Research Working Group - Biographies
Andreas Charalambous, Cyprus (co-Chair)
Dr. Andreas Charalambous, RN, PhD (Oncology Nursing), has a clinical background in cancer care and has worked clinically and academically in Cyprus, U.K and Finland. He holds an Assistant Professor’s position of Oncology and Palliative Care at the Cyprus University of Technology and a Docent’s position at University of Turku (Finland). He is an EONS Executive Board Member since 2013 and he is currently involved in the RECaN project of EONS and ECCO’s Oncopolicy and Oncopolicy Executive Committees. He is involved in several national and international research programmes in various fields of care with specific interest in cancer and palliative care. He has published over 80 national and international publications in esteemed journals in the fields of cancer care, quality care, supportive care and integrative medicine. A major area of research interest includes the application of health technologies in specific cancer and dementia groups of patients.
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Mary Wells, UK (co-chair)
Mary is the Professor of Cancer Nursing Research and Practice at the NMAHP Research Unit at the University of Stirling. She has co-chaired the EONS Research Working Group since 2012, and was an Executive Board member for six years between 2009 and 2015. She is an experienced cancer nurse with a clinical background in radiotherapy, oncology and head and neck cancer. Mary’s research focuses on understanding and improving the psychosocial and physical consequences of cancer and its treatment, and she is particularly interested in the development and evaluation of nurse-led interventions. She is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and her PhD investigated the role of context in randomized trials of complex interventions. Mary has advisory roles with several cancer charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Throat Cancer Foundation and Healthtalk.org. She is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute’s Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group.
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Nuria Domenech Climent, Spain
Nuria graduated in nursing in 1992 and has a BA in Sociology and a master’s degree in Oncology Nursing. She has worked as a community nurse for 12 years, with particular clinical experience in Oncology Care and roles in Nursing Management. She is currently studying for her PhD in palliative care on the topic Suffering at the end of life. Nuria works as Nursing Research Coordinator at Hospital La Fe in Valencia and is an Associate professor at Alicante University.
Daniel Kelly, UK
Professor Daniel Kelly is currently EONS President, serving from 2015-2017. He has been on the EONS Executive Board since 2007. He worked clinically in intensive care, hospice & acute oncology settings, including specialist training at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He was then Lecturer in Cancer Nursing at the Royal Marsden and Senior Nurse for Research & Development at University College Hospitals London, and completed a PhD at London University on the impact of prostate cancer. He is now Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research at Cardiff University.
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Grigorios Kotronoulas, UK
Dr Grigorios Kotronoulas is a cancer nurse and post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, with three years of clinical and 12 years of research experience in the area of cancer care and patient and families support. Grigorios holds an MSc in Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care, and his PhD investigated alterations and interrelations in sleep quality in breast cancer patient-caregiver dyads. Grigorios has been involved in over 20 nurse-led research projects, while he has a strong background in quantitative research and systematic literature reviews. His research interests include the assessment and management of sleep disorders and insomnia in cancer care; supportive care needs assessment/management interventions; supportive self-management; dyadic (patient-caregiver) nursing care; implementation of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice; and utilisation of digital health solutions in cancer care. He is a member of the UK Oncology Nursing Society and British Sleep Society.
Iveta Nohavova RN MS, Czech Republic
Iveta has clinical experience from both outpatient and inpatient oncology settings, mainly from working in the USA. She has received a Master’s degree in Community health nursing from Binghamton University, NY, USA and is currently enrolled as a doctorate student at Charles University in Prague with study focus on preventive medicine. Her dissertation will be on tobacco control and smoking practices among Czech nurses. Presently, Iveta collaborates with the Society for Treatment of Tobacco Dependence in Prague and is involved in two international projects: “Eastern Europe Nurses’ Centre of Excellence for Tobacco Control” (PI & Project manager), and in “Tobacco cessation within TB programmes - A ‘real world’ solution for countries with dual burden of disease” project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme as a researcher. Additionally, she also works part-time as the Projects Manager for European Oncology Nursing Society.
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Wendy Oldenmenger, The Netherlands
Wendy Oldenmenger is a nurse and health scientist. She works as a nursing researcher in pain and palliative care at the Department of Medical Oncology, and is the coordinator of oncology nursing research at the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute. Besides this, she works as a lecturer at the Rotterdam University of Applied Science. She completed her PhD on research to improve cancer-related pain management. Her recent research topic is to improve the monitoring of the pain treatment in cancer outpatients, breakthrough cancer pain, and pain assessment/outcome measurement.
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Ulrika Östlund, Sweden
Ulrika Östlund, RN, OCN, PhD, has clinical experience from working with inpatient and outpatient oncology care and also with radiotherapy in Sweden. She is now working as senior research fellow at Linneaus Universitey and as a research supervisor at Centre for Research & Development at Uppsala Univeristy/Region Gävleborg. Her research interests are within palliative care, specifically on dignity conserving care at end-of-life, and family systems nursing. Ulrika has furthermore a research interest in methodology on mixed methods research and implementation science.
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Elizabeth Patiraki, Greece
Professor Elisabeth Patiraki worked clinically at St Savvas Cancer Hospital for 17 years. Since 1998 holds a position at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Nursing, and recently is the vice president of the faculty. She currently leads the MSc “Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care” and is a coordinator at the Interdisciplinary MSc “Organizing and Managing Supportive and Palliative Care of Chronically ill Patients”. Elisabeth is a volunteer member of the steering committee and the director of Education and Research, at the Palliative Care Unit “Galilee” since 2009.She served as the first president of Hellenic Oncology Nursing society (1995-2004) and as a member of EONS board of directors (1997-2001). Her combined clinical experience with educational and research activities are focusing on caring, symptom management, patient education and patient and family palliative care needs.
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Lena Sharp, Sweden
Lena Sharp is the Head of Cancer Care improvement, at the Regional Cancer Center, Stockholm-Gotland, Sweden. Until June 2014 she was the Chief Nursing Officer and Patient Safety Coordinator at the Department of Oncology, Karolinska University Hospital and has a long experience in cancer nursing, in clinical work, leadership, teaching and research. Lena main focus in research is health care communication and patient safety issues. Lena graduated as a nurse in 1985, obtained her B.Sc. in Nursing in 1998, a M.Sc. in 2000 and her PhD from The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006. Lena is President Elect for European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS).
Jane Winter, UK
Jane is a Consultant Nurse for gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer at University Hospitals Southampton where she has worked since 2001. Having been a clinical nurse specialist in Lower GI cancer for 10 years and then Lead Cancer Nurse, she became a Consultant Nurse in 2011. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group at the University of Southampton where she has worked on the CREW study team since its inception. She holds a PhD in Nursing, an MSc in Cancer Care and has a particular interest in survivorship, clinical service development and clinical leadership. She is the professional lead for GI Nursing at Southampton and has developed a number of nurse led interventions, service initiatives and pathways of care. She is a member of the NCRI Colorectal Clinical Studies Group.
Theresa Wiseman, UK
Professor Theresa Wiseman holds a clinical chair of Supportive Cancer Care between The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton. She has over 20 years’ applied health research experience focussed on the patient (and carer) experience of cancer and treatment, and developing services and interventions in response to this experience. She is passionate about clinical health service research but more so that the findings are translated into practice and make a difference to patient care. Theresa is a Board Member (secretary) of EONS and a member of EONS Research Working Group. She is an international member of the Australian and New Zealand Urology Research Group (ANZUP). Nationally, she is a member of the UK Consequence of Cancer and Treatment Collaborative (CCAT).
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