network of experts and practitioners has been recruited as collaborators from a variety of areas: philosophy of medicine, epidemiology, qualitative health research, person-centred medicine, public health science, disease ontology, medical humanities, MUS research (CFS/ME, LBP, FM), behavioural science in medicine, nursery, mental health, probability theory and risk, autism, medical sociology, philosophy of psychiatry, pharmacy, medical research ethics, experimental psychology, neuro-biology, physiotherapy, phenomenology, paediatrics and philosophy of causation. 


Alex Broadbent is Professor of Philosophy and Vice Dean Research of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Affiliated Research Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Alex is a philosopher of science with particular interests in philosophy of epidemiology (a field he has played a leading role in establishing), philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of law, connected by the philosophical themes of causation, explanation, and prediction. He holds degrees in philosophy from Cambridge (BA, PhD) and UCL (MPhil) and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP. His first book, Philosophy of Epidemiology, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

Andrew Miles MSc MPhil PhD DSc (hc) is Senior Vice President and Secretary General of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Person Centered Healthcare and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice and based at the European Society for Person CenteredHealthcare (ESPCH) Headquarters, Medical School, Francisco de Vitoria University, Madrid.

Anna Marmodoro is a Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Corpus Christi College. She specializes in ancient philosophy and in metaphysics. She directs two multidisciplinary major research projects based in the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy. The first is the ERC funded Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies, which includes a strand called Causing Health and Disease. The second is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, titled The Metaphysics of Entanglement.

Anna Marie Nicolaysen is Postdoc in Agroecology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and a medical anthropologist by training. Her research includes studies of mental health services in the U.S., political and socioeconomic forces affecting food aid in Ecuador, and HIV prevention among injection drug users as an associate research scientist with the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, CT. She edited The Aids & Anthropology Bulletin whilst a member of the Aids and Anthropology Research Group of the American Anthropological Association.

Anne Blanchard is Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for the Studies of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at University of Bergen. Her research area is science and technology studies, with focus on science-policy interface for complex and uncertain issues. Her postdoc research is funded by the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers  and is related to the ethical, legal and social aspects of cancer biomarkers.

Camilla Ihlebæk is Professor in Public Health Science at NMBU. She has an MSc in behavioral biology and a PhD from psychology. Her research has mainly focused on subjective health complaints both in the general population and in patient groups with medically unexplained symptoms. She was the president of the Norwegian Society of Behavioral Medicine from 2008-2012, and is currently a member of the executive Board of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health and the International Scientific Committee for the European Public Health annual conferences.

Carlo Martini is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Carlo is a philosopher and epistemologist of science interested in the interaction between the sciences and the policy-making sector. He has worked on evidence, expertise and the formation of policy consensus in economics and the social sciences. He recently co-edited, with Marcel Boumans, the volume Experts and Consensus in Social Science, Springer (2014).

Frank Zenker is a researcher at Lund University (Sweden) and Konstanz University (Germany). Holding a PhD in philosophy of science from Hamburg University, Germany, he works on the reconstruction of empirical theories and on conceptual change, as well as social epistemology, particularly the theory of argumentation, and on models of human reasoning.  Among others, he currently cooperates with law scholars and psychologists on debiasing techniques in legal context, and co-arranges the TRINITY workshop series on evidence, causality, and argumentation in policy-making together with Carlo Martinia and Rani Lill Anjum.

Geir Aamodt is Professor in Epidemiology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences with background from geology and statistics. His research interest is environmental epidemiology and the impact of noise, air quality, drinking water, and greenness on health. Geir includes directed acyclic graphs and causal modelling in his teachings and he applies these concepts in his research. He is a member of the Committee for Geomedicine, Norwegian Academy for Science and Letters.

Henrik Vogt is a Medical Doctor and PhD Candidate at the General Practice Research Unit at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He also has a Cand. Mag degree from the University of Oslo, involving the History of Science and professionalism. Henrik is interested in generalism in Medicine, the Sciences-Humanities relationship, medically unexplained symptoms, the (causal) relationship between "mind" and "body", determinism and medicalisation. Henrik´s current PhD Project is called “Systems medicine as a theoretical foundation for primary care – a critical investigation”, and investigates systems medicine as an envisioned paradigm for health care from the perspective of generalistic and humanistic medicine.

John Pemberton is an Associate at the CPNSS of the LSE, a Research Associate on the Powers Structuralism project at Oxford, and an Associate on the CHESS programme at Durham. The central focus of his research is powers, change, processes and causation - this work straddles the boundary between philosophy of science and metaphysics. John has a background in finance / economics – a further strand of his work is focused on the foundations of finance.

Jon Christian Fløysvik Nordrum cand. jur. 2004 (Tromsø) LL.M.2005  (NYU) is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Public Law,  University of Oslo. His research focuses on the assessment and evaluation of impacts of laws and regulation with a particular emphasis on environmental impacts. He teaches health law at the faculty of law, University of Oslo. Nordrum has experience from legislative work in the government, has served as chair and member of law commissions, as well as having taught government officials on how to prepare laws and regulation.

Jonathan Fuller is an MD/PhD student at the University of Toronto whose research focuses on the philosophy of medicine, especially the topics of causal inference and disease ontology. He is also a research fellow at the Wilson Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, interested in the integration of insights from the philosophy of medicine into medical education. He is the lead organizer of a forthcoming international workshop on Prediction in Epidemiology and Healthcare, which will explore how causal knowledge can be used to predict health outcomes and inform treatment.

Karin Mohn Engebretsen is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, in Public Health (FOHE), ILP. The PhD project work title is “From Dedicated to Burned out – and Back?”. The project is based on the MSC dissertation “Professional Burnout. A phenomenological study of how the perceived symptoms influence the process of burning out.”

Kjersti Sunde Mæhre is Senior Lecturer at Department of Health and Social Studies, at Harstad University College, where she teaches nurse students. She is also a PhD-student in Professional Practice at Centre for Practical Knowledge at the University of Nordland, studying how serious ill patients, their relatives and nurses experience their everyday life in a nursing home after the Interaction Reform. She worked as practical bedside intensive nurse for about 15 years in an intensive care unit.

Linn Getz (MD, PhD) is Professor in Behavioral Sciences in Medicine and Senior researcher at the General Practice Research Unit, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has extensive clinical background from general practice, psychiatry and occupational medicine in Norway and Iceland. She is interested in the links between biology and biography, the medical risk concept, systems biology, narrativity and person-centered healthcare.

Lisa Knight qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2000 and has worked in and for the NHS since. She has worked as the Assistant Director for the National Primary Care Mental Health Collaborative for the NHS in England and currently supports the Department of Health, Regional Quality Bodies, Local Clinical Commissioning Groups and Mental Health Organisations across the UK to deliver the nationally funded Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme. As part of this work she has supported an IAPT Pathfinder site with a special interest in MUS. Lisa is currently undertaking her PhD which examines the relationship between causation and risk in epidemiology. 

Matthew Low is the Lead Clinician for Musculoskeletal Therapy Services at a large NHS Trust on the south coast. He qualified from Southampton University in 2003 and has worked in the NHS since. He is an accredited clinical educator (ACE) from the University of Brighton and has been a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) since 2010. He also works as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in back pain. He teaches management of spinal conditions and spinal manipulative physiotherapy. He also runs the blog Perspectives on Physiotherapy:

Mauricio Suárez, (BSc. Astrophysics, Edinburgh, 1991; MSc., PhD. Philosophy, LSE, 1997) is Associate Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His main research interests lie in the philosophical foundations of physics and general epistemology of science. He has been Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney (2003), and at Harvard University (2007, 2009, 2011). During 2011-12 he was Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (School of Advanced Studies, London University), and during 2013-15 he is a Marie Curie senior research fellow at the same Institute, working on a project on propensities and statistics.

Michael Loughlin is a Reader in Applied Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. He works on the relationship between knowledge, science, evidence and value in medicine and health care. He has co-authored policy documents and advised professional groups on the philosophical education of practitioners and addressed international audiences of practitioners and policy-makers on evidence-based medicine. As Associate Editor of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice he has edited several special issues on philosophical aspects of health care.  He is the editor of Debates in Values-based Practice: Arguments for and Against (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press 2014). His recent work on medical epistemology has raised questions about scientism and moral realism, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice. He currently Chairs the Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy for the European Society for Person Centred Healthcare.

Per Nafstad MD MPH, PhD, Professor in epidemiology, Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Health and Society, The Medical Faculty, University of Oslo and senior researcher at The Norwegian Institute of Public Health.  He has worked many years as general practitioner and has qualified as specialist in family medicine. His specialism is in community medicine and he has worked as district medical office (bydelsoverlege) in Oslo. His main research topic is environmental epidemiology, with focus on respiratory diseases, air pollution and epidemiological methods in general. Since 2003 he has taught community medicine and epidemiological methods at Institute of Health and Society (UiO).

Rachel Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, U.K. Her research is mainly concerned with issues in the philosophy of psychiatry, especially conceptual problems around classification, and issues concerning the concept of disorder. Her publications include Classifying Madness (Springer, 2005), Psychiatry and the Philosophy of Science (Acumen, 2007), and Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Karnac, 2014).

Robin A. Murphy is an Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and leader of the Oxford Associative Learning Laboratory. He received his PhD from McGill University in Canada in 1999 and Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2003. The lab is involved in discovering the neurobiological, computational and behavioural components of learning including the consequences and determiners of predictive and causal relational learning. In addition to teaching and research roles in the department he is a fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has published widely including in the journalsScience and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and acts as scientific advisor for software development group (PEGS) and Neuro-Bio, a company developing treatments for disorders of neurodegeneration.

Roger Kerry is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK.  He is also a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist, and an honorary Fellow of the UK’s Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. His main clinical research interests have been in adverse events and physiotherapy interventions of the head and neck, particularly on the causal nature of the interventions. Roger is also undertaking research activity in the area of Philosophy of Science, investigating the nature of causation in the health sciences.

Roger Strand is Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) and a Researcher at the SFF Centre for Cancer Biomarkers at the University of Bergen. With a main focus on issues of uncertainty and complexity in the interface between science and society, his research interests include ethical, societal and philosophical aspects of the governance of emerging science and technology. He has coordinated several international research projects on this topic, including the EU FP7-funded TECHNOLIFE and EPINET. He has been a member of several ethics committees including the Norwegian Committee on Ethics of Science and Technology (2006-13) and performed work as an expert for the European Commission and the European Parliament. Currently, he is the Chair of the European Commission Expert Group on Responsible Research Innovation.

Stephen Mumford, is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Arts Faculty at University of Nottingham, UK. His main area of expertise is metaphysics and philosophy of science in which he has published extensively over 20 years. Stephen has developed a metaphysics of dispositions and causal powers that has wide-ranging applications, for instance to laws of nature, causation, free will, the nature of properties and to the philosophy of sport and philosophy of medicine.

Stephen Tyreman is Professor of Osteopathy and Philosophy at the British School of Osteopathy and the University of Bedfordshire, where he is programme leader for the professional doctorate in osteopathy. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Osteopathy in the Norwegian School of Health Sciences, Campus Kristiania, Oslo. His PhD thesis was 'The Concept of Function in Osteopathy and Conventional Medicine' in which he argued that human biological function is physiological disposition understood in the context of human values, thereby integrating facts and values together as the foundation for human functioning. More recently his work has been on uncertainty as central to understanding person-centred care and also on medically unexplained symptoms, complexity and ecological narratives as alternatives to the biomedical model.

Svein Anders Noer Lie is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. His research is on the fact-value distinction, environmental ethics and relational ontology.

Svend Brinkmann is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Communication and Psychology at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, where he serves as co-director of the Center for Qualitative Studies. His research is particularly concerned with philosophical, moral, and methodological issues in psychology and other human and social sciences. In 2012 he received the elite research grant Sapere Aude from the Danish Council for Independent Research to study the impact of psychiatric diagnoses on individuals and society. He is on the editorial board of eight journals including Culture & Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, and Qualitative Psychology. He is currently employed part-time as Professor II at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Thor Eirik Eriksen is a Researcher and PhD student at the University Hospital of North Norway at the department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has a background from social sciences and philosophy and his PhD topic is in philosophy of medicine at the Arctic University of Norway, in the Department of Philosophy. His research area is occupational health, with the ontology and phenomenology of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) as his specialisation. His most recent publication is ‘What is called symptom?’ in Medicine, Health care and Philosophy.

Tobias Gustum Lindstad is Cand. Psychol. from University of Oslo (2003) and community and primary care Psychologist in the municipal of Hurum, Norway. He has extensive clinical background from polyclinical outpatient, as well as acute inpatient, secondary public mental health care, and private practice, with adults, adolescents, families and children and was Lead Clinician in primary care in the muncipal of Asker, Norway (2010-13). His research concerns the relevance of recent developments in epistemology and metaphysics for psychology, psychotherapy research  and evidence-based psychological practice.

Valdi Ingthorsson is a Researcher in Philosophy at Lund University, Sweden. He specialises in the metaphysics of causation and other related issues such as time, persistence, and powers. He is the Primary Investigator of a project whose aim is to re-evaluate current Aristotelian trends in the metaphysics of powers. The project - Scientific Essentialism: Modernising the Aristotelian View - is funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation. He is also a co-editor of Mental Causation and Ontology (OUP 2013) and author of a forthcoming monograph on McTaggart's Paradox.

Vegard Bruun Wyller, MD, PhD, is Professor at Dept. of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, and Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Dept. of Paediatrics, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway. For a decade, he has been heading clinical and translational research projects within the field of chronic fatigue syndrome. He is also an associated editor in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, and author of medical textbooks for health care professionals.

Vigdis Stokker Jensen is PhD-fellow at the Faculty of Psychology, Department of Education at University of Bergen, Norway. Her PhD project has as working title Educational governance and diversity in a biomedical age and revolves around ethnographic and philosophical investigations of the autism diagnosis: translations from neuroscience, via clinical diagnosis, to life experience. These investigations are wrapped in the sociological concept of ethopolitics, where perceptions of normalcy and what it means to be human are of vital interest. Ultimately the study points toward implications for educational governance regarding the discussed topics.

Published 2. June 2015 - 15:06 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:21

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