Meet the Speakers

Mustafa Arici, MD., is Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) at Hacettepe University in Ankara-TURKEY.  He is as an Ordinary Member to the ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplantation Association) Council since May 2015. He is a member of the Science Academy,TURKEY since 2014.
Ewelina Biskup, attending physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Universtiy Hospital of Basel, Switzerland and Associate Professor at the Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Graduated from medical school in Germany, doing her MD at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics (Prof.Kai Simons), pursuing medical training in Shanghai, Boston (Harvard Medical School hospitals) and New York, followed by residency training in Switzerland and China. Has been a foreign lecturer at the Tongji University, Shanghai, since 2011. During medicalstudies, she worked in the European Parliament, engaging in Europe-China projects..
Josep Comin-Colet, consultant of Cardiology at Cardiology Department of the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona.  Head of Heart Director of the Heart Failure Program at the Hospital del Mar (Univerity Hosptal i Barcelona, Spain). Director of the Heart Diseases Biomedical Research Group at the Research Institute of the Hospital del Mar (IMIM) in Barcelona, 2012-2016. Past Vice President of the Catalan Society of Cardiology. Member of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and Advisor to the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia for organization of care of patients with chronic conditions.
Ana Sofia Duque, Internal Medicine Specialist, Geriatrics Competence Orthogeriatric Unit Coordinator, São Francisco Xavier Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal. Invited Lecturer of Geriatrics – Faculty of Medicine – University of Lisbon. Member of the Coordination of the Geriatrics Study Group of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine. Member of the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing. Awarded the national prize Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa “Nunes Correa Verdades de Faria” for the effort in the development of elderly care, 2015.
Christina Alessandra Eichstaedt, after a Bachelor in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) I specialised in human genetics during a Master of Philosophy in Applied Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (UK). For my PhD dissertation  I investigated the genetic adaptation to high altitude of Andean populations and received my PhD degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2014. Subsequently I started a Post-Doc at the Centre for Pulmonary Hypertension at the Thoraxclinic and the Institute for Human Genetics at the University Hospital Heidelberg to research genetics and epigenetics of  pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Reinold (Rijk) O.B. Gans, studied Medicine at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. After graduation he completed is training in internal medicine at the Free University Hospital, Amsterdam. He wrote his thesis about insulin and blood pressure regulation. In 1997 he was appointed professor of Medicine, shortly follwed by his appointment as head and chair of the department of Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), the Netherlands, a position he still currently holds.
Alberto M. Marra studied Medicine at „Federico II University” of Naples until 2008 with working experience in the Czech Republic and France. In 2009, he started his training in Internal Medicine at “Federico II” University Hospital in Naples. Besides his clinical activities, he was involved in several research projects focused on Chronic Heart Failure.  In 2010, he becomes a member of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI) become a board member of the Italian Young Internists Group (GIS), representing Campania region and in 2013 he joined the Young Internists Subcommittee.
Alexis Müller-Marbach, studies in medicine in Greifswald, Graz, Grenoble and Paris. Residency and deputy in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, university hospital of Düsseldorf till 2016. Head of the universitary Ultrasound department from 2012-2016. Specialized in diagnostic and Interventional Endoscopy and Ultrasound. Teacher for abdominal Ultrasound on national and international level. Since 2017 head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Palliative Care in Velbert.
Klaus F. Rabe, has been active in various fields of respiratory medicine worldwide. His current scientific interests are related to large clinical trials in COPD and asthma, the mechanisms of airway inflammation and the endoscopic staging of lung cancer. Professor Rabe has been involved in many major COPD trials, including the pivotal roflumilast studies. Professor Rabe is Past President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the German Center for Lung Research.
Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 1990 and Core Faculty, Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Redberg is the Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of ) and has spearheaded the journal’s new focus on health care reform and “less is more”, which highlights areas of health care with no known benefit and definite risks. Her research interests are in the area of health policy and technology assessment, and how to promote high value care, focusing on high risk medical devices as well as the need for inclusion of women in clinical trials of such devices.
Ieva Ruza, after graduation from Riga Stradins University in Latvia Ieva Ruža has done her training in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, with later specialization in endocrinology. A short-term fellowship was carried out in University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, USA. She has additional training or work expericence in Germany, Austria, UK and USA, participation in numerous national and international conferences in various roles. She is currently working as an internist and endocrinologist in Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia, doing both in-patient and out-patient work. In addition to this, Ieva Ruža is a PhD student and an assistant teacher of endocrinology in Riga Stradiņš University, her scientific interests are calcium metabolism in sarcoidosis patients.
Manu Shankar-Hari joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ critical care team as a consultant physician and clinician researcher in 2009.He is the chairman of the Sepsis Quality Improvement Project in the hospital.Manu’s research focuses on lymphocyte biology and epidemiology of sepsis.His immunology research explores the acute changes in immunoglobulin molecules,free light chains and lymphocyte abnormalities in sepsis related critical illness.His epidemiology research explores the reasons for international variations in sepsis epidemiology,ways to improve septic shock definitions and the determinants of long-term mortality in acute illness survivors.Manu has been a faculty teaching performing observational research course at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London since 2011
Ali Taher, MD, PhD, FRCP, is a Professor of Medicine at the Division of Hematology & Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) located in, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Taher is an adjunct Professor of Hematology & Medical Oncology at Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA and a Member of the “Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society”.
Jaap T van Dissel, after finishing his MD study and PhD thesis, Jaap T van Dissel trained in internal medicine and specialized in infectious diseases at Leiden University Medical Center. On a NWO-Talent research grant, he was a fellow at Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC and Cold Spring Harbor laboratories (1992-1993). He was appointed professor of Medicine and head of the dept of Infectious Diseases at LUMC in 1999. Prof Van Dissel set up a referral centre for the diagnosis and treatment of adults with immunodeficiency disorders, and a regional infectious diseases service and research network of clinics and GPs in the western part of The Netherlands. Research activities included immunogenetic studies on the host-pathogen interactions in intracellular infection (focusing on pathways in immune deficiency), exploratory clinical trials of vaccines, and clinical and biomarker studies in infectious disease. He was a member of the Dutch Health Council, Dutch Medicine Evaluation board and the medical Litigation Court. In 2013, he took up the position of director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Control at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM – Bilthoven) of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and continues to work part-time at LUMC. A main task in his current position concerns containment of antimicrobial resistance.