Multimorbidity and more pressing matters – a young GPs view on the future of general practice:
Prof Merete Mazzarella
Merete Mazzarella is professor emerita in Nordic literature at The University of Helsinki and has written twenty-five books, mostly autobiographical essays. She has taught literature and creative writing to medical students and doctors, she has an honorary doctorate in medicine at Uppsala University and is an honorary member of SFAM.
General Practice more important than ever
Prof Jan De Maeseneer
Jan De Maeseneer (b.1952) is a Belgian family physician, working in the Community Health Center "Botermarkt – Ledeberg", in one of the most deprived and multi-cultural neighborhoods in Gent (Belgium). He made a PhD on "Family Medicine: an exploration" in 1989 at Ghent University. His main research topics are: epidemiology, multi-morbidity, social inequities in health, health service delivery, health policy, medical education, training of family physicians worldwide. In the field of medical education, he was in charge of a fundamental reform from a traditional discipline-based medical curriculum towards an integrated contextual medical curriculum at Ghent University. He chairs the Medical Education Committee and is the Vice-Dean for Strategic Planning at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent University.
As far as health policy is concerned, Jan De Maeseneer is active at different levels of policy development: he chairs the Local Platform for Health and Welfare at the Community of Ledeberg. Moreover, he is the chairman of the City Health Council at the City of Ghent and chairs the Strategic Advisory Board for Welfare, Health and Family, advising the Flemish minister. He serves at different advisory boards at the Federal level in Belgium. He is actually the chairman of the European Forum for Primary Care (www.euprimarycare.org) and chairs the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, advising the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/health/expert_panel/index_en.htm).
Jan De Maeseneer is the Secretary General of The Network: Towards Unity for Health, the oldest network of innovative training institutions in health (www.the-networktufh.org), an NGO in official relationship with WHO. He is a member of the Global Forum on Innovation of Health Professional Education at the Institute of Medicine in Washington. He is actually the director of the International Center for Primary Health Care and Family Medicine – Ghent University, a WHO Collaborating Centre on PHC. He is active in Latin-America and Africa, supporting the development of training programmes for primary health care professionals (www.primafamed.ugent.be).
Recently, together with the colleagues of the other departments of family medicine in Flanders, he wrote a Policy Paper: "Together we change", developing a blue-print for an innovative, sustainable health care system transformation in Belgium, based on a strong primary health care.
Primary care and equitable and sustainable health care delivery: the need for health systems transformation.
The main reason is that actually we face a fundamental transition in health care delivery. Our health systems are facing the following challenges: a demographical and epidemiological transition: with an increase of multi-morbidity. An increasing social gradient in health. A changing position of the patient, becoming a well-informed actor in the health system, multiculturality and globalization. In combination with financial austerity due to the economic crisis, the strengthening of the primary health care system becomes mandatory.
Starting from the principles of relevance, equity (access), quality, cost-effectiveness, person- and people centeredness, sustainability and innovation, the organization of the health system at the nano (provider-person interaction), micro (the primary care team), meso (the region) and macro (a country, Europe,…) level needs a fundamental re-thinking.
The outline of the proposal formulated by the 4 Flemish professors will be documented and debated with the audience.
MD and general practitioner with over ten years of experience in clinical practice. Dr. Brodersen has a PhD in public health and psychometrics. He is an associate research professor at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health, Research Unit and Section of General Practice, where he works primarily within the areas of preventive medicine and medicalisation. Dr. Brodersen’s specific field of research is the development and validation of questionnaires to measure psychosocial consequences of false-positive screening results. He has employed qualitative and quantitative methods in order to objectify these subjective constructs. Dr. Brodersen’s expertise also lies within the areas of diagnostic test-performance, overdiagnosis, informed consent, and consequences that may arise when healthy people are clinically examined and tested. Furthermore, he teaches evidence-based medicine in Denmark and internationally. Dr. Brodersen has published widely in peer-reviewed journals.
Quaternary Prevention: Doing More Good than Harm