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Keynote Speakers

Prof Edoardo Aromataris

Associate Professor Edoardo Aromataris is the Director of Synthesis Science at the Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide. He has a PhD in cellular physiology and pharmacology from the University of Adelaide. As Director of Synthesis Science in the Joanna Briggs Institute for the last 10 years he has been committed to the development of methodology and methods for evidence synthesis. He has extensive experience in the acquisition and management of both government and non-government consultancies to aid these organisations to use evidence to inform their decision making in health care policy and practice. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and reports. Assoc Prof Aromataris frequently delivers intensive workshops on how to conduct systematic reviews both nationally and internationally. Edoardo is Editor in Chief of JBI Evidence Synthesis and Deputy Director of the JBI Adelaide GRADE Centre.

Vincent Dumez

Codirector of the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public
Codirector of the Direction collaboration et partenariat patient (DCPP), an intitiative of the Montreal University, Canada.

Mr. Vincent Dumez holds a finance degree and a master in science of management from Montreal’s international business school Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). Up until 2010, Mr. Dumez was an associate in one of Montreal’s most influential consulting firm where he acted as a senior strategic consultant.
Suffering from severe chronic diseases for more than three decades, M. Dumez has been actively involved in the thinking and the promotion of the ‘patient partner’ concept at Montreal University. This involvement has come forward over the recent years through the completion of his masters dissertation on patient-doctor relationship, his contribution to the training of patients, his work on various boards of community organizations and his involvement as a speaker in national and international forums and workshops addressed to healthcare professionals.
This path led him in October 2010 to create and lead the patient partner program of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal. Mr Dumez now co-manage a larger organization with Dr. Paule Lebel : Collaboration and Partnership Unit.
Mr. Dumez also worked on various projects related to patient engagement for renowned institutions such as the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec (MSSS), the Institutes of Health Research in Canada (CIHR) or the National Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS ). He sits on several governance committees and working of these institutions.

Prof Bridie Kent

Director of the Centre for Innovations in Health and Social Care (Plymouth University): a Joanna Briggs Centre of Excellence and
Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Plymouth University, UK.

Shyhrete Rexhaj

Professor UoA, Institut et Haute Ecole la Source, Lausanne, Switezrland.

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