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THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person is governed by an

Executive Committee, nominated and elected from within the general membership.

The Committee meets every two months, and its remit includes:

  • Setting the Collaborative's annual strategic objectives and and managing their progress

  • Overseeing the organisation of meetings, courses, and events

  • Approving and monitoring progress of work programmes and project groups

  • Publicising and promoting the Collaborative's work

The Executive Committee ensures that the work of the Collaborative aligns with the overall vision, and with the values represented within its core objectives.

MEET THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Professor
Carl Johan Fürst
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Carl Johan Fürst, M.D., is professor of palliative medicine at the Institute for Palliative Care (Palliativt Utvecklingscentrum), Lund University, Sweden.  He has a background in oncology but has practiced palliative medicine for the last decades.  His present academic focus is on topics related to quality aspects of palliative care; including symptoms, clinical guidelines, communication skills, leadership and bereavement.  He is co-chairing the International Collaborative for Best Care fo the Dying Person.

University of Lund,

Sweden

Vice Chair

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Professor John Ellershaw is the Head of the Palliative Care Unit at the University of Liverpool, where his main research interests are care of the dying, ethics, and medical education.  As Chair of the International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person, he directs the Coordinating Centre and oversees the work undertaken by each of the international project groups.  

Professor John Ellershaw

Committee Chair

University of Liverpool
United Kingdom
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Carl Johan Fürst, MD, is professor of palliative medicine at the Institute for Palliative Care (Palliativt Utvecklingscentrum), Lund University, Sweden.  He has a background in oncology but has practiced palliative medicine for the last decades.  His present academci focus is on topics related to quality aspects of palliative care, including symptoms, clinical guidelines, communication skills, leadership, and bereavement.    

Professor Carl Johan Fürst

Vice Chair

Lund University
Sweden
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Biography coming soon.

Associate Professor
Mark Boughey

Treasurer

St Vincent's Hospital
Melbourne, Australia
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Grethe Skorpen Iversen, RN, is a registered palliative care nurse based at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, and a network coordinator for the Regional Centre of Excellence for Palliative Care, Western Norway.  She has been a member of the International Collaborative Executive Committee for several years and is co-Chair of the Facilitator Network. 

Grethe Skorpen Iversen, RN

Secretary

Haukeland University Hospital, 
Bergen, Norway
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Dr Vilma Tripodoro has worked as a physician for over 30 years and held leadership roles at a university teaching hospital.  In 2001 she joined Pallium Latinoamerica, an NGO that promotes palliative care development and educatoin in South America.  She acheived her PhD in 2016.  As a member of the Executive Committee, Vilma hosted the Fifth Annual Symposium in Buenos Aires in 2018 and is actively involved in research projects including ERA-Net LAC CODE and the iLIVE project. 

Dr Vilma Tripodoro

Committee Member

Pallium Latinoamerica
Argentina
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Biography coming soon.

Dr Susie Wilkinson

International Liaison Lead

University of Liverpool
United Kingdom
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Catarina Simoes, RN, MSc, PhDs, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Escola Superior de Saude Santa Maria, and a palliative care nurse at Hospital da Luz Arrabida, Porto, Portugal. 

She is a member of both the Portuguese Palliaitve Care Association and (APCP) and the scientific and technical coordination of the Portuguese Palliative Care Observatory.  Her main research interests are care of the dying, ethics, and bereavement. 

Associate Professor
Catarina Simões, RN

Co-opted Member

Escola Superior de Saúde Santa Maria
Porto, Portugal
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Biography coming soon.

Professor Naveen Salins

Co-opted Member

Kasturba Medical College,
Manipal, India
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Agnes van der Heide, MD, PhD, is Professor of End of Life Care and Decision Making at Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam and has been working in end-of-life care research since 1995.  She investigates epidemiological, clincal, ethical and legal aspects of care, and has been principal investigator of many research projects at local, national, and international levels.  She is currently coordinating the Horizon 2020-funded iLIVE project.

Professor Agnes van der Heide

Co-opted Member

Erasmus University Medical Center
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Dr Marisa Martin-Rosello is a specialist in geriatrics by training and has more than 32 years' experience as a palliative care consultant.  She is co-director of the Master in Palliative Care and collaborating professor of Palliative Medicine at tha School of Medicine o fthe Univerity of Malaga.  Her main research interests focus on the provision of pallaitive care models, complexity within pallaitive care context, and care for the dying. 

As a member of the Executive Committee, Marisa coordinates the annual Summer School meeting. 

Dr Marisa Martin Rosello

Co-opted Member

Cudeca Hospice
Malaga, Spain
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Prof. Dr. Piret Paal is head of the Institute for Palliative Care at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria.  She is Chair of the EAPC Education Reference Group and Action Lead of the EU-funded project "COllaboratively DEveloped culturallY Appropriate and inclusive Assessment tool for Palliative Care Education".  Prof Paal is the author of an EAPC while paper on multidisciplinary spiritual care education in palliative care (2020) and her research interests include spiritual care, palliative care, and global health.

Professor Piret Paal

Co-opted Member

Paracelsus Medical University
Austria
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