Team

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

Beneficiaries

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Prof. Moriah Ellen

Dr. Ellen is currently a Senior Lecturer at Ben Gurion University’s Department of Health Systems Management in Israel. She is also an Assistant Professor (Status) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Canada and Investigator at the McMaster Health Forum in Canada. Dr. Ellen’s primary research interests are health systems and policy, knowledge transfer and exchange, addressing the use of unnecessary health care services, and ageing. More specifically, some of her projects have addressed infrastructures needed to support evidence informed policymaking at the organizational level, health system initiatives to reduce the unnecessary overuse of tests, treatments and procedures, and the perceptions surrounding antimicrobial resistance within the public and health care providers. Dr. Ellen has consulted both nationally and internationally. Dr. Ellen has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, books chapters, countless conference presentations and reports for governmental bodies.

Federatie van Wit-Gele Kruisverenigingen van Vlaanderen

Federatie van Wit-Gele Kruisverenigingen van Vlaanderen


Dr. Kristel de Vliegher

Kristel De Vliegher holds a Master Degree in Nursing Science from KU Leuven University, Belgium, since 2001. She works at Wit-Gele Kruis van Vlaanderen, the largest organization for home nursing in Flanders, Belgium since September 5th 2001: 16 years as Staff Member of the Nursing Department and 2 years as head of that Nursing Department. In 2015, she successfully defended her PhD dissertation on ‘Caring for homecare: A multimethod analysis of the current and future role of home nurses’. She is 10% affliated as voluntary employee of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, University of Leuven.


Bram Fret

Bram Fret completed his MSc in Adult Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2007. He started his career as a staff member at the Kenniscentrum Woonzorg Brussel. Since 2009 he works at the White Yellow Cross (a big organisation for home nursing) as a staff member where he took actively part in the WeDO project (for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People). Other activities include innovation and quality projects for frail older people and research projects. Since 2015 he is also a member of the Belgian Ageing Studies (BAS) research team. The BAS refers to a project which seeks to monitor local challenges and opportunities, as well as issues of quality of life, among home-dwelling older adults in order to provide tools for evidenced-based ageing policies at local level. 

Bram recently completed a PhD on care and support for frail older adults. The PhD took part of the D-SCOPE project (Detection – Support and Care of Older People: Prevention and Empowerment) financed by the FWO. The project started from the observation that frailty in older adults is often not detected in time. Prevention of frailty in older adults benefits the older person, his environment and be more cost-effective for society. The D-SCOPE project is a partnership between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), University College Ghent (HOGENT), University of Antwerp (UA), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and the University of Maastricht (UM). Bram combined his research with further activities within the White Yellow Cross.


 

KU Leuven

KU Leuven

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

Theo van Achterberg is the coordinator of the TRANS-SENIOR International Training Network, and was trained as a health scientist, nurse and epidemiologist. He is a Professor of Quality of Care, and the Chair of the Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery at KU Leuven in Belgium. Both his research and teaching activities focus on Healthcare Quality and the use Implementation Science for the promotion of care quality. Theo van Achterberg is a Fellow and the current Vice-President of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS), a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, and a member of Global Advisory Panel for the Future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON).



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

Geert Goderis graduated as Medical Doctor at KU Leuven University in 1993. He is General Practitioner and Director at the Medical Center “Centre de la Santé La Chenevière” in Charleroi, Belgium. He also works as a part-time Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of KU Leuven University at the department of Public Health and Primary Care. Finally, he's a staff member at the University Hospitals UZ Leuven at the 'Department of Management Information Reporting' working for the directory board.

In 2010, he obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a thesis on quality improvement in diabetes care.

Geert Goderis teaches Diabetes and Hypertension for General Practitioners at the Academic Centre for General Practice. Furthermore, he teaches Chronic Disease Management at the faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the KU Leuven.

His topics of interest are policy and organisation of health care, with focus on the intersection between primary care and general practice on the one hand and hospital and specialist care on the other hand. The topic of his quality improvement improve the management of integrated chronic care. As such, he is senior member of the ‘FAITH.be’, the scientific consortium to evaluate the Health Care Reform project of the Joint Belgian Federal and Regional Governments, which is called “Integrated Care for better health for people with chronic conditions”.

The main strength of Professor Goderis is the integration of ‘operational’ activities as General Practitioner and founder of several medical centers with ‘academic’, reflexivity and research activities in the field of Chronic Care and data analysis. As such, Prof. Goderis has acquired expertise in founding and managing operational projects and multi-professional teams as well as in research and teaching activities. Four important achievements, associated to most of his publications are the Diabetes Project Leuven, the Belgian Care Trajectories for people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease and Intego, a General Practice Network Database. In the operational field, Prof. Goderis founded the medical centre “Centre de santé La Chenevière” in Marcinelle, Charleroi and co-founded the medical centre “Bella Vita” (Waterloo).


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




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

Koen Milisen (PhD, RN) was trained as a health scientist and as a nurse. He is full Professor of Care for Older Persons at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven (Belgium) and Clinical Nurse Scientist at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium).  He has extensive clinical, teaching and research expertise in the care for frail older persons. More specifically his work focuses on delirium, falls and restraint use; and on the development of geriatric care models. Dr. Milisen is president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and Fracture Prevention, Section editor at BMC Geriatrics, president of the UZ Leuven Delirium Working Group, and council member of the European Delirium Association


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




Dr. Ellen Vlaeyen, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium 

Ellen Vlaeyen is a geriatric nurse and holds a Master of Science in Nursing. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD ‘Fall prevention in nursing homes: documented effectiveness, prevailing views and current practices’. Her primary research interests are geriatric care, knowledge transfer and nursing homes.

She currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Leuven. She is the TRANS-SENIOR (Transitional Care Innovation in Senior Citizens; an EU funded project designed to train healthcare innovators who will shape future care for senior citizens) project manager. Ellen Vlaeyen is also the vice-president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and Fracture Prevention. In addition, she is a guest lecturer at the University of Witten/Herdecke, where she teaches a course on knowledge transfer.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University

Dr. Hilde Verbeek



Dr. Bram de Boer

Bram de Boer holds a Master degree in Social & Health Psychology from Maastricht University, the Netherlands since 2012. During his studies Bram worked as a research assistant at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. After obtaining his Master degree Bram did a PhD at the Department of Health Services Research (HSR). In 2017, Bram successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled ‘Living at a green care farm, An innovative alternative for regular care in nursing homes for people with dementia’. After his PhD Bram worked at KU Leuven on the Trans-Senior Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie innovative Training Network Grant. Bram now works as a post-doctoral researcher at the HSR department at Maastricht University and works as a ‘Linking Pin’ at Mosae Zorggroep for The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care. Furthermore Bram teaches within the Bachelors Health Sciences, European Public Health, and the Master Healthcare Policy, Innovation & Management.


Prof. Silvia Evers



Prof. Jan Hamers

Prof. dr. J.P.H. (Jan) Hamers, RN, PhD, is a Full Professor of Care of Older People at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and visiting professor at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He is deputy chairman of the department of Health Services Research and head of the multidisciplinary research program ‘Ageing and Long-Term Care’ at the Research School Caphri. Furthermore, he is founder and director of the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care and chairman of the Dutch Scientific College of Nursing Science.

Dr. Erik van Rossum

Department of Health Services Research

The Netherlands  

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Quelle: Deutscher Ethikrat/Foto: Reiner Zensen

Prof. Gabriele Meyer

Gabriele Meyer is professor for Health & Nursing Sciences at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and director of the Institute for Health & Nursing Sciences.

Before she moved to Halle (Saale) in 2013, she had appointments as full professor at the University of Witten/Herdecke and as assistance professor (Juniorprofessor) at the University of Bremen. Gabriele Meyer started her academic career at the University of Hamburg after she finished the studies of teacher training, upper secondary level/vocational schools, Health Science and German language. In 2004, she defended her doctoral thesis (Dr. phil. with summa cum laude). She is a state examined nurse and worked in hospitals and community nursing for more than ten years.

Research interests are development and evaluation of complex interventions; epidemiology of nursing problems, e.g. dementia-related care needs in nursing homes and home care nursing; mobility, joint contractures, use of physical restraints and psychotropic medication in nursing homes, advance care planning.

Selected in-house positions are Vice Dean for Gender Affairs; Member of the Ethics Committee; Member of the Doctorate Committee. Selected external scientific positions are president of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS); Member of the National Advisory Board for the Assessment of the Development of the German Health Care System (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der Entwicklung im Gesundheitswesen); Corresponding Board Member of the German Network of Evidence-based Medicine (DNEbM); Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care (ZEFQ).


Dr. Almuth Berg

Dr. Steffen Fleischer

Institute for Health and Nursing Science  

Germany  

Universitat Basel

Universitat Basel

Prof. Sabina de Geest 

Sabina De Geest is a Professor of Nursing, Director of the Institute of Nursing Science and Chair of the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She leads the Leuven Basel Research Group, an international, interdisciplinary research group focusing on behavioural and psychosocial issues in solid organ & stem cell transplantation. Driven by implementation science methodology, her research portfolio focuses on the development of innovative care models partially also powered by eHealth. In addition, her research addresses psychosocial and behavioural pathways and their relation to outcomes in chronic illness and the development and testing of instruments to assess patient reported outcomes.



Dr. Mieke Deschodt

Mieke Deschodt holds a Master degree in Nursing Science from KU Leuven University, Belgium since 2007. She worked six years as a geriatric expert nurse in the University Hospitals of Leuven. In 2013, she successfully defended her PhD dissertation on ‘Multidisciplinary inpatient geriatric consultation teams: organizational aspects and outcomes’ at the University of Leuven. As postdoctoral research fellow, she is affiliated to Nursing Science, Department of Public Health at the University of Basel and 20% to Gerontology and Geriatrics, Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing at the University of Leuven.

In Basel, she is leading the INSPIRE project (ImplemeNtation of a community-baSed care Programme for senIoR citizEns in Basel-Landschaft) and is part of the TRANS-SENIOR (Transitional Care Innovation in Senior Citizens) research group.

In Leuven she is principal investigator of the G-COACH (Geriatric CO-mAnagement for Cardiology patients in the Hospital), FIREFLy (Follow-up of ILT recommendations in Flanders) and the G-ERAS (Geriatric assessment in Early Recovery After Surgery programs) projects. She is co-investigator of the GAPP (Geriatric Activation Program Pellenberg) and URGENT (Unplanned Readmission prevention through a GEriatric Network for Transitional care) studies. Mieke Deschodt is fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and the American Geriatrics Society, and board member of Wit-Gele Kruis Vlaanderen, the largest home care organization in Flanders.



Prof. Michael Simon

Michael Simon is a nurse and health services researcher focusing on quality of care. He is interested in which structures and processes of nursing care contribute to patient outcomes using large routine data and applying advanced statistical methods. He leads the Patient Safety and Quality of Care research group with eight doctoral students and four post-doctoral fellows at the Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Basel and the INSELSPITAL University Hospital in Bern. His research spans all healthcare settings and is diversely funded including the Swiss National Science Foundation, EU Horizon 2020, Stiftung Pflegewissenschaft, SAMW and others. He is fellow at the European Academy of Nursing Science and the Royal Statistical Society and an associate editor of the International Journal of Nursing Science and PeerJ.



Dr. Sandra Staudacher

Dr. des. Sandra Staudacher, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and lawyer with international expertise in social and cultural aspects of aging, health and caregiving. Since 2018 she holds a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Nursing Science (INS), Department of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel (UNIBAS). She is Project Leader of TRIANGLE, a research project consisting of three case studies in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands analyzing person-centered care, quality of life and interprofessionality in retirement and nursing homes qualitatively. TRIANGLE includes ESR 8 of TRANS-SENIOR. With the aim of combining research and teaching, Sandra Staudacher develops and teaches courses on (applied) qualitative research methods.

Before joining the INS Sandra Staudacher was a lecturer and academic assistant at the Institute of Social Anthropology and member of the Graduate School of Gender Studies at the University of Basel. She wrote her dissertation “Cosmopolitan Aging in Urban Zanzibar: Elderhood, Health and Transnational Care Spaces Related to Oman” in the frame of a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funded project. From 2015 to 2016 she was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. At the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) she collaborated as scientific assistant (2016) and as consultant (2017). From 2013 to 2014 Sandra Staudacher was a visiting lecturer at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA). She completed her BA and MA studies in Social Anthropology and Law at the University of Basel and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Besides her academic activities, she worked as a legal consultant and program manager counselling asylum seekers with the Red Cross Switzerland and HEKS (2009-2012).



Dr. Franziska Zúñiga

Dr. Franziska Zúñiga is university lecturer and head of education at the Institute of Nursing Science (INS), University of Basel. She did her PhD at the same Institute in 2015 and holds Master’s degrees in both nursing and theology. Her research focuses on health services research and implementation science in long-term care of older persons (both stationary and home care), with special interest in patient safety and quality of care, and the implementation of new models of care to improve the care of older persons. She is responsible for two academic- service - partnerships with the nursing homes of Basel-Stadt and Baselland (CURAVIVA BS / BL) and a nursing home near Zürich (KZU Kompetenzzentrum Pflege und Gesundheit), maintaining the link to the practice field of care.

 

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

Dr. Christoph Sowada

Dr. Sowada is an academic teacher and professor at the Institute of Public Health Jagiellonian University Medical College and a researcher, specialising in health economics and economics of health insurance.  He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Potsdam/Germany (2000) (Dissertation – theme: Health Security and Social Health Insurance - Normative Principles and their Realization in the Polish Social Health Insurance). He holds habilitation in economics from the Economic University in Krakow (2014). He was Research Assistant at the Institute of Economics II at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen  from 1994 to 1995 and at the Institute of Public Finance at the University of Potsdam /Germany from 1995 to 2000. Since June 2019, he is a Professor at the Institute of Public Health at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. He was a member of the research team on the ACE Research Projects (1993-1994 and 1997-1999), CASE-Warsaw Project (2002-2004), GVG/European Commission Project (2002), ASSPRO Project (2009-2013), Prohealth 65+ (2014-2017) and many others. Since September 2016, he is director of the Institute of Public Health JU MC. Since October 2019 he is Director of the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences at the Doctoral School of Medical Sciences and Health Sciences Jagiellonian University. He is member of the German Economic Association (Verein für Sozialpolitik) and the Polish Public Health Association. He is author of nearly 100 scientific publications in the field of health economics and health insurance.

Dr. Ewa Kocot

Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences

Poland  

Partners

AGE Platform Europe

AGE Platform Europe

Borja Arrue 

Europe 

Claudiana – Landesfachhochschule für Gesundheitsberufe

Claudiana – Landesfachhochschule für Gesundheitsberufe

Dr. Dietmar Ausserhofer 

Dietmar Ausserhofer is a nurse and health services researcher at the college of Healthcare Professions Claudiana in Bolzano/Bozen, northern Italy, focusing on patient safety and quality of care across healthcare settings. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Nursing Science (Department of Public Health) at the University of Basel (Switzerland) where he did his PhD in 2012 as part of the EU’s FP7 funded study “Nurse forecasting in Europe (RN4CAST)”. He is an associate editor of BMC Health Services Research.

CURAVIVA Schweiz

CURAVIVA Schweiz

Markus Leser 

Department of Older Persons 

Switzerland 

Landsbond der Christelijke Mutualiteiten

MeanderGroep Zuid Limburg

MeanderGroep Zuid Limburg

Jack Jansen

Jack Jansen started his career as a nurse. He obtained his Master’s degree in Public Administration (MSc) and Strategic Management (MBA). After his studies, he held various management and board positions in hospitals and an elderly care organization, before joining MeanderGroep Zuid-Limburg as Chairman of the Board of Directors. “For me, the diversity of this organization is an attractive challenge. Intra- and extramural, with different disciplines, different groups of clients and residents of all ages. And therefore also different types of employees. I strongly believe it is very important that the happiness of both employees and clients gets our attention every day.”

MeanderGroep is the most complete provider of healthcare in the Parkstad region, in the province of Limburg, The Netherlands. With more than 5000 employees, MeanderGroep is also one of the largest employers in the region. Two years in a row, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, MeanderGroep was elected as Most Attractive Employer of Limburg. Every year more than 20,000 residents of Parkstad are being given the care and attention they need. MeanderGroep is a large organization, active in the intramural (nursing and care homes) and extramural (at the client's home) care, paramedical and preventive services, with a total package of (social) services. In addition to that, Meander has more than 45,000 subscribers in Meander Extra, its service organization that focuses on vitality and well-being. Although MeanderGroep is a large provider of healthcare and well-being, it has organized its services on a small scale, including neighborhood-oriented home care teams and small-scale living for people with dementia.

Volkssolidarität Landesverband Sachsen-Anhalt

World Health Organisation

PhD students (ESRs)

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.

Ines Mouchaers - "CAPABLE-NL community care intervention for avoiding transitions to institutional care"

Ines Mouchaers obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Biomedical Sciences in 2018 at KU Leuven University. During her master project at UZ Leuven, she conducted research on healthy ageing by means of optimized movement and nutrition involving healthy and frail older people. During this period, she developed a great interest in the care for the older population and wanted to contribute to improving this care. Driven by this interest, she started as a PhD student in the TRANS-SENIOR program, more specifically on the CAPABLE-NL project. The project is focusing on reducing the number of avoidable transitions from home care to hospitals and nursing homes by developing an inter-professional community care model for older care-dependent people in the Dutch community care setting.

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 Islam 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) (www.trans-senior.eu). 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. 

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

Merel Leithaus started working as a PhD student in the TRANS-SENIOR program. She did her Bachelor degree in European Public Health at Maastricht University in 2017. Moreover, she graduated as Master in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health at Maastricht University in 2018.

During her study she developed a strong interest in ageing in Europe and the involved challenges that all member states face. The topic of her PhD research deals with optimizing care transitions in senior citizens. In particular, it focuses on transitional care impact of integrated care projects. Her topic is nested into the Integreo program running in various regions in Belgium. Merel is much interested to invest in the topic and to conduct research about preventing unnecessary transitions and improving those that are needed. She obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship as an early stage researcher.


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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