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This G-I-N award acknowledges an individual’s contribution to innovation in the methodology, development, and /or implementation of clinical practice guidelines.

    Najoua Mlika-Cabanne October 2008

    The Najoua Mlika-Cabanne Innovation Award is named in memory of Najoua Mlika-Cabanne MD PHD, formerly Deputy Head of the Guidelines Department at the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS, French National Authority for Health), Trustee of the Guidelines International Network between 2003 and 2010, and G-I-N Honorary Patron.

    Najoua Mlika-Cabanne graduated in medicine from Sousse Medical Faculty in Tunisia in 1982. From a local government post in public health in Tunisia, Najoua moved to clinical research in France first at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Centre and then at INSERM, the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research. After that Najoua became deputy head of the Guidelines Department at the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS, French National Authority for Health). She was in charge of various aspects of the development of clinical practice guidelines for over 10 years: drafting of guidelines, managing a team of guideline developers, and university teaching, in particular courses on medical statistics, quality management, and assessment of health systems. In her post at HAS, she liaised with experts in a very wide variety of aspects of the development of quality of care and health technology assessment.

    From 2000, Najoua was increasingly involved in national and international partnerships. She was on the Committee for the Assessment of National Registers at the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS), was the mandated HAS representative for several collaborative international projects (for example, CoCanCPG), and was an active member of the International Review Panel of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQUA), the ADAPTE collaboration, and G-I-N.

    Najoua was elected to the G-I-N Board in 2003 and was co-chair of the international Working Group on Evidence Tables. She was also a co-editor of enGINe, the G-I-N newsletter.

    During her career Dr Najoua Mlika-Cabanne made a significant contribution to the science of clinical guideline development and consistently fostered international collaboration and friendship.


    Information about the award

    Nomination and Selection Process

    Nominations can only be made by organisational and individual G-I-N members.

    Self-nomination is not allowed.

    An Award Committee comprised of guideline experts is selected by the Board of Trustees.  The Award Committee is comprised of up to 7 members including a chair, a Board liaison, and a geographically diverse representation of G-I-N guideline experts.  The Award Committee set and apply selection criteria to select a nominee, however the final decision is made by the Board of Trustees.

    Nomination eligibility

    The individual has put forth extraordinary efforts on innovation in the methodology, development, and /or implementation of clinical practice guidelines.

    The individual has provided an extraordinary (outstanding) contribution to the guideline community.

    Current members of the Board or G-I-N staff are not eligible.

    Current members of the Award Committee are not eligible.

    Nominees are not required to be G-I-N members.  Shortlisted nominees will be re-considered for up to two years.

    Nominations now closed for the 2016 award

     Nominations should include:

    • A statement of no more than 500 words, giving reasons for the nomination and stating why the nominee deserves the award
    • Name, position, affiliation and contact details of the nominee
    • CV or link to the CV and list of relevant publications of the nominee
    • Name, position, affiliation and contact details of the person(s) sending the nomination


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    Award Recipients

    Third award 2015

    Philip Van Der Wees 2Philip van der Wees was announced as the third Najoua Mlika-Cabanne award winner by Dr Fergus MacBeth during the opening ceremony of Amsterdam 2015.  

    Philip is currently Senior Researcher at Radbound University Medical Centre. He has been a member of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT) Professional Issues Working Group since its inception in 2000 where he has made a significant contribution and led on evidence based practice in Clinical Guidelines in Europe. As part of this role he organised two Clinical Guideline conferences in the Netherlands, which brought together the latest thinking on Guideline Development, Adaptation and Implementation.

    In 2004, whilst working at Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF), Philip began a PhD programme at Maastricht University with the subject “Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Clinical Guidelines in Physical Therapy”. He was awarded his Doctorate in 2009. Philip worked as Programme Manager and senior researcher for the research programme “Quality and Implementation in Physical Therapy” in a collaboration between KNGF, the Scientific Institute for the Quality of Healthcare (Radboud University, Nijmegen Medical Centre) and CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care (Maastricht University).

    Philip became a member of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and was elected to the G-I-N Board in 2009 and became Chair in 2010. Philip worked tirelessly to set up a worldwide AHP and nursing sub-group, organising and chairing meetings during the G-I-N Annual Conference and maintaining links through telephone conferences in between times.
    In 2011 he received a scholarship for the Dutch Harkness Fellowship (2011/12) of the Commonwealth Fund at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

    Philip has been a driving force in the development of a European Physiotherapy Guideline for the management of Parkinson’s Disease, published in 2015. This involved collaborating with specialists in the field, from member organisations of ER-WCPT, to bring together expert opinion from Physiotherapists across Europe.

    Philip was presented the ER-WCPT Recognition of Excellence Award at the Region’s General meeting in Malta in May 2012. He has worked tirelessly and with great success in developing evidence based practice and guidelines within his profession. His work has led to academic success and wide recognition.  

    Second award 2014




    First award 2012




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