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Gunther Eysenbach, MD, MPH, FACMI

Adjunct Professor, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria (Canada)

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Nico Bruining, PhD

Thoraxcenter, Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Dr. Bruining is currently the head of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Information (CEI) processing and holds the position of assistant professor at the Erasmus MC within the Thoraxcenter. The CEI was started in 1969, and since then, it has developed and worked with computer systems to collect a variety of available cardiothoracic data such as monitoring systems and, consequently, signal processing, imaging and image analyses, databases and data exchange. Recently, many of these topics are covered in the so-called eHealth. His personal background has mostly been within interventional cardiology and cardiovascular imaging.

Research Focus

Dr. Bruining currently focuses on cardiovascular imaging and eHealth within cardiology.

Filip Drozd, PhD

Senior Researcher, National Network for Infant Mental Health, Regional Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Eastern and Southern Norway

Research Focus

Filip Drozd's research focus includes infant, child, and family mental health, implementation research, study protocols of RCTs, and evaluation of health information systems.


Dr. Drozd is concernd with the translation of research into practice, and the use of technology and research methods to work systematically for safer and more effective health and social services for infants, children, and their families.

Kate Eddens, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, USA


Dr. Eddens’ research agenda focuses on increasing the reach and effectiveness of health communication strategies to connect underserved populations to cancer prevention and control services and solutions by utilizing social network analysis, word-of-mouth communication and marketing, unique social service channels, and innovative technology. She is currently developing tablet-based network data collection and visualization software that optimizes opportunities for technology to transcend issues of literacy by adapting to the user and facilitating important network connections.

Research Focus

Dr. Eddens’ primary focus is in using egocentric social support and communication networks to understand how to reach people with effective information and persuade them to participate in cancer screening and prevention services. She is currently developing technology to facilitate this research and has found that showing people their social support and health communication networks has a powerful impact on how they perceive the amount of support they have in their lives. She is working towards building this as a clinical tool that can help guide the provision of social support services and resources throughout the cancer survivorship continuum as well. Other general areas of focus include social network analysis, technology development, using unique channels such as social services to reach people with cancer prevention and control information, health literacy, disparity and underserved populations, and health communication. 

Peter Giacobbi Jr, PhD

Associate Professor, West Virginia University, USA

Research Focus

Peter Giacobbi Jr's research focus includes complementary and alternative medicine, behavioral medicine, and public health surveillance.


Dr. Giacobbi's work has focused primarily on behavioral interventions designed to increase exercise behavior. More recently, he has focused on multi-behavior interventions intended to simultaneously address multiple chronic disease risk factors.

Ciska Hoving, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Communication in Health Care, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Research Focus

Ciska Hoving's research focuses on the systematic development and testing of online lifestyle interventions and decision aids to be implemented in healthcare settings.


Dr. Hoving is an assistant professor of Health Communication in Healthcare Settings, aiming to conduct interdisciplinary research to support patients and health professionals to improve communication and self-management.

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MBBS, MPH

Associate Dean, School of Public Health, City University of New York (CUNY), USA

Research Focus

Ashish Joshi's focus includes human-centered design and development of health technology interventions, mHealth, population health dashboards, personalized health records, and health technology innovations.


Dr. Joshi is an applied population health informatics researcher of over a decade. His academic background in clinical medicine, public health, and health informatics provides him with a unique combination to connect these 3 disciplines. He has applied mobile and Internet-enabled multifaceted health technology interventions and innovations by translating research into practice in several global settings including India, the USA, Nigeria, Brazil, and Haiti. He has been funded by agencies including the US NIH, AHRQ, Department of Veteran Affairs, New York State and City Health Department, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ministry of Health, Brazil, Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India, and several other private foundations and industries.

Arun Keepanasseril, MDS, MSc

Project Manager, Canadian Hemophilia Assessment and Resource Management System (CHARMS), McMaster University, Canada


Arun Keepanasseril is an eHealth specialist with a background in life sciences, specializing in knowledge reviews and advanced e-applications in hemophilia/bleeding disorders.

Andre Kushniruk, BA, PhD

School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Research Focus

Andre Kushniruk’s research focuses on usability of health care information systems and technologies, methodologies, usability testing, technology-induced errors, HCI models, frameworks, and theories.


Andre Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including evaluation of the effects of technology, human-computer interaction and usability engineering in health care. His work is known internationally and he has published widely in the area of health informatics. He focuses on developing new methods for the evaluation of information technology and studying human-computer interaction in health care.

Christian Lovis, MD, MPH, FACMI

Professor and Chairman, Division of Medical Information Sciences, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland

Research Focus

Christian Lovis’ work is mostly driven by using digitalization of data, information, and knowledge.  His team’s research focuses on three major fields: (1) clinical information systems: design and architecture, sustainability, and impacts; (2) data and knowledge-driven science: natural language processing, knowledge representation, semantics and interoperability, context awareness, advanced analytics, predictive, and decision support; and (3) human factors: advanced interactions, augmented reality, conversational, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and ergonomics. Christian’s own research is led by the desire to use medical information sciences to improve health, well-being, and knowledge in life sciences, with an MD thesis centered on natural language processing and large datasets to support physician’s work. This is a theme that he has continued all through his career, to the big data and artificial intelligence era, to address the challenge of real-time usable integration of multisource, multimodal data with persistent semantics.


Christian Lovis is a Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. He is a medical doctor board certified in Internal Medicine with emphasis on Emergency Medicine and holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Washington, WA. In parallel to medicine, he studied Medical Informatics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof Jean-Raoul Scherrer. Christian developed and deployed the clinical information system at the university hospitals of Geneva, a consortium of all public in- and out-patient facilities of Geneva State, Switzerland. Christian is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field of Medical Informatics. He has occupied several positions in Medical Informatics organizations, such Chair of the IMIA WG on Health Information Systems (HIS), President of the Swiss Medical Informatics, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of HIMSS. Christian is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a founding member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. He has been heavily involved in the development and enforcement of the Swiss Federal Law for the Shared Patient Record.

Allan McDougall, MA, PhD

Research Associate, Research Unit of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, Canada

Research Focus

Allan McDougall is currently developing a research program on gamification in post-graduate medical education. He is particularly interested in medical education, professionalism, and qualitative methods.


Dr. McDouglall is a qualitative researcher specializing in medical education and health care teamwork. He has taught and written on qualitative research methods, especially qualitative data analysis software.

Ilaria Montagni, PhD

Junior Researcher, Centre de Recherche Inserm - Université de Bordeaux U1219, France

Research Focus

Ilaria Montagni's focus includes digital health literacy, Internet and mental health, and health communication theories and practices.


Dr. Montagni has a PhD in epidemiology for psychiatry and psychology. She has expertise in communication in mental health and translational research for psychiatry and psychology and in Web knowledge brokering and policies for mental health.

John F Pearson, MD

Attending Anesthesiologist, Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School, USA

Caroline R Richardson, MD 

Associate Chair of Research, Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine
Co-Director, University of Michigan National Clinical Scholars Program
Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School


Dr. Richardson is a physical activity and diabetes prevention researcher who emphasizes the importance of using low-cost and scalable approaches to promoting physical activity. She develops and tests behavioral internet-mediated interventions to increase physical activity, decrease weight, and prevent diabetes. Focusing on components of web-based interventions that are interactive and individually tailored, Dr. Richardson builds interventions that are more than just static informational websites. They incorporate objective monitoring of physical activity, individually tailored feedback and motivational messaging, and online social support to motivate and engage users. Automated, gradually incrementing and individually tailored step-count goals are assigned to participants based on program progress as they build up their endurance. Dr. Richardson was the Director of the Veterans Administration Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative (QUERI) and conducted a multi-site implementation study of the Diabetes Prevention Program for veterans.

Dr. Richardson current serves as Associate Chair for Research Programs in the Department of Family Medicine. She currently serves as a member of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation's Institute Leadership Team (ILT). In addition, she leads education and scholarship initiatives as Chair of the IHPI education committee and co-director of the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP).

Travis Sanchez, PhD, MPH

Rollins School of Public Health, USA

Research Focus

Travis Sanchez's research interests include: disease surveillance evaluation, HIV/AIDS prevention, infectious disease, public health practice and sexual health/behavior


Dr. Sanchez received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1994. After a veterinary internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Sanchez practiced as an emergency veterinarian in the Metro Atlanta area until he returned to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Sanchez began his public health career working for the Georgia Division of Public Health in the notifiable diseases epidemiology section and coordinated the state’s district epidemiologist program. He came to CDC in 2001 and worked for the Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and later for the newly created Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB) as a project officer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. In 2005, he became BCSB’s Associate Chief for Science and served for extended periods as an Acting Team Leader and the Acting Branch Chief for BCSB. Dr. Sanchez participated in CDC’s IETA program in Vietnam in 2005 and worked closely with CDC’s Associate Director for Science in 2007 during a training detail. From 2008-2009 he was the Chief of the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch of the CDC-South Africa Office. From 2009-2011, Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.

John Torous, MD 

Harvard Medical School, USA


John Torous, MD, is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He serves as editor-in-chief for of JMIR Mental Health, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee. He is an assistant editor for The Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for The Asian Journal of Psychiatry as well as Psychiatric Times.

Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Hugh Roy Cullen Professor, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX, USA
Director, Center on Smart and Connected Health Technologies, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA


Jing Wang's research uses mobile and connected technology to support seniors aging in place and to optimize behavioral lifestyle interventions and improve patient-centered outcomes in type 2 diabetes and obesity, especially among the underserved communities. Through interprofessional collaborations, her research also spans patient safety, usability evaluation on electronic health record systems, and health promotion in Mexican-American and Asian-American populations.  

Research Focus

Aging in place, mobile health, connected health, telehealth, diabetes education, lifestyle interventions, living lab, self-regulation, behavior change, usability evaluation, clinical decision support, interprofessional education, patient-generated health data, patient reported outcomes.

Susan Woods, MD, MPH

President, Society for Participatory Medicine


Sue has broad healthcare experience spanning private and public sectors. Board certified in general internal medicine and health informatics. Sue is a design thinker who is passionate about effective health care communication, clinician-patient partnership and using innovative digital tools that improve care and the patient experience. She served as Director of Patient Experience for the Connected Care Office at the Veterans Health Administration, developing web and mobile apps for patients and clinicians and leading a national effort on patient generated data. Sue received her MD at Oregon Health Sciences University and public health degree at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on consumer use of health technology, health information transparency and promoting virtual care delivery. She has served on Boards at the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Society for Participatory Medicine. Sue promotes participatory care and services that engage people and families in their health and their health care. As the founder of HiTech HiTouch, LLC, she advocates for full patient access to health records (OpenNotes), telehealth and eHealth adoption, universal broadband access and digital inclusion.

Han Wu, MS, BE

Senior Scientific Programmer, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA


Han manages the research computing and development of IT resources at the Office of Research, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and New Jersey Cancer Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He oversees the development, operations and infrastructure of various frameworks, platforms, web applications and databases pertaining to IT solutions to support and facilitate scientific and clinical research.