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Dr Katja Bromen

Dr Katja Bromen is a Policy Officer in the Unit for Health in All Policies, Global Health and Tobacco Control in the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (SANTE) of the European Commission. She has been working on tobacco control for the past five years, focussing in particular on the regulation of ingredients, labelling and packaging as well as smoke-free-environments. Previously, she has been working for the Commission as a Scientific Officer in the areas of health risk assessment and eHealth. Before joining the Commission in 2004, Dr Bromen worked as a researcher in Epidemiology and Statistics including on tobacco-related issues at the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen. She also worked for the United Nations Secretariat in New York and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Vanuatu. Dr Bromen holds two Master Degrees in Statistics (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich) and Public Health (Columbia University, New York) as well as a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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Prof. Mike Daube

Professor Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.
He has been a leading figure in international and national activity on tobacco, alcohol and other health issues for more than forty years, is an active researcher and media commentator, and has worked with the World Health Organization, other international health organizations, and governments and NGOs in more than fifty countries. Before moving to Australia in 1984 he was the first full-time Director of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) in the UK and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine at Edinburgh University. He has published widely on tobacco, alcohol, advocacy, and other health topics.

For a full biography, please click HERE

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Dr Carolyn Dresler

Carolyn Dresler, MD, MPA ,by day, she was the Director for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.  Before Arkansas, she was the Head of the Group for Tobacco and Cancer at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.  In 2002-2003 she completed a Master in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is a USA Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon with Surgical Oncology training, with a specific interest in the diagnosis, treatment and most of all, prevention of lung cancer.  She is a former Board member for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.  Her passion is utilizing the human rights framework to improve tobacco control and is the founding President of the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network.  Her goal is to have fewer people dying from tobacco, specifically from tobacco-caused lung cancer.

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Prof. Geoffrey T. Fong

Professor Fong is the Founder and Chief Principal Investigator of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project), the first-ever international cohort study of tobacco use, whose primary objective is to evaluate and understand the impact of tobacco control policies of the WHO FCTC. The ITC Project is being conducted in 28 countries, inhabited by over 50% of the world’s population, 60% of the world’s smokers, and 70% of the world’s  tobacco users.

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Dr. Taylor Hays

Currently Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Hays has over 25 years of experience in treating tobacco dependence and researching new approaches to this treatment. This broad experience allows him to blend both the “art and science” of medicine and use it for the good of his patients.

The focus areas for his research include:

  • Study of the nicotine receptor partial agonist varenicline for tobacco dependence treatment
  • Study of the treatment of tobacco dependence among smokers with current or past alcohol abuse or dependence
  • Dissemination of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to health care providers within and outside the United States.

Tobacco use and dependence remain the number one cause of preventable and premature death in the United States. Dr. Hays focuses on effective treatments to help tobacco-dependent patients become smoke-free and reduce their risk of premature death.

Kristina Mauer-Stender

Program Manager, Tobacco Control Program
World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

She  graduated from Strasbourg, France, in 1996 with a Masters in International Public law and Human Rights Comparative law.
She worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Development Program and the International Organization for Migration before joining the World Health Organization in 2003, starting out as Technical Officer of the Tobacco Control Program at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. After several successful years Kristina is now the Program Manager where she advises policy makers from health and other key sectors on tobacco control policies and strategies in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), existing international evidence and good practices.
She is also responsible for providing advise to Health Ministries along with other inter-sectoral partners for enhancement of their capacities to effectively implement the WHO Framework Convention. Kristina works daily with policy makers and other cross-societal partners in around 25 countries in the European Region, occasionally also with 53 countries through regional meetings and consultations. She is also leading the work of the WHO European Office on the vision of the tobacco-free European Region which is a follow-up to the Ashgabat Declaration from 2013 and the newly adopted Roadmap of actions to strengthen the implementation of the FCTC in the European
Region 2015-2025, commitment of 53 Ministers of Health from September 2015.

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Prof. Martin Raw

I qualified as a clinical psychologist, and ran Michael Russell’s Maudsley Smokers Clinic in London before focusing on applied research and on policy development and advocacy. My research focus is on research that informs policy, and on translating research into policy development and implementaion, and has, over forty years, influenced policy in several areas. The main focus of my work now is helping countries implement FCTC Article 14 – better tobacco cessation support systems.

For a full biography, please click HERE

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