Name: Dr Hans Kluge
Birthplace: Born in Belgium, in a small city of 50.000 people, close to Oostende and in the seaside at the Flemish part of Belgium.
Education: I am a medical doctor, and I studied medicine at the Catholique University of Leuven in Belgium, then I practiced for a while as a general practitioner and went back to qualify myself as an expert in infectious diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. After which, I worked overseas in Somalia and Liberia with Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Profession: I am the Director of the Division … Read more
My name is Martina Monuth and I have been supporting the EHFG team since January as the Conference Coordinator based in Bad Hofgastein. I am responsible for the conference organisation of the annual European Health Forum Gastein (as you already might know this year it takes place from October 1st until October 3rd) and administrative tasks for the association – the International Forum Gastein.
I studied business administration and business education in Innsbruck. After graduating from university and undertaking different internships in Austria and abroad, I came back to the Gastein Valley (my home) to gain professional experience. Previously I … Read more
Exactly one year ago Dr. Kristine Sørensen and her colleagues received the 2012 European Health Award for their European Health Literacy Project 2009-2012. Her research team‘s report on the status of health literacy in Europe has caused academics and policy makers alike to focus their attention on this important issue and the consequences of what low levels of health literacy may have within Europe. Dr. Kristjan Thor Magnusson, a Young Gasteiner who works at the University of Iceland and at the Directorate of Health in Reykjavik, Iceland, sat down with Kristine during the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) … Read more
Tapani Piha was born in Helsinki, Finland, and educated as a medical doctor. He specialised in Public Health, and is now working at the European Commission.
PB: Where were you working/studying when you were my age?
TP: At that time I was actually working at the Ministry of Health in Helsinki, but I was just about to finish that because I went to work in Copenhagen with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. In Helsinki I was working as a Chief Assistant or Senior Medical Officer for Health Promotion and I was responsible in particular for tobacco control, … Read more
PB: Can you tell us about your background?
MS: My birthplace is Maastricht. I went to medical school in Maastricht and after that I went to the Erasmus University to do my specialisation in microbiology, and I have my PhD in epidemiology and virology, mixed. From 1991-1993 I was Director of the WHO National Influenza Centre that was established there. Then in 1993 I went to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands and became Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and from there went to the National Board of Health … Read more