Scientific Committee

Elisabete Weiderpass (Sweden, Norway, Finland)
Scientific Committee President

She was trained in medicine and epidemiology in Brazil, and in cancer epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She serves as a professor of medical epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), as a professor of cancer epidemiology at the Arctic University of Norway, as a senior researcher at the Cancer Registry of Norway and at the Public Health Association in Helsinki (Finland).

She is the elected IEA-Europe councilor and Chairperson of the European Epidemiological Federation for 2014-2017.

Her main research interests are cancer etiological and prognostic factors, prevention, survival, and cancer registration. She is using e-health tools in her daily epidemiological research activities for the last 5 years.

Guy Fagherazzi (France)

He is an epidemiologist in an Inserm unit (U1018) and the scientific manager of the prospective E4N cohort study. His main interest is the influence of lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity and sleep on type 2 diabetes risk. He is currently developing the research axis on the use and evaluation of connected objects in medical research within the E4N study. He was also involved in the first international workshop “e-tools and social networks in epidemiology” organized in Paris in May 2013.

Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen (Netherlands)

The research and tuition conducted by Lisette van Gemert focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of technology in the healthcare sector with the aim of improving the overall quality of health and safety. The research in particular is oriented towards human-centered and value-driven technology and includes three subthemes: user centered development, persuasive technology design, and business modelling (implementation).

Alain B. Labrique (USA)

Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative. An infectious disease epidemiologist with training in molecular biology and running large population-based research studies in low and middle-income countries, Dr. Labrique holds joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Department of Community-Public Health in the School of Nursing and the Division of Health Informatics at the School of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In addition, Labrique is lead investigator for several research projects measuring the impact of mobile information and communications technologies on improving maternal, neonatal and infant health in resource-limited settings.

Dr. Labrique was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011 by the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Foundation and was a lead author on a Bellagio Declaration on mHealth Evidence. His work on mHealth strategies for health system strengthening remains among the most cited mHealth resources in the scientific literature.

Ousmane Ly (Mali)

Ousmane Ly is the General Director of National Agency of Tele-health and Medical Informatics, Ministry of Health in Mali. He is a Medical Doctor, holds a diploma in Medical Informatics from the University Pierre Marie Curie in Paris and a PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also a graduate of the University of Bamako’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ly was formerly a lecturer at the University of Bamako (Faculty of Medicine) in the areas of public health and E-Health.

From September 2002 to July 2003, he was head of African telemedicine projects for the Division of Medical Informatics of the University Hospitals of Geneva. From 2002 to 2007, he was Executive Coordinator of the first telemedicine pilot project in Mali. Since 2000, he has been an independent consultant in information technology applied to the health sector (E-Health). In 2010 he has been appointed has principal consultant by WAHO, to develop a regional E-Health Strategic Plan for ECOWAS member’s state. Dr Ly is also executive secretary of MaliREN (Research and Education Network of Mali), and leads the capacity building Committee in the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN).

Marie-Hélène Metzger (France)

Dr Marie-Helene Metzger, is hospital practitioner in the Paris-Seine Saint Denis University Hospital (Assistance-Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris) where she is head of the epidemiological research unit on care pathways (Department of Public Health) with the following missions: description, determinants and evaluation of care pathways (within-hospital and hospital-community).  She is also senior lecturer at the Paris 13 University. Her research activity focuses on epidemiological analysis of medical data derived from health informatics systems (development of decision rules based on data mining techniques for the detection of medical events) and from Innovative tools (data collected directly from patients using new technologies such as M-Health and connected objects).

Jean-Michel Oppert (France)

Jean-Michel Oppert is professor of Nutrition at Pierre et Marie Curie University and head of the Nutrition department, Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital. He has oriented his research over the last years on physical activity and sedentary behavior measurement in clinical and population settings. He has been, and still is, coordinator of projects at the national level including physical activity research (ANR ELIANE 2008-2012), INCa funded ACTICItés project (2011-2014), and he is involved in several EU-projects (eg FP7 Spotlight project).

Rubin Pillay (USA)

Rubin Pillay is a medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Collat School of Business and The Department of Health Services Administration, and the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the UAB Center for Healthcare Innovation. He was previously the Daniel White Jordan Chair and the founding Executive Director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation in the Spears School of Business and Center for Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He is a Family Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist who holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA and an MSc in Health Management. He has extensive international teaching and consulting experience and has published widely in the field of Strategic Health Leadership. His current work focuses on the role of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the transformation of health and healthcare. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health.