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Our keynote speakers are Professor Jonathan Mant, Professor of Primary Care at the University of Cambridge and Prof Jan de Maeseneer who is head of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care and Vice-Dean for Strategic Planning at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent University in Belgium. Professor Mant is speaking on “How can primary care research inform stroke prevention” and Professor de Maeseneer will provide an international perspective on “Multi-morbidity, goal-oriented care, the community and equity”.
Jan De Maeseneer is head of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care and Vice-Dean for Strategic Planning at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium). Moreover, he is the director of the International Centre for Primary Health Care and Family Medicine – Ghent University, a WHO Collaborating Center on Primary Health Care. He is the Chair of the European Forum for Primary Care (www.euprimarycare.org) and a member of the Expert Panel on “Effective Ways of Investing in Health” of the European Commission. Research topics and publications include health care systems reform, primary health care, health systems research, global health, physician payment systems, multimorbidity and chronic care. He is associate editor for the International Journal BMC Family Practice. He is the chair of the Flemish Strategic Advisory Board on Welfare, Health and Family in the Flemish Community. Since 2005, he is the secretary general of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (www.the-networktufh.org).
Jonathan Mant is Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Cambridge Primary Care Unit and Associate Director of the Stroke Research Network. He trained in Cambridge (79-82) and Guy’s Hospital (82-85). He entered training in public health medicine in the Oxford Region in 1989, completing a Masters in Community Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (89-90). In 1992, he was appointed clinical lecturer in public health medicine at the University of Oxford, where he worked under Martin Vessey. In 1997, he moved to Birmingham as a senior lecturer in the department of primary care and general practice, where he became reader in 2006 and professor in 2007. His MD thesis (Cambridge) was on family support for stroke. His current research focuses on prevention, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases, particularly stroke, in primary care settings. He is currently chairman of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE Acute Heart Failure guideline, and has chaired previous NICE guideline development groups, including chronic heart failure and type 2 diabetes.