Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson is coordinator of the Living Conditions research programme at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. This is an EU agency charged to provide information for policy-making, specifically at EU level. He worked previously at the

European Office of WHO and on health and social research in the UK and Germany. His current research activities include: monitoring quality of life and living conditions in the EU; projects on ageing and changes in employment over the life course; measures to promote the social inclusion of people with chronic illness; and creation of employment in care services.





Alexandre Kalache (MSc, MD, PhD, FRCPH)

Medical doctor, originally from Brazil, who studied for his MSc degree (Social Medicine) and PhD degree (Cancer Epidemiology) in England.

Since 1995 he has acted as the Head of the Ageing and Life Course Programme (ALC) at the World Health Organization. ALC activities are designed to advance the state of knowledge about health care in older age and gerontology through dissemination of information, training and research efforts. ALC special focus is on the development of policies reflecting the 'WHO Active Ageing framework'.

Previously, Dr Kalache served as founder and head of the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where from 1984 to 1995, he launched a series of international short courses on the implications for Public Health of population ageing. These courses were subsequently replicated by several countries resulting in the establishment of global network of researchers under his coordination. While at the LSHTM, Dr Kalache was also responsible for setting up, in 1991, the first European MSc course on Health Promotion. The framework adopted for this initiative was subsequently used as a base for the development of the WHO Programme he now coordinates which is firmly centred on a healthy ageing/life course perspective.

From 1978 - 1984 Dr Kalache was a clinical lecturer at the Department of Community Health, Oxford University. In 1978 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians, London.

Dr Kalache first became interested in ageing issues while studying for his Master of Science degree in Social Medicine at the University of London (1975-1977). His PhD thesis (University of Oxford) was on breast cancer epidemiology.

Early in his career, after his medical graduation in Rio de Janeiro, his home town, Dr. Kalache was an assistant lecturer in clinical medicine with a special interest on infectious diseases and on medical education.



Univ. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Lohff


1945              geboren in Hamburg

1965 - 1970     Studium und Diplom im Fach Psychologie an der Universität Hamburg

1971 - 1972    Kriminalpsychologin an der Justizbehörde Hamburg

1971 - 1977     Studium Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Zoologie und Philosophie in Hamburg und Promotion zum Doktor der Naturwissenschaften  

1975 - 1994     wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Pharmazie der Universität Kiel

seit 1994         C4-Professorin und Direktorin der Abteilung Geschichte, Ethik und Philosophie der Medizin der MHH Hannover

Internationale Kooperationen

Centro Latino Americano de Estudos sobre Violência e Saúde (CLAVES) der Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro

School of Public Health, University of Bristol

Institut für Sozialmedizin der Universität Wien


Wissenschaftlichen Beirat der Leibniz-Gesellschaft

Forschungsakademie für Evangelischen Studien 

Advisory Board der Medizinischen Universität Wien

Vizepräsidentin der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik  

Neueste Publikationen

„...die Grundgedanken des Nationalsozialismus aufsaugen und verarbeiten.“ Die politisch-ideologische Funktion der Medizinischen Fakultät der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel 1933 – 1945. Jahrbuch für Universitätsgeschichte, 8, (2005) 211-234.

Johannes Müller: Integration und Transformation naturphilosophischer Naturinterpretation. In: Olaf Breitbach, Thomas Bach (Hrsg.):Naturphilosophie nach Schelling. Holzbrook, Frankfurt 2005, S. 331-370

Rieder, Anita; Lohff, Brigitte (Hrsg.): Gender Medizin. Geschlechtsspezifische Aspekte für die klinische Praxis. Springer: Wien 2004





John Halloran

John is the Managing Director of the European Social Network, (ESN) which represents 5000 chief executives and directors of public social care and health services in regional and local government in 20 countries. The aim of the network is primarily to promote social justice and inclusion through the delivery of quality services in partnership with service users and other stakeholders.

ESN achieves this by working in partnership with a wide range of interests, providing information to its members and by coordinating social policy and practice projects and conferences for managers and in government, NGOs and social partners. Its has, for example, recently concluded an EU funded 2 year ‘Managing Diversity’ programme with data and tools to ensure organisations are focused on equality in employment and service access.

John was for 15 years a senior manager of public welfare services in the UK where he responsible for residential and community services for elderly, handicap persons and family and child protection services.

He later worked as a partner in a social and healthcare management consultancy operating in the UK and other European countries.

John has a Masters degree in Business Administration. He lives in Brighton, UK with his wife Luisa and their 3 children.

Further information about ESN including the ‘Managing Diversity’ programme can be found on



Dr.iur. Walter DOHR, Sektionschef i.R.


Seit Oktober 2001 Wiener Patientenanwalt

Frühere Funktionen:

Direktor der Verwaltungsakademie des Bundes

Direktor der Volksanwaltschaft

Abteilungsleiter im BKA-VD

Mitglied der DSK


Experte des Europarates und der Europäischen Kommission in Datenschutzfragen



Dana Steinova


Born:September 13,1949, married, six children

Educational background:

Institute of Enlightement, Prague,  Adult Education, 1971-1972

University of Economics, Prague 1972-1978, Dipl. Ing. title

 Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, Adult Education, 1989-1991

Professional achievements:

1983-Founded ``Club for the Active Elderly``

         cultural events-nowadays 13 per months

         for different institutions in Prague (theatres,

         libraries, movie theatres, cultural houses, nursing

         homes, assisted living places) 

1986-Initiated the U3A movement in the Czech Republic

1988-Founded the ``Offer grade of U3V``- affiliated

         with the faculties of Prague Universities which

         are offering the samples of their U3V subjects

         /enrollment 500 senior students every year/

1991-Started the movement of reciprocal exchanges

         of senior students( 28 exchanges with foreign

         countries until 2004)

         International Gatherings of Seniors in Prague 

1993-Founded the first intergenerational non-vocational

         education in the Czech Republic

         ``University of Free Time``- with strong social


         /enrollment 3.200 students between 18 and 90 every year/

1993-Attended the European Symposium on

         Memory training and introduced it to

         the Czech public by organizing the

         seminars for trainers with the help

         of Belgian and German experts

         /800 memory trainers in the Czech Rep. till 2004/

1996-Became the representative of  the Czech

         Geriatric and Gerontological Society

         in EURAG General Council

1998-Became the chairman of the working group

         for senior education of EURAG( European

         Federation of Older Persons)

1998-Founded the Czech Society for Memory Training

         and Brain Jogging and became it´s first chairman

1999-Became the president of the International

         Association for Senior Exchanges in Barcelona

2000-Organized the first /accesible for public/ ``European

          Symposium on Memory Training for the Elderly`` in Prague

          (March 17.-19.)in collaboration with German

          Bundesverband Gedachtnistraining E.V.

2001-Nominated for a prestigious award

         ``Golden Dragon-fly`` by the Czech Alzheimer´s

         Society for her achievements in gerontology

2002-Founded the Eurag Memory Training center

         in Prague with the objective of making training

         opportunities available worldwide

2002-2004-Giving lectures, workshops, seminars

                   on memory training for the elderly

                   seminars for memory trainers for countries in need

                   in the UK (London, Southport, Southminster,


                   in the USA (Washington D.C,Tamworth N.H.,Chicago MI.Nashville TN,

                   Memphis TN)

                   in Australia (Perth, Mandurah, Esperance)

                   in Singapore

                   in Estonia(Tallin)

                   in Cyprus(Limassol,Ayia Napa)

2003-Organized the EURAG Colloquy in Prague (October 17.-18)

          Memory Training as an Effective Tool against Mental Decline

          In Ageing Society

2004-Opened the first experimental University for Grandchildren and Grandparents

          „Astronomy“ in co-operation with Charles University,Math-Fysics Faculty and

           Planetarium and Observatory in Prague

2005- Established the Center of Lifelong Learning with capacity of 6.000 seats for all      






Barbara Pointon

She was a principal lecturer in music at Homerton College, Cambridge, until she took early retirement in order to care for her husband, Malcolm, also a music lecturer, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1991 at the age of 51. They were the subjects of the award-winning television documentary Malcolm and Barbara…A Love Story. It chronicles the very difficult middle stage of the illness, especially the effects it can have on a relationship, and a sequel is currently being filmed. Since then, she has appeared regularly on TV and radio and campaigns nationally and internationally for a better deal for dementia patients and their carers.

She has contributed articles to The Journal of Dementia Care and to Patient Centred Care and a chapter on stigmatisation in dementia for The Royal Society of Medicine’s Every Family in the Land (ed. Arthur H Crisp) as well as taking part in a training film for the Department of Health (Choice, Responsiveness and Equity). In 2004, the Alzheimer’s Society presented her with a 25th Anniversary Award for services to people with dementia and their carers.

Barbara cared for Malcolm for six years; he then spent nearly two years in a nursing home, but for the last six years she has nursed him at home again in his own familiar surroundings. He is now severely disabled, mentally and physically, and at the end stage of his illness.


Constantina Safilios-Rothschild  

Birth Place: Greece, Citizenship: Greek


1952-1957 Master's of Science in Agriculture,

Agricultural University of Athens.

1957-1959 M.Sc. in Rural Sociology, Ohio State University

1959-1963 Ph.D. in Sociology, Ohio State University

Present position

Director, Institute of Environmental Policy, Pireas and responsible for rural development in the implementation of the MED Leader+ program in Greece.


Research in Honduras on: "The Socio-Economic Impact of Agrarian Reform," January-March, June-July and October-November, 1981.

Research on Women's Income and Fertility in Rural Kenya, March, July, September-November, 1985 and February-April, 1986.

Research in 53 villages on The Roles of Women in Agriculture in Bangladesh (in collaboration with Simeen Mahmud), April 1988-March 1989.

Research Director for the Study on Farming Systems of Smallholder Tea Growers in Western Uganda commissioned by the Tea Rehabilitation Project of the Commission of the European Communities and the Uganda Tea Growers Corporation, January-March 1993.

Research in Northern Ivory Coast on the farming systems of smallholder cotton farmers, September-November 1992.

Development Missions

FAO Mission on Women and Sheep and Goat Production and Marketing in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya, May-June, 1983.

Institutional Expert in IFAD Preparation Mission on Traditional Food Crops and Emergency Agricultural Rehabilitation Project in Zambia, November-December, 1986.

World Bank consultant for the evaluation of the T. and V. Extension System in Kenya and Burkina Faso with regard to reaching men and women smallholders May-September, 1986 and January-February 1987.

Team Member in UNDP Independent Review of the Agricultural Sector in Bangladesh, January, 1988-March, 1989 (eight and-a-half months of field work).

Team member, European Community Evaluation Mission of the Project on the Development of the Fishing Potential in Burkina Faso, September-October, 1989.

Team Leader, evaluation team of the United Nations Institute for research on women (INSTRAW) for the Norwegian, Dutch and Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, July-November 1990.

Team member, Identification/Appraisal IFAD Livestock Project in Jordan, April-May 1992.

Mission Leader for the IFAD Evaluation Mission to the Northern Ivory Coast Smallholder Agriculture project (including research), September-November 1992.

Team member of the backstopping mission for the Netherlands Volunteers Association and the Ministry of Development Cooperation of the Netherlands project on Agroforestry and Management of Natural Resources in Burkina Faso, August 1993.

Follow-Up mission for the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) in Northern Mali to assist irrigation and livestock projects develop and implement a practical and feasible gender methodology, April-May 1994.

Mission Leader for the Ministry for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands for the organization of agricultural training and agricultural research in Namibia, August-September 1994.

Mission Leader, IFAD evaluation mission of the program of agricultural credit to rural women in Tamil Nadu, India, January-February 1995.




Rodney Elgie

President GAMIAN-Europe and EPF

Mr Elgie is the current President of GAMIAN-Europe. He is also President of The European Patients' Forum and Vice President of the European Men's Health Forum. Before changing his career by becoming the first Executive Director of the Depression Alliance in 1990, he worked as a lawyer.

Mr. Elgie serves on numerous committees and working groups related to health matters and is an expert panel member of several national and international organizations (e.g. EU Health Policy Forum, EPPOSI, EFPIA Think Tank).



Dr. Suzanne Wait

Suzanne is Director of Research at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) and co-Director of Research at the Alliance for Health and the Future. The ILC and the Alliance are think-tanks which aim to ensure that policies take into account the impacts of demographic change (visit and Suzanne is also Senior Research Fellow at UCL, where she teaches a course on health policy and reform. She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Her past experience include roles in consulting, policy advice, teaching, and outcomes research.



Lisette C.P.G.M. de Groot


Lisette de Groot is Associate Professor in Nutrition and Gerontology at the division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has gained fifteen years of research experience in the field of nutrition and health of elderly people, both in nutritional epidemiology (including SENECA, Survey in Europe on Nutrition and the Elderly, 1998-present) and in intervention studies in old age. So far SENECA has uncovered a considerable risk of malnutrition (with dementia and depression as major determinants) and the importance of dietary quality in old age. Intervention studies on the effectiveness of consuming nutrient dense foods, counteracting the consequences of malnutrition and cognitive decline have been carried out in frail elderly people, and in elderly with a need for care. Furthermore ongoing randomized controlled trials address mental and physical functioning as major outcomes.

Lisette de Groot received her degree in Nutrition (MSc) from Wageningen University in January 1984 and her PhD in Physiology in April 1988. She is registered as Epidemiologist B. She started to work at the University in 1984 to become assistant professor in 1988, associate professor in 2001, and professor in 2005. She has published over 100 scientific papers.


Prof. Dr. Günther Leiner

Dr. Günther Leiner (1939), Austria, M.D., internal specialist; from 1991 to 2004: medical superintendent at the Institute of Rheumatology, Rehabilitation and Psychosomatic Medicine in Bad Gastein; medical supervisor of the dialysis centre in Bad Hofgastein; chairman and founder of the Salzburger Hilfswerk; formerly Member of the Austrian Parliament and speaker of the conservative party in the Health Committee. President and founding father of the European Health Forum Gastein.

Dr. Günther Leiner (1939), Österreich, Internist; zwischen 1991 und 2004 ärztliche Leitung des Instituts für Rheumatologie, Rehabilitation und Ganzheitsmedizin in Bad Gastein; ärztliche Leitung der Dialysestation in Bad Hofgastein; Obmann und Gründer des Salzburger Hilfswerks; ehemaliger Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat und Sprecher der ÖVP im Gesundheitssausschuss. Präsident und Gründungsvater des European Health Forum Gastein.


Prof. Ian Philp




Professor Ian Philp, MBChB, MD, FRCP (Edin & Lond) is the National Director (“Tsar”) for Older People and for Neurological Conditions in England, in the Department of Health.  He is responsible for rooting out age discrimination in the NHS and for implementing the National Service Frameworks for Older People and for Long Term Conditions.

He was born in Edinburgh in 1958, son of a Scottish doctor.  He was an undergraduate in medicine at the University of Edinburgh and was trained in general and geriatric medicine, rehabilitation, general practice and public health in Scotland, England and the United States.  His doctoral thesis was on empowering older people and their carers.

In 1994 he was appointed as Professor and Honorary Consultant Physician in Sheffield.  Professor Philp’s clinical team won the UK Hospital Doctor of the Year Award (Older People’s category) in 1998.  He continues to see patients at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, one day per week. 

Professor Philp established the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing which won the Queen’s Award for Higher Education in 2002 for research into the health and social care of older people.  His research activity is on assessing the needs of older people and their family carers.  He was Scientist-in-Charge of several European research and educational programmes.  He has held research grant awards totalling £2.5 million.  He has edited three books and has published seventy four original research papers. 

Professor Philp has been an adviser to the World Health Organisation (European Regional Office) and to health departments in the UK, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New South Wales, (Australia) and British Columbia (Canada).  He has helped with the development of medical institutions in Poland and Russia. He lectures extensively in UK and at international meetings. 

His media work includes speaking for the government on the Today programme, the World Tonight, You and Yours, BBC Breakfast News, Channel Four News and Panorama.  He was the expert presenter on Des Lynam’s BBC One Saturday Night Test the Nation, Are You Younger Than You Think

Ian and his family enjoy travelling, photography and independent cinema.  Ian was a curler and windsurfer at school and university.  He now exercises in the gym and on the dance floor.





Univ. Prof. Dr. Anita Rieder

Foto: Thomas Jantzen


geboren 9. Dezember 1962 in Wels, Oberösterreich

• 1989 Promotion zum Dr. med. an der Universität Wien

• seit Oktober 1989 am Institut für Sozialmedizin der Universität Wien, Medizinische Fakultät

• seit 1993 Gesundheitspsychologin

• seit 1995 Fachärztin für Sozialmedizin

• 1996 Gründungsmitglied des Frauenform Medizin (Jahrespreis der Universität Wien, 1998)

• 1996 Otto-Loewi Preis der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Hypertensiologie

• 1997 Habilitation für das Fach Sozialmedizin und Amtstitel ao.Univ.Prof.

• 1999 Gastprofessorin an der University of Ottawa, National Heart Institute, Kanada

Berufung per 1.4.2000 Professorin für Sozialmedizin m. b. Berücksichtigung der Herzkreislauferkrankungen

• Wintersemester 2002/003 Gastprofessorin für Gender Medicine und Public Health an der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover

• Mitglied mehrerer internationaler wissenschaftlicher Gesellschaften, u.a. Canadian Cardiovascular Society

• 2004 Auszeichnung der Stadt Wien für die wissenschaftliche Leitung des Herz-Kreislaufpräventionprogrammes „Ein Herz für Wien"

• 2004 Vorstandsmitglied der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Hypertensiologie

• 2005 Vorstandsmitglied der Österreichischen Adipositasgesellschaft

•2005 Vorstandsmitglied der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Ernährung







Christine Hancock

Christine Hancock has just completed a 4 year term as President of the International Council of Nurses, the federation of 128 national nurses’ associations. From 1995-2001 she was President of the Standing Committee of the Nurses of the EU.

Christine graduated as a nurse at King’s College Hospital, London. After a career in clinical nursing, Christine became a ward sister at the National Heart Hospital in London and held a number of senior clinical and nursing management positions. In 1985 Christine was appointed Chief Executive of Waltham Forest Health Authority in northeast London, the first woman nurse to hold such a post.

For 12 years, Christine Hancock was General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the UK’s largest professional association of nurses. The RCN has a membership of one-third of a million registered nurses and student nurses.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, Christine is a Director of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation, a founder member of the Oxford Health Alliance, aTrustee of Helping Hurt Children (Uganda), a member of the Nuffield Trust’s Global Advisory Group. She has been a member of the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council, the British Council’s Health Committee and a consultant on nursing education to the Aga Khan.

During her ICN Presidency, Christine Hancock visited 50 countries and is committed to work for a better deal for the world’s nurses and the people they serve.





Dr. Andreas Penk


Geboren am 27. März 1965 in Leipzig;


1986 - 1992 Studium der Medizin, Universität Leipzig

1988 Famulatur an der Albert-Szent-Gyoergyi-Universität, Szeged, Hungary

1989 Famulatur an der Universität von Hradec Kralove, Tschechische Republik

1993 - 1994 Projekt Manager in der internationalen Pharmamarktforschung bei Infratest & GfK , Nürnberg

1994 - 1997 Product Manager , Pfizer Deutschland

1997 - 2000 Leiter Strategische Geschäftseinheit Klinik, Pfizer Deutschland

2000 - 2002 Direktor Strategische Geschäftseinheit ZNS/Urologie/Klinik, Pfizer Deutschland

seit März 2002: Country Manager Pfizer Österreich