Plenary Speakers

The G-I-N & JBI 2019 Scientific Committee is honoured to announce the following plenary speakers.   

Jako BurgersProfessor Jako Burgers

Maastricht University

Jako Burgers is Professor in ‘Promoting Personalized Care in Clinical Practice Guidelines’ at the Department of General Practice and Care and Public Health Research Institute of Maastricht University, Senior Consultant at the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG), and practicing primary care physician in the Netherlands.

From 2012 to 2018 he was head of the Department of Guideline Development and Research of NHG. In 2015, the NHG was local host of the annual G-I-N conference in Amsterdam.

Previously he was senior researcher at IQ healthcare, Radboud University Medical Center, He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on guideline development and effectiveness, quality of health care, and healthcare system performance focusing on primary care. Jako was a 2008–09 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, based at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and still involved in the network of Alumni Harkness fellows. 

He is founding member of G-I-N and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2007/2008. He was co-investigator in the international AGREE (Appraisal Guidelines Research and Evaluation) project and trustee of the AGREE Research Trust from 2004 to 2014. 


Gill HarveyProfessor Gill Harvey

University of Adelaide

Gill is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Adelaide Nursing School at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Gill has a professional background in nursing and her research interests are in the field of knowledge translation, implementation science and facilitating evidence-based practice in health care. Previous roles in the UK include working as the Director of the Royal College of Nursing’s Quality Improvement Programme, Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care and Professor of Health Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.  In 2014, she was named as a Thomson-Reuters highly cited researcher, particularly for her work with colleagues on developing and testing a widely used conceptual framework for implementation, known as PARIHS - “Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services”.


RomanDr Roman Kislov

University of Manchester

Dr Roman Kislov is Senior Research Fellow at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and Adjunct Visiting Fellow at Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation, Queensland University of Technology. He conducts qualitative research on the processes and practices of knowledge mobilisation, with a particular interest in communities of practice, intermediary roles and organisational learning. He is currently leading a longitudinal study into the development of knowledge mobilisation strategies over time and a multiple case study of research co-production in multiprofessional project teams, which are both funded by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) Greater Manchester—a partnership between the University of Manchester and local providers of health services. In 2016-2018, he was a country lead investigator for FLAME (Facilitators and Leaders Actively Mobilising Evidence)—a comparative case study of evidence-based practice in nursing across Australia, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Roman worked as a doctor in a gold-mining company in Central Asia. He is a regular contributor to Implementation Science, and his work has also recently appeared in Public Administration, Organization Studies, International Journal of Nursing Studies and BMJ Quality & Safety.


IIkka KunnamoProfessor Ilkka Kunnamo

University of Helsinki

Ilkka Kunnamo, MD, PhD, born 1955, developed the original idea of Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines, a comprehensive electronic guideline database published by Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd., Finland, and served as its editor-in-chief between 1988 and 2008. He now serves as the editor-in-chief of the international version, which has been translated into 10 languages. Since 1986 he has worked as general practitioner at Karstula in Central Finland. In 2009 he was appointed adjunct professor of general practice at the University of Helsinki. Presently he develops a comprehensive multilingual decision support service (Evidence-Based Medicine Electronic Decision Support, EBMEDS, utilizing coded  data from electronic health records and providing patient-specific reminders, interactive algorithms, and population health tools.  He has published research papers in informatics, guidelines, polypharmacy, rheumatology, gastroenterology, sinusitis, and diabetes care. He is a member of the GRADE working group, a member of the Executive Board of DynaMed Plus, EBSCO Health, an Editorial Advisor of BioMed Central (London), a founding member of the G-I-N Implementation Working Group and the Multimorbidity Working Group. In 2014 - 2018 he served as chair of the WONCA (World organization of family physicians) Working Party on eHealth.


Holger SchünemannProfessor Holger Schünemann

 McMaster University

Dr Schünemann is chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. He began his research career in respiratory and exercise physiology ( as a medical student and in nutritional epidemiology (PhD) and molecular biology (postdoc) in the Department of Physiology at the Medical School of Hannover and the University at Buffalo (UB), State of New York. He trained in internal medicine, epidemiology and preventive medicine. Having contributed to over 600 peer-reviewed publications, he has been listed among the most influential 3,000 scientific minds of current times (Thomson Reuters) across all scientific disciplines since 2015 and has an h-index of 127/88 (google scholar/web of science) and is among the 1500 most cited scientists of all times ( He is co-chair of the GRADE working group, the director of Cochrane Canada, a co-chair of the GINAHTA working group. He led or participated in high-profile guideline panels, including for the WHO and numerous professional societies and he was a key contributor to the revised methods for WHO guideline development in 2006 and the GIN-McMaster Guideline Development tool. Maintaining an active clinical practice fulfils his passion for patient care and ensures his research is people-oriented.


Allison Tong 2Professor Allison Tong

The University of Sydney

Professor Allison Tong is a Principal Research Fellow at the Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. She holds an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. Allison has an interest in patient involvement in research, including in the context of research priority setting, the development of core outcomes for research, and the co-production of clinical trials. She co-founded the global Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) initiative, which aims to established consensus-based core outcomes across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease. She also Chairs the Patient-Centred Research (PACER network), which facilitates knowledge exchange, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and innovation in conducting and implementing patient-centred outcomes research and patient involvement in research. She also has experience in developing and implementing strategies for involving patients and caregivers in national and international guidelines in kidney disease. Her reporting guidelines for qualitative health research (COREQ), and synthesis of qualitative research (ENTREQ), are endorsed as key reporting guidelines by leading journals and by the international EQUATOR Network for promoting the transparency of health research.


Steve WebbProfessor Steve Webb 

Royal Perth Hospital

Dr Steve Webb is a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, Director of Clinical Trials at St John of God Hospital Subiaco, and a Professor of Critical Care Research in School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Dr. Webb is a trialist who designs and conducts clinical trials that generate evidence to improve patient care. He is a recipient of more than $85M in research funding and has published over 150 manuscripts including multiple manuscripts in the NEJM, JAMA, BMJ, and The Lancet.  His work has been cited more than 27,000 times.

He is a founding Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, a foundation Fellow and a member of Council of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and co-Chair of the Australian Government’s Clinical Trials Collaborative Forum.  He is a former chair of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group, and he chaired the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee from 2007 until 2016. He is a recipient of a Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Western Australia.


Davina Ghersi

Professor Davina Ghersi

National Health and Medical Research Council

Davina joined the National Health and Medical Research Council as a Senior Principle Research Scientist in 2011 after 5 years as Team Leader with the Research Policy and Cooperation Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. At NHMRC she provides methodological advice and support across the agency on issues relating to the creation and translation of research evidence, including public health and clinical practice guidelines. Before this she led the Systematic Review and Health Care Assessment team at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Sydney.

Academic interests are in publication bias, selective reporting, research transparency, systematic reviews and the translation of health and medical research into health care decision making and health policy. She is Adjunct Professor at Sydney Medical School and is a member of a number of advisory groups including PROSPERO and the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry. She has a long history of involvement with the Cochrane Collaboration.




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