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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Professor in the department of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University Hospital Leuven, BELGIUM

Lien De Somer studied medicine and pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (Belgium) and obtained an interuniversity degree in pediatric rheumatology at the University of Paris Descartes (France). Afterwards she completed a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris (France) and at the University Hospital Leuven (Belgium). Since 2015 she is a staff member in the University Hospital Leuven at the department of  Pediatric Rheumatology and General Pediatrics.

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Associate Professor in Community Psychology, University of Padova ITALY

Alessio Vieno received his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Lecce, Italy. He currently holds a position as Associate Professor in Community Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy.




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Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology, Örebro University Hospital, Associate Professor Karolinska Institutet, Senior Consultant Physician, Karolinska University Hospital. SWEDEN

Dr. Ola Nilsson is a professor of pediatrics at Örebro University and senior consultant of pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at Örebro University Hospital. He also holds a position as associate professor at Karolinska Institutet and senior consultant physician in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at Karolinska University Hospital. 

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Co-Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UNITED KINGDOM

Dr. Pauline Paterson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK and is Co-Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project.


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Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Director of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC), RCGP, UNITED KINGDOM

Simon is a senior academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, he leads the Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes research group (www.clininf.eu). 


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Paediatric Endocrinologist, Consultant in General Paediatrics, San Gerardo University Hospital, Monza, ITALY

Alessandro Cattoni is a consultant in general paediatrics and paediatric endocrinology at San Gerardo University Hospital, Monza (Italy). He graduated in medicine and specialized in Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). As he soon developed an interest for paediatric endocrinology, he spent part of his training working as clinical fellow in paediatric endocrinology at Saint Georges’ University Hospital and at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London.

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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 children's sleep medicine,  Evelina London Children's Hospital, UNITED KINGDOM

After completing his undergraduate training at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Michael Farquhar trained in general paediatrics, respiratory medicine and sleep medicine at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow), Nottingham Children's Hospital, The Children's Hospital at Westmead (Sydney), Sydney Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital (London). 


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Board Member of the NGO Committee on Ageing, UN Vienna, AUSTRIA

Gertraud Dayé is also a Member of EURAG – European Federation of Older Persons; Regional Co-ordinator for Styria of IG Pflege (Austrian NGO representing Informal Carers in Austria);vChair of ASSG (Aktive Seniorinnen und Senioren Graz - Active Senior Citizens Graz/Austria).



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