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Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council (CAC for its Spanish initials) is an independent consultant, created in 2009, which provides advice to the Board of Trustees of the TicSalut Foundation in accordance with the criteria set out in the regulation of this collaboration.

The CAC meets once a year to discuss and make recommendations on the lines of development and promotion of the TicSalut Foundation.

The main responsibilities of the CAC revolve around the following objectives:

  • To provide advice on matters relating to national and international trends in the field of ICT for the health sector.
  • To guide the development of strategies towards broadening and deepening the use of ICT in the health sector, providing a range of strategies to consider the application of advanced medical research and genomics, as well as more operational applications such as telemedicine, medical imaging or hospital management.
  • To provide expertise and knowledge of specific content, either personally or through their connections and professional networks.
  • To consider and recommend areas of knowledge, partners and teachers for educational programmes in ICT and health.
  • To provide an open and comprehensive vision which is useful to promote the development and use of ICT and networking in the field of health, enabling progress towards a model based on personalised care for all citizens.
  • To prepare an annual report to be submitted by the CAC to the Executive Committee of the TicSalut Foundation.

The CAC consists of a group of eminent scientists and professors from different disciplines and countries (it allows for the involvement of 10 to 15 members) and seeks to represent as much diversity as possible in terms of geographic coverage and the fields of scientific knowledge.

Currently, the Scientific Advisory Council is made up of the following members:

  • Dolors Rusinés i Bonet is the General Secretary for Social Welfare and Family. Born in les Oluges in 1967, she graduated in law from Barcelona Autonomous University in 1990. She has a Diploma in Managerial Operations in Public Administrations from ESADE and has developed a large part of her professional career in the Catalan Department of Social Welfare and Family. She has been: head of the Human Resource Service; head of the Service of Coordination and Technical Support of the General Management for Civic Action and Assistant Director General for Organisation and Human Resources. She has also worked for the office of Mr. Xavier Prades Queralt, a lawyer of the illustrious college of lawyers of Barcelona.

  • Josep Mañach i Serra is the president of the Maresme Healthcare Consortium and until December 2012 was Director of the Fundació TicSalut, having been so since its foundation. A law graduate (UB) with a diploma in juridical practice (EPJ Roda Ventura) and a diploma in Clinical Psychology (UB), he has held several public posts in the area of the Catalan administration and has been the Head of the Health Area of the Centre of Telecommunications and Information Technologies and the coordinator of the Departmental Commission for the Coordination of ICT of the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia. He has also been manager of the Barcelona Health Consortium (1999-2004) and of East Coast Health Region of the Catalan Health Service (1993 to 1999). Director of Ordinance and Psychiatric Assistance of the Catalan Health Service (1991/97).

  • Esther Cabrera has been a nurse since 1988, having graduated in Humanities. In 2008 she got her doctorate from the Department of Medicine of Catalonia International University. In the early years, she developed a professional career as an intensive care and emergency nurse at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona. From 1994 to 1997 she lived in the United States, where she worked as a nurse and teacher at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha, Nebraska. On her return in 1997, she joined the Research Foundation of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona on a grant to research into a European project of the 5th Framework Program (BIOMED). She was assistant teacher on the Nursing Department of the Faculty of Medicine of Catalonia International University from the year 2000 to 2010. Doctor Cabrera is certified as a Head University Teacher by ANECA and has two six-year researches recognised by the Catalan Agency of Assessment of the Quality of the University System (AQU). She has played a part and now plays an active role in projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Government of Catalonia and the European Union. She is an assessor of FIS and ETS projects of the Health Ministry (Institut de Salut Carles III) and of the National Agency for the Assessment of Projects (ANEP) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and forms part as a researcher of the Consolidated Research Group (GRC, SGR 916) of the Agency for the Management of University and Research Aid (AGAUR). She is a reviewer on the Patients Education and Counselling journal and a member of the editing committee of the Nursing magazine (Spanish edition). Since 2010, she has directed the Higher School of Health Sciences of the TecnoCampus, a centre attached to the Pompeu Fabra University, and is academic director on the University master’s degree in Chronic Disease and Dependency of the Pompeu Fabra University and Barcelona Autonomous University.

  • Gisel Fontanet Cornudella is a nurse and social educator. She has a master’s degree in Education for Health (UDL) and is now the director of the www.Infermeravirtual.com project of the Official School of Nursing of Barcelona (COIB). Since 1998, her professional activity has been developed within the framework of promotion and education for health, using ICTs since 2001 in an attention unit of the Hospital Vall d’Hebron as a tool to complement and optimise physical attention for people with chronic health problems. Her teaching focuses on the potential of eHealth in promoting autonomy and independence amongst people in order to improve their health and their community.

  • Ferran Sanz Carreras is a professor of Biomedical Informatics of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). A researcher of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Director of the Biomedical Informatics Research Program of the IMIM and the UPF (GRIB). The author of more than 100 ISI-indexed articles. Coordinator of 8 European projects, he is now the academic coordinator on the European eTOX project focusing on in silico prediction of the toxicity of medicines. President of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry from 2003 to 2005, he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) between 2009 and 2013.

  • Josep Valor received his Doctorate in Operative Research from the MIT and his Doctorate in Medical Engineering from the joint department of the Harvard Medical School and the MIT. He combined his academic work in IESE as a teacher of information technologies with his work as a consultant and other activities related to the health sector, in which he is a member of the Board of Administration of the AQuAS.

  • Montserrat Vendrell has been General Manageress of Biocat (www.biocat.cat), the organisation responsible for driving and promoting biotechnology and biomedicine in Catalonia since April 2007, having previously been the general sub directress of the Scientific Park of Barcelona. She has more than ten years’ experience in different international research centres in the sector of biomedicine and more than fifteen in managing research and innovation. She is a Doctor in Biological Sciences (UB, 1991), a Master in Scientific Communication (UPF, 1997) and General Management Program (PDG-IESE, 2007). Since 2012, she has been the president of the European Council of Bioregions (CEBR). She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Biology Society from 1996 to 2007.

  • Genís Roca is the Founder and President of Roca Salvatella, the business consultancy focused on digital transformation with offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Bogota. With more than twenty years’ experience in creating projects on the Internet, directing companies and exploring the potential of networks, in 2013 and 2014 he was chosen by the El Mundo newspaper as one of the 25 most influential Spaniards on the Internet. A member of different advisory councils and boards of administration, he is a habitual collaborator with the media and academically with universities and business schools.

  • Lluis Donoso. Director of the Image Diagnosis Centre of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. Executive Manager, UDIAT Centre of Diagnosis of Parc Taulí Health Corporation, he was born in Sabadell (Barcelona) in 1955. With a degree in Medicine and Surgery from Barcelona Autonomous University in 1992, in the same institution he was awarded his doctorate with "Cum Laude" excellent qualification. He did his radiology residence in the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, becoming a qualified specialist in 1985. Between 1986 and 1989 he worked in the Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol in Badalona and later returned to the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona until 1992. In 1992 he was appointed director of the Radiology Department of the recently opened UDIAT Diagnosis Centre of the Parc Taulí Health Corporation, becoming executive director in 1998. Since 2006 he has also been director of the Image Diagnosis Centre of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Barcelona University. He has also published more than 90 articles and chapters of books and has given numerous talks as a guest at prestigious universities, in congresses and on courses at home and abroad.

  • Ester Sarquella is a social educator and psycho pedagogue with a master’s degree in managerial functions, currently a member of the Operative Committee of the Interdepartmental Plan of Attention and Social and Health Interaction of the Government of Catalonia. She previously developed a professional activity in basic social services on a technical level for Vic Council and on a managerial level at the Mancomunitat la Plana association along with teaching work in the Vic University Department of Pedagogy.

  • Glòria Palomar Frias is an economist with a master’s degree in the Management of Health Institutions, with more than 20 years’ experience in the health sector. In the last 13 years, she has been Management Director of the Parc Taulí Foundation, a clinical research foundation, with experience in managing research and promoting and managing technological information, its revaluation and business development. Since January 2012 she has been President of the Network of Clinical and Biomedical Research Management Entities (REGIC).

  • Jordi Graells i Costa (graells.cat and slideshare.net/jordigraells). With a degree in Geography, he works on the innovation of the administration through the Internet and social networks (open data, social networks, mobile services, open government, knowledge management, etc.). At the present time he is the coordinator of the Contents and Innovation for the Directorate General of Citizens Attention and Dissemination (Presidency Department of the Government of Catalonia). Award winner of the Nadal Batlle prize on ICT at the University of the Balearic Islands in its fourth edition in 2002, he has published articles and papers on how to relate knowledge and innovation in organisations.

  • Jordi Escalé i Castelló was born in Barcelona in 1970. He has a degree in Company Administration and Management and got an MBA at ESADE, ADE at the UPC and PDG at IESE, and has also done numerous courses on Information Systems in the United States. He has developed his professional career in the Telefónica group in the area of strategic marketing, eCommerce and eBusiness; in the Vilella Rahn holding as General Manager for Corporate Services, director of Innovation and Marketing at Infojobs, a company of the Schibsted multinational group. Since 1995, at ESADE he has taught content related to the digital economy and has been a driving force behind the use of ICTs in education. Since late April 2011, he has been Managing Director of the Telecommunications and Information Technologies Centre of the Government of Catalonia.

  • Josep Samitier is the Director of the Catalonia Bioengineering Institute (IBEC), coordinator of the Spanish Nan Medicine Platform (NanomedSpain). Professor Samitier was dean of the University of Barcelona (UB) and had previously been Vice Dean of Innovation and sub director of Barcelona Science Park (PCB). In the last fifteen years, he has participated in and coordinated different European projects (FP5, FP6, FP7) relative to integrated microsystems and nanotechnology for biomedical applications. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in these fields and has 6 patents under licence. He was awarded the City of Barcelona prize by Barcelona City Hall in the area of technology in 2003.

  • Silvia Cordomí is a health economist. She is currently assistant to the Barcelona City Primary Attention Management of the Catalan Health Institute, having held several posts in the Catalan health system since 2001, both in the area of territorial management introducing territorial projects such as the Cabinet of the Health Department and the Catalan Health Service. Her backing of innovative projects related to teleassistence, whether it be a virtual or physical activity, data sharing between providers and clients have been a constant in her work, which now expands its focus of interest to redesigning the services allowed by mHealth and Big data.

  • Marta Aymerich i Martinez, Vice Dean of Strategic Planning and Research of Catalonia Open University, UOC. She is a doctor of Medicine and Surgery (Barcelona Autonomous University, 2002) and a Master in Public Health (Harvard University, 1999). A member of the “Laboratori de Medicina Translacional i Ciències de la Decisió (TransLab)” research group of Gerona University. She directed the agency of Assessment of Medical Technology and Research (2006-2008) where she had done her research work since 1995.

  • Albert Ledesma i Castelltort. Family doctor. Director of the interdepartmental programme of attention and healthcare interaction. Presidency Department. In the last 18 years he has been working as one of the head doctors at the EBA in Vic, and still exercises as a doctor one day a week. A partner of the Vic SLP Primary Attention Team, in the last two years he has also worked as the operative head of the program of prevention and attention for chronic disease in Catalonia and as the leader of line 2 of the Health Plan 2011-2015 "Attention to chronic disease". He has taken part in different ICT projects and is very interested in this necessary instrument for the implementation of population-based models of attention.

  • Joan Bigorra is currently the Director of Innovation of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and associate teacher at the UPF. He was previously Managing Director of the Clinic for Biomedical Research Foundation, General Manager of Novartis Farmacéutica and Medical and R&D Director of Bayer Healthcare and Boehringer Ingelheim. He is a Doctor of Medicine, specialised in Clinical Pharmacology, and has a degree in law and PDD from IESE. He is the author or joint author of numerous articles on R&D and medical innovation.

  • Joan Cornet i Prat, born in Manresa in 1950. Technical Engineer in Metallurgy with a degree in psychology. In 1979 he was elected Mayor of Manresa, a post he held until 1987, when he became a senior civil servant to the European Commission in Brussels. In June 2004 he was appointed Secretary General of the Health Department of the Government of Catalonia. In September 2005 the government commissioned him to start up the Bioregion of Catalonia and from January 2007 to April 2013, on commission by the Health Department, he was at the head of the Fundació TicSalut as Executive President. He is now director of the Centre for Competencies in mHealth of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and patron of International affairs and mhealth strategy for the Fundació TicSalut. He is a consultant teacher for the UOC and IL3 (Barcelona University)

  • Salvador Pallejà Sedó, born in Reus, is a Graduate in Medicine and Surgery, specialised in General Surgery and Surgery of the Digestive Apparatus, and also a specialist in Medical Documentation and in Economy of Health and Healthcare Services. At the present time he is Director of the Verge de la Cinta Hospital in Tortosa of the Catalan Health Institute. He has been Assistential Director of the Pius Hospital in Valls, Director of the Sant Joan University Hospital in Reus, Assistential Director of the Son Llàtzer Hospital in Palma de Mallorca and Director General of Iasist Mexico. He has also been a member of the Board of the Son Llàtzer Foundation and President of the Catalan society of Medical Documentation of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

  • Mireia Sans has a degree in Family and Community Medicine from Barcelona University. She is currently Director of the Hospitalet Nord Management Unit, ICS (EAPs Florida Nord, Florida Sud and Pubilla Casas). An associate teacher at the UB. COMB representative. A member of the committee of experts of the Results Centre in the Government of Catalonia. Doctor Cum Laude UB (2008). Associate teacher at Barcelona University (since 2005). President of the e-salut doctors section of the COMB (since 2003). Vice-secretary CAMFiC (2001-2005). Tutor of residents (since 2003). She has been an assistential doctor of Primary Attention Teams in el Prat de Llobregat (2000-2002) and in El Castell (2002-2013), Director of the El Castell PAT, Castelldefels (2005-2013), the person responsible for training in the CAMFiC (2000-2005), and JANO Medical Editor (2003-2011).

  • Núria Gutierrez Jiménez is a family doctor with a master’s degree in Gerontology from Barcelona Autonomous University. She has a master’s degree in Palliative Healing from Barcelona University. Director of a Primary Attention Team from 2009 to 2012. responsible for the SAP Baix Llobregat Centre Chronic Disease Management Team since 2012, where she still works today

  • Sergio Jerez Rico, Director of Mobile eGovernment & Data, Barcelona City Hall. He studied Business Studies at Barcelona Central University; Master’s degree in the Management of Operations and Innovation (ESADE) / Master’s in Public Administration (ESADE). He has performed the whole of his professional career in the area of modernisation of the public sector and is now Director of Mobile, eGovernment & Data of Barcelona City Hall.

  • Alex Guarga i Rojas is a medical and surgery graduate from the Medical Faculty of the UAB. A specialist in internal medicine at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron. Associate teacher of medical pathology at the UAB. Medical coordinator at EAP La Mina. Coordinator of health care programs in the territorial area of Barcelona City, Catalan Health Institute. Head of planning of the CSB. Director of Planning, purchases and evaluation RSB. The executive director of RSB programs. Manager of CatSalut healthcare services. Director of the CatSalut healthcare attention.

  • Francesc Pla Santamans is a pharmacy graduate from Barcelona University (1987). Vice-president of the School of Pharmacists of Barcelona (from 2008). Responsible for the Electronic prescription project by the Council of Pharmaceutical Schools of Catalonia (from 2008). Representative on the Board of Pharmaceutical Schools of Catalonia (since 2008). Secretary of the Board of Pharmaceutical Schools of Catalonia (2000-2003). President of the Board of Pharmaceutical Schools of Catalonia (1997-2000). Treasurer of the School of Pharmacists of Barcelona (1994-2003). Representative of the Official School of Pharmacists of Barcelona (1991-1993). Member of the Board of Administration of the ICS (from 2011). Director of the El Farmacéutico journal (since 2009). Holder of a chemist’s.

  • Josep Roca (Girona, 1952) is coordinator of Innovation for the Clinical Institute of the Thorax (ICT) of the Hospital Clínic (Barcelona), Professor of Medicine of Barcelona University and Researcher of the IDIBAPS. The author of more than 260 original articles and editor of several books and chapters, his two main areas of interest are chronic disease (systems medicine and integrated health services with the support of ICTs), and relations between cellular bioenergy-oxygenation and metabolism (biological mechanisms, non-invasive assessment, exercise, rehabilitation and wellness).

  • Marta Otero Viñas, is a professor of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) from where she directs the Laboratory of Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TR2Lab). Since 2014, she is also a visiting researcher at the Department of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr.Otero was Vice President of research and knowledge transfer at UVic-UCC (2008-2014), and previously was responsible for creating and Cell Culture Unit of the Catalan Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (2003-2006). PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Barcelona, 2004), Diploma in Strategic Management of Universities (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2010), Degree in Biochemistry (University of Barcelona, 1999) Degree in Chemistry (University of Barcelona 1999).

  • Pere Clavé. MD, PhD, Academic Director, Research and Innovation of the Maresme Healthcare Consortium (http://www.csdm.cat). Specialist in General Surgery and of the Digestive Apparatus. Associate teacher on the Department of Surgery of Barcelona Autonomous University (UAB). Assistant Associate Professor. School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. President of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders (www.myessd.org) and International Councillor at the Dysphagia Research Society (http://www.dysphagiaresearch.org/) and World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Oesophagus (OESO, http://www.oeso.org/). Associate editor on the journals: Dysphagia, Neurogastroenterology and Motility and World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology. Principal Researcher of the Ciberehd Digestive Physiology Group CSdM-UAB. https://www.ciberehd.org/ and codirector of the SGR 789 Consolidated Research Group (UAB-CSdM, the study group for digestive motility and its alteration in chronic disease). Member of the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs Program of the Government of Canada. Editor of 3 books and author of more than 100 scientific publications in international journals focused on the physiology of neural mechanisms of control of oropharyngeal, gastroesophagal and colorectal motility and their alterations in different chronic gastrointestinal and neurological diseases and ageing (http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pere_Clave).

  • Irene Jimenez Lopez. Head of the Citizens Attention Unit of the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital. A graduate of Work Sciences by Catalonia Open University. Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Staffordshire University. MBA in Business Studies, Marketing and Public Relations, ESERP. Research sufficiency in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the UAB. She is now doing her doctoral thesis on “The analysis of implementation and achievement of Charter of Rights and Duties in the Geriatric Surgery Unit”.

  • Marta Trayner i Güixens. A doctor in the Medical Emergency System of Catalonia. Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Rovira i Virgili University. Master’s degree in Emergency Medicine from Barcelona Autonomous University. Postgraduate in Tropical Medicine at Barcelona University and in International Cooperation in development and humanitarian aid for Catalonia Open University. She did her main activity as a physical and non-physical assistential Doctor in the Medical Emergency System of Catalonia. She has collaborated and worked in the area of International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action as a Health Coordinator in Emergencies for the Americas of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation, and in disaster and crisis operations in Colombia, Pakistan, Haiti, Turkey, Peru, Palestine, Albania, Guatemala etc. She has participated in designing, planning and implementing projects in the area of new technologies of information and communication at the service of Medical Emergencies and Humanitarian Action.

      A teacher in the area of Health in Emergencies and Disasters at several universities such as the Carlos III University in Madrid, the Jaume I University in Castelló i la Plana, in Barcelona Autonomous University, Lleida University, Barcelona University, Rovira i Virgili University. She is a member of the emergencies teams of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

  • David Vidal has been Director of Information Systems of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona since 2007. He got a degree in Informatics at the Informatics Faculty of Barcelona – Catalonia Polytechnic University (1992) and a master’s degree in Management of Information Technologies at La Salle Barcelona - Universitat Ramon Llull (2003). He has also been a teacher of Information Systems on the Master’s degree of Hospital and Health Service Management of Barcelona University since 2011 and a member of the EMEA Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Board of the Dell company since 2014. With his focus on organisation and processes, he received support from multidisciplinary teams in his leadership of the evolution of the Healthcare Information System towards a paperless hospital and in promoting the development of Tools of Support for Clinical Decisions.

  • Carmen Cabezas Peña. Doctor (Barcelona University). Master’s degree in Health Science Methodology from Barcelona Autonomous University. Specialist in family and community medicine and preventive medicine and public health. For more than 15 years she was a member of the workgroups on healthcare education of the program of preventive activities and health promotion (PAPPS) of the Spanish Family and Community Medicine society (semFYC) and the workgroups on the prevention and control of tobacco addiction of semFYC and the Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine (CAMFIC). She was president of this group for a period of five years. The author of more than 80 scientific publications in journals and book chapters, for 20 years she has taught and done research into the prevention and promotion of health, and especially from primary attention and community health. Since 2006 she has been assistant director-general for health promotion in the ASPCat of the Health Department.

  • Jordi Casanovas Font - EAP VIC

  • Carles Dominguez - ICS (Catalan Health Institute) Corporate Centre Information Systems

  • Jorge Juan Fernández - H. Sant Joan de Déu

  • Pol Perez - ICS (Catalan Health Institute) Corporate Centre Information Systems

  • Nuria Serra - IDI (Image Diagnosis Institute)