Alba DiCenso, is a Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is also the Director of the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research (OTC). From 2001 to 2011, she held the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing (APN), the mandate of which was to increase Canada’s capacity of nurse researchers conducting APN-related health services research that serves the needs of health managers and policy makers. As the OTC Director, she leads a consortium of 6 universities working collaboratively with policy makers to offer training for graduate students in health services and policy research. Dr. DiCenso conducts research to inform the integration of advanced practice nurses (i.e., nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) in primary and acute healthcare settings in Canada. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. DiCenso was the lead editor of the Evidence-Based Nursing Journal and she is the lead editor of the text, Evidence-Based Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Practice published by Elsevier. In November 2008, Dr. DiCenso received a Centennial Award from the Canadian Nurses Association. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and an Honorary Member of the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario.

Juan F. Hernández Yáñez, is sociologist, civil servant of the Government of Andalusia, at present on extended leave of absence, and Development Director of Eryba, Estudios de Mercado SL.
Between 1983 and 1995 he worked for the Public Health System, holding the positions of Director of Human Resources Management and Control in the Andalusia Health System and Director General of Studies and Analysis in the Health Department of the Government of Madrid.
He is currently social researcher and institution adviser. He is lecturer at the Spanish National Health School and author of many publications mostly related to sociology of the healthcare professions and institutions. The most recent is “La enfermería frente al espejo: Mitos y realidades” (Fundación Alternativas, 2010).

Julio Bravo, (27/07/1963, Madrid) is PhD in Chemistry by the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). He has been professor and visiting professor at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA in different periods from 1991 to 1994, and professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University Carlos III of Madrid since 1992. He has held several management positions such as Deputy Director of the Technical College of the University Carlos III, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Materials Álvaro Alonso Barba. During his career, he has published 40 articles in international journals, presented 35 conference papers, holds 1 patent in exploitation, and has conducted 1 PhD thesis and 24 final degree projects in Industrial Engineering. At present, since 2006, he is Technical-Scientific Advisor of the National Agency for Evaluation and Futurology (currently belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness but formerly to the Ministry of Science and Education and the Ministry of Innovation and Science).

Jose L. Castillo, is professor of Fluid Mechanics at the National University of Distance Education (UNED). He was Associate Research Scientist (1983-1985) at the University of Yale, Collaborator (COL-2691, 1986-1990) of the Alamos National Laboratory and he has spent several research stays at the University of Oslo, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Yale (an others from 1986 to 1997) and at Miami. He is professor of Physical Sciences and Environmental Sciences, his research mainly focuses on aerosols and combustion. He has participated in more than 30 research projects funded by national organizations (Ministerio de educación, Plan Nacional, Comunidad de Madrid)and foreign entities (European Union, NATO), he has been principal researcher in a dozen of them. He has published papers in reputed International Journals and delivered more than hundred oral presentations at international scientific conferences. He is member of Editorial Board del Journal of Aerosol Science, a Spanish representative of the European Aerosol Assembly (EAA) and Chairman of the working group: “Aerosol Fundamentals” of that association. Within ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain), he has formed part of the Experimental Sciences Committee of the Program of the Assessment of the teaching staff (Since 2004, he was president of the Committee from October of 2009 to July of 2012), and is currently Coordinator of the Assessment Unit of the teaching staff.

Ann McMahon, is registered in general and mental health nursing since 1979. She worked as a staff nurse in a psycho-geriatric unit in Dumfries and in acute surgical admissions in Glasgow before specialising in cancer nursing at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. She took a Master's degree in nursing at Manchester University, and then moved to Stafford to take up post as an Assistant Director of Nursing Services where she was responsible for research, development, quality and informatics. She took up her position as R&D Adviser at the Royal College of Nursing in 1994. She developed the RCN's first R&D strategy, established the RCN R&D Co-ordinating Centre at the University of Manchester, and facilitated the development of a new strategic direction for research within the RCN based on a vision where research activity is recognised as coherent, strategic and relevant (2006). In 2009, Ann managed, in partnership with colleagues in the Community Practitioner and Health Visitors' Association and in the Royal College of Midwives, the development and launch of the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research. In 2010 Ann took on the leadership role in the RCN on innovation in practice. Ann was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Management Studies by Lancaster University in 2006 and was awarded a PhD in 2008 from Salford University. Her PhD thesis is entitled “The politics of innovation: a critical examination of the conditions in which innovations in health care may flourish”.

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