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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Donna Walsh

Donna became the Executive Director of EFNA in June 2012. Donna’s training is in Journalism, but she has worked with patient organisations in the neurological sector – in various roles – since leaving university. This included work with the European Migraine and Headache Alliance (EMHA) and the Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI), as well as being a representative to the Neurological Alliance of Ireland. She is currently a Board Member of the European Brain Council and a member of the European Affairs Sub-Committee at the European Academy of Neurology.

In her role with EFNA, Donna has led the development of EFNA’s Training Initiatives for Neurology Advocates (TINA), which aim to build the capacity of patients to engage in and meaningfully contribute to the Research & Development process, as well as policy and decision-making in areas such as HTA. EFNA has also recently conducted research projects on neurology patient engagement in HTA, the evidence from which will be used to support its advocacy work in topics such as ensuring equitable access to treatment.

Donna is also a member of a number of industry advisory groups, steering committees and patient councils.

Speaking in:
Measuring impact of patient involvement


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

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