August 5, 2020 | TEAM'S SPOTLIGHT #1

Mara Pereira Guerreiro is an Invited Professor, R&D Project Leader and entrepreneur pharmacist. She is devoted to making impactful contributions to people’s lives through interdisciplinary research and by teaching tomorrow’s and today’s health care professionals. Mara’s key competences include digital transformation of teaching and learning in higher education for efficiency and sustainability gains, research funding, leadership and execution plus R&D project management.

She is the coordinator of Train4Health. In this project she is in close liaison with all work packages (WP) and with activity leaders on technical and scientific matters, to ensure a common vision for the project, and she is co-leading WP1 and WP5.

Her communication and dissemination efforts in science include book editing, book chapters and, overall, more than 150 papers, presentations and workshops in events.

As an academic educator she implemented and evaluated innovative pedagogical practices streamlined by digital technology, such as “team-based learning”, “flipped classroom”, online summative assessment and serious games.

Mara’s personal values are hard work, initiative, creativity, integrity and leading by example. She is passionate about acquiring new knowledge and skills and enjoys challenging herself to expand her comfort zone.

Isa Brito Félix is a research assistant at Nursing School of Lisbon. She is a registered nurse who has worked for 10 years in a medical ward in a teaching hospital. In her clinical duties, Isa maintained a keen interest in the hospital-community transition.

Her experience and strong passion for developing solutions to unmet clinical needs led her to build bridges between clinical practice and research, a path she strongly believes is the way forward to better care and health.

Her research interests are in the field of self-management support, including behaviour change support, with the ultimate goal of improving clinical outcomes in people with chronic diseases.

Isa has a track record on the application of health behaviour change theories to develop complex interventions targeting a range of health behaviours and the use of standardised behaviour change techniques. She is in the submitting stage of her PhD thesis on medication adherence in older people.

She took up a project manager role in Train4Health in March 2020, after a research fellowship in the VASelfCare project. Of interest to the Train4health project are not only Isa’s managerial skills but also her expertise in behaviour change. She is leading one of the WP2 activities and works cross-functionally with the project coordinator to ensure cohesiveness in work packages technical and scientific outputs.

Cathal Cadogan is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, Ireland. Cathal graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (First Class Honors) and then worked in clinical practice as a community pharmacist. After completing his PhD through a Ussher Fellowship awarded by TCD, Cathal worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast. Cathal was appointed as a lecturer in RCSI in 2015.

Cathal’s research interests focus on the development, evaluation and implementation of behaviour change interventions to ensure safe and effective medicine use. He is currently involved in a number of research programs looking at the broad areas of prescribing of appropriate polypharmacy for older people, medication adherence in older people, medicines optimisation in palliative care, and prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in primary care. Cathal is leading on a work package as part of the Train4Health programme.

Ana Paula Cláudio holds a degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Informatics from the University of Lisbon. She is a teacher at the Informatics Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) and currently the coordinator of the undergraduate course in Information Technology (IT) of this department.

She is a researcher in the BioISI- Biosystems & Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI), integrating the MAS (Agents and Systems Modelling) group. Her main research interests cover the general area of Computer Graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Serious Games and Digital Heritage.

Concerning teaching activities, she is responsible for undergraduate and graduate courses covering these topics and, in recent years, she has supervised more than twenty master thesis in these areas.

In the area of Virtual Reality (VR), she has collaborations with psychologists, distance learning educators and experts in the health areas, with the purpose of conceiving VR training and educational solutions.

Mateja Lorber is an assistant professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty Health Sciences from 2005. Before she worked at the University Clinical Center Maribor at the Clinic for Internal Diseases. Her main research interest and teaching are gerontology nursing, managing chronic disease, leadership in nursing and research in nursing. She presented her work at international scientific conferences and published original scientific papers in domestic and foreign scientific journals. She is an editor in chief and managing editor for Slovenian Nursing Review.

Beatriz Soler is the Head of Secretariat of the European Students’ Union (ESU).

She studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and European Communities, and a Master’s Degree in European Union Management Resources.

Beatriz has more than 17 years of experience in EU Affairs, this includes legislation, European law, policies, programmes and projects.

After working at public and private entities in the UK, Spain and Belgium, she is the Head of Secretariat at the European Students’ Union dealing with several fields such as legal, Human Resources, finances, projects strategies, etc.

In addition, she has a deep knowledge and experience in EU Projects, both as partner and coordinator, on higher education and training, research and innovation.