Dr. Shabbir Syed-Abdul. Dr.Shabbir Syed-Abdul is a leading researcher and a principal investigator at the International Center for Health Information Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. He is an educator for MOOCs on FutureLearn, one of his renowned course is on INTERNET OF THINGS FOR ACTIVE AGING. Shabbir’s major research interests are Long-term care with Wearable technologies, mHealth, Big data analysis and visualisation, Artificial Intelligence, Personal Health Records, Social Network in healthcare and Hospital Information System. He wants to empower care providers and improve patient engagement. He feels one of the ways to achieve it is to focus on the management and flow of the health/medical information among health care providers and seekers. Dr. Shabbir have an excellent track record of accomplishing projects and publishing above 50 articles in the SCI prestigious journals including The Lancet, BMJ, JAMIA, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Burns, PlosOne and Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine.


Dr. Jelena Mirkovic. Research Scientist at Oslo University Hospital (RH). Bachelor and Master´s Degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Applied at Faculty of Technical Sciences (University of Novi Sad). She graduated from her PhD at University of Oslo and did Postdoctoral research at Oslo University Hospital


Prof. Fernando Martin. Prof. Martin-Sanchez is the Director of the Environmental and Participatory Health Informatics (ENaPHI) Research Group of the ISCIII.

He is biomedical Informatics scientist with broad experience in all aspects of research, education and project management. He has direct experience with scientific knowledge management, integration, analysis and visualisation of health data. Interested in R&D of informatics methods in eHealth, precision medicine, and participatory health.


Dr. Frederic Llordachs (Doctoralia). Co-founder, partner & Global Business Development Manager at Doctoralia Internet SL. MD with MBA, specialized in Healthcare Management and Marketing. Direct experience with healthcare insurance, and healthcare management, and interested in medical tourism, innovation in medical devices and new ICT-based healthcare services. Involved in start-ups, like Doctoralia (http://www.doctoralia.com), the global platform for healthcare search and accessibility, and other early stage projects (like www.clinicpoint.com, or www.universalucustomer.com).


Rosa M. Baños. Rosa M. Baños obtained her doctoral degree in Psychology in 1987. She has been a Senior lecturer at Universitat Jaume I from 1992 to 1997, where she served as Director of Psychology Degree from 1994 to 1995. She is currently a Full Professor in Psychopathology in the University of Valencia, where she is the director of the master “Multidisciplinary Interventions for Emotional, Eating and Personality Disorders”, and also the director of three Postgraduate Diplomas. She is the elected vice-president of the “International Association of CyberTherapy, Training and Rehabilitation” (iACTOR), and the elected vice-president of the Sociedad Española de Psicología Positiva (SEPP). She is the leader of the research group of CIBER-Obn CB06-03-0052 in Spain (Centers for Biomedical Research in Network) in the area of Biomedicine and Health Sciences (www.ciberobn.es).


Prof. Joan Carles March. Degree in Medicine at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Proffesor, researcher and consultant at Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública

Writer in Salut I Força, Diario Médico and Diario Publico


Dr. Elia Gabarron. Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Norwegian Centre for Ehealth Research – University Hospital of North Norway. Received her degree in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and in 2012 she moved to Tromsø to do her PhD at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research. She has been involved in e-health research for over 10 years, and her academic and research interests are centreed around the use of ICTs for health, especially the role of the Internet and social networks in supporting and educating people to prevent and manage health conditions. She is member of the IMIA Social Media Working Group (IMIA-SMWG), and has several publications in this field, and was editor in the first book from the IMIA-SMWG “Participatory Health Through Social Media”.


Dr. Luis Fernández Luque. At QCRI (Qatar Computing Research Institute-Qatar Foundation), Luis Fernandez-Luque works on social computing for health. Studied computer engineering at the University of Sevilla (Spain). PhD at the University of Tromso (Norway). He has been involved in eHealth and Medical Informatics research for over 10 years, working both in industry and academia in institutions such as Norut, Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), Harvard Medical School (USA) and the digital health startup Salumedia (Spain). In addition to editing several books about ePatients, he has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, 30 of them indexed in PubMed and cited over 1000 times in the last 5 years (according to Google Scholar). He has been working in the last seven years in the field of Health Social Media, becoming one of the leading experts in this emerging field. He is currently the co-chair of the Social Media Working Group of the International Medical Informatics Association.


Jorge Cancela. Jorge is eHealth Software Product Manager at Merck KGaA acting as bridge between clinical, business, and technical worlds in supporting the design of eHealth software products. He is responsible for the definition of product requirements, taking them from conceptual ideas through to end-to-end system requirements of eHealth software solutions that can be delivered as a service to global healthcare providers and supporting the launch of the eHealth solutions to market.


Javier Ferrero works as CIO for the Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality, a public foundation of the Health Department of Andalusia to promote and develop quality policies. He is the coordinator of the Quality and Safety Strategy in mHealth. Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering (Seville, Spain) and Master in Networks and Telecom (Lyon, France). Previously he worked as project manager and head of department for an international engineering company (Telvent, Abengoa). He also served at the Pablo Olavide University in Seville as a professor in e-commerce specialization.


Ekaterina Koledova, MD, Ph.D . Senior Medical Director, Lead Endocrinology Global Medical Affairs at Merck Group Darmstadt, Germany
She has experience in pharmaceutical industry starting from 1996 and worked for Eli Lilly for 12 years at the affiliate level in Russia (1996-2001) and Japan ( 2001-2005) as Clinical Research Physician Endocrinology, later as Senior Clinical Research Physician/ Medical Advisor Humatrope (somatropin) Humatrope Product Team Japan, and 2,5 years as medical Advisor/ Global Product Safety Physician responsible for Endocrine Products (Insulins, Insulin Analogs, Somatropin). She spend 4,5 yrs in Japan being involved in submission for adult growth hormone indication and supportring Japan Humatrope product team for ongoing clinical studies (somatropin injectable), R&D for somatropin inhaled formulations and GLP1 analogue phase 2. Speaks basic Japanese (Level 3 Japanese Proficiency). Since May 2008 She has started to work in the area of new developing oncology products for Astrazeneca R&D as Global Patient Safety Physician. She is holding this position up to date.


Manuel López. Gerente de Gestión Sanitaria y Market Access Manager, responsable de cuentas clave y líneas estratégicas de negocio. Consultor en Sanidad con más de 15 años de experiencia, especializado en transformación de ecosistemas digitales, procesos de cambio y mejora en sistemas sanitarios. Liderando la definicion estratégica TIC de Sistemas de Salud. Muy relacionado con el campo de la innovación, la modernización de las redes de salud pública, estrategias digitales y plataformas de interoperabilidad, reingeniería y diseño de procesos clínicos, análisis de datos y desarrollo de KPIs. Desarrollo e implementación de proyectos de Telemedicina y m-Health, Historia Clínica Electrónica, I+D+i.


Octavio Rivera. PhD Computer Eng. Associate Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Seville.

He will be co-supervising two Early Stage Researchers at CATCH.


Enrique Dorronzoro. Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Universidad de Sevilla


José Luis Sevillano. Director at ETS Ingeniería Informática, Universidad de Sevilla


Mercè Bonjorn. Digital Communication and Health. Degree in Communication Science, Executive MBA, Master in Communication Management. 14 years’ experience in marketing and sales in the pharma industry. Currently, doing the Industrial PhD through a Marie Curie Action, European Industrial Doctorate (ITN) (H2020) for the CATCH programme: Activating Technology for Connected Health on eHealth and Innovation Cancer Research.


Brian Caulfield. Professor Brian Caulfield is the lead Investigator in the ARCH (Applied Research for Connected Health) Centre, an industry-facing technology centre providing cross cutting research capability for the benefit of Irish industry in the Connected Health sector. Brian’s research programme is focused on exploiting technological advances to enhance human performance in the fields of connected health and sport. Brian has co-authored over 180 research publications, six patents, and has supervised over twenty graduate research MSc and PhD projects to completion.


Minna Isomursu. Professor, interaction- and co-design at IT-Universitetet i København

Majbritt Evald. Majbritt will be the main academic supervisor for one CATCH ESR and co-supervisor to an additional CATCH ESR.

Majbritt holds a PhD in Intrapreneurship and Organisation and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management at University of Southern Denmark (SDU). She is doing research in the areas of intrapreneurship, (open) innovation and (collaborate) entrepreneurship such as Public Private Innovation (PPI). Majbritt has several international publications in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation in journals such as: Journal of Business Venturing and Industrial Marketing Management.


Alejandro Rivero. R&D Manager at Salumedia for Digital Health Solutions.

Alejandro Rivero is a Research & Development Manager at Salumedia. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Mathematics Department at Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Alejandro has been working in different institutions across Europe, including Italy, Finland and Norway. His research interests include context-aware systems, artificial intelligence and Recommender systems, having published his work in well-known journals and conferences. Alejandro identifies digital health as one of the most promising fields of application.


Matilde Mora Fernandez. Matilde supervises one Early Stage Researcher.

Lecturer in Physical activity and Sport Science at Faculty of Educational Science ( University of Seville). Matilde has wide experience in physical activity intervention in breast cancer patients. Her research focuses on patients that survived cancer who have finished the oncological treatment. Furthermore, she developed aquatic exercise and Nordic Walking programs. In relation to this research, she is coordinating an agreement between University of Seville and ONCOAVANZE S.L. Currently she is supervising several Master Thesis and co-supervising doctoral thesis on improvement of quality of life in breast cancer patients. She is participating in the CATCH Horizon 2020 project of the European Community with a Marie Curie Fellowship.


Pedro Valero Jimenez. MD. Pedro works with one of the Early Stage Researchers providing expert advice.

Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Seville, Spain. Specialist in Clinical Oncology. Certification of aptitude by the European Medical Oncology Society. He is a prestigious oncologist with a wide experience (more than 40 years) in public and private hospitals. CEO of ONCOAVANZE Oncology Group and de Division of the Oncology at Quiron, Infanta Luisa and NISA Hospitals in Seville. Participant in CATCH project (Marie Curie Fellowship, Horizon 2020) as medical advisor. Co-director at the Clinical Research Unit, ONCOAVANZE Oncology Group and collaborative member on several projects at the Pharmacy Department at the University of Seville. Participant in numerous clinical trials as well as conferences and teaching.


Vasiliki Mylonopoulou. Vasiliki is an early stage researcher placed in University of Oulu. Her research area in the CHESS program is data visualization in combination with behavioral change and persuasive technology. Vasiliki studied Computer Engineering in her home country (Greece), due to her interest in technology. At the end of her studies, she realized that creating a functional digital artifact is not enough.

This artifact should be easily understood and used. In other words she thought that if technology is here to help people, then people should be taken into consideration when designing technology. As such, she wanted to learn more about human perception on computers and technology. Thus, she moved to Sweden to study Human-Computer Interaction and take her masters degree. There she focused on different ways of design, evaluation and visualization.


Michael Persson. Michael is an early stage researcher (ESR) for CHESSbased out of the University of Oulu, Finland. His topic of research is value co-creation in Connected Health services, and he is being supervised bymichael-new-2 Professor Minna Isomursu, and D.Sc. Karin Väyrynen. He intends to discover new ways to facilitate for value creation by bridging the gap between the service providers and the service users through proper implementation of ICT, and hopes that the research will culminate in new heuristics for development, and new ways to deliberate around a service-based perspective on information technology.

Michael has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in informatics from Umeå University, Sweden, in the topics of digital media production and human computer interaction, respectively. In his free time, he enjoys illustration, music, politics, and video games.


Rob Argent. Rob will be an Early Stage Researcher in the use of patient-controlled technology to support Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. His background as a Chartered Physiotherapist makes him ideally placed to combine CHESS research in the clinical setting in Beacon Hospital and the academic setting in UCD.

Rob’s clinical experience is largely in the NHS in the UK, as well as the private sector. He has worked primarily in Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and understands the challenges facing healthcare provision in both sectors. His main areas of interest are in improving service-user adherence to exercise programmes, maximising cost-effectiveness and utilising new innovative technology in healthcare.



Santiago Hors-Fraile is the CEO at Salumedia. He is currently pursuing a double PhD from the Maastricht University and the University of Seville. His research focuses on tailoring motivational messages to improve engagement and achieve behavioral changes using health recommender systems. He studied a MSc in Computer Engineering at the University of Seville, Spain, and a MSc in Software Engineering at Cranfield University, UK. He also studied a short-term program in Healthcare Digital Marketing in Madrid, Spain, and several international gamification courses.