Oncology-focused Living Labs: a new challenge to be addressed
Inspired by the EC Mission Board for Cancer’s recommendation for the “establishment of Oncology-focused Living Labs to conquer cancer, through the acceleration of social innovation and the exploitation of new technologies”, this session aspires to open a round of discussions, the first one in the context of the DLLD21, among high-level policymakers, in-field cancer experts and Living Labbers to envisioning the future Oncology-focused Living Labs.
The session is split in two parts: in the first half, policymakers and experts share their previous experiences in working with stakeholders and meeting their needs & requirements, as well as views, and/or concerns about LLs as drivers for the real-life testing/research in the field of cancer, health & wellbeing. In the second half, based on the reflections of the round table discussion with experts, Living Labbers co-design the “Oncology-focused Living Lab” in short ideation rounds (quick brainstorming), based on pre-defined pillars (stakeholders, infrastructures, methods/tools, types of piloting/testing, benefits/risks). The main reflections of the session will conclude to the “manifesto of the Oncology-focused Living Lab”, which will feed the next round of discussions.
What will the participants do?
- Get insights of working/collaborating with cancer in-field experts on the requirements and needs of cancer patients/end-users.
- Explore the benefits and added value of the establishment of Oncology-focused Living Labs (manifesto of the Oncology-focused Living Labs).
- Envision and co-design the main components of the future Oncology-focused Living Labs to conquer cancer.
Welcome and Introduction to the topic & scopes of the session
Prof. Panos Bamidis – Thess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, LifeChamps Project Coordinator
The LifeChamps H2020 project: a case study of how LL’s can act as drivers/assets for clinical research on cancer
Dr. Antonis Bills – Thess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, LifeChamps Project Manager
Oncology-focused Living Labs to conquer cancer- round table
High-level invited speakers sharing their thoughts, experiences on different stakeholders’ needs & expectations of the future “Oncology-focused Living Labs”
– Dr. Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti – President-Elect of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), medical oncologist
– Charis Girvalaki, EU Affairs Manager at the European Cancer Patient Coalition
Session moderated by Sofia Reppou – Thess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, LifeChamps Project Manager
Envisioning the oncology-focused LL together”: short rounds of ideation/brainstorming on the main components of an Oncology-focused Living Labs
Interactive Session moderated by Dr. Antonis Billis & Despoina Mantziari, Thess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Manifesto of oncology-focused LL: Summary & Closing Session
moderated by Dr. Antonis Billis, Thess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Panagiotis BamidisProfessor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Panagiotis Bamidis is a Professor of Medical Physics, Informatics and Medical Education and Director of the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation in the School of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. He designs, implements and evaluates IT and Assistive Technologies systems that improve everyday activities of elderly or other vulnerable groups and improves their health or life quality or improves the education and training of health professionals. He conducts research that attempts to understand how the brain reacts to different stimuli, technological or educational interventions, as well as, the development and evolution of human emotions and sleep transitions. Co-creation and Living Lab approaches are within his active interests. He is the co-ordinator of seven large European projects, and the principal investigator for many national and international funded projects. He is the President of the Hellenic Biomedical Technology Society, HL7 Hellas, the international Society of Applied Neuroscience, a member of the Administration Boards of other societies and patient associations, the Chairman/Organiser of some 19 international conferences and several national Biomedical Technology conferences. Since 2012 he has established LLM Care ecosystem (www.llmcare.gr), the business exploitation of the LLM project, which is a two-star reference site of the EIP-on-AHA. In 2013 he established the Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab in Thessaloniki (ThessAHALL; http://www.aha- livinglabs.com/) which in 2018 became a full member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). In 2017, he became a visiting Professor of Medical Education Technology, Innovation and Change for the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) of the University of Leeds, UK. He received Prizes for the Best Track Record in funded research projects (AUTH Research Committee 2009; AUTH Dean of Health Sciences 2016) and the Best overall high/extra-ordinary academic performance (AUTH Dean of Health Sciences 2018, 2019, 2020).
Dr Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti
Clinical Research Fellow in the Breast Unit of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Dr Nicolò Matteo Luca BattistiClinical Research Fellow in the Breast Unit of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Dr Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti is a medical oncologist working as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Breast Unit of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. He gained his medical degree at the University of Milan, Italy in 2009 and he completed his specialist training at the University of Milan and National Cancer Institute of Milan, Italy in 2015. He is now working on a research degree (MD[Res]) within the Breast Cancer Research Division of the Institute of Cancer Research of London, UK focusing on different aspects of the care of common malignancies in older adults under the supervision of Dr Alistair Ring and Professor Stephen Johnston. He has an Italian Board Certification in Medical Oncology and is on the UK General Medical Council Specialist Register (Medical Oncology). He is also Member of the Royal College of Physicians. He spent the last year of his specialist training working with Dr Martine Extermann and Dr Lodovico Balducci at the Senior Adult Oncology Program of the Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa, Florida, USA. In 2016, Dr Battisti joined the Breast Unit of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, where he currently works with Dr Alistair Ring and Professor Stephen Johnston. Dr Battisti’s main clinical and research interests are breast oncology, thoracic oncology and geriatric oncology. His main areas of investigation are comorbidities, comprehensive geriatric assessment, quality of life and prediction of anticancer treatment toxicity in older patients with cancer. He authored several publications and book chapters in the fields of geriatric, breast and thoracic oncology. Dr Battisti is President-Elect of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) and has previously served as Co-Chair and subsequently Chair of the Young Interest Group of SIOG. He is also Co-Chair of the European Cancer Organisation Inequalities Focused Topic Network. He is a member of the Elderly Task Force of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and member of the Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG) Advocacy Committee. He is a member of the Clinical Steering Group of the National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP) in the UK. Dr Battisti was presented the Arti Hurria Award at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium for his research on the use of chemotherapy in older patients with early breast cancer enrolled within the Bridging The Age Gap study.
Senior EU Affairs Officer at the European Cancer Patient Coalition
Adela MaghearSenior EU Affairs Officer at the European Cancer Patient Coalition
Adela is a graduate in pharmacy studies and holds two PhD degrees; one in Medical Sciences (Field of Pharmacy) and another in Chemistry awarded by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and University of Lorraine (France), respectively. With a strong focus on environmental safety, her research work and scientific publications have dealt with a wide range of subjects. In 2015, she changed career paths when she received the Robert Schuman scholarship at the European Parliament Research Service in Brussels. Her career within the field of health policies continued as she became a member of the European Health Parliament, Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, that same year. In 2016, she ushered her skills and expertise in the fields of health and environment to ‘Health Care Without Harm Europe’ where she spearheaded the organisation’s policy work related to pharmaceuticals in the environment and antimicrobial resistance. She developed and led the Safer Pharma Campaign, aimed to make the EU the first region in the world to legislate on pharmaceutical pollution and its consequent contribution to the spread of AMR. Her work has been cited in international journals such as The Telegraph, ChemicalWatch UK, Pharmaceutical Technology, Market Business News, Pharma Technology Focus and Health Europa. In June 2020, she has joined the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) as Senior EU Affairs Officer. In this role, she leads the policy work of the organisation and coordinates the activities of the Challenge Cancer Parliamentary Intergroup where ECPC holds the secretariat.
Thess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, LifeChamps Scientific Manager
Antonis BillisThess-AHALL, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, LifeChamps Scientific Manager
Dr.Antonis Billis holds currently the position of the ab of PostDoc Research Fellow at the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation. He received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 and MSc in Medical Informatics in 2011, both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Finally he has obtained in 2020 his PhD entitled “ Digital biomarkers as ecologically valid measures for the remote and longitudinal assessment of older adults health”. His main research interests lie in the areas of sensors, remote health monitoring, medical decision support systems, smart hospital applications, mHealth, AAL technologies and Living Labs. He has authored/co-authored numerous papers in conferences and peer- reviewed journals and has also participated in several European and national research projects related to digital health. He is currently involved in the coordinating teams of LifeChamps (A Collective Intelligent Platform to Support Cancer Champions), CAPTAIN (Coach Assistant via Projected and Tangible Interface, http://www.captain-eu.org/) H2020 projects and IntelTriage (Intelligent triage system for hospital emergency departments and clinics), part of the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE. Finally, he has been a member of the technical chamber of Greece since November of 2007.
Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab
Despoina MantziariThessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab
Despoina Mantziari holds a University Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a MS in Journalism and New Media with specific expertise on public awareness and news content verification, both of them from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in "Collaborative Communication Environments for the Self-Management of Older Adults" at the AUTH School of Journalism & the Medical Physics Lab. She recently started her studies at the Hellenic Open University in the "Aging and Chronic Diseases Management" Master’s Programme. She has been working since 2018, as a Research Associate in research programs of the AUTH Medical Physics Lab and the Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab (Thess-AHALL), with a special focus on participatory research and social innovation initiatives for the enhancement of the Quality of Life (QoL) of older adults and other vulnerable groups, community building and stakeholders’ engagement (H2020: SISCODE, CAPTAIN, LifeChamps, URBANOME / ERASMUS +: AD-AUTONOMY, ERMAT), as well as on the communication and dissemination activities, related to the research outcomes of the Laboratory. Her research interests include the Responsible Research & Innovation, citizens science and co-creation as new pathways of public awareness and participatory reasearch. She has former experience as journalist, as well as in media monitoring and public relations. She has been research assistant of the Media Informatics Lab of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Management, Strategy and Marketing from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Sofia ReppouManagement, Strategy and Marketing from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Sofia Reppou obtained her MSc degree from the Psychology department of Sheffield University and her Degree from the Psychology department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She completed her degree training at the psychiatry of Leros, Greece. She holds a certification in Management, Strategy and Marketing from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. She has worked as a counsellor supporting repatriated Greeks and immigrants from the former USSR countries in vocational seminars organised by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1996) and as a volunteer counsellor at Diavata prison of Thessaloniki (2007) under the auspices of ARSIS NGO. She was engaged for several years in managerial positions at Vodafone Telecommunications and has extended experience in project management as well as human resource management. She is a research associate at the Laboratory of Medical Physics with extended experience in European and National Projects. She is pursuing her PhD in Palliative care at the University of Leeds in collaboaration with AUTH. Her research interests include the areas of paliative care, new technologies supporting the QoL of chronic patients, well being and ageing wel and people at risk of exclusion. She is an active volunteer supporting refugees and immigrants in Thessaloniki since 2016.