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Meet our Keynote Speakers

DIA Europe 2019 will be action-packed! Have a look at the exciting topics that will be discussed at our Keynote Sessions to get a sneak peek of what you can expect from the conference in February in Vienna.

  • Opening Plenary: Patient Experience, Empowerment, Engagement: A Business Leader’s View

    epatient Dave deBronkartDave deBronkart, a.k.a. ‘e-Patient Dave’

    Dave deBronkart is a cancer survivor and former high tech marketer, who serves on the BMJ patient advisory panel. He was Mayo’s 2015 Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine, and advises on branding and product from the patient perspective.Author of books and numerous articles in journals and magazines, Dave writes as a patient who got great care, an activist for the role of patients, and a voice of the patient’s perspective in the future of care.

  • Will Virtual Patients Allow for Virtual Trials?

    Hans LehrachHans Lehrach, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics


    Among Hans Lehrach's numerous scientific achievements are the early contribution to the cloning of collagen cDNA, early positional cloning work (Chorea Huntington gene etc.), key work on technologies such as protein microarrays, protein interactome analysis, yeast artificial chromosomes and RNAseq, as well as the involvement in several genome sequencing projects, such as the human, rat, and Schizosaccharomyces Pombe. A major focus of his work has been the development of a new, truly personalised medicine on the basis of ‘virtual patient’ models, based on a deep –omics analysis of the patient.

  • Health Systems: Doomed to Fail or About Be Saved by a Copernican Shift?

    Kristen Van der ElstKristel Van der Elst, CEO, The Global Foresight Group

    Kristel Van der Elst has 17 years of experience in forward-looking strategy and policy advisory roles. She works with senior executives and policy makers including heads of state, ministers, heads of international organisations and think tanks, and CEOs providing the insights, resources and processes to help them turn long-term strategic thinking into actions and impacts. Kristel is an established speaker, moderator and facilitator at high-level events including Davos, OECD, European Commission and Oxford, and the author of numerous reports and articles. She is also a HuffPost blogger.