The TRANS-SENIOR project is led by prof. Theo van Achterberg - KU Leuven


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Prof. Moriah Ellen


Claudiana – Landesfachhochschule für Gesundheitsberufe

Claudiana – Landesfachhochschule für Gesundheitsberufe

Dr. Dietmar Ausserhofer 

Research and practice development centre 


Federatie van Wit-Gele Kruisverenigingen van Vlaanderen

Federatie van Wit-Gele Kruisverenigingen van Vlaanderen

Dr. Kristel de Vliegher

Nursing Department 


KU Leuven

KU Leuven

Prof. Theo van Achterberg, Department of Public Health and Primary Care,  Belgium 

Prof. Geert Goderis, Department of Public Health and Primary Care,  Belgium

Prof. Johan Flamaing, Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing, Belgium

Prof. Koen Milisen, Department of Public Health and Primary Care,  Belgium

Prof. Marc Sabbe, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium


Maastricht University

Maastricht University

Dr. Hilde Verbeek

Dr. Bram de Boer

Prof. Silvia Evers

Prof. Jan Hamers

Dr. Erik van Rossum

Department of Health Services Research

The Netherlands  

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Gabriele Meyer

Dr. Almuth Berg

Dr. Steffen Fleischer

Institute for Health and Nursing Science  


Universitat Basel


Prof. Sabina de Geest 

Dr. Mieke Deschodt

Prof. Michael Simon

Dr. Franziska Zúñiga

Department of Public Health 


Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

Dr. Christoph Sowada

Dr. Ewa Kocot

Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences



AGE Platform Europe

AGE Platform Europe

Borja Arrue 




Markus Leser 

Department of Older Persons 


Landsbond der Christelijke Mutualiteiten

MeanderGroep Zuid Limburg

MeanderGroep Zuid Limburg

Roger Ruijters

The Netherlands

Volkssolidarität Landesverband Sachsen-Anhalt

World Health Organisation

PhD students (ESRs)

Mary Ann Bautista - "Involvement: how best to engage senior citizens and their informal caregivers"

Mary Ann Bautista is an early stage researcher in the TRANS-SENIOR program. She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and a Master of Science (by Research) degree from the National University of Singapore.

Her thesis on the psychometric properties of instruments measuring integrated care and subsequent involvement in developing grant proposals that focus on senior citizens and their caregivers, helped her develop a strong interest in patient involvement and patient-centred care especially among older population groups and their informal caregivers. Broadly, her PhD research will identify best practices in senior citizen and informal caregiver involvement and evaluate different approaches in involving these groups in shaping healthcare services.

Megan Davies - "Multi-national multiple case examination of integrated care models for optimal transitions"

Megan Davies started as a PhD student on the TRANS-SENIOR program in February 2019 following completion of a Master’s degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University, from which she graduated in 2018.

Megan has a keen interest in Older People’s Medicine, having worked as a nursing assistant during her time studying on an OPM ward and most of her research to date has focussed on physical activity and dementia. Her PhD research focusses on integrated care in nursing home environments, where the aim is to optimise the use of integrated care following a tri-national, multi-case study. While Megan will primarily be based in Basel for her PhD research, data collection will take place in Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands, where she will also gain valuable first-hand experience of nursing homes across Europe.

Amal Fakha - "Improving implementation of innovations in long-term care"

Amal Fakha is a public health professional with an extensive international vocational experience in the field of health services delivery planning, advisory, and management. She recently commenced working as a PhD - early stage researcher in the TRANS-SENIOR program with an emphasis on improving the implementation of innovations in long-term care. Furthermore Amal holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Management & Health Policy from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique, France.

Throughout her career, Amal experienced the major difficulties that weakens the processes of decision-making, resource allocation, and conducive policy development in care delivery. Hence she has a huge interest to investigate the potential transformative innovations that can be applicable to enhance the transitional care in seniors given the current EU challenge of an expanding ageing population. More specifically, her PhD research work will focus on first exploring the factors influencing the implementation of transitional care innovations, and second on developing a toolbox of strategies for the dissemination and implementation of transitional care interventions in multiple settings.

Lindsay Groenvynck - "A collaborative intervention integrating home care and nursing home care"

Lindsay Groenvynck started working as a PhD student in the TRANS-SENIOR program. She graduated as a Bachelor in nursing in 2015. The degree gave her the opportunity to work as a nurse for child and family services in Belgium for a year. After that, she obtained her Master in nursing and midwifery in 2018 with a major in research at the KU Leuven.

Throughout her master studies, she found her passion to pursue research in health services, paving the way to work as an early stage researcher in the TRANS-SENIOR program. The topic of her PhD research focuses on optimizing care transitions in senior citizens. In particular, it emphasizes the development of an intervention model to improve transitional care for people with dementia between home care and nursing home. The intervention will be conducted and evaluated on a national level in the Netherlands and in collaboration with the KU Leuven.

Farah Islam - "Evaluating new triage protocols for senior citizens who seek unplanned care"

Farah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University (2016) and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Université de Montréal (2018). Currently, she is a Doctoral student in Biomedical Sciences at KU Leuven and holds a Marie Curie Fellowship as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) as part of the TRANS-SENIOR Innovative Training Network (2019 – present) ( Specializing in Patient Related and Public Health Research, the objective of her Ph.D. seeks to evaluate new triage protocols for senior citizens who seek unplanned care in Belgium. Moreover, she is currently the Bilingual Communications Coordinator for the Obesity Canada Students and New Professionals (OC-SNP) National Executive Committee (2018-2019) as well as an ESR representative for the TRANS-SENIOR supervisory board (2019-2020).

Lotan Kraun - "A practice guideline for empowerment in transitional care decision making"

Lotan Kraun is a PhD Student in the TRANS-SENIOR program and a Marie-Curie Research Fellow. He obtained his Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2018 and Bachelor’s in Health Systems Management in 2015 from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva (BGU), Israel. 

During his studies, he led academic and community-based health promotion initiatives on both local and national scales. He worked on the framework for BGU’s School of Public Health to develop relevant models rooted in social epidemiology and inequalities in health. Currently, he is pursuing work that incorporates knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) and informed decision making. 

During his PhD, he will focus on forming practical guideline for empowerment in transitional care decision making. Such work will identify necessary strategies and provide practical guidance for senior citizens and informal caregivers involved in transitional care decision making. 

Gwen Laurent - "Implementing INSPIRE, an integrated community care program for senior citizens"

Gwen Laurent works as a PhD student and early stage researcher in the TRANS-SENIOR program. She holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BSc) from the University of Hasselt in Belgium. Furthermore, she completed a two-year Master's degree in Clinical Biomedical Sciences (MSc) at the University of Leuven, Belgium. While performing her master project at UZ Leuven, she investigated whether caloric and protein intake had an influence on rehabilitation outcome within geriatric patients. During this period, she worked in close collaboration with the patients in the hospital and consequently developed a great passion and interest in caring for the older population. Driven by her interest in the elderly, she is now working as a PhD student on the INSPIRE project: Implementation of a Community-based Care Program for Senior Citizens in Canton Basel-Landschaft, led by Prof. Sabina De Geest and Dr. Mieke Deschodt.

Merel Leithaus - "Transitional care impact of integrated care projects"

Sharon Levy - "Developing international guidance for optimal transitional care in senior citizens"

After completing his nurse training, Sharon continued to develop his professional practice in a variety of community based care environments. Sharon specialised in Health Informatics and his MPhil thesis focused on remote healthcare provision for older adults. His last NHS clinical role in the Scottish NHS was that of a Telehealth Nurse Specialist, prior to joining Edinburgh University as a lecturer. Sharon is currently working in Ben Gurion University through a Marie curie Fellowship and is part of the TRANS-SENIOR project considering community care interventions for optimal transitional care for older adults.

Katia Mifsud - "Accidental falls care pathway for avoiding transitions from nursing home to hospital"

Katia Mifsud holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Malta, where she also studied at Bath Spa University. She has completed her Master in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the University of Malta and is enrolled in the Master in Systemic Family Psychotherapy.

Her work experience involved meaningful activities projects at Karen Grech Rehabilitation Hospital and Active Ageing Malta sessions with persons living with dementia. Katia was involved in a staff training project of various long term care institutions, working with persons living with dementia. She has also carried out valuable work at geriatrics wards within the Clinical Psychology department at Mater Dei state Hospital in Malta.

Katia has participated in the ‘Gerontological Geriatric and Dementia Care in Malta & Gozo: Present and Future Challenges’ – United Nations Conference 2018, held in Malta. Her contribution gave an important outlook on alternative approaches to dementia care.

Currently she is an early stage researcher at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Halle (Saale), Germany with her secondment at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Katia is a PhD student in the TRANS-SENIOR programme and her research interest lies in optimising transitional care related to accidental falls of nursing home residents.

Estera Wieczorek - "Financing long-term care systems, particularly for optimised care transition"

Estera Wieczorek is a PhD Student in the TRANS-SENIOR program and will be conducting research at the Jagiellonian University in Poland and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Estera holds a Bachelor degree in European Public Health from the Maastricht University, where she also studied at the Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. Moreover, she graduated as Master in Healthcare Policy Innovation and Management and Master in Global Health from Maastricht University in 2018.

During her studies, Estera had an opportunity to do her internships at the European Commission and at the Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands, where she worked as a research assistant in the field of health policy.

Her main research interests include aging in Europe, sustainability, efficiency and health systems financing. The topic of her PhD research deals with optimizing care transitions in senior citizens. She obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship as an early stage researcher.


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