Organizing Committee Members

Jacqueline Michael

The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Dr. Michael is a Woman's Heath Care Nurse Practitioner and Nurse colposcopist with twenty five plus years of nursing experience. Her practice focuses on health promotion through education and accessibility of services. She provides culturally sensitive care by removing barriers to health maintenance and promotion. She has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation (UTACONHI) since 2001. She has designed, developed and taught Holistic Health Assessment in the RN-BSN, Advanced Health Assessment in the MSN program and health of culturally diverse and vulnerable population in the DNP program at UTACONHI. Her teaching philosophy includes facilitating knowledge in a student centered environment though utilization of creative and innovative teaching strategies. She uses technology and simulation for instruction and evaluation tool. She creates empowering environment through education to increase competence and confidence in nurses to advance the nursing profession globally. She is the President of National Association of Indian Nurses of America and Texas Nurses Association District 4. In addition to being a global Nurse Leader and Educator, Dr. Michael is a generous philanthropist.

Belgüzar Kara

Yüksek ?htisas University in Ankara, Turkey

Belgüzar Kara is a Professor of Internal Medicine Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Yüksek ?htisas University in Ankara, Turkey. She has a focus on chronic disease management, nursing education and behavior change. As an experienced researcher and author, her research interests include self-care, adherence, coping with stress, social support, sleep quality, health beliefs and health-related quality of life in patients with a variety of chronic illnesses.

Sinisa Franjic

International University Brcko District, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sinisa Franjic live in Osijek, Croatia. Primary and two secondary schools ended in Osijek, and graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Split. Thesis entitled "Legal aspects of information systems" was defended Summa Cum Laude and he become LLM of Law. Since 1992., he work as a journalist - freelance contributor to the first Radio Osijek of HRT (Croatian Radio Television), and then something shorter, among other media, he work for HTV - TV center Osijek, weekly "Skolske novine (School Newspaper)“ and the monthly "Super Kino Video (Super Cinema Video)". In the academic year 2009./2010., Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Osijek (today Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek) he was appointed of part time assistant on the course "Computer Criminality". With Computer Criminality, he is studying a Medical Law and a few other legal disciplines. In Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Osijek he was participated in teaching of the courses "Computer Criminality" and "Legal Regulations in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science" and in the Faculty of Medicine in Osijek he participated in teaching of the courses "Social and Health Legislation" and "Medicine and Health Law". The successful defense of the doctoral dissertation on the topic from criminal law called "The Criminal Justice and Forensic Aspects of Computer Criminality", he received a PhD degree from the Faculty of Law of the International University of Brcko District in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Diogo Guedes Vidal

University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal

Diogo Guedes Vidal holds a Degree (2014) and a Master Degree (2016) in Sociology (specialized in Sociology of Territory and City) from the University of Porto, Portugal. He starts his professional activity during the development of his master research as collaborator in a research project at Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto. Between September 2016 and January 2017 he had been sociologist in a market research company. Since 2017 he is a Researcher at UFP Energy, Environment and Health Research Unit of University Fernando Pessoa (FP-ENAS) where he develops his PhD research in Ecology and Environmental Health. Since 2018 he is research collaborator at Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health, Bahia, Brazil and since 2019 he is a member of REPORT(H)A - Portuguese network dedicated to Environmental History. His main research areas are: Public Health, Health Services, Health Inequalities, Statistics and Environmental Sociology.

Jocelyn Baluyot Hipona

Far Eastern University, Philippines

Dr. Jocelyn Baluyot Hipona has been involved in Nursing Education for 9 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; she later pursued further studies then earned her Masters Degree in Nursing Administration and Doctor of Philosophy Major in Educational Management from the Philippines. Behind her determination to do more in life in the field of nursing and academe is a great man who constantly encouraged her and pushed her to expand her horizon. She believes that all students can learn but each absorbs in a different way and at different rates. She believes that with hard work and perseverance we can touch each learner in a special way, because oftentimes students do not care how much we know, until they know how much we care

Bernat-Carles Serda I Ferrer

University of Girona, Spain

Since 1997, Bernat-Carles Serda has been working as a teacher and researcher. Currently he is working as an associate professor in the Health Sciences Faculty, the University of Girona (Spain). He completed the PhD in Health Psychology in 2009 and he achieved a Doctoral Thesis Award in 2010 in recognition for the innovative program for improving the Quality of Life in cancer patients. Since 2009 he has been investigating Quality of Life in Chronic Diseases using mixed methods. His specific research lines Quality of Life and Chronic diseases such as Stroke, Cancer and Alzheimer. He has published manuscripts in this specific line. He has been continuously learning and improving his methodological and theoretical knowledge in Quality of Life in Chronic Malignancies. He has published several articles and books in his research line and has also carried out multiple teacher training’ activities. He has also experience in training junior academics collaborating in their research continuum; Nowadays is supervising several thesis using mixing methods in this research field. He is currently participating as a researcher in a Master´s degree in Health Promotion (University of Girona). He has achieved several pre-doctoral and post-doctoral grants for international academic stays. He spent these grants at the Cancer Council Victoria (Melbourne), and Ottawa rehabilitation Cancer Center. Furthermore he has been at the Sydney General Hospital, looking into and improving my research line.