Chairs and Speakers – B

Chairs and Speakers – B


Ran Balicer
Main position/role:
Chief Innovation Officer for Clalit, Israel

Prof. Ran Balicer, serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Clalit – Istrael’s largest healthcare organization that cover over half of Istrael’s population. He also serves as Founding Director of the Clalit Research Institute, the WHO Collaborating Center on Non-Communicable Disease Research. In these roles, he is responsible for strategic planning, development and large-scale implementation of novel AI and data-driven interventions for improving healthcare quality. Since 2020, Prof. Balicer serves as Chairman of Istrael’s National Experts team of Covid-19 Response, which advises the Istraeli Government and prime Minister Office. He has led international scientific research on Covid-19 risk stratification, vaccine effectiveness and vaccine safety.

Daniel Bausch
Main position/role: Senior Director of Emerging Threats and Global Health Security, FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr Daniel Bausch, MD, MPH&TM, FASTMH, leads FIND`s efforts on pandemic preparedness and response as well as antimicrobial resistance. He specializes in the research and control of emerging tropical viruses, with over 25 years’ experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia combating viruses such as Ebola, Lassa, hantavirus, and SARS coronaviruses. In addition to his role at FIND, Dr Bausch holds an appointment as a Professor of Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is the current President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He places a strong emphasis on capacity development in all his projects and has a keen interest in the role of the scientist in promoting health and human rights.



Alfredo Berardelli
Main position/role:
Full Professor of Neurology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Full Professor of Neurology (since 2001). Chief of the Division of Neurology, University Hospital Policlinico Umberto I° Sapienza University of Rome (2012-present). Chairman of the University Department of Human Neurosciences , Sapienza University of Rome (2018 until 2021)

Lecturer (1980 – 2001).Department of Neurological Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome
Research Registrar (1983-1984) Department of Neurology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College Medical School, University of London, England. Research Fellow in Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (1980 -1981). Specialization in Neurology (24/11/1980) Department of Neurological Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome. Medical Degree, Medical School, Sapienza University of Rome (05/07/1976)
Main Research interests: Clinical Neurology, Movement Disorders, Clinical Neurophysiology, Motor Physiology.
President Italian Society of Neurology (2021 at present), President of the Academy for Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders (2014-2016), President of LIMPE (Parkinson’s disease and other extrapyramidal disorders (2011-2013) General Secretary of the Italian Society of Neurology (2010-2013)
Chairman of the European Section of the Movement Disorders Society (2008-2011), Chairman of the “Educational Committee” of the Movement Disorder Society (1996-1998), Secretary of the International Society “The movement Disorder Society” (1993-1996), Secretary of the International Society “International Medical Society of Motor Disturbances” (1991-1992)
Member of the following Medical Societies: International Medical Society of Motor Disturbances”The Movement Disorders Society” “Italian Society of Neurology” “Italian Society of Neurophysiology” “American Academy of Neurology”

Thomas Blattert
Main position/role:
Professor and Medical Director, Orthopaedische Fachklinik Schwarzach, Germany

Prof. Blattert is an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, specialized in spinal surgery and trauma management. He currently holds a position as Professor and Medical Director of the Department for Spine Surgery and Traumatology at Orthopaedische Fachklinik Schwarzach, Germany. Former resident of Harvard University, Boston, and spine fellow at Fritz Magerl´s Spine Center in St. Gallen, Switzerland, he is the current President of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe and also an Educational Advisor to AO Spine Europe. Since 2016 he holds the title of Visiting Professor at Xi´an Jiaotong University Medical College Honghui Hospital in China. He is also Associate Editor of Orthopaedic Surgery and a regular reviewer for Spine and Biomaterials. Prof. Blattert brings a strong expertise in spinal trauma and spinal tumours and additionally focuses on osteoporotic spine, minimally invasive procedures, and augmentation techniques with biomaterials.

Stefania Boccia
Main position/role:
Full professor of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
Stefania Boccia is Full professor of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health at UCSC in Rome, and Research Director for IRCCS FPG. She is the President of the European Public Health Epidemiology Section of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), Associate Editor of European Journal of Epidemiology and European Journal of Public Health. Her research interests focus on (genetic) epidemiology and prevention of cancer, and on international and national policies on public health genomics. She currently coordinates the EU funded projects ExACT and PROPHET. She has an H index of 47 and 7562 citations at february 2022.

Hélène Boisjoly
Main position/role:
Past Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2011-2020), Hélène Boisjoly is the first woman to hold this position at Université de Montréal, a 180-year-old institution in Canada. MD MPH FRCS(c) in ophthalmology, cornea surgeon and scientist, she held a number of key positions in academia and medical education such as Chair of a Department and Scientific director of a Vision Research Network. She is a member of the Order of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Harvard Ophthalmology Department.

Azad Bonni
Main position/role: Senior Vice President and Global Head of Neuroscience and Rare Diseases in pRED, Roche

Azad serves in an executive leadership role at Roche as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Neuroscience and Rare Diseases in pRED. He oversees a robust portfolio from research to completion of Phase 2 trials. Before Roche, Azad was Head of Neuroscience at Washington University in St Louis and Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard. Azad is an international leader in neuroscience who has made fundamental discoveries on mechanisms of neuronal connectivity in the brain. His many honors include election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society of Canada, and National Academy of Medicine.

Jan Borén
Main position/role:
Professor and Director, Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dr Borén is Professor and Director of the Institute of Medicine at University Hospital, and physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. His main long-term is interest lipid metabolism and he has focused to understand the underlying mechanisms that lead to, and consequences of lipid accumulation in the liver, arterial wall and heart, with the goal of translating this knowledge into effective treatment. His research program is translational and involves both in vitro and in vivo studies including pathophysiological studies and mouse models, and kinetic studies in carefully phenotyped human volunteers. 

Bruno Botta
Main position/role:
Deputy Provost for International Affairs, Full Professor of Chemistry, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Bruno Botta is full professor and, since 2014, Deputy Provost for the Internationalization at Sapienza University of Rome. He was Head of the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Drugs from 2011 to 2020.
His research interest includes: isolation, biotransformation and synthesis of biologically active compounds from medicinal plants; synthesis and host-guest studies of artificial receptors from the resorcarenes family, suitable for molecular recognition and drug delivery; discovery and development of organic molecules and natural compounds inhibiting the Hedgehog signaling pathway.
He is author and co-author of more than 160 publications, 6 national and international patents, and 10 books.



Jo Ivey Boufford
Main position/role:
Clinical Professor of Global Health, New York University School of Global Public Health and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, USA

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Global Health at the New York University School of Global Public Health and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She is President Emeritus of The New York Academy of Medicine and Immediate Past President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9). She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. Dr. Boufford has a history of engagement with the Inter Academy Partnership, serving as a member of the IAP-Health Executive Committee, co-Chair of IAP Health, and representing IAP as a member of the ISC Urban Health and Wellbeing Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In her current role at New York University she is teaching Foundations of Global Health at the Masters and doctoral level and developing new programs in Urban Health at the master’s level


Hakim Bouzamondo
Main position/role:
Divisional Vice President, Global R&D, Nutrition, Abbott

Hakim Bouzamondo is division vice president of Global Research and Development at Abbott. He is responsible for pediatric and adult nutrition product development, education, and clinical and preclinical research. He leads a team of more than 600 nutrition scientists and experts, across five R&D Centers globally.  He joined Abbott in 2014 as division vice president of Global Scientific & Medical Affairs. In this role, he was responsible for developing and managing an integrated Medical & Scientific Affairs organization, enhancing the quality of clinical research conducted and ensuring interdisciplinary collaboration across the business. Hakim redefined key science research platforms and created a user experience team to better address rapidly evolving consumer needs.Hakim is a medical doctor by training. He has an MSc degree and completed his pharmacology post-doctoral training at Paris University. He also completed an executive MBA from Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom.  


Donia Bouzid
Main position/role:
ER Physician, Paris, France
Donia Bouzid is an ER physician in a Parisian hospital specialized in infectious diseases. Her main topic of research is the epidemiology of respiratory viruses. She has been focusing on different strategies of rapid diagnostic tests and their best use in the context of overcrowded emergency rooms. She was also an assistant professor during three years at the Université de Paris, where she developed, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first large-scale OSCEs on Zoom.

Silvio Brusaferro
Main position/role:
President of Italian National Institute of Health (ISS)

Chiara Bucciardelli-Ducci
Main position/role:
Associate Professor of Cardiology, Kings College London, UK
Prof Bucciarelli-Ducci is associate professor of cardiology with expertise in cardiovascular imaging, particularly cardiovascular magnetic resonance. She is currently affiliated with the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and Kings College London. She graduated from Rome, University “La Sapienza” and pursued a PhD at Imperial College London.
She is a past vice-president of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the European Society of Cardiology and currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, based in the USA.
She has published over 230 international articles in the field of cardiology and/or imaging.
She is currently the deputy editor (imaging) of the European Heart Journal and in the editorial board of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging and Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging.
She has collaborated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations and with the European Medicine Agency.

Marian Burchardt
Main position/role:
Professor of sociology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Marian Burchardt is a professor of sociology at the University of Leipzig, co-director of the Leipzig Lab Global Health and senior research partner of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. Currently, he heads research projects on new digital technologies in healthcare systems in Ghana and Malawi andon quarantine in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is the author of Faith in the Times of AIDS (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and co-editor of Topographies of Faith: Religion in Urban Spaces (Brill 2013) and Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes (Duke, 2019).

Raffaella Buzzetti
Main position/role:
Professor of Endocrinology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Raffaella Buzzetti is Professor of Endocrinology at the Department of Experimental Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome. She is the Director of Diabetes Unit at Policlinico Umberto I Hospital and is part of the Ordinating Committee of the School of Specialization in Endocrinology and the Teaching Committee of the PhD in “Molecular Medicine”. She is board member of the National Committee of Medical Research Evaluators(MIUR). She is a member of the Ethical Committee of Policlinico Umberto I hospital. Professor Buzzetti has been PI for national and international research projects and won numerous grants; she is also author and co-author of 250 articles (H. Index Scopus 46).