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Professor, DM, FRCPCH, FRCP, EIP Conference Co-Chair, Chair Health Research Authority Nuffield Professor of Child Health, Institute of Child Health, UCL ,UNITED KINGDOM

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson is Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the nationally funded Children’s Policy Research Unit. He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Healthcare and Children's Health Services.

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EIP Conference Co-Chair. Professor, MD, MPH, PhD. University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP), Lausanne, Hôpital de l'Enfance (HEL), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), SWITZERLAND

Head of the Research Group on Adolescent Health at the Institute of Social and preventive Medicine and an associated physician at Department of Pediatrics, both at the Lausanne University Hospital. His main research interests are the psychosocial aspects of chronically ill adolescents, exploratory behaviors in adolescence and the relationship between adolescents and their parents.

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Professor and Chairman of Paediatrics at the University of Thessaly, 2018 Conference Scientific Program Coordinator, School of Medicine in Larissa, GREECE

His clinical work is in the fields of general paediatrics and infectious diseases. His main interests in research are respiratory and central nervous system infections. He has published 70 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. He is member of the Editorial Board of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal and Chairman of the Committee of Scientific Affairs and Awards of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases.

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Professor, Chair in Health Psychology, University of Glasgow (UK)
Professor Rory O'Connor completed his PhD at Queen's University Belfast in 1997 and then moved to Scotland where he has been ever since. He joined the University of Glasgow in July 2013 where he is Professor of Health Psychology, Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory and head of the Mental Health and Wellbeing group there.
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Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics University of Virginia (USA)

Gregory F. Hayden, MD, earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.


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Senior Epidemiologist, Center of Infectious Disease Control RIVM (NL), EIP Policy Focus Group 2020 
Mirjam Knol works as a senior epidemiologist on vaccine-preventable diseases at the Center of infectious Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. She is responsible for the surveillance of meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease and Haemophilus influenza disease.
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Clinical Lecturer and Consultant, Imperial College London (UK)
Dr Elizabeth Whittaker graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and following clinical experience in Dublin and Brisbane, Australia, moved to London. Here she trained as a paediatrician and was successfully awarded an academic clinical fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases in 2006. The nine-month research period associated with this fellowship allowed her to develop her interest in paediatric infectious diseases and involved a couple of research projects on tuberculosis biomarkers and interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA).
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Head of Centre of Health Promotion, Institute of Public Health (SER)

Dr Jelena Gudelj Rakic, MD, graduated at the School of Medicine University of Belgrade. She is a specialist of hygiene and medical ecology and holds MSc and PhD in Nutrition. As public health and nutrition expert working at the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, she has been actively involved in public health research primarily related to prevention and health promotion. 



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Professor, Paediatric Rheumatologist, University Hospital UZ Leuven (BE)
Carine H Wouters is a pediatric rheumatologist working at Leuven University Hospital in Leuven, Belgium. She is head of the clinical department of pediatric rheumatology and immune-inflammatory diseases at the Leuven University Children’s hospital, and professor in Pediatrics at Leuven University. She currently is the executive board member for pediatric rheumatology in the European Reference Network for Rare Immune Deficiency, Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory diseases.
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