Berlin 2019
Towards Health

Equality, Responsibility and Research


Friday, 8 November: Deutsche Telekom’s Representative Office

Free admission

Berlin 2019
Towards Health

Equality, Responsibility and Research


Friday, 8 November: Deutsche Telekom’s Representative Office

Free admission

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​Participating panellists

In total more than 20 panellists will participate, including world-leading experts and inspiring thought leaders.

Peter Agre

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003.

Peter Agre shared the Nobel Prize for discovering aquaporins. He is director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Tomas Lindahl

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015.

Tomas Lindahl shared the Nobel Prize for his mechanistic studies of DNA repair. He is an Emeritus scientist at Clare Hall Laboratories in the UK, where he was director from 1986 to 2005.

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Edvard Moser

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014.

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system the brain.

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Alvin E. Roth

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2012.

Alvin Roth shared the The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. He is professor of economics at Stanford University.

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Nicola Bedlington

Nicola Bedlington joined the European Patients’ Forum in June 2006 and led the organisation until April 2019. She remains involved as a special advisor. She is a co-founder of the Patient Access Partnership (PACT), a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote equitable access to healthcare. She plays an advisory role for organisations and companies advancing on patient involvement and patient engagement.

Suzanne Devkota

Suzanne Devkota studies the effect of diet on the gut microbiome and inflammatory diseases. She is director of the Microbiome Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and member of the California Nanosystems Institute at UCLA. She serves on several national microbiome initiatives including the American Gastroenterological Association’s Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education, as well as the Human Gut Cell Atlas.

Kathryn Dewey

Kathryn Dewey is distinguished professor emerita in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, and served as director of the Program in International and Community Nutrition from 2007 to 2018. Her research area is global nutrition, with a focus on maternal and child nutrition, and her professional service includes extensive consultation for WHO, UNICEF, NIH and other organisations.

Kristie L. Ebi

Kristie Ebi studies the health risks of climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, food security and vector-borne diseases. Ebi has supported multiple countries around the world in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She was a lead author for the IPCC special report on warming of 1.5°C, and of the 4th US National Climate Assessment.

Sabine Gabrysch

Sabine Gabrysch is professor for climate change and health at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She holds degrees in medicine and epidemiology and has been heading the Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. Her research focus is maternal and child health in low-income settings, in particular malnutrition.

Michel Goldman

Michel Goldman is founder of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation in Healthcare (I³h) at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. His current research topics include new models for drug pricing and vaccine hesitancy. He has served as executive director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, a partnership between the European Commission and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations.

Jörg Hacker

Microbiologist Jörg Hacker has been President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 2010. Hacker was previously director of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and vice president of the German Research Foundation. He has served on the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board, offering advice on scientific matters.

Sylvia Hartmann

Sylvia Hartmann is a final year medical student at the Charité. She is a founding member and current vice chairwomen of the German Alliance on Climate Change and Health. She participated in the UN climate conferences COP23 and COP24 as part of the delegation of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations.

Heyo K. Kroemer

Pharmacologist Heyo Kroemer has been head of Charité, the University Hospital of Berlin, since September 2019. He has researched drug transport and metabolism, in particular for cardiovascular and tumour diseases, and is an expert in drug targeting, medical informatics and in medical training. Kroemer is a member of Leopoldina.

Gustav Källstrand

Gustav Källstrand is an historian of science and chief program editor at the Nobel Prize Museum. He has written books and papers on the history of the Nobel Prize, and is also a frequent lecturer on the prize and the laureates. At the Nobel Prize Museum, he organises programs dealing with the interplay between science, culture and society.

Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association. He has led research groups on health inequalities for over 40 years. He chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up by the World Health Organization. Marmot set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health. He is member in several Academies and has been awarded honorary doctorates from 18 universities.

Tolu Oni

Tolu Oni is a public health physician scientist and urban epidemiologist, and a clinical senior research fellow with the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit’s Global Public Health Research programme. She is also an honorary associate professor in public health at the University of Cape Town, where she leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE). She is a 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Tikki Pang

Professor Tikki Pang is a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore, and former director of research policy & cooperation at the World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland. His research interests include epidemiology, prevention of infectious disease, biosecurity, genomics & global health, development of research capabilities in developing countries, and linkages between research and policy.

Katja Patzwaldt

Katja Patzwaldt is a sociologist of science and works at the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She organizes projects for the exchange between science and society.

Ernst Dieter Rossmann

Ernst Dieter Rossmann is a psychologist with a PhD in sports science. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Bundestag for the constituency Pinneberg. He is chair of the parliamentary committee for education, research and technology assessment and honorary head of the German Adult Education Association.

Photo: Susie Knoll

Adam Smith

Adam Smith, chief scientific officer at Nobel Media, has a background in scientific research and science publishing. In June 2006, he took on the newly created role of editor-in-chief at, the official website of the Nobel Foundation. In 2010 became part of Nobel Media AB, the Nobel Foundation’s company covering the areas of digital and broadcast media, publishing and events.

Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Laura Sprechmann

Laura Sprechmann is CEO at Nobel Media, which aims to raise interest in Nobel Prize-awarded achievements and spread knowledge to a global audience, through digital media and international events. Previously, Sprechmann has worked as a senior consultant within strategic communication, and held positions in the media industry as a journalist, as a content manager for e-learning and as a media analyst.

Ursula M. Staudinger

Ursula Staudinger is a psychologist and ageing researcher. She is professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University and was the Inaugural Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center. She is one of the leading lifespan psychologists known for her work on resilience and wisdom and on the positive plasticity of ageing. She advises governments in different countries on questions of population ageing.

Peter Tinnemann

Peter Tinnemann is a public health consultant, and researches global health at the Institut for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His main research areas include social medicine, access to medicines, neglected tropical diseases and health in a globalising world.

Odette Wegwarth

Odette Wegwarth is a leading researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. She is an internationally-renowned expert in medical risk competence and risk communication and in evidence-based decisionmaking. She is an advisor on health communication to the federal government and to international organisations such as WHO.

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Christiane Woopen

Christiane Woopen is professor of ethics and theory of medicine, and head of the ethics research unit at the University of Cologne. She also heads the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (ceres). She is chair of the European Group on Ethics of Science and New Technologies and co-speaker of the Data Ethics Commission of the Federal Government of Germany.

Eleftheria Zeggini

Eleftheria Zeggini is director of the Institute for Translational Genomics at Helmholtz Centre Munich. She uses big data to elucidate the genetic determinants of complex human traits, primarily cardiometabolic and musculoskeletal phenotypes, and to translate insights from genomics into mechanisms of disease development and progression, shortening the path to translation and empowering precision medicine. Previously, she was groupleader at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Juleen Zierath

Juleen Zierath is professor of clinical integrative physiology at the Karolinska lnstitutet. Zierath’s research has provided evidence for the physiological regulation of insulin signaling pathways in skeletal muscle, revealing key steps that are impaired in diabetic patients. As an exercise physiologist, she has a long-standing interest in the health benefits of physical exercise. She is a member of the Nobel Committee.

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