Speakers

PLENARY SESSION NOVEMBER 15th

 

Sheila Tlou
Prof. Sheila Tlou has just made Avance Media's list of 100 Most Influential Women in Africa. She is the Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and the Co-Chair of the Nursing Now Global Campaign. From 2010 to 2017 she was Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana (2004-2009). She is also former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development. She has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical and social science students on Race/Ethnic and Gender issues relating to HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She played a key role in development of nursing and medical education curricula to broaden the scope of Health Sciences education in Botswana and SADC.

She has received more than 30 international awards, among them the Botswana Presidential Order of Honor, the President award from the US National Academy of Nursing, the President award from the US National League for Nursing, the Princess Srinagarindra award from Thailand, the Christianne Reimann award from the International Council of Nurses, and The Princess Muna Al Hussein award from the American Nurses Credentialing Centre. She is the United Nations Eminent Person for Women, Girls, and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, and the International Council of Nurses Goodwill Ambassador for Girl Child Education.

 

PLENARY SESSION NOVEMBER 17th

 

Sangeeta Mehta
MD, FRCPC. Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto. Medical Surgical ICU. Mount Sinai Hospital.

 

Uxua Lazkanotegui Matxiarena
Director of Nursing at the Clinica Padre Menni in Pamplona. Specialist Mental Health Nurse. Associate Professor at the Public University of Navarra and member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Mental Health Nursing.
I have a diploma in nursing from the University of Navarra and a degree in nursing from the University of Salamanca. I am a specialist in Mental Health and have training in health and mental health management.
My professional career at Hermanas Hospitalarias de Navarra as Director of Nursing, an activity that I combine with my teaching role as Associate Lecturer at the Public University of Navarra where I teach Mental Health.
I am linked to the profession through my professional and associative facet as a member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Mental Health Nurses.
I have collaborated in several research studies linked to the Public University of Navarra and the Institute of Psychiatric Research.
On a daily basis, I work to raise the profile of nursing competence, especially mental health nursing, and I fight to end the stigmatisation of people suffering from mental illness.

 

Jordi González Jiménez
Head of Territorial Deployment of Plans and Projects in the field of Mental Health and Addictions of the Catalan Health System. Division of Territorial Deployment, Management of Organisations, of the Area of Organisations and Professionals of the Catalan Health System. Nurse. Specialised training in Health Management and Quality Methodologies. Professional experience in the field of health care and in the management of mental health services.
Nurse with extensive experience in the management of health services and nursing teams.
He has developed a large part of his activity in Mental Health and Addictions Health Organisations, managing and coordinating nursing teams in various devices, mainly in the community area.
In parallel, and in addition to her training in Hospital Management and Administration and Management of Nursing Services, he has focused on the knowledge and application of Quality and Excellence in Management Models (EFQM).
He also collaborates in teaching at Universities and has participated, occasionally, in research studies.
He is currently working within the Catalan Health System where, from the Management of Organisations, he is the referent for the Territorial Deployment of Projects and Programmes in the field of Mental Health and Addictions.

 

PLENARY SESSION NOVEMBER 19th

 

Dr. Jean Watson.
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Rovira i Virgili (2010)

PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN)
Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation's first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. She is Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute (www.watsoncaringscience.org). In 2013 Dr. Watson was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor.
She is a widely published author and recipient of many national/international awards and honors, including: The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing; maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia; a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden; The Hildebrand Center for Compassion in Medicine Award Notre Dame University; Academy Integrative Medicine and Healing Award for pioneering work in Caring Science; Japanese International Society of Caring and Peace Chair. She holds fifteen (15) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 12 International Honorary Doctorates (E. G. Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, British Colombia and Quebec, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Peru and Colombia, S. America).
Dr. Watson's caring philosophy and Theory of HumanCcaring, and Caritas Processes of Caring Science are used to guide transformative models of caring education; and professional caring- healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide.
At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing; the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work.
As author /co-author of over 30 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, mindful caring science practices, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science and global advance in caring literacy. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century.

 

Dr. Alaf Ibrahim Meleis
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Alicante (2014)

Dr. Afaf Ibrahim Meleis is a Professor of Nursing and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing and Director of the School's WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership from 2002 through 2014. This followed her 34-year tenure as a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Dr. Meleis is an internationally renowned nurse scientist and medical sociologist. Over the course of 5 decades her scholarly contributions have informed generations of nurses around the world and influenced their education, practice and research programs. Her writings and research have advanced knowledge in global health, women's health, culturally competent practice, interprofessional education and the epistemological analysis of the discipline of nursing. Much of her life's work has been dedicated to uncovering the experiences and the voices of vulnerable women who are burdened by societal inequities, multiplicity of roles, differential compensation and rewards, and the gender divide. She used this knowledge to redefine women's work and contributions and to develop Transitions Theory, which is used globally and is translated into policy, research and evidence-based practice.
Dr. Meleis is the author of more than 200 articles published in peer reviewed, interdisciplinary and international journals. She is also the author of 50 chapters, 7 books, and numerous monographs, proceedings and policy papers. Her books continue to be used nationally and internationally, chief among them, Transitions Theory: Middle Range and Situation Specific Theories in Research and Practice and several editions of the ground-breaking Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress, with a 6th edition expected to be published in 2017. Her co-edited book, "Women's Health and the World's Cities", innovatively examines the relationship between global urbanization and women's health and is just one example of her far-reaching research, as it was widely disseminated through international networks, conferences and launches, which in turn inspired collaboration and change.
A reflection of the international impact of Dr. Meleis' work is evident in her world-wide (in over 40 countries) consultations, invited keynotes and mentorship of hundreds of students, faculty, clinicians and administrators. Her leadership in the International Council on Women's Health Issues played a central role in inspiring scholarship in women's health and in bringing together world leaders to form partnerships to improve the lives of women. Her leadership is also evident in the many boards and committees she actively participates in, including her role as a board member of Aga Khan University and a board member of The Buck Institute for Research on Aging. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where she co-chaired its Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, as well as a board member of The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholars program. She co-chaired the Harvard-Penn-Lancet Commission on Women and Health, the results of which were published in a full Lancet issue in 2015 was on Women's and Family Health, which will provided USA Administration and Congress with a road map, the spectrum of issues that impact the health of women and families globally.
Dr. Meleis is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, as well as honorary professorships and doctorates. Among them is, a Doctorate of Medicine from Linköping University, Sweden; a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Alicante, Spain; the distinguished Honorary Citizenship of Oporto, Portugal and the Princes Award from Thailand. In 2015 she received the American Academy of Nursing Living Legend Award and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award, and she was inducted as an Honorary Fellow in the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education. Most recently, she was admitted to Women's Hall of Fame in Marin County, California. She received the University of California San Francisco Chancellor's Award and was named by Carnegie Corporation as one of the great immigrants.
Dr. Meleis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alexandria (1961), earned an M.S. in nursing (1964), an M.A. in sociology (1966) and a Ph.D. in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Dr. Rosa María Alberdi
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Murcia (2016)

It is always difficult for me to summarise my CV, so I will start with the most obvious, which are my qualifications: I have a Diploma in Nursing, a Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Public Health (University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia), a Masters in Leadership and Management of Nursing Services (University of Barcelona), a Masters in Cognition and Human Evolution (University of the Balearic Islands) and a Masters in Mediation Practices in Organisations (University of Barcelona).
I have dedicated almost my entire professional career to teaching, having worked in the Nursing Schools of the Universities of Barcelona, Autónoma de Madrid, Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Seville and in the Faculties of Nursing and Physiotherapy and Medicine of the Balearic Islands.
Since 2000, I have been a tenured lecturer at the University of the Balearic Islands, where I teach the subjects of Conceptual and Professional Bases, Ethics and Service Management in the Faculty of Nursing and Clinical Management in the Faculty of Medicine.
Between 2004 and 2013 I dedicated myself to the political activity, being a councillor in the Consell de Mallorca and a member of the Balearic Parliament. I assumed responsibilities in the leadership of the Socialist Party of the Balearic Islands (PSIB-PSOE), being Secretary of Institutional Relations (2005-1009) and Secretary of Organisation (2009-2013) of the regional executive. My legislative work focused on the areas of education and health and the experience that I gained enriched my personal and professional life considerably.
For the last five academic years, I have been introduced, through the subject of Conceptual and Professional Foundations, to the teaching of the history of the profession, a subject to which I have been linked for many years through my studies on professional identity and the gender perspective. I feel that the opportunity to delve into the roots of the profession makes possible to understand the present much better and to design the future with more certainty.
From November 2017 to February 2020, I have been Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Physiotherapy of the Balearic Islands.
Having said this, I would like to point out that care and teaching are two of my main passions and through their exercise I have had the opportunity to meet magnificent people, some of whom have ended up being my Friends, and, above all, the fact that my professional life has revolved around these two subjects, has allowed me to participate and experience first-hand, or in positions of privileged spectator, the main events that have led the nursing profession to its current disciplinary and professional position.
My main lines of work are the development of the nursing profession, the ethics of care and gender. I have worked especially on the relationship between nursing as a highly feminised profession and its relationship to nursing development. More recently I have been working on the issue of the political competence of nurses.
I am the author of a number of publications and articles and regularly participate in continuing education activities and professional conferences and meetings.
Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to receive several awards, among which I would like to highlight the "A prop teu" Award from the Barcelona College of Nursing (2004), the appointment as Honorary Academician of the Academy of Nursing Sciences of Bizkaya (2014), the doctorate Honoris Causa from the Academy of Nursing Sciences of Bizkaya (2014), and the doctorate Honoris Causa from the Academy of Nursing Sciences of Bizkaya (2014), the doctorate Honoris Causa awarded to me by the University of Murcia in 2016, the second prize of the María Plaza Award granted by the Socialist Party of the Balearic Islands (2017) and the Florence Nightingale Award granted by the College of Nursing of the Balearic Islands in May 2017.
For many years, poetry has been intertwined in my life. To date I have published 6 collections of poetry, four solo and two in collaboration, all with a independent publishing house of which I am a member. I keep an active blog in where I publish the most important aspects of the both areas of my career: the professional and the poetic. http://www.rosamariaalberdi.com/

 

Dr. Linda Aiken
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Vic (2017)

PhD, RN
Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, is The Claire Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Founding Director of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Dr. Aiken is the author of more than 400 scientific papers. She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine and a former President of the American Academy of Nursing.
The impact of her international research as been recognized by the Christiane Reimann Prize from the International Council of Nurses and the Episteme and Research Hall of Fame awards from Sigma Theta Tau International.
Dr. Aiken co-directed the European Union-funded RN4CAST study that produced important policy-relevant data and reports on nursing resources and patient outcomes in Spain.

 

Dr. Doris Grinspum
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Lleida (2018)

PhD, MSN, BScN, RN, LLD(hon), Dr(hc), O.ONT
Doris Grinspun is the Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in the province of Ontario - Canada's largest jurisdiction. RNAO's mandate is to promote healthy public policy and the role of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Grinspun assumed this position in 1996. She is the founder and visionary of RNAO's internationally recognised Good Practice Guidelines Program and a leading figure in health policy and nursing in Canada and internationally.
From 1990 to 1996, Grinspun served as Director of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She has also worked in both nursing practice and administrative activities in Israel and the United States. Grinspun, who was born in Chile, holds an RN degree from Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem, Israel; a BSc in Nursing and Organisational Behaviour from Tel Aviv University, Israel; a MSc in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; and a PhD in Sociology from the Department of Sociology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Grinspun is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Ottawa, and an associate member of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University. Grinspun served on the board of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) from 2013 to 2017. She has led several Sigma task forces and committees and is a proud Sigma's Virginia Henderson fellow.
For more than two decades, Grinspun has led many international programmes in Latin and Central America, China, Australia and Europe. She has published extensively and lectured extensively in Canada and abroad. She is a strong advocate for Canada's universal health care system and the contribution of both registered nurses and nurse practitioners to its success. Her expertise is in the areas of health and nursing.
Grinspun appears frequently in the media, updating issues in nursing, health, social policy, and evidence-based practice. She has been featured in major media outlets and publications for her bold, compelling and visionary leadership. Examples include The City North (Ontario, 2004); National Review of Medicine (Canada, 2004); Provincial Profile GP (Ontario, 2005); Pace International (Australia, 2005); Factor Hispano (2006); Nursing Economic$ (United States, 2010); Jewish Tribune (Canada, 2013); El País (Spain, 2014); La Vanguardia (Spain, 2012, 2014); and numerous newspapers in Chile, Peru, and Spain in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Throughout her career, Grinspun has received countless professional and academic awards. In 2003, the Ontario government invested her with the Order of Ontario, in recognition of the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field. In 2010, the Canadian Hispanic Business Association named her one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians. In 2011, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 2012, she received the Lambda Pi at-Large Nursing Leadership Award from Sigma. Also in 2012, Grinspun received the Canadian College of Health Leaders Nursing Leadership Award. In 2013, she received the Diamond Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. In 2017, the College of Nurses of Peru awarded her the Lampara Florencia Nightingale (Florence Nightingale Lamp). Also in 2017, she was declared Distinguished Visitor of the Municipality of Tacna, Peru, and was awarded the Medal of the City of Tacna. In February 2018, Grinspun was the first nurse to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Universitat de Lleida - Spain.

 

Dr. Denise Gastaldo
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of A Coruña (2019)

BScN, MA, PhD
Denise Gastaldo, associate professor and former director of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Gastaldo's academic work explores health as a social phenomenon. She focuses on how health is produced through social, political and economic processes, exploring migration and gender as social determinants of health, both in Canada and internationally. In her capacity as CCQHR academic fellow, she has hosted visiting scholars and worked with numerous doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows undertaking interdisciplinary qualitative health research in several countries. Dr. Gastaldo has also introduced global health as a core component of the graduate nursing curriculum and has made great strides in building capacity for international health research and education. In 2019, she received a Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Universidade da Coruna, Spain in recognition of this work. For instance, she founded the International Nursing PhD Collaboration that involves nursing faculties in Canada, Spain, Mexico, Australia and Finland. Presently, Dr. Gastaldo collaborates with graduate programs in the Federal University of Ceara, University of Brasilia, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil and with scholars in Spain and several Latin American countries.
As a researcher, most of Denise's work relates to participatory, action and community-based methodologies, hence her interest in knowledge translation and exchange issues and creative methods. She has used such approaches to study gender and migration as social determinants of health with an increased focus on postcolonial theory. As an instructor for the courses NUR1024 ("Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry") and NUR1028 ("Introduction to Qualitative Research"), Denise has educated at University of Toronto approximately 200 Master's and PhD students on theoretical foundations and methodological approaches to qualitative research in the health sciences.
Since 2002, she supervised several PhD theses from the University of Balearic Islands, Spain, which were informed by critical and poststructuralist theory. A decade of supervision work has helped to create a cadre of researchers who explore socially relevant health phenomena, including power relations in health care, changes to the health system, migration and gender as social determinants of health, and the impact of nursing work on population health. Still, during the last decade, she has taught many workshops on qualitative research in countries as diverse as Australia, Nicaragua, Sweden, and Mexico. Some of the projects developed by former students evolved into funded research projects in which she has played a role as methodological advisor. For instance, after a qualitative research workshop she taught to nurses from the former Area 6 of Madrid's Primary Health Care System, practitioners have conducted participatory-action research to evaluate the quality of home care in urban, peri-rural, and rural settings. As a result, they proposed strategies to increase the continuity of care among professionals and family caregivers and implement guidelines for better clinical, emotional and social care for home-bound elderly and dependent people. Another form of promoting continuing education she has put forward has been to partner with other Ibero-American researchers to organize the Ibero-American Qualitative Health Conference. So far, they have had bi-annual congresses in Mexico (2003), Spain (2005) and Puerto Rico (2008), Brazil (2010), and Portugal (2012) in which Denise has played an active role as organizer, excluding the last iteration. Denise has also co-edited 2 volumes on qualitative health research in Ibero-America to help to bring together contributions from 17 countries.

 

Chair: 

Raquel Yotti
Clinical researcher of the National Health System, Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid and specialist in cardiology.
Until her appointment as Director General of the ISCIII, she held the position of Head of the Clinical Cardiology Section at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón (HGUGM), and worked as Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. For 18 years she combined her research, healthcare and teaching activities.
She has been closely linked to the ISCIII since its inception, having been a beneficiary of different actions of the Strategic Action in Health. After completing her training as a specialist in Cardiology, she obtained a Research Staff Training Grant from the ISCIII, participated as a collaborating researcher in multiple research projects, and, from 2009 onwards, consolidated her position as principal investigator, developing a line of research that received uninterrupted funding from the ISCIII in public and competitive calls. In 2017, thanks to a grant from the ISCIII for a research stay, she spent time as a visiting professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University.
In the field of scientific evaluation, she has been a member of the Technical Commission for the Evaluation of Cardiovascular Diseases of the Subdirectorate General for Evaluation and Promotion of Research since 2014, and has participated as an external evaluator of research groups of the Andalusian Knowledge Agency. She is the author of more than 50 scientific articles in first quartile journals in her area of specialisation.
She is an expert in genetically based cardiopathies and multimodality cardiac imaging. In recent years, her healthcare activity has focused on direct care of patients and their families in family heart disease consultations, as well as performing complex diagnostic tests, such as cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and interpretation of genetic studies. He has also been operationally responsible for the coordination of the National Reference Centres (CSUR) for Familial Cardiopathies and Adult Congenital Cardiopathies at the HGUGM.
In the field of teaching, she has been associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the Carlos III University, tutor of Cardiology residents, director of theses and end-of-degree projects, and collaborating professor of practical teaching at the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid.

 

 
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