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Elvira Göbel works for the Health and Consumer Protection Directorate of the European Commission, where she manages the contract and tenders for the health information strand of the public health programme. Ms Göbel's is also responsible for following up and support for the implementation of structural funds for health in the UK and Malta and, as regards the enlargement process, for the monitoring of the implementation of the aquis on electro-magnetic fields and cancer. Ms Göbel is a graduate in food technologies. Following this, Ms Göbel worked for a number of years as a quality manager in several food production companies, ensuring that national and European level food law was implemented and developing quality systems and training courses for staff members.
George Demiris is an Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the School of Nursing, and Biomedical and Health Informatics at the School of Medicine, at the University of Washington. He is the Chair of the Knowledge in Motion Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Chair of the Working Group on Smart Homes and Ambient Assisted Living of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He received his Masters degree in Medical Informatics from the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany and his PhD degree in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of information technology applications for older adults, smart homes and other informatics applications that support aging in place and independence.
Hans Olav Tungesvik has been a member of the National Council for Senior Citizens in Norway from 2002 until the present. Tungesvik graduated with a cand. med. medical degree in 1964, and had 5 years of general practice before embarking on specialization in psychiatry, which he completed in 1975. He was County Psychiatrist (Fylkespsykiater) in Finnmark from 1975-77. From 1977 to 1985, Tungesvik was the Member of the Norwegian Parliament for Hordaland. He developed the Frihamn psychiatric centre in Skånevik, Sunnhordland, which he has headed from 1985 until the present. Doctor in charge at Modum Bads Nervesanatorium 1995-97. Member of the Blue Cross national executive, 2002 until the present. Has written several books on medical and mental health topics.
Steinar Pedersen is currently Leader of the Norwegian centre for Telemedicine at The University Hospital of Northern Norway. The centre serves as a WHO collaborating centre for telemedicine an eHealth. The centre was in 2006 appointed by the Norwegian Research Council as Centre for Innovation based Research. He has been a member of numerous committees of inquires within the EU and WHO system. He is a member of The Norwegian Minister of Government Administration and Reforms advisory board for the future ICT policy in Norway. He was the founding President of The International Society for Telemedicine and he is also Member of the Global Advisory Board for British Telecom Health.