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Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Julius Center Research Program Infectious Diseases, University Medical Center Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS

Patricia Bruijning-Verhagen is an associate professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences of the UMC Utrecht and clinical epidemiologist at the Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance of the RIVM. She is a registered Pediatrician (2008) and Epidemiologist B (2013). She conducted her PhD work on rotavirus epidemiology and vaccination at McGill University and Utrecht University (2013).

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Professor of Clinical Medical Education, University of Groningen. Dean of Medical and Faculty Development,  Isala Hospital, NETHERLANDS

Professor Paul Brand (1961) did his paediatric residency in Groningen (the Netherlands) and Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean). After a fellowship in paediatric pulmonology in Groningen, he started working as a consultant paediatrician in Isala hospital in Zwolle, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the Netherlands, in 1997.


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Consultant In Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hon. Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Gastroenterology, UCL,Head of Clinical Service, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Osvaldo Borrelli received his MD degree in Naples, Italy. His Paediatric training was completed at “La Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy), where he attended his PhD program in Paediatric Gastroenterology. He has been Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology in Italy for 7 years, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2010. 

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Orthopaedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor working as a staff Physician in the Orthopaedic Clinic of the University General Hospital of Padua, ITALY

In the Orthopaedic Clinic where Dr Borgo works, surgical procedures are performed both in adults and children and consequently his activity is divided between these two groups of people. He personally follows all children and adults affected by metabolic diseases and performs surgical procedures when needed.

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Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University Hospital Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Akshay Batra is a Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and leads the Paediatric Intestinal Failure at University Hospital Southampton. He is the chair of the national paediatric registry for intestinal failure and is the CSAC training advisor for Nutrition to the Royal College of paediatrics and Child Health.


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Research manager,Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisante), University of Lausanne (Department of Epidemiology and Health Systems, Research Group on Adolescent Health) SWITZERLAND

Yara Barrense-Dias holds a Master’s degree of Law in Criminal Justice, subject area Criminology and Security and a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She works in the Research Group on Adolescent Health (GRSA; Research Head Prof. Suris) as a research and project manager since 2014.


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Professor of Pediatrics and Academic Head of Division of Pediatrics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, SWEDEN

Peter Bang is Professor of Pediatrics and Academic Head of Division of Pediatrics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden. He is senior consultant and is heading the Pediatric Endocrinology team. He has more than 25 years research experience in the GH-IGF-field and has a publication list of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers.

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Head of Department of Allergology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Children's Hospital, University Medical Center Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Tadej Avcin studied medicine and pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and completed fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto (Canada). 



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Head of Department, Pediatric Rheumatology, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, SPAIN

Pediatric rheumatologist. Head of the Pediatric Rheumatology Department at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, Barcelona, Spain. Doctor in Medicine from the University of Barcelona, ​​of which he is an Associate Professor.  He is currently the president of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Rheumatology (SERPE), an active member of the PRINTO (Pediatric Rheumatology International Trials Association), PRES (Pediatric Rheumatology European Society) and the AEP (Spanish Association of Pediatrics) among others.

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Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, Hacettepe University, TURKEY

M. Umut Akyol is Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, and also runs a private ENT clinic in Ankara. Professor Akyol received his medical degree from Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey before completing an otorhinolaryngology residency at Hacettepe University Medical School. He has undertaken fellowships in the USA in the ENT departments at Tulane University, Pittsburgh University School of Medicine and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. He earned his Professor title in otorhinolaryngology at Hacettepe Hospital.

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