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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

Najoua Mlika-Cabanne


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.   

Previous Award Recipients

Fourth award 2016

Richard Rosenfeld

Ilkka Kunnamo








Third Award 2015

 Philip van der Wees

 Philip van der Wees


Second award 2014

Jeremy Grimshaw


 First award 2012

  Marcia Kelson and NMC Award

Marcia Kelson

Linn Brandt

Award Recipient      2017 -

Linn Brandt


Dr Linn Brandt was recently presented with the fifth Najoua Mlika-Cabanne award by G-I-N Trustee, Per Olav Vandvik.                                       

Dr Brandt began her medical career at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, where she studied from 2001- 2007.

Throughout her training Linn travelled extensively and worked on projects in Lebanon, Egypt and South Africa whilst gaining invaluable experience for her future career.

Linn has participated as a PHD student in EVICARE and MAGIC since 2011, working on a research project supported by the Norwegian Research Council dealing with knowledge-based decision support integrated with electronic medical records.

Linn is currently employed as a Doctor in specialist training, at the Department of internal medicine, Diakonhjemmet hospital, Norway and splits her time between this, and performing the role of temporary Project Leader on the research project Evicare, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.  This work is part of the international research and innovation program MAGIC.

For the past four years Linn has created an international network of evidence synthesizers, guideline developers and decision support creators working together to fix a currently broken evidence ecosystem. She is now leading the G-I-N Tech working group and orchestrates the collaboration with Cochrane Tech, GRADE tech and other key collaborators in the emerging digital and trustworthy evidence ecosystem. She has spearheaded the collaboration between Cochrane and G-I-N on what has become the shared Task Exchange Platform.

Throughout her career, Linn has worked relentlessly to improve tools for decision support for doctors and other health care professionals, since she started her training in internal medicine back in 2007 at a local hospital in Norway.

A dedicated clinician, focussed on taking care of her patients, Linn realised early in her career that clinical practice guidelines did not help much and was struck by the fact that they were not available in the electronic health record. This drove her to seek a solution to fix problems with guidelines and their integration as decision support in the EHR.

Working almost around the clock Linn started out by visiting world leaders of medical informatics to discuss challenges before going on to create the MAGICapp with colleagues in MAGIC research and innovation program. The advanced technology in this innovative platform for authoring and publication of guidelines, evidence summaries and decision aids reflects the mastermind of Linn, combining clinical expertise, advanced health research methodology and a true talent for medical informatics.

She will soon submit her PhD thesis on PLUGGED-IN project, whilst continuing to undergo her specialty training in internal medicine and working as a doctor in a local hospital in Oslo.

Linn is highly regarded by her colleagues and associates who have no doubt that her drive and determination will lead her to continue to pursue ways to collaborate and share data to get the best current evidence available – a worthy winner indeed!


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