Agnes Smáradóttir (IS)
Agnes Smáradóttir works as an attending physician at the Department of Medical Oncology at Landspitali, University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland. Smáradóttir is board certified from American Board of Internal Medicine, in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Her clinical work is mostly in the field of lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. One of her main interests is rehabilitation during and after chemotherapy . Research interests include lung cancer, esophageal cancer.
Alex Mitchell (UK)
Alex Mitchell is consultant in psycho-oncology at Leicestershire Partnership Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester and maintains the website www.psycho-oncology.info
In 2009 he was co-editor of the book “Screening for Depression: An Evidence based Approach” from Oxford University Press. His research interests includes the scientific approach to clinical diagnosis and improving quality of care.
In 2009 he was awarded the Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award for best international researcher psycho-oncology.
Christian Graugaard (DK)
For nearly two decades Christian Graugaard has been working solely within the field of sexology, both scientifically, clinically, and politically.
He is currently senior researcher at The University Library of Copenhagen, lecturer at the Department of Psychology (University of Copenhagen), and chairman of The Danish Family Planning Association, "Sex & Samfund". Further, he is editor-in-chief of the world's oldest medical journal, "Bibliotek for Læger", and has published extensively on sexuality related issues.
His primary research interests are: sexuality and disease, adolescent sexuality, and the history and sociology of body, gender, and sex.
Christoffer Johansen (DK)
MD, PhD, DSc (Med)
Since 2001 Dr. Johansen has been the Head of the Department of Psychosocial Cancer Research at the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology. The department conducts research using epidemiological methods, clinical trials and anthropological investigations.
Dr. Johansen has been a member for 5 years in the National Strategic Research Council in Denmark. Currently he is a member of the Swedish Cancerfonden and serves as co-editor of the Scandinavian cancer journal, Acta Oncologica. He is furthermore on the Editorial Board of European Journal of Cancer and PsychoOncology.
Christoffer Johansen is the first professor in cancer rehabilitation research inaugurated 2 February 2010. The research conducted by Dr. Johansen includes the hypothesis of an association between mind and cancer both as a risk factor and as a prognostic factor as well as various issues within psychosocial intervention and cancer rehabilitation.
Corinna Bergelt (GER)
MSc in psychology, PhD
Corinna Bergelt holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Her PhD thesis focused on individual goals in cancer rehabilitation.
She is currently a part of the psychooncological research group at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the Hamburg University Medical Centre. In addition to her research activities she is also involved in the education of medical students and teaches medical psychology and rehabilitation.
Her research covers various aspects of psychooncology, including psychosocial aspects of predictive genetic testing, cancer and the family, psychological risk factors for cancer, the evaluation of different cancer rehabilitation programs and occupational cancer rehabilitation.
Dorte Gilså Hansen (DK)
Since 2009 Dorte Gilså Hansen has been Head of the National Research Center of Cancer Rehabilitation Research, University of Southern Denmark.
Furthermore she is a Senior Researcher at the Research Unit for General Practice, University of Southern Denmark.
Dorte Gilså Hansen has long and broad experience as a researcher and supervisor for PhD students. Among her main research topics are cancer rehabilitation, diagnostic pathways, organisation and interdisciplinary collaboration, socioeconomic inequality and epidemiology.
Over the years she has been greatly involved in establishing and implementing various medical and multidisciplinary quality improvement projects in general practice in Denmark and in the European countries.
Eva Grunfeld (CA)
MD, DPhil, FCFP
Dr. Eva Grunfeld is a physician scientist with the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research, Health Services Research Program and Director of the Knowledge Translation Research Network.
At the same time she is the Giblon Professor and Director of Family Medicine Research at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
Her research focuses on evaluation and knowledge translation of cancer health services, covering the entire spectrum of cancer control activities. Among her many ongoing research projects, she is currently PI on a multicentre RCT evaluating survivorship care plans.
Frede Olesen (DK)
MD, PhD, DSc (Med)
Frede Olsen is Director of the Research Unit for General Practice and Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
He was the founding President of the European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine, Vice-President of the World Organization of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) and a member of the European working party on quality in family practice. In 2009 he received the Danish Medical Association's most prestigious award. Since 2006 Frede Olesen has been Chairman of the Danish Cancer Society.
Gunnar Steineck (SE)
Gunnar Steineck is professor at the Institute of Karonlinska at Göteborg University.
Helle Ploug Hansen (DK)
RN, Extended MA, PhD
Helle Ploug Hansen is professor in the research unit: Man, Health & Society, Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark.
She is head of the Milieu for Humanistic Cancer research and maintains the website www.mifohuk.dk. Furthermore she is part of the National Research Center of Cancer Rehabilitation, University of Southern Denmark.
Her research interests include an anthropological approach to patients’ experiences, needs and perspectives on cancer. Her present research is on cancer rehabilitation using different kinds of theory based qualitative research strategies.
Her publications cover various aspects of psycho-social and cultural aspects of cancer focusing on themes such as stigmatization and normalization, body image, narratives and govermentality.
Jens Overgaard (DK)
MD, DSc (Med)
Jens Overgaard is professor at Århus University.
Jette Vibe-Petersen (DK)
Jette Vibe-Petersen is Director of Health Care Centre for Cancer Survivors. She is a specialist in Internal Medicine and worked as a hospital doctor until 2006, when she decided to change her field of work to cancer rehabilitation. She is now the Director of the only centre for cancer rehabilitation in Denmark, a centre which she and her dedicated staff has built entirely from scratch over the past three years.
The centre functions as a close collaboration between the municipality of Copenhagen and The Danish Cancer Society.
The centre has extensive experience in cancer rehabilitation, and an external evaluation report in March 2010 has shown that the total joint rehabilitation activities in the centre are very beneficial for cancer patients and their relatives.
Jon Håvard Loge (NO)
Jon Håvard Loge holds a position as senior researcher at the National Resource Centre for late Effects after Cancer Treatment at the Oslo University Hospital. He is furthermore Professor II at the Department of Behavioural Sciences in Medicine at the University of Oslo.
His main interests of research are (1) methodological aspects of patient-reported outcomes (2) clinical studies in palliative medicine, cancer survivorship and cancer rehabilitation and (3) psycho-oncology.
Marianne Ewertz (DK)
MD, DSc (Med)
Marianne Ewertz is professor in clinical oncology with special focus on breast cancer at Odense University Hospital and the University of Southern Denmark.
She has combined a clinical career with research in cancer epidemiology with her most recent research focusing on side effects to breast cancer treatment such as cognitive function in relation to chemotherapy and risk of heart disease subsequent to radiotherapy for breast cancer.
She is chairman of the Scandinavian Breast Group, member of the Executive Committee and Steering Committee of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists´ Collaborative Group, and of the Danish Breast Cancer Collaborative Group.
Mariët Hagedoorn (NL)
Mariët Hagedoorn is appointed as a professor of Health Psychology at the University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Health Sciences, Section Health Psychology.
Her main focus of research is adaptation to cancer and other somatic illnesses (e.g. diabetes and renal dissease) within intimate relationships.
Specific research interests include (1) gender differences in psychological distress in both patients and their partners (2) the role of supportive communication in couples' adjustment and (3) the interplay of intra- and interpersonal factors in adaptation to disease.
Matti Rautalahti (FIN)
Since 1998 Matti Rautalahti has been the Chief Medical Officer of the Cancer Society of Finland.
One of his primary tasks is to coordinate and develop the cancer rehabilitation services the regional cancer societies offer and arrange. This includes small scale studies of the efficacy of rehabilitation.
Besides this Matti Rautalahti is involved in various preventive programs, projects and campaigns. His professional work and publications are mostly from the area of cancer epidemiology.
Mia Bergenmar (SE)
Mia Bergenmar holds a position at the Unit for Outcome and Quality Assessment at the Department of Oncology, Karolinska University Hospital.
She is a member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Group.
Currently she is a part of a psychooncological research group at the Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet. Her main focus of research is patient information, patient satisfaction and quality of life.
Robbert Sanderman (NL)
MSc in Psychology, PhD
Robbert Sanderman is a trained clinical psychologist. Since 1999 he has been professor in Health Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Psychology at the University of Groningen.
He is furthermore scientific director of the Graduate School for Health Research (SHARE), a research school and research institute of the University Medical Center Groningen.
Robbert Sanderman's research is focused on psychological and social adaptive processes in patients with chronic somatic diseases and he is involved in studies testing the efficacy of psychosocial interventions aimed at restoring quality of life among such groups of patients.
Robbert Sanderman is among others Chair of the Board of the Research Institute Psychology and Health; and Honory Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society and member of the Scientific committee of the Consumer Quality-Index in the Netherlands
Robert Zachariae (DK)
Professor, MSc, MDSci
Robert Zachariae is head of the Psychooncology Research Unit at the Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, and Department of Psychology, Aarhus University.
His current research activities include sociodemographic, clinical, and psychosocial predictors of Quality-of-Life and prognosis in a large national cohort of women treated for breast cancer, effects of Emotional Disclosure Intervention in cancer patients, cognitive impairment related to cancer and cancer treatments, and information and communication needs of cancer patients.
Sophie D. Fosså (NO)
For 40 years Sophie D. Fosså has been working at the Norwegian Radium Hospital as a Medical oncologist and radiotherapist .
The last 15 years she has been chairperson of the National Resource Centre for longterm studies after Cancer.
Sophie D. Fosså has published widely in the international literature and have ca 500 publications on PubMed. She is especially interested in urological oncology and has done thorough research on testicular cancer.
Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton (DK)
Susanne O. Dalton is working as a senior researcher at the Department of Psychosocial Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society.
Her main focus of research is social inequality in cancer outcomes and she has conducted a number of population-based studies on social position and risk for and prognosis after cancer.
Other areas of research include depression both as a risk factor for and late effect of cancer, as well as other aspects of cancer rehabilitation including returning to work.
Ulrika Kreicbergs (SE)
Dr. Kreicbergs (Associate Professor in 2009) holds a position as a senior researcher at the Karolinska Institutet, Dept. of Women and Children’s Health, Stockholm, Sweden as well as at the Sophiahemmet University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
Prior to embarking on doctoral education, she had 8 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse in medical oncology, orthopedic and pediatrics.
Dr. Kreicbergs research is focused on children with advanced illness. A common denominator of the research is the “holistic” psycho-social perspective which considers not only the sick child, but also the family and the caregivers.
The overall aim is to minimize the child’s suffering and reduce the psycho-social morbidity in family members and caregivers by identifying harmful, yet avoidable or modifiable health-care related factors.
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried (USA)
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, is the Webb Chair and Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University at Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and also the Associate Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
She is a nutrition scientist whose research spans basic science studies focused on determining the role of food-related components on cancer progression, to clinical research that involves nutrition-related concerns of cancer patients, as well as determining effective lifestyle interventions that improve the overall health of cancer survivors and their families.
Her laboratory has conducted some of the largest studies exploring metabolic and body composition changes in response to cancer treatment.