Professor Parveen Kumar Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry Queen Mary University of London, UK
After qualifying as a physician and gastroenterologist, Parveen Kumar spent most of her career working in the National Health Service at the Homerton, Barts and the Royal London Hospitals. As a student Parveen Kumar found textbooks rather boring and therefore went on to co-found and co-edit the textbook “Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine” (currently in its 9th edition). She has also published many other textbooks on medicine. Parveen's research interests have been in disorders of the small bowel particularly coeliac disease in which she completed her MD and published widely on the topic. Parveen now teaches, lectures and examines for MBBS and postgraduate degrees in the UK and other countries. She developed the only MSc in Gastroenterology in the UK. Parveen was a founding Non-Executive Director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, and Chairman of the Medicines Commission UK. She was Vice President for the Royal College of Physicians and President of the British Medical Association. Currently, she is Chairman of BUPA Foundation Charity for Research, Trustee of many other charities and President of the Royal Society of Medicine. Parveen was made an OBE for services to medicine in 2000.
Professor Henk Schmidt Professor of Psychology, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University, Netherlands Visiting Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hendricus Schmidt’s areas of interest are learning and memory. He has published more than 250 articles in refereed journals, chapters in books, and books on problem-based learning, long-term memory, and the development of expertise in medicine; alone or together with his 30-plus PhD students. In 2004, the Karolinska Institutet announced him to be the winner of its international medical education research prize for his work in medical expertise and problem-based learning. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Career Award of the American Educational Research Association, Division I. In 2005 the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) selected him as one of the top 200 Dutch scientists. The founding dean of the problem-based psychology curriculum at Erasmus School of Social Behavioural Sciences in the Netherlands’ Erasmus University, he was the Rector Magnificus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, he has been the president of the Dutch Psychological Association (NIP), the chairman of the Dutch Society for Research into Higher Education (CRWO), and the associate secretary general of the Network of community-oriented educational institutions for health sciences, a WHO-supported NGO. He was invited by the Nobel Prize Committee to be a speaker at the Nobel Forum.
Dr Dujeepa D Samarasekera Director, Centre for Medical Education (CenMED), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
After graduating as a medical doctor from the University of Colombo, Dujeepa Samarasekera trained further in medical education at University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He is a medical educationalist who has been involved in health professional education since 2000. He is co-chair for faculty development at the National University Health System (NUHS) Residency programme, a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee of NUHS and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and also head of the Continuous Quality Improvement section of the deanery education of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He serves on the boards of Association of Asian Medical Educators, Association of Medical Education in the Western Pacific Region and is also an International Liaisons Person for the Association of Medical Education Europe. He provides educational expertise to health professional institutions and currently serves as an educational consultant to Ministry of Health, Singapore. He is also on the editorial advisory boards of South East Asian Journal of Medical Education, Korean Journal of Medical Education and is a peer reviewer for Medical Education, Annals of Academic Medicine, Singapore Medical Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, and SpringerPlus. His main research interests are in effective teaching, learning behaviours and assessment, and has published in peer-reviewed journals as well as authored book chapters relating to Medical and Health Professional Education.
Professor Simone E Buitendijk Vice-Provost (Education), Imperial College London
Simone Buitendijk is Vice-Provost (Education) and leads Imperial College London's vision for an innovative and globally-leading learning and teaching environment, and an excellent student educational experience. She studied Medicine in Utrecht, received a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine in the US and earned her PhD degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Simone is an internationally respected expert in maternal and child health. She held the Netherlands’ first professorial chair for Midwifery Studies at the Amsterdam Medical Centre and a chair in Child Public Health at Leiden University Medical Centre. She was Vice-Rector for Education and Diversity at Leiden University from 2011 to 2016, where she was responsible for education and student affairs. Simone is Chair of the League of European Research Universities’ (LERU) Steering Group for Learning and Teaching and is co-author of the 2014 LERU Advice Paper 'Online Learning at Research Intensive Universities'.
Professor Peter Abrahams Emeritus Professor of Clinical Anatomy, Warwick Medical School, UK Life Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK Visiting Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Trained as a medic in London after teaching with VSO in the jungles of Borneo, Peter Abrahams is passionate about how technology can enhance teaching. In 1997, he was awarded the BMA electronic publishing prize for Interactive Skeleton CD-ROM. In 2005 with Craven and Lumley, he won The Richard Asher Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine, for the best new medical textbook. Also an anatomical consultant for the WHO, his major educational contributions include the McMinn “Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy” in its 6th edition and with Weir “Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy” in its 4th edition. In 2006, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) recognised his contributions with “Honoured Member - for authorship of anatomical textbooks and electronic resources in many languages”. He has created educational apps to improve student engagement, and is involved with the development of 3D printing for medical and educational purposes at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Alongside this, Peter heads up the Anatomy Section of The West Midlands Surgical Training Centre, making it the first centre in the UK to order a complete collection of plastinated prosections and cross sections for anatomy teaching.
Professor Debra Nestel Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, Australia Debra Nestel is programme lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), a programme designed for surgeons interested in advancing their educational practice. She co-leads the Master of Surgical Science, University of Melbourne – a programme designed for junior doctors interested in pursuing a career in surgery. Debra is an honorary professorial fellow at Imperial College London and Graduate Faculty Scholar in the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida. She leads a national programme for simulation educators – NHET-Sim and a state-based network in simulated patient methodology. She has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, and recently published a book on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017) and is working with colleagues on a book about research methods for healthcare simulation.
Professor Roger Kneebone Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science, Imperial College London, UK Visiting Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Roger Kneebone trained first as a general and trauma surgeon, working both in the UK and in Southern Africa. In the 1990s, he pioneered an innovative national training programme for minor surgery within primary care, based around intensive workshops using simulated tissue models and a computer-based learning programme. In 2003, Roger left his practice to join Imperial College London, where he directs the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS). The Centre's aim is to advance human health through simulation, collaborating closely with clinicians, scientists, patients, publics and experts outside medicine. Much of Roger’s current research focuses on simulation including Hybrid Simulation (the combination of professional actors with inanimate models to create realistic clinical encounters) and Distributed Simulation (low-cost, portable yet highly convincing environments such as the ‘inflatable operating theatre’). Roger has recently been exploring how simulation can be used to recreate tacit and embodied surgical practices from the recent past. Roger and his ICCESS colleagues were awarded the 2016 Imperial President's Medal for Excellence in Societal Engagement.
Professor Pierre Dillenbourg Director, EPFL Centre for Digital Education Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
After studying educational science at the University of Mons, Belgium, Pierre Dillenbourg started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster, UK, in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He was appointed assistant professor at the University of Geneva, before joining the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) in 2002, where he is the academic director of Centre for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL. He is also full professor in learning technologies at the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: “Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction”. His work covers various domains of computer-supported collaborative learning, ranging from novel interfaces for face-to-face collaboration (tangibles, paper computing) to more cognitive projects on dual eye tracking. His lab conducts projects in elementary schools, vocational education and university teaching. With EPFL colleagues, he recently launched the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with 60 start-ups in learning technologies.