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Politics, media and guidelines: a dangerous mix?

Ceci ConnollyCeci Connolly (The Washington Post - USA) - Sent apologies as she could not participate

Ceci Connolly has been a national staff writer at the Washington Post since 1997, covering national politics, health care and several major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. As the national health policy correspondent for the Post she spent the past year chronicling President Obama's drive for sweeping health-care legislation. She frequently appears as a commentator on national television and is popular on the public speaking circuit. She is one of the lead authors of “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All.” For much of her career, Connolly has dedicated herself to clear, insightful coverage of U.S. politics at the national, state and local levels. She has reported on every U.S. presidential campaign since 1984 and has written extensively about Congress, including the rise and fall of House Speaker Newt Gingrich. She was a major contributor to the book "Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election." She spent two years based in Mexico City, traveling extensively throughout Latin America. She also produced a multi-media project on HIV-AIDS along the U.S.-Mexico border, and published a magazine series for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examining the links between socioeconomic factors and health. Connolly has appeared on PBS' Washington Week, The Early Show on CBS, NPR's Diane Rehm Show and several cable news programs. She has spoken at the prestigious National Press Club, the Chautauqua Institution, the Cleveland Clinic and numerous universities, including Yale, Syracuse, Harvard, Columbia and Case Western. In early 2001, Connolly was awarded a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She arrived in Washington in 1993 to cover politics for Congressional Quarterly, the magazine of record on Capitol Hill, and spent two years in the Washington bureau of the St. Petersburg Times. Prior to coming to Washington, she worked at the Associated Press in Boston, and at two New England dailies, the Concord Monitor and the Patriot Ledger. To learn more on Ceci Connolly visit:

Jennifer J. Padberg (Infectious Diseases Society of America - USA)

Jennifer has been involved in guideline development at various medical-specialty organizations since 1996.  As VP of Clinical Affairs at IDSA, she has oversight of a growing practice guideline program, quality improvement initiatives and general physician practice-related issues.  Jennifer received a master of public health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics in 2001.

Woolf_headshot.jpgSteven Woolf, (Virginia Commonwealth University - USA)

Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H, is Professor at the Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and is director of the VCU Center on Human Needs.  He received his M.D. in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.P.H. in 1987.  He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. Dr. Woolf has published more than 150 articles in a career that has focused on evidence-based medicine and the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, with a special focus on preventive medicine, cancer screening, quality improvement, and social justice.  From 1987 to 2002 he served as science advisor to, and then member of, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  Dr. Woolf edited the first two editions of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and is author of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice.  He is associate editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and served as North American editor of the British Medical Journal.  He has consulted widely on various matters of health policy with government agencies and professional organizations in the United States and Europe, and in 2001 was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Effective implementation: bridging the gap between evidence and action

Eccles_headshot.jpgMartin Eccles (Newcastle University - UK)

Martin Eccles directs the Effective Practice and Organisation of Care research programme within The Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Public Health. He is a Visiting Professor at the Ottawa Health Research Institute and is founding Co-Editor-in Chief of the open access electronic journal Implementation Science and an editor for the Cochrane Collaboration Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Review Group. He is a practicing general practitioner.

Grilli_headshot1.JPGRoberto Grilli (Regional Agency for Health and Social Care of Emilia-Romagna - Italy)

Roberto Grilli is a health services researcher whose areas of interest include quality of care assessment and improvement,  health care technology assessment, development and implementation of practice guidelines, governance in healthcare organizations, development of policies for promoting research and innovation in health services. From 1994 up to 2006 he was among the editors of  the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC).


Wensing_headshot.jpgMichel Wensing (Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre - Netherlands)

Michel Wensing is a health services researcher with initial training in research sociology at the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands. His research has focused on the implementation of clinical guidelines in primary care. Areas of interests include cardiovascular health, mental health, patient safety, out-of-hours care, practice management, and implementation theories.


Challenges in managing conflicts of interest in guideline development

Moss_headshot.jpgJoel Moss (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - USA)

Joel Moss, M.D., Ph.D. is Deputy Chief of the Translational Medicine Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Brandeis University (1967), summa cum laude, and received M.D. - PhD. (biochemistry) degrees from New York University School of Medicine (1972). Following internship and residency (medicine; John Hopkins Hospital), he completed post-doctoral and pulmonary fellowships (NHLBI). At NHLBI since 1974, he has co-authored over 575 scientific papers, edited/co-authored several books, including one on ethical considerations in clinical research, and is a co-inventor of biotechnology patents. Dr. Moss was a member of the NHLBI Institutional Review Board from 1988-2006, and Chair from 1995-2006. Subjects of his clinical research include destructive lung diseases, e.g., lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), cystic fibrosis, with primary emphasis effects of infection/inflammation and susceptibility/modifier genes on disease progression and severity. His basic research focuses on guanine nucleotide- binding proteins in vesicular trafficking and the effects of ADP-ribosylation, a post-translational modification of proteins, in health and disease. Dr. Moss is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Association of American Physicians, American Thoracic Society and American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). He has been an ASCI Councilor and Vice President.

Marjukka MakelaMarjukka Mäkelä (Director FINOHTA at the National Institute for Health and Welfare - Finland)

Professor Marjukka Mäkelä is the Director of the Finnish Office for Health Technology Assessment (FINOHTA) at THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare) in Finland. A general practitioner by first training, her main interest is to support evidence-based decisions by providing relevant and reliable information to patients, clinicians, and policymakers. Marjukka joined in the G-I-N Board of Trustees for several years, also as vice-chair and chair.

DeAngelis_headshot.jpgCatherine DeAngelis (Journal of the American Medical Association - USA)

Dr. DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association and Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.  She has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has received numerous awards for humanitarianism and medical excellence.  Dr. DeAngelis is a former council member of the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served as an officer of numerous national academic societies.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the US Government Accountability Office.

A seat at the table: the effects of consumer engagement in guideline development

Kay DickersinKay Dickersin (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - USA)

Kay is Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Clinical Trials and Director of the US Cochrane Center (USCC), one of 13 Centers worldwide participating in The Cochrane Collaboration.  The USCC supports Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE), a partnership with health and consumer advocacy organizations, started in 2003. Over the past 20+ years, Kay has taught courses on evidence-based healthcare, epidemiology, clinical trials and systematic reviews for scientists, consumers, and others. In 1994-5, Kay developed the original Project LEAD science curriculum for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, a course that has been expanded and refined over the past 15 years.  With Musa Mayer, Taddy has co-developed the CUE-USCC online course for consumer advocates “Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action”, launched in 2007. Kay received her MA in Zoology (Cell Biology) from the University of California Berkeley in 1975 and her PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1989.  Her major research interests are related to randomized clinical trials, trials registers, systematic reviews, publication bias, and evidence-based healthcare.

Ganiats_headshot.jpgTheodore Ganiats (University of California San Diego - USA)

Theodore Ganiats is professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.  He is a family physician who is also a health services researcher who focuses on quality of life and cost-effectiveness. He has participated on over 40 national guideline and performance improvement panels and has done research on shared decision making.


vanderWeijden_headshot.jpgTrudy van der Weijden (Maastricht University - Netherlands)

Trudy van der Weijden received her medical degree in 1989 and made a choice for fulltime research early in her career. She certified as epidemiologist, and is now appointed as professor in Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines at the department of General Practice of Maastricht University. She is leading one of the research programs of the School for Public Health and Primary Care (Caphri), called 'Implementation of evidence'. Her studies are about knowledge transfer; defining and describing quality of care, and improving quality of care through implementation of guidelines and innovations. Her research has a specific focus on the patient perspective and patient participation in medical decision-making where the tension is felt between rationalizing work (the application of guidelines) and patient-centered work (the practice of the consultation). She is visiting senior fellow at Nijmegen IQ Scientific Institute for Quality of Health Care, working with Richard Grol, the Netherlands, and at the Cardiff Department of Primary Care and Public Health, working with Glyn Elwyn, UK.

Gyte_headshot.jpgGill Gyte (Cochrane Pregnancy and Chilbirth Group, UK) - Sent apologies as she could not participate

Gill Gyte has worked with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group since 1997 bringing women’s views to the Cochrane reviews in that group.  She is very interested in guideline development and dissemination, and have been a consumer representative on two NICE guidelines and one WHO guideline, and commented as a consumer on a number of others guidelines. Gill received the 2003 Chris Silagy Prize in recognition of her contribution to the Cochrane Collaboration.

Rationing or Rationality? Health economics in national guidance (Guidelines and cost effectiveness)

Macbeth_headshot.JPGFergus McBeth (Centre for Clinical Practice, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - UK)

Fergus Macbeth has been director of the clinical guidelines programme at NICE for almost 2 years. He has worked as a consultant oncologist for over 20 years and been involved with guideline development for 15 years, chairing a guideline group for SIGN and running a team in Cardiff developing cancer guidelines for NICE. He is involved with clinical trials in lung cancer and is Joint Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Lung Cancer Review Group.

Kristensen_headshot.jpgFinn Børlum Kristensen (University of Southern Denmark, EUNetHTA - Denmark)

Finn Børlum Kristensen is a public health physician and general practitioner and holds an adjunct professorship in Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment at the Faculty of Health Sciences of University of Southern Denmark. He was the Director of Danish Centre for Health Technology Assessment from 1997-2009 and promoted the establishment of the Danish Secretariat for Clinical Guidelines in 2000. He now works on international collaboration in HTA and leads a Joint Action between the European Commission and the EU Member States involving 34 government nominated partners from 24 European countries. He was a founding member of the G-I-N Board of Trustees.

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