Michael N. Liebman, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Strategic Medicine. Previously, he was Director, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center since September, 2000.
Dr. Liebman serves on 14 international scientific advisory boards consults for 5 pharma/biotech companies and has been on the economic development programs in the Philadelphia Life Sciences Sector and the State of Illinois Biotechnology Commission. He is an Invited Professor at the Shanghai Center for Bioinformatics Technology and is currently on the Human Health and Medicinal Chemistry Commission of the IUPAC.
He received his PhD in protein crystallography and theoretical chemistry. His research focuses on computational models of disease progression stressing risk detection, disease process and pathway modeling and analysis of lifestyle interactions and causal biomarker discovery and focuses on moving bedside problems into the research laboratory to improve patient care and their quality of life.
Using inter-disciplinary and translational approaches over the past 30 years, my research activity has focused in the cardio-endocrine-metabolic area. Initial studies included development and implementation of novel multi-tracer methods for in vivo modeling of thyroid hormones and cardiac peptide metabolism in humans. These new methodologies were subsequently applied to patho-physiological studies investigating the role of altered thyroid hormone and/or cardiac peptide metabolism in cardiac disease, with a special focus on heart failure progression in humans. The last 15-20 years were mostly dedicated to understanding the pathogenic role and clinical implications of mild thyroid dysfunction on cardiac disorders, with particular attention to low T3 syndrome not only a simple biomarker of worse prognosis, but a crucial contributing factor of disease mechanisms favoring progression of heart failure. The major long-term goal of the PI is to provide evidence on the unresolved issue that low T3 resulting from cardiac dysfunction is not protective but maladaptive. If so, thyroid hormone replacement may have a critical therapeutic impact in clinical practice, with more than one million estimated cardiac patients in the USA and Europe as potential beneficiaries of this novel therapy.
Dr. Toni Staykova, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, is a New Zealand trained specialist in Geriatric Medicine. She worked as a consultant geriatrician at Auckland City Hospital until 2006 when she moved on to extend her activities to the fields of educational programs in Geriatric Medicine and EU projects. Her special interests are Prescribing and Drug Safety in Elderly, Drug Repositioning and Clinical Trials in Elderly. Dr. Staykova is the Clinical Research Manager for the PONTE project at Cambridge University Hospital.
Takis Kotis is a Senior Management Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals, in charge of EU projects and International Development. He has an MBA from the University of Minnesota, US, in Health Management. Prior to his position at CUH, he was employed as a Senior Management Consultant and Director of EU Projects team in the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, where he completed successfully seven EU projects.
Dr Vassiliki Andronikou received her diploma from the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens in 2004. She has worked in the National Bank of Greece and the Organization of Telecommunications of Greece, while since 2004 she has been a research associate and PhD candidate in the Telecommunications Laboratory of the NTUA. In 2005 she was given the Ericsson award for her Thesis on 'Mobile IPv6 with Fast Handovers'.
In 2009, she received her PhD in the area of Biometric Systems focusing on innovative techniques for the improvement of their efficacy and effectiveness at fusion and resources level from the school of Electrical and Computer Engineers of NTUA. Her research has involved her participation in many European projects, such as PONTE, BEinGRID, POLYMNIA, HPC-EUROPA, FIDIS and AKOGRIMO among other, with her interests focusing on the fields of fusion in multimodal biometric systems, knowledge modeling in clinical research and EHR interoperability.
Efthymios Chondrogiannis received his diploma from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 2008. He completed his thesis with title 'Analysis and Integration of the Operating System Android in Grid' to the sector of Telecommunication, Electronics and Computer Systems of NTUA. He is currently pursuing his Phd in Semantic Interoperability at the Distributed Knowledge and Media System Group of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA and he is a researcher for the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS). His research interests include Information Engineering, Distributed Systems and Architectures, Web Services, Semantic Web, Data Integration.
Efstathios Karanastasis received his Diploma on Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2007. In the past has undertaken IT and web projects in the private sector. In 2004 he worked for Athens Olympic Broadcasting, in the production and archiving of the broadcasted program of the XXVIII Summer Olympic Games. During the course of his military service he worked for the Center of Informatics of the Greek Army (KEPYES) as a software developer. In addition, he qualified as a consultant IT-specialist at the e-government team assembled by the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e- Governance in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense. Since 2006 he is a PhD candidate in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a researcher at the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS). He has participated in numerous EU-funded IT projects including HPC- Europa, AKOGRIMO, BEinGRID and PONTE, mainly involved with SOA platforms design and implementation, as well as Grid and High Performance computing. He is fluent in Greek, English and German.
Kostas Mourtzoukos received his bachelor degree in 2005 from NTUA, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has worked for Intecom Telecom SA as a telecom engineer (May 2006-Jan 2011) in broadband access systems. During this period he pursued and received my M.Sc. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University/ Athens Information Technology. Currently he is a research associate and a PhD candidate in DKMS lab ICCS/NTUA, working on the PONTE and HPC-2 EUROPA FP7 projects. His current and past interests include: Expert Knowledge Systems, RFID information Systems, IoT, Mobile software development.
Dr. Anastassios (Tassos) Tagaris holds a PhD degree in Medical Informatics. During 1999- 2000 he used to work in MEDISOFT SA as Medical Informatics Engineer dealing with Security and Smartcards Interfaces related to Healthcare applications. From 2001 to 2005 he had been working in CCS SA in the Medical Informatics Department as head engineer of the Medilab LIMS focusing to the HL7 Communication Interface. He was also leading the development of the Radiology Information System of the company. Since 2005 he is working as a researcher in the ICCS. He has been active in a number of EU R&D programs in the field of ICT in Healthcare as technical manager or coordinator (Eurogene, iWebCare). He has published 21 papers in the area of eHealth in international journals and conferences.
Stephen Kelleher is the Research and Development Manager for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre Manager for the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. Stephen has extensive experience in managing staff, operations and governance in the R&D field. R&D and the Clinical Trials Unit support PONTE in defining the user requirements for the Clinical Trial Protocol tool, its testing and its validation.
Dr Duncan Forsyth is a Consultant Geriatrician at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. At the Royal College of Physicians he is the International Associate Director for Far East & Australasia and a Member of the Examining Board for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine. He has held key positions in the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) and has been involved in the provision of international educational programs. Dr. Forsyth is the Lead Consultant of the PONTE project.
Robertas Bunevicius, MD, PhD is a physician trained in psychiatry, endocrinology and physiology. His major research interests cover thyroid function in psychiatric and medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease. In PONTE he represents Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS) and serves as a clinical partner providing expertise in design and management of clinical trials and in patients oriented outcomes associated with thyroid hormone metabolism in patients with coronary artery disease.
Simon Bond is a professional medical statistician with experience spanning from methodological research to applied work in clinical trials. He has contributed to over 30 studies to date including: oncology, cardiology, HIV, analgesia, arthritis. His contributions cover the entire life cycle of clinical studies from experimental design to final analysis. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, reviews several leading journals, sits on the expert review panel for the MRC grants board and serves as statistician to Cambridgeshire East Research Ethics Committee.
Joseph Roumier is R&D Project Manager at CETIC in the Intelligent Content & Semantics Team. He uses Semantic Web tools and concepts for Knowledge Management in fields such as eHealth and Entreprise2.0. He shares his time between the european project PONTE as leader of the work package dedicated to clinical trial related data representation and organization and a PhD thesis on multilingual medical terminologies at the University of Ghent. He is also part of the CELLaVI project, a regional initiative promoting Free and Open-Source Software towards Walloon SME's. He was formerly R&D Engineer at CEGELEC during the ITEA-Proteus project for which he worked on a Document Server with smart access points (Ontology, Terminology, MetaData). He also worked on Terminological Resources description with Semantic Web and Tools. He obtained in 2003 his MS diploma from ENSEM (École Nationale Supérieure d'Électricité et de Mécanique - France) and a MSc (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies) in Computer Science from the University of Nancy – France.
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó studied law, philosophy and linguistics in Vienna and Paris. In 1997 he was awarded his Dr. iur. (dissertation on legal theory). From 1990-2000 he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria). Since 2000 he has held the Chair for Legal Informatics and IT-Law at the University of Hanover. He has published widely, including in the fields of IT law and legal informatics. He has been involved in several significant EU FP6 and FP7 projects, particularly (as is the case with PONTE) advising on data protection matters. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Network of Excellence, 'Virtual Physiological Human'.
Dr. Marc Stauch, MA (Oxon.) studied politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, and worked as a law lecturer in the UK before moving to German academia in 2003. In 2009 he obtained his Dr. jur. (dissertation on medical negligence) from the University of Göttingen. Since 2010 he works for the Institute of Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover as a research associate with the main focus on data protection law, and advises PONTE in this capacity. He has several publications in the field of medical law.
Dr. Tina Krügel, LL.M. studied law in Hanover and completed her legal clerkship in Hanover/Johannesburg (SA). In 2002 she attended the LL.M.-Programme EULISP in Hanover/Oslo. In 2005 she was awarded her Dr. iur. (dissertation on e-commerce law). Since 2004 she has been a attorney at law and works for the Institute of Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover as a research associate with the main focus on data protection law, and advises PONTE in this capacity. She has several publications in the field of e-commerce law and data protection law.
Prof. Dr. Michael Schroeder leads Biotec's bioinformatics group, in which more than 25 people are working as research scientists. From 1998 to 2003 Prof. Schroeder was working as a lecturer/professor in London. Before that he did his PhD in Lisbon and Hannover. He has published more than 130 scientific papers in top-tier international peer-reviewed conferences and journals within his research fields. Prof. Schroeder's group won the international BioCreative-Text Mining competition 2007 and the Output-Award and IBM-Award of the computer science faculty at TU Dresden. He is co-founder of the Transinsight GmbH (2005).
Dr. George Tsatsaronis is a senior post doc fellow at the Bioinformatics group lead by Prof. Schroeder. He has a PhD in the field of Text Mining, and an MSc in Advanced Computing with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. In the past he worked as a post doc fellow in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the areas of distributed text mining and natural language processing. He has more than 30 publications in top-tier peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Recently he won the best paper and best presentation award at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, for his work on word sense disambiguation. He is a member of the International Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN).
Scientific Communication Manager at CETIC, Bérengère graduated in Political Sciences from the Facultés Universitaires Catholiques de Mons in 2000. She started at CETIC early 2006. Bérengère gives visibility to the technology transfers CETIC is driving between Research and Industry, both at national and international levels. She runs communication activities, sets up PR plans, coordinates press relations, organises events and produces marketing materials (website, annual report, leaflets, etc.). Bérengère has also been managing European projects’ dissemination activities (CoreGRID, BEinGRID, RESERVOIR and PONTE among others).
Philippe Massonet is scientific coordinator at CETIC, a Belgian ICT applied research center. His research interests cover the areas of software, service and security engineering, as well as distributed systems such as Grids and service oriented infrastructures such as clouds. He is currently responsible for dissemination and security in the FP7 RESERVOIR ISTEuropean project (Integrated project) led by IBM research that aims to build a federated cloud infrastructure. He is also currently coordinator of the PONTE eHealth project where he is working on security and privacy issues in clinical trial decision support systems. He was recently coordinator of the FP6 GridTrust IST European project (Strep) dealing with trust and security in next generation grids. He participates actively in several NESSI and ERCIM working groups. Previously he was manager of the requirements engineering team at CETIC. He has experience in the management of international R&D projects (Eurescom MESSAGE, IST FP6 GridTrust, and FP7 PONTE) and is or has been involved in several IST FP6/FP7 research projects (RESERVOIR, HPC4U, AssessGrid, CoreGrid, GridTrust and Oldes).
Nikolaos Matskanis is a Research and Development Engineer for the Intelligent Content & Semantics Team of CETIC. He holds a degree in Computer Science (2002, Univ. of Crete) and an MSc in "Distributed and Multimedia Information Systems" (2004, Heriot-Watt Univ. Edinburgh). His expertise lies in the areas of distributed and service oriented systems, knowledge engineering, workflow and semantic technologies. He works on the PONTE project and was involved in several IST research projects (BREIN, NextGRID, Answer).