Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Maastricht University (UM) is the youngest, and most international, university in the Netherlands. Research at the Research School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) and Department of International Health (DIH) is thematically focused on international issues critical to the development of society, and has a strong orientation on policy advice.

Professor Helmut Brand

Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Health and head of the Department of International Health. Professor Brand is a specialist in Public Health Medicine and his research expertise covers comparative analysis of various components of health systems, including health information systems, health reporting, e-health, public health capacities and cross border care. Prof Brand is past-president of the Association of Schools in Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), president of the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) and Co-chair of the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM). As a policy advisor, he serves on the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR) of WHO Europe and on the Expert Panel on “Investing in Health” for the European Commission.

Timo Clemens

Researcher. Timo Clemens’ research interests include the influence of European Union policies on national health systems in general, and hospitals in particular. He is interested in the domestic effects of EU policies on areas such as EU economic governance as a response to the financial crisis, free movement of patients and professionals, information to patient provisions, EU’s financial programmes in the areas of health and cross border cooperation of hospitals. In addition, his expertise includes different approaches to study policy transfers between member states and the EU and member states. He uses methods of qualitative policy analysis and comparative perspectives in his research. Timo Clemens is the managing assistant to the Jean Monnet Chair in Public Health, and is an active member of the Young Forum Gastein Network.

Associate Professor Peter Schröder-Bäck

Peter Schröder-Bäck. Associate Professor. Peter works in the Department of International Health at Maastricht University. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Georgetown University (Washington DC, 2000), received a doctorate in philosophy from Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany, 2003) and a venia legendi in Public Health and Health Sciences from Bremen University (Germany, 2012). Peter’s focus in research and teaching is on European Public Health and especially on aspects of governance and ethics. Peter is involved in several projects on child health and child autonomy. He is president of the section of “Ethics in Public Health” of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).