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Ageing, Technology and Home Care

Maggie Mort
Christine Milligan
Celia Roberts
et al.

Annex 2. Biographies of speakers

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1Maggie Mort is a sociologist of science and technology. She is Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Research at the Institute for Health Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, UK. She works largely with ethnographic methods and participative methodologies and supervises a growing number of research students in the field of expertise, knowledge and evidence in medicine, technology studies and disaster studies.

2Andrew Sixsmith is Lecturer in Social Gerontology in the Department of Primary Care at the University of Liverpool. His current interests focus on new technologies to facilitate the delivery of community health and welfare services. He has been a member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee and has been UK representative on the EU’s COST-A5 Committee on Ageing and Technology. Dr Sixsmith has directed a number of European and UK funded projects in recent years. The ENABLE-AGE project funded by the EU Quality of Life programme examines the home environment as a determinant for autonomy, participation, health and well-being in very old age. As part of the EU-funded CareKeys project he has been looking at the relationship between quality of life and quality of care of frail older people in long term care. He is director of the INDEPENDENT consortium that is developing and evaluating technologies for people with dementia, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He is a partner in the EU funded SOPRANO project Ageing, Technology and Home Care which is developing new technologies within the concept of ‘ambient assisted living’.

3Nigel Barnes is Telecare Research Group Leader, BT Group Chief Technology Office.

4Barbara Frost (MerseyCare Mental Health Trust, UK) trained as an Occupational Therapist after working in both commercial and leisure settings. She has worked with a variety of client groups including people with learning disabilities, adult mental health, elderly physically ill (as hospital in-patients in day hospitals and in the community) and for the last 14 years in older peoples’ mental health. During this time she has again worked on in-patient wards and day hospitals before transferring to the community mental health teams. These teams work with people over the age of 65 with a range of both functional mental health problems or one of the many dementias. The main aim of the service is to maintain people in their own homes for as long as possible.

5Dick Willems is a General Practitioner and Professor of Medical Ethics and is currently researching the normative issues surrounding home-based health technologies, both high-tech (oxygen and artificial ventilation) and low-tech (thermometers, self-care medications). Other research includes prenatal diagnosis and end-of-life care. He currently leads a Dutch government sponsored project on ethical issues related to telecare. He teaches medical ethics to medical students, nurses, and physicians. He supervises a growing number of PhD-students in medical ethics. His research interests cohere broadly in the field of ethics and technology, innovation studies, and health citizenship. He is the author of a book on the ethics of the gatekeeper function of the general practitioner, and has recently co-edited books on multifactorial genetics and on mundane forms of medical technology. He is a member of the Ethics and Law Standing Committee of the Dutch Health Council and a member of the Council for Public Health and Health Care. Most recently completed projects concern : the gatekeeper role of the general practitioner (primary investigator) ; unexpected findings in prenatal diagnosis (project leader) ; normative issues concerning high-tech home care (project leader).

6Jan Thie is a senior project manager at Vilans, the Dutch institute for expert knowledge on long-term care. He studied Medicine at the University College Groningen, specialising in Public Health. He has worked as manager and physician at the regional Home Care Organisation in Groningen. Since 1993 he was involved in the founding of KITTZ, the Institute for Quality and Applied Home Care Innovations. Innovations in Home Healthcare, especially applications of technology were key issues. Jan has been project leader and contributed to several projects in The Netherlands and some in Europe. Examples of issues addressed in these projects are : Seniors and Technology Design for All Telemonitoring (a.o. European project SAFE 21), Telecare, Video communication in home health care, Taskforce Handicap and Society, User research, Informal caregivers and technology

7Ingunn Moser is director of research on Science, Technology and Culture in the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, Norway. She has been working and publishing on the development, implementation and uses of new assistive and care technologies for people with disabilities as well as older people for more than a decade. Her current research is on dementia care.

8Jeannette Pols works at the Academic Medical Hospital, University of Amsterdam, department of General Practice, section of Medical Ethics. Her current research is in the development of telecare projects in the Netherlands.

9Judith Torrington is an architect and researcher specialising in design for older people. Her research focus is on understanding the impact architecture can make on well-being both positively and negatively. She is a co-investigator in INDEPENDENT, a consortium project funded in the EPSRC EQUAL 4 programme, researching into the use of assistive technologies to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia. Other current research is in developing building appraisal and evaluation tools including SCEAM (the Sheffield Care Environment Assessment Matrix). Judith’s research is founded on extensive experience as a practising architect. She has designed a wide range of sheltered housing and residential and nursing homes for clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors

10Daniel López is researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He was involved as a researcher in two projects funded by the Spanish administration concerning the implementation of new technologies in caring settings, specifically Telecare and Telecardiology. He is currently writing his thesis titled ‘Home Telecare as an extitution: a new way of entangling care and security over life’ that comes from an ethnography carried out in a Home Telecare Service in Barcelona.

11Miquel Domènech is Dean in the Faculty of Psychology and Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He also leads the Group for Social Studies of Science and Technology (GESCIT). His research interests cohere broadly in the field of science and technology studies (STS), innovation studies, power relationships, collective behaviour, citizen participation and telecare. He is the author of many journal articles and several books on science and technology issues.

12Martí Martínez is director of the Catalan Red Cross Telecare and New Technologies for Elderly People Service since 2004. Before that, he was in charge of the technicians of the Catalan Red Cross Telecare Service for 12 years.

13Julián Andújar is director of TECSOS Foundation. This is a foundation set up by Vodafone and Red Cross in order to develop mobile telecare projects addressed to dependent and vulnerable people. One of the first outcomes of TECSOS is the telecare programme for women victims of gender violence.

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