Members of the Editorial Team

Meet the EAPC’s Editorial team

Our multi-professional Editorial Team ensures that the EAPC blog delivers a robust, timely and supportive reviewing process enabling us to publish good quality and topical content. A variety of different perspectives, viewpoints, outlooks and approaches are important to us and we are pleased to have a range of European countries and healthcare professional roles represented in our Team. 

Blog Editor Catherine White joined the EAPC in February 2022.  She also works as a Clinical Trial Advisor at Imperial College, London, and she is a member of the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies appeal panel. She has had varied health related roles including as a non-executive director for a NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Chief Executive for ICUsteps (the UK intensive care patient and relative support charity) and Chair for NICE Guideline 204. She is interested in healthcare and research communication, especially when improving clinical care and healthcare experiences.  

Joanne Brennan, Project Officer EAPC Groups & Communications. Joanne qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK in 1997. In 1999 she began working at the Christie Hospital NHS Trust as a specialist oncology physiotherapist and it was here that her interest in palliative and end-of-life care began to grow. Throughout her clinical career she has concentrated on the provision of physiotherapy for people diagnosed with cancer. Education, advocacy and quality improvement have always been an important part of her work and she has extensive experience in these both in physiotherapy and also in end-of-life care. In 2007 she began working with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) on their ‘Hospice Friendly Hospitals’ programme, an ambitious project which aimed to improve the delivery of end-of-life care in Ireland on a national scale. Joanne joined the EAPC in April 2021. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with the EAPC head office team, Board and the many experts of the palliative care community who are part of the EAPC Task Force and Reference Groups. 

Eduardo Garralda Domezain has been a research assistant for over five years with the ‘ATLANTES’ Research Programme, at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), University of Navarra, Spain. With a history degree background and more than four years’ experience working in a history archive, Eduardo offers support with all the transferrable skills acknowledged in records management, classification, organisation and data collection, as well as contributing with a social science approach. He is particularly involved in projects related to international development of palliative care from a public health perspective and has contributed to several publications including the APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa and the Atlas of Palliative Care for the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Sandra Martins Pereira is a Principal Investigator funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology at CEGE: Research Center in Management and Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguea, in Portugal. She is group leader of the palliative care research group within the research area of Sustainability and Ethics. She is also an Invited Lecturer in the PhD programme in Bioethics, Institute of Bioethics, where she teaches and coordinates several education activities on ethics at the end-of-life and empirical research methods. She is also Invited Assistant Professor on the Master’s course in palliative care at the Institute of Health Sciences and Scientific Coordinator of the Portuguese Observatory on Palliative Care. Dr Martins Pereira has post-doctoral research training in palliative and end-of-life care research and a PhD and masters in bioethics. She has been screening editor and a member of the editorial board of Palliative Medicine since 2016. In 2019, Dr Sandra Martins Pereira was elected a member of the board of directors of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and nominated as Vice-President.

Nicoleta Mitrea is Director of Education and Development – Nursing at Hospice “Casa Sperantei” (HCS) in Brasov, Romania. She began her nursing career in paediatrics, moving into palliative care in 1998 when she joined HCS as a homecare nurse. Nicoleta organises, supervises and teaches palliative care at all three levels of education: basic, advanced and specialised; she coordinates the national specialization programme for nurses working in palliative care services and is also involved in education in several Eastern European countries. Since 2012, she has been an associate lecturer at the University of Transylvania in Brasov. Nicoleta graduated with a Master’s in Palliative Care in 2012 and her Medical Doctoral Studies in November 2017. She has never stopped her caring role for patients and is currently performing her clinical duties in the inpatient unit for adults. Since 2016, she has taken up running marathons to fundraise for the care that is delivered free of charge by HCS to patients (children and adults) and their families. Born and raised in Brasov, Romania, Nicoleta is married to Valentin and has a 12-year-old daughter, Maria.

Lukas Radbruch is Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Bonn, leading the departments of palliative medicine at the University Hospital Bonn and at the Malteser Hospital Bonn/Rhein-Sieg. Before this, he worked for 20 years in pain management and palliative care at the universities of Cologne and Aachen. His research interests are symptom control (pain and fatigue), but also ethical issues such as the wish for hastened death and evaluation of care delivery. Lukas was president of the EAPC from 2007 to 2011, and – though initially sceptical about the use of social media – soon became a fervent advocate for the social media activities of the EAPC, and is a founder member of our team. He is currently president of the German Association for Palliative Medicine and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. He has been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group and a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care.

Lyn Silove is a specialised Palliative Care Resource Nurse at the Fondation Oeuvre de la Croix Saint-Simon in Paris, France. Lyn’s international interest comes as no surprise, born in South Africa, educated, and trained as a nurse, in England, and moved to Paris in 1992 where she has been working in palliative care (PC) for over twenty years. For the past nine years, Lyn has worked with several multidisciplinary teams as a specialised PC Resource Nurse in a large hospital at home organisation in and around Paris, at the Fondation Oeuvre de la Croix Saint- Simon. She also contributes on an educational, strategy and policy-making level. A member of the French PC Association, the SFAP, she co-founded, and heads, their ‘International Relations Working Group’, a national group of PC care experts who share her belief in the importance of building and strengthening global involvement in all areas of PC. Lyn enjoys being involved with national and international initiatives. In 2017 she qualified for the European EUPCA Leadership Course.

Mark Taubert is a clinical director, hospital consultant and professor of palliative medicine in Wales. He works for Velindre University NHS Trust, Cardiff University and Compassionate Cymru, where he is the clinical lead. He is chair of the national Advance & Future Care Planning Strategy Group, NHS Wales Executive. He has taught for Harvard Medical School and seeks to improve public understanding of care in the last years of life. He has created the TalkCPR website and app in order to help inform Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation decisions and has also given a Ted Talk on language in palliative care.

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