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Medical University of Warsaw

The Medical University of Warsaw is recognized research and educational centre which consists of 165 departments, institutes and clinics of the 1st and 2nd Medical Faculties, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy. MUW has over ten thousand students attending degree courses in nine principal subject areas and four specialties. Additionally, MUW provides post-graduate education. Research activity at MUW focuses on pathogenesis, diagnostics, therapy, prevention and optimization of therapeutic procedures together with the treatment effectiveness and its costs in all fields of medicine. The quoted activities include the experimental pre-clinical and clinical research in every area of medical studies with particular respect to civilization diseases the treatment of which creates both clinical and financial burden.
Department of Pharmacoeconomics, established in 2006 is an interdisciplinary academic team, employing economists, statisticians, lawyers, physicians and pharmacists with a common interest in pharmaceutical industry. Department is responsible for teaching undergraduate students, supervision of Ph.D. thesis, basic and applied research, focusing on health economics, and in particular in the areas of health technology assessment, impact of health on economy, reimbursement systems, marketing and pharmaceutical industry.

Hanover Medical School

The Hanover Medical School (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, MHH), founded in 1965, is one of the world's leading university medical centers. Due to its interdisciplinary research MHH has strong collaborative links with many academic and industrial research organizations worldwide. Research activities focus on developing innovative strategies for diagnosis, prevention and therapy of human diseases as well as on improving public health.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research is an interdisciplinary team of about 40 scientists collaborating on public health research fields like prevention, health education, epidemiology, health system research, health care management and health economics. The institute manages as well a master study programme “Public Health”. Several members of the institute are consultants to ministries and public organisations.

University of Southern Denmark

Economics at the University of Southern Denmark is the leading health economics department in Denmark and one of the leading centers for health economics in the Nordic countries. The Research Unit conducts research at a high international level and provide research based teaching in health economics and related subjects to a long line of educations at the University of Southern Denmark. The Research Unit has a long tradition of research based interaction with authorities and the business community. It is a declared objective of the research unit to contribute to the society from undertaking applied and policy relevant research in addition to its main objectives of research and teaching. The Research Unit undertakes research in financing and organisation of health care systems, equity, health economic evaluation and health technology assessment, and health policy.
The Research Unit employees approximately 20 persons (professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and PhD students). The researchers have a significant international standing, which has been achieved from an explicit aim to publish research results in peer-reviewed international journals. The research unit has selected associate professor Christian Kronborg to be its representative in the project. In addition it is expected that an assistant professor will work on the project.

University of Catania

The University of Catania was founded in 1434, making it the oldest university in Sicily. With about 70,000 students, it is one of Italy’s biggest universities.
Established in 2000, the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods (DEMQ) is joined by both economists and applied mathematicians, belonging to the Schools of Economics, Law and Political Science. The presence of a variety of theoretical and applied interests and competences allows professors and researchers to work within a multidisciplinary environment. Main research interest areas include Public Economics, Development Economics, Decision Theory and Financial Analysis. The Department plays an important role in the organization of the University’s teaching activities; it currently coordinates two Ph.D. programs in Public Economics (formerly, in Health Economics) and in Mathematical Methods for Economic Decisions and an International Master in Economics and Administration of Cultural Heritage (in cooperation with the Scuola Superiore of Catania and the Consorzio Universitario Archimede of Siracusa). In the past, the Department also offered an Advanced Program in Management of Health Care Units.
Within the DEMQ, a group of members have reached a good national and international reputation for their research activities in the field of health economics. This group has coordinated and participated to several research projects of national relevance, funded by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Local Health Units and some Regional Health Departments. Main topic of these projects were efficiency and productivity of health care systems, regional autonomy and health care contractual models, evaluation and experimentation of providers’ remuneration systems in the regions of Sicily and Friuli V.G., evaluation of teaching hospitals’ activities and design of new financial schemes, demand regulation and supply incentives in a national health service. Other collaboration agreements were signed with the Boards of Physicians and Pharmacists, aiming at carrying out both teaching and research activities.

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government. In the mid-1960s, President Johnson saw the need for independent nonpartisan analysis of the problems facing America's cities and their residents. The President created a blue-ribbon commission of civic leaders who recommended chartering a center to do that work. In 1968, the Urban Institute became that center. The Institute analyzes policies, evaluate programs, and inform community development to improve social, civic, and economic well-being. It works in all 50 states and abroad in over 28 countries, and we share our research findings with policymakers, program administrators, business, academics, and the public online and through reports and scholarly books.
The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center analyzes trends and underlying causes of changes in health insurance coverage, access to care, and use of health care services by the entire US population. Researchers address issues that arise from the inevitable trade-offs among health care costs, access, and quality. The Center's web site, www.healthpolicycenter.org, provides extensive research and analysis of key health issues including: private insurance, the uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare and SCHIP, disability and long-term care, vulnerable populations and health care reform, in addition to many others.

University of York

The University of York (UY) is a dynamic and highly successful organisation, recognised internationally for its excellence in teaching and research. Previously named ‘University of the Year’ by the Sunday Times, it has the highest average teaching score amongst UK universities and is ranked 6th for the quality of its research. The University is also highly successful in winning funding from both UK and international sources. Its success rates for research council applications, its research income per academic staff member and the degree of engagement in research of its academic staff are among the highest of UK universities. Income from EU programmes is a further substantial element of the overall funding portfolio. In 2007-8, total research income approached £50M and currently there are over 120 active FP6 and FP7 projects.
The research will be conducted in cooperation with York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) which is a health economics consulting company owned by the University of York. Since 1986 it has provided a range of services, including modelling, planning and resource allocation, economic evaluation, policy analysis, applied research and training to the Department of Health, NHS and health care industries. Current clients include: the National Patient Safety Agency, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Salford NHS Trust, Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust and several large multi-national pharmaceutical companies. The Consortium is part of the group of Health Economics departments at York, which comprises the largest concentration of researchers in this field in the United Kingdom. A number of studies have been conducted in University of York departments, including recent studies of patient safety, medical alerts and technology innovation. UY is the main provider of short-term Health Economics research in the United Kingdom.

Sopharm

SOPHARM is a Polish research and education-oriented SME – specialized in pharmaceutical sector, focused on Health Technology Assessment, pharmacoeconomics, pricing and reimbursement. Sopharm’s competences include : systematic reviews, metaanalysis, cost-efectiveness and budget impact analysis in Polish setting. Educational activities include training programs and organization of scientific conferences. Perhaps the most relevant for the topic of access and quality of pharmaceutical care was the International Scientific Conference "Emerging Trends in Registration and Reimbursement of Pharmaceuticals 2005-2010", held at the Cultural Center of the Barnabite Fathers in Warsaw, January 13-14, 2005. Sopharm training programs are focused on implementation of Polish HTA agency directives for evaluation of health technologies in decision making regarding reimbursement and financing by Ministry of Health and National Health Fund. Marketing & Communications services offer include: planning of promotional campaigns, design and production of sales support materials, patient education programs and co-ordination of PR activities

Standing Committee of European Doctors

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) aims to promote the highest standards of medical training and medical practice in order to achieve the highest quality of health care for all patients in Europe. CPME is also concerned with the promotion of public health, the relationship between patients and doctors and the free movement of doctors within the European Union.
CPME is an international, not for profit association under Belgian Law composed of the National Medical Associations of 27 countries in the EU/EEA. CPME works closely with the National Medical Associations of countries that have applied for EU membership as well as specialized European medical associations. To achieve its goals, CPME co-operates proactively with the Institutions of the European Union. Policies are being set both in answer to developments in Europe as well as by taking the lead in matters regarding the profession and patient care. CPME offers broad expertise in matters related to medicine and the medical profession. CPME is directed by a Board that is elected by the General Assembly for two years. The President and the Executive Committee are elected from the Board members also for a period of two years.

European Patient’s Forums

The European Patient's Forum currently represents 40 member patient organisations operating at European and national level and is the key interlocutor with the European Institutions to integrate a patient perspective in the health-debate. Through its EU wide membership, Secretariat and effective governance structure, EPF is capable of very efficient programme management, knowledge-building and dissemination.