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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Susanna Palkonen

Susanna Palkonen is Director of European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), which brings together 43 member associations from 25 countries to improve the care, environment, participation and equality of people with allergy, asthma and COPD at the European level. Among others, Susanna is the patient representative in the EC DG Research and Innovation’s Horizon 2020 Scientific Panel for Health, ERACoSysMed Advisory Board and the Clinical Advisory Board of the Human Brain Project.

Recently Susanna because the Chairperson of the PACT, Patient Access Partnership, a multi-stakeholder initiative to improve equal access to patient centered care in Europe.

In 2018 she stepped down from the Board of the European Patients’ Forum EPF, the umbrella association for 64 European level disease specific patient groups and national platforms of patient associations, of which EFA is a member, after 12 years of service and where she was vice president 8 years and represented EPF at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Patient and Consumer Working Party. In her private life she is the Secretary of the Board of the Lehmijärvi-lake protection association, lake in Finland where her family has summer cottage, with the aim to protect and improve the quality of the water for anyone wishing to swim in or fish on the lake. Susanna has co-authored several papers with the scientific community and believes in equal participation in research by patients and their representatives. She studied social policy and as a patient with atopic eczema and allergic rhinitis she is interested in how policies and systems, but also patients themselves can support patient centered care and prevention.

Speaking in:
Closing Plenary: Why health systems must start delivering for and with patients


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Alice Casagrande

Alice Casagrande

Director, formation, innovation et vie associative, Fédération des Etablissements Hospitaliers et d'Aide à la Personne, Privés Non Lucratifs

Alice Casagrande
Learn more about Elena Petelos

Elena Petelos

Lecturer in Evidence-Based Medicine and Evidence Informed Policy, AdBoard of the European Forum for Primary Care, GovBoard of the European Public Health Association

Elena Petelos

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Learn more about June Raine

June Raine

Director of Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK

June Raine
Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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