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Dr Jérôme SALOMON

@ OMS

Appointed in April 2023, Dr Jérôme Salomon oversees a broad portfolio of technical programmes covering HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually-transmitted infections, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, mental health, substance use disorders, and noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer.

Dr Salomon previously served as the Director-General for Health at the Ministry of Health and Prevention of France. He was a Member of the WHO Executive Board prior to his appointment as a WHO Assistant Director-General and has extensive experience in health systems management, communicable diseases and international public health.

Dr Salomon holds a medical degree, a Master of Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology.

Pr Bruno FALISSARD

Professeur, Polytechnicien @ Université Paris Sud

Médecin, psychiatre, polytechnicien, biostatisticien, Bruno Falissard a débuté ses recherches dans le domaine de l’analyse statistique des essais cliniques, puis dans celui du développement des méthodes statistiques appliquées aux mesures subjectives (dépression, fatigue, qualité de vie, etc.). Ses travaux ont touché plus particulièrement les domaines de la psychiatrie et de la pédopsychiatrie. Il est actuellement Professeur de santé publique à la faculté de médecine de l’Université Paris XI et directeur de l’unité INSERM 1178, qui s’intéresse aux problèmes de santé mentale dans une perspective de santé publique à la Maison de Solenn à Paris. Il a notamment coordonné des expertises scientifiques sur les médecines alternatives et complémentaires (MAC) pour l’INSERM.

Pr Grégory NINOT

Professeur @ Université de Montpellier

Disposant d’un double cursus universitaire complet en STAPS et en psychologie appliquées à la santé, Grégory Ninot est universitaire à Montpellier depuis 1999, et professeur depuis 2008. Il codirige l’Institut Desbrest d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique, unité de recherche INSERM et Université de Montpellier. Ses recherches s’intéressent à l’évaluation des interventions non médicamenteuses (INM), pratiques fondées sur la science et complémentaires des traitements biomédicaux. Il est chargé de recherche à l’Institut du Cancer de Montpellier et contribue aux activités du SIRIC Montpellier Cancer depuis son origine dans les domaines de la prévention et des soins de support. Il préside la société savante internationale consacrée au développement de la recherche et de l’innovation dans les INM, la Non-Pharmacological Intervention Society. Il est l’auteur de 12 ouvrages et de plus de 150 publications dans des revues médicales et scientifiques.

Dr Iveta NAGYOVA

Senior Research Leader and Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine @ Safarik University, Slovakia

Dr. Iveta Nagyova is a Senior Research Leader and Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia (UPJS; www.sbm.upjs.sk).

She is also a President of the Section on Chronic Diseases at the European Public Health Association (www.eupha.org) and a member of the Platform for Healthcare Innovations at the Institute of Health Policies, Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic. She graduated in Psychology at UPJS and obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Her research interests are in psychological and social adaptive processes in patients with chronic disease. Apart from studying changes in quality of life over time and the psychological mechanisms of adjustment, her recent interests are in the wider implementation of this knowledge into integrated models of care as well as the links between behavioural medicine and public health.

She is a (co)author of more than 70 peer-reviewed international scientific articles; her h-index is 16. As a project partner and national coordinator she has been involved in over a dozen European projects, including FP7 projects.

Since 2004 she has served as a supervisor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she has been leading a group of 17 PhD students, 16 of whom have already defended their PhD theses. She also serves as an advisor to the WHO Country Office in the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Ministry of Health in the field of chronic diseases, integrated care and public health.

Dr Steven LAUREYS

Neurologist @ GIGA Consciousness, Belgium

Integrative Neuroscience for Sustainable Mental Health: Meditation in Complementary Medicine

Steven Laureys MD PhD FEAN is a neurologist, recognised world-wide as a leading physician & researcher in human consciousness. In over 25 years, he has studied neuroplasticity using neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques. With his team, Professor Laureys has published over 560 scientific articles (H-index 141) on the workings of our brain and is the author of 6 bestselling popular books including “The No-Nonsense Meditation Book” adapted to 17 languages.
He is founder and head of the Centre Cerveau at the Liège University Hospital in Belgium, founder of the ‘Coma Science Group’, director of the GIGA Consciousness Research Unit at Liège University & Invited Professor at CERVO Brain Centre, Laval University, Canada and Harvard Medical School, Boston. He also serves as Founding Co-Director of the Hangzhou International Consciousness Institute, China and is Chief Neurologist at TRAINM
Clinics, Antwerp and Amsterdam. Expertscape, an organization that ranks medical experts, has him ranked as a world-leading neurologist for the past 10 years.
Dr Laureys has received awards from the European Academy of Neurology, European Academy of Sciences, German Max Planck Society and US Society of Cognitive Neuroscience. He is co-founder of Mind Care International Foundation.
With his team and collaborators, he studied and published on the workings of the mind of Buddhist monks (such as Matthieu Ricard, translator of the Dalai Lama), top-athletes (e.g., world-champion apnea diver Guillaume Nery), astronauts, and serial entrepreneurs; using neurotechnology and brain scanning to measure the effect of meditation, hypnosis, trance, dreaming, psychedelics… and the power of the human mind. He is a promoter of evidence-based complementary medicine and sustainable mental wellbeing. He is a co-signer of the Cambridge Declaration on Animal Consciousness (2012) and an animal welfare advocate. Prof Laureys is in high demand as a speaker and approachable expert of brain science (see his 5 TEDx talks and National Geographic Documentary).

Gianni FRANCO

Neurologue @ CHU UCL Namur Dinant

Neurologue, Président de l’EplC Ensemble pour le Cerveau, Vice-président du Belgian Brain Council, Professeur de neuropathologie à l’HENALLUX (Haute Ecole de Namur Liège Luxembourg), chef du service de neurologie du CHU UCL Namur Dinant, président de l’Association Parkinson francophone belge.
Spécialiste de la maladie de Parkinson, il porte un regard particulier sur l’approche préventive et celle de la détection précoce des signes de cette maladie et de ses complications, prônant la large multidisciplinarité synergique entre les intervenants de la santé et aussi les patients et leurs aidant.es proches.
La détection et la prise en charge précoce des chutes, des troubles de la déglutition, de la confusion, des troubles du sommeil, et de l’observance inadéquate des traitements médicamenteux éviteraient d’alourdir la charge des maladies du cerveau qui est supportée surtout par la personne malade et son entourage. Dans ce but, les approches non médicamenteuses complémentaires montrent leur pleine efficacité, même si leur mode d’action nous semble parfois rester imprécis. Et la bonne gestion de l’Intelligence Artificielle devrait nous permettre d’ouvrir l’avenir à une médecine intégrative.
Récemment il a rappelé certaines études épidémiologiques montrant l’impact de l’environnement et de la pollution au déclenchement et l’aggravation de nombreuses maladies. Ses centres d’intérêt portent également sur les migraines, les troubles du sommeil, les démences, la sclérose en plaques, les épilepsies et leurs impacts sur la vie quotidienne.

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