Plenary Symposia

Plenary Symposium 1

What is the Role of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Promoting Shared Decision Making?

Monday, 22 May 2023, 17.00-18.00


Jesse Jansen
Maastricht University, Netherlands

The overarching aim of my research is to achieve a better standard of healthcare that is sustainable, patient-centred and driven by evidence. I aim to accomplish this by increasing understanding of the potential benefits and harms of medical tests and treatments from the patient’s perspective, improving communication of medical information to patients and health care professionals, and developing strategies to support (shared) decision making.

I have a background in cognitive and health psychology and my research is multidisciplinary. I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods such as video-observations, qualitative interviews, focus groups, experimental studies and RCTs. I work primarily in the area of primary care and oncology, with a focus on vulnerable patient groups such as older patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy, and patients with lower health literacy. I have published papers in BMJ, Lancet and JAMA internal medicine, my work has been supported by two subsequent fellowships for the Australian National Health and Medical Research council (equivalent to the Dutch NWO Veni and Vidi fellowships).



Corinna Schaefer
Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin, Germany

Trained in human sciences, CS is the deputy director of the German Agency for Quality in Medicine (AQuMed), and head of the departments for guidelines/evidence-based medicine and patient information/ patient involvement. She is responsible for the coordination of the German National Disease Management Guidelines Program (NDMGP). From 2010 – 2019, she served as chair for the the G-I-N PUBLIC working group. She is member of the CIOMS Working Group IX on patient and public involvement in the development of safe medicines, Chair of the German Health Literacy Network and member of the guideline commission of the German Association of Scientific Medical Societies.

Gerald Gartlehner
University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria

Gerald Gartlehner is a leading expert in evidence-based medicine and evidence synthesis methodology who has helped lead the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center. He is a published expert with more than 20 years of experience, serves on various academic boards, and teaches collegiate courses at European universities.

Anne Stiggelbout
Leiden University, Netherlands

Anne Stiggelbout is professor of Medical Decision Making at Leiden University Medical Center, and the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, Rotterdam. Her research/teaching relates to doctor-patient decision-making as well as Value-Based HealthCare. It involves doctor-patient communication, with a focus on shared decision making. Recently she embarked on research on care path redesign to empower both doctors and patients (and their decision partners) in Shared Decision making. Her research is both methods- and implementation-focused.


Plenary Symposium 2

Pushing the Frontiers of Comprehensive Health Technology Assessment: Assessing the Tradeoff between Efficiency and Equity

Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 10.00-11.00


Uwe Siebert

Prof. Uwe Siebert, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD, Professor of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment (HTA), is the Chair of the Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA at UMIT TIROL – University for Health Sciences and Technology in Austria. He is also Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Affiliated Researcher of the Program on Cardiovascular Research at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is the course director of the Harvard summer course on ‘Decision Analysis in Clinical Research’ and he has an adjunct teaching appointment at the School of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Munich. He is a former President of SMDM.



Stefan Sauerland
Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Germany

Stefan Sauerland joined IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare) in January 2010. Heading the Non-Drug Interventions Department, he is responsible for the scientific evaluation of non-drug therapies (including medical devices), diagnostic tests, and screening procedures. Within the German health care system, IQWiG is responsible for producing evidence-based reports, which inform reimbursement decisions on a national level. Prof Sauerland has 12 years of experience in surgical research. He holds an M.D. from University of Cologne and an M.P.H. from Düsseldorf University. In 2019, he was granted an adjunct professorship by University of Cologne.

Michal Stanak
National Institute for Value and Technologies in Healthcare, Slovakia

Michal Staňák has been the appointed director of NIHO since January 1st, 2022. In 2020-2021, he led the HTA Agency Department at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, where, together with his team, he prepared documents for the establishment of a self-governing and independent HTA institution. In 2015-2020, he worked as an HTA researcher at the Austrian Institute for HTA, where he contributed to dozens of HTA assessments for Austria, Germany and the European Network of HTA Institutions (EUnetHTA). Since 2019, he has been a lecturer at the Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Comenius University. In 2013-2015, he worked as a teacher at a bilingual upper-secondary school in Bratislava.

Michal Staňák studied in England and Austria. He earned a bachelor's degree in the field of Philosophy at King's College London, a master's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Health Economics at University College London and a doctorate in Applied Ethics in the field of decision-making processes in health care at University of Vienna.

Ana Duarte
University of York, UK

Ana Duarte is a Research Fellow based at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, since 2012. She has over 10 years of research experience in economic evaluation of health technologies. She is a member of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal committee A and a health economics expert at INFARMED, the Portuguese HTA agency. Ana studied the MSc in Health Economics at the University of York. She also holds a Pharmacy degree and a post-graduate diploma in Regulation and Evaluation of Medicines and Health Products from the University of Lisbon.


Plenary Symposium 3

Data Storytelling, the Art of Synthesizing Research to Inform Decisions - Meet Data Journalist, Science Communicator and Simulation Researcher

Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 15.45-16.45


Beate Jahn

Beate Jahn, Dipl.-Math. oec., Dr.rer.soc.oec., is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Data & Decision Science, the Coordinator of the Program on Personalized and Precision Medicine and Director of the Practical Hands-on Workshop 'Modeling Approaches for HTA' at the Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment at UMIT TIROL, Austria. She is the Former Vice President of SMDM and  Past President of the Austrian Regional ISPOR Chapter, a member of the ISPOR-SMDM Modeling Good Research Practices Task Force, a member of the COVID-19 Future Operations Platform (FUOP) and serves as expert in the European Commission Initiative on Colorectal Cancer (ECICC).



Christian Endt

Christian Endt is a journalist who covers science and economics with an empirical, data-driven perspective at ZEIT ONLINE in Berlin. His work includes text, data visualization and podcasts. Endt has been honored as one of Germany’s top science journalists for his work on the Covid-19 pandemic. His current focus is on energy and climate. Before joining ZEIT as Senior Data Journalist in 2021, Endt was Head of Data Journalism at Süddeutsche Zeitung. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Physics from University of Augsburg.

Mirjam Jenny
Erfurt University - Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour, Germany

Mirjam Jenny is a decision researcher, science communicator and networker. Her goal is to empower individuals and organizations at the interface of science, society and policy to make evidence-informed, risk-literate and sustainable decisions and to communicate them effectively. Her focus is on climate and health protection, public and planetary health, and science communication. As founding managing director of the Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour at the University of Erfurt, Mirjam Jenny focuses on "Science2Society" projects. Before joining the University of Erfurt, she founded and led the science communication group at the Robert Koch Institute and supported the communication of the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence at the World Health Organization in Berlin. She advises various government and civil society organizations. Her work has been covered in national and international media and research has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society.

Nikolas Popper
TU Vienna, Austria

Main research interests are theory and applications of modelling & simulation of dynamic and complex systems, especially: comparative modelling & simulation; coupling and comparison of mathematical model approaches; implementation, parametrization, calibration and validation concepts and domain and application integration of simulation models and Health Outcome Research. Niki Popper is chairman of the COMET Initiative DEXHELPP (Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning)

Director DEXHELPP (Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning) ehem. COMET Projekt, Coordinator COCOS (Interfakultäres Zentrum Computational Complex Systems), CSO TU Spin OFF dwh GmbH, Founder "die Drahtwarenhandlung" Science Productions & Data Journalism.

ISPOR (International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research), Founding President ISPOR Austrian Chapter, Member of the ISPOR Modeling Review Group, SMDM (Society for Medical Decision Making) Member, EUROSIM (Federation of European Simulation Societies), Secretary and Chair of Technical Committee “Data Driven System Simulation”, ASIM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Simulation - Simulation Society of German Speaking Countries), Board Member, Vice Spokesperson “Methods in Modelling and Simulation“ & “Environmental and Geo Sciences, Medicine and Biology”

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