Early Stage Researchers

ESRs in Paris 2018

Estefanía Guisado is the CHESS ESR involved in the Project “Caregiver control platform of multimorbid disease management”, focused on dementia patients, that takes place at the University College of Dublin (UCD). She got her degree in Medicine in 2010 and during that year, she become part of the Sports University Medical team, where she worked and learned from other Sports Doctors and Physiotherapists. After finishing it, she decided to specialize in Physical and Rehabilitation medicine, where she could be in contact with very diverse types of patients, including those with sports and musculoskeletal medical conditions, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology, and much more specialities related to deal with disabilities and aimed to improve the quality of life of the patients and the general population.

During this period, she did some special secondments in amputee, vestibular rehabilitation, and ultrasound guided techniques for diagnosis and treatment and a special one at the neuro rehabilitation unit at King´s College Hospital in London, with the objective to get management in the use of Botulin Toxine for spasticity in neurological disorders.

Furthermore, she got a masters degree in Neurophysiology and Neuroscience in 2013 and now she is immersed in another one in Acupuncture, to develop a new skill in control and treatment of chronic pain (apart from other medical chronic and acute conditions) as part of the usual and daily treatments in the Pain Units.

She has worked as medical advisor for an Android app called “Fitness Park”, aimed at facilitating the use of the exercise machines available in our parks for our seniors, which has nearly 1000 downloads.

Now, she´s into her PhD and looking forward to becoming a Connected Health expert to continue working and helping in the development of the telemedicine and the telerehab, and also to encourage more clinicians and health professionals to take part of this present future.

Rob will be an Early Stage Researcher in the use of patient-controlled technology to support Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. His background as a Chartered Physiotherapist makes him ideally placed to combine CHESS research in the clinical setting in Beacon Hospital and the academic setting in UCD.

Rob’s clinical experience is largely in the NHS in the UK, as well as the private sector. He has worked primarily in Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and understands the challenges facing healthcare provision in both sectors. His main areas of interest are in improving service-user adherence to exercise programmes, maximising cost-effectiveness, and utilising new innovative technology in healthcare.

Medical Doctor and eHealth specialist experienced in Healthcare Innovation. Clinical Informatics Research fellow at the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires with internationally distinguished projects. Staff writer for almost three years at iMedicalApps.com, the leading online publication in mHealth and medical apps for healthcare professionals.

Speaker on multiple international conferences and seminars on healthcare IT; Internal Medicine teacher and visiting instructor at NuVu Studio, an innovative education institute related to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently working on his PhD on the use of persuasive technologies and gamification to promote healthy behaviors in patients with chronic conditions.

Yasaman has always found herself interested in interdisciplinary fields. This interest in bringing together health and management topic has led the focus of her studies, as well as her career in the medical devices and healthcare industry before joining the PhD program, during which she will mainly focus on the clinical population through the development of a new clinical trials model for Connected Health solutions.

Kristina is a young interdisciplinary researcher with several educational backgrounds and self-made decision that her life will be bound with allied areas of information and communication technologies (ICT) and healthcare sector.

In 2014, Kristina has completed M.Sc. program in Telemedicine and e-Health at the Department of Computer Science, The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). While working on her thesis in software application development for diabetes care management in general practice, Kristina took place at the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine (NST), Medical informatics & Telemedicine (MI&T) group.

After graduation, Kristina continued to gain scientific experience in integration of different fields of science at the R&D Institute of Biomedical systems, Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University “LETI”, as a research associate. Concurrent with research activities, until the end of 2015, Kristina worked as a system analyst within medical technology industry (fields of Radiology, Teleradiolory, and Medical Informatics).

Starting from 2016, Kristina, as a part of Connected Health team, will be hosted at the Laboratory of Medical Informatics (LOMI), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and work on integrative patient modeling of health-related behaviors and lifestyle change within Health Behavioral Informatics (HBI) domain. The major focus of her research is on improvements of interventions personalization and tailoring with regard to patient physiological and psychological characteristics and states, and contextual factors to allow patient behavior predictions patterns

Vasiliki is an Early Stage Researcher placed in University of Oulu. Her research area in the CHESS program is data visualization in combination with behavioral change and persuasive technology. Vasiliki studied Computer Engineering in her home country (Greece), due to her interest in technology. At the end of her studies, she realized that creating a functional digital artifact is not enough.

This artifact should be easily understood and used. In other words she thought that if technology is here to help people, then people should be taken into consideration when designing technology. As such, she wanted to learn more about human perception on computers and technology. Thus, she moved to Sweden to study Human-Computer Interaction and take her masters degree. There she focused on different ways of design, evaluation and visualization.

Now, she lives in Finland as a part of CHESS program in order to research how visualization can lead to behavioral change towards a healthier life through persuasive technology.

Caoimhe Bennis, Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System (CHESS), The Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Since receiving her BSc in Physiotherapy from UCD in 2009, Caoimhe has worked as a physiotherapist in the clinical and research setting. Clinically, Caoimhe has experience in muskuloskeletal, neurorehabilitative and palliative care. Within the research domain she has focused on the use of technology to support independent living through the coordination of EU FP7 project CAPSIL and as a research physiotherapist at the Motion Analysis Lab in Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston.

At Spaulding, Caoimhe was involved in the processes of conception, development, clinical testing and clinician training around the use of robotics in neurorehabilitation, while using technology such as EMG and rTMS to gain greater understanding of the rehabilitation process and potential, for patients after stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.

After some time working at the Irish Embassy in Canada, Caoimhe is looking to refocus her experience of clinical, research and diplomatic practices to develop Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the primary care setting. As a PhD candidate within CHESS, a training programme funded by the the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement, Caoimhe seeks to develop an online IPE forum for all clinicians engaged in the primary care services to support their efforts in management and prevention of chronic disease.

Ghalib Janjua is an Early Stage researcher involved in the development of non-invasive continuous cuff-less blood pressure monitoring systems. He is a solution oriented professional with a proven track record in IoT embedded system product development and signal processing, both within the industry and academic sectors. He has an excellent acumen-ship to research & development processes and procedures for product development. He completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering from UET, Pakistan, in 2008, and was appointed as an embedded engineer with Horizon Tech Services Ltd. He remained there for 6 years and during that time was promoted to the role of senior embedded engineer. Subsequently he obtained his Master’s Degree in Digital System Design and Signal processing from NUST, Pakistan, in 2014. He then joined Tyndall National Institute in Ireland as an engineer working on the National Access Program. During this 1.5 year appointment at Tyndall he worked on Wireless health monitoring systems; IoT based non-contactless temperature measurement devices and Smart Dressing projects. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD as a Marie Curie fellow within CHESS, a training consortium funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. He is based at the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK.

Rohit is Early Stage Researcher based at Ulster University, UK. He is working on developing advanced algorithm to detect the Atrial Fibrillation from ECG.

Rohit has previously completed his Bachelor’s studies in Electronic Engineering in India and more recently has completed his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering in Austria. He has over four years work experience in field of medical devices. His recent work experiences include development of patient data management systems for haemodialysis units. This work was undertaken whilst employed with BBraun Austria GmbH. Whilst at the Austrian Institute of Technology Rohit has also been involved in the development of mhealth technology and mobile applications for use in human subject monitoring applications.

Rohit has strong technical development skills which include experience in dynamic programming languages such as MATLAB and Python, Object oriented programming languages such as C#, JAVA and database management systems. He has experience in Android software development and windows application development. He also has experience with the regulatory requirements and standards for medical software such as ISO 14971(Application of risk management for medical devices), EN 62304 (Medical device software- software lifecycle), EN 62366(Application of usability engineering in medical devices), EN 80001-1 (Application of risk management for IT-networks incorporating medical devices).

His research studies are guided by Dr.Dewar Finlay, Dr.Daniel Guldenring and Prof. Jim McLaughlin and he is based at Ulster University’s Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC).

Casandra is an ESR (early stage researcher) for CHESS at the University of Oulu in Finland under the supervision of Minna Isomursu and Karin Väyrynen. Her research will focus on potential changes to healthcare data in terms of access, control, and ownership for a more patientcentric and personalized healthcare experience for both providers and patients. She will also examine the ethical conundrums that are intrinsic to data, in healthcare especially.

Casandra’s Bachelor Degree was conducted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in her native land of Canada, and focused on Information Technology and Business. Her love of technology and desire to expand her knowledge ultimately lead to her pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management at Umeå University in Sweden. Casandra enjoys swimming, board games, and watercolour painting.

Violeta balances her public health and statistical backgrounds to tackle interdisciplinary challenges in healthcare. She specializes in management strategies especially relating to decision making in a fast changing industrial environment. Coming from a multicultural environment, Violeta uses her communication skills to bring people together and create diverse teams – a necessity for modern research.

She is an experienced specialist in clinical data management, big data mining and chronic diseases, however as a person she is defined by her hobbies of perfumery, tennis and swimming. As a PhD candidate within CHESS, a training consortium funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Violeta investigates an analysis framework that addresses the information needs of connected health stakeholders.

Neva is a PhD student in the CHESS (Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System) program and part of the Business Model and Strategy team at Grenoble Ecole de Management. Her thesis subject is Designing Business Models for Multi-sided Markets in Health and her research is focused on how business models enable the development of devices, databases and services for connected digital health. She holds a BS in Economics and an MA in Marketing.

Anna Yankulova is an Early Stage Researcher currently analysing open innovation and partnering strategies in pharmaceutical markets. She holds a MSc in International Accounting and a BBA from the University of Turin, Italy. After graduating in 2013, she joined the multinational professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where she worked for 3 years, splitting her time between Italy and Switzerland. What was crucial to her professional development was the close collaboration with Swiss-based pharmaceutical companies which allowed her to develop substantial expertise and establish a strong interest in health technology ecosystems. Her practical experience is the core of her research which analyses the notion and realisation of shared value in digital health go-to-market strategies with a focus on pharmaceutical networks. Anna is hosted by University College Dublin and supervised by Prof. Susi Geiger, UCD College of Business.

Vidya is an Early Stage Researcher with CHESS, funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 that brings forth a unique mix of interdisciplinary research and training.

She is hosted at Grenoble Ecole de Management with the Business Model & Strategy team. Her research includes analysing the newer trends & changing dynamics within the healthcare ecosystem due to rapid digitization, and addressing the sustainability concerns of the stakeholders by exploring diverse applications of the business models.

Prior to joining the PhD with CHESS she has worked with various hospitals with an Operations and Customer Management profile. She holds her Masters in Management, Organisations & Governance from London School of Economics & Political Sciences, London & Masters in Hospital Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Michael is an early stage researcher (ESR) for CHESS based out of the University of Oulu, Finland. His topic of research is value co-creation in Connected Health services, and he is being supervised by Professor Minna Isomursu, and D.Sc. Karin Väyrynen. He intends to discover new ways to facilitate for value creation by bridging the gap between the service providers and the service users through proper implementation of ICT, and hopes that the research will culminate in new heuristics for development, and new ways to deliberate around a service-based perspective on information technology.

Michael has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in informatics from Umeå University, Sweden, in the topics of digital media production and human computer interaction, respectively. In his free time, he enjoys illustration, music, politics, and video games.

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