Advisory Board

The Expert Advisory Board (EAB) draws on the wider stakeholder community including international experts and other major stakeholders in the ecosystem the project is focusing on, in order to supplement MES-CoBraD Consortium expertise and provide advice throughout different stages of the MES-CoBraD development and implementation. The EAB sole purpose will be to ensure the project’s alignment and commitment to its preliminary goals and expectations. The EAB will provide input on task and deliverable quality, verifying the project is on track with its objectives. The EAB will provide an unbiased perspective on the developed protocols, their implementation and reaching of milestones towards achieving the overarching project goals. The EAB will continue to follow project progress and supply with feedback every six months during the pilot implementation.


The members of the Extrernal Advisory Board


1. RICARDO OSORIO (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GROSSMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) Dr. Osorio is a member of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and the NYU Langone Medical Center where he is a faculty member. At NYU, he recently inaugurated the Sleep, Aging and Memory (SAM) Lab in collaboration with the Mount Sinai Integrative Sleep Center (formerly NYU Sleep Disorders Center). He also works at NYU’s Center for Brain Health (CBH) and is the Clinical Director of the Multicultural Program at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Born in Madrid, Spain, he earned his medical degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Hospital 12 de Octubre and completed an internship in neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Neurology, Queen’s Square (UK). During his residency, he completed a Master’s in neuropsychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Dr. Osorio developed his professional career in Spain as a geriatric psychiatrist and worked as a research scientist in the Alzheimer’s Project Research Unit (CIEN Foundation, Spain) until 2009. He was then recruited by CBH at the NYU School of Medicine, and after 7 years at NYU by NKI’s Clinical Research Division. His area of research interest is the use of neuroimaging and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers to assist in the study of sleep disturbances as risk factors for cognitive impairment in aging and for dementia.

2. GONZALO ALARCON (PROFESSOR OF NEUROLOGY WEILL-CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE, DOHA, QATAR; SENIOR CONSULTANT EPILEPTOLOGIST) Dr. Alarcon graduated in Medicine with distinction (“Premio Extraordinario”) in 1984, and obtained a PhD from the Universidad Complutense. In 1987, he obtained a Fleming Award to carry out research on spinal processing of pain in the Department of Physiology of the University of Bristol (UK). He specialised in Clinical Neurophysiology in the UK. Over the last 20 years, his clinical practice has focused on electroencephalography, presurgical assessment of epilepsy, telemetry, intracranial recordings and intra-operative electrocorticography. Such clinical practice has provided the basis for research on several aspects of epileptology at Imperial College, at Universidad Complutense and at King’s College Hospital, with particular interest in presurgical assessment of epilepsy and the mechanisms involved in the generation and propagation of human epileptiform discharges and seizures. Some of the research techniques developed by his group have translated into clinically useful tests (single pulse electrical stimulation, discharge latency analysis). In 1994, he was awarded the Gowers Prize (Young Physician) by the International League against Epilepsy (British Branch). He run the MSc Course in Epilepsy since 1995 until 2015, and he is the lead editor of the Epilepsy volume of the Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Neurology (2009). He has led most research in epilepsy surgery and video monitoring at King’s College London over the last 20 years and has over 200 publications in the field of EEG and epilepsy. He served as Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at King’s College Hospital from 1996 to 2015 and Reader at the Institute of Psychiatry from 2009 until 2015. In October 2015, he moved to Doha (Qatar) as a Senior Consultant Epileptologist for Hamad Medical Corporation. He has been a Professor of Neurology at Weill-Cornell Medical College since December 2017.

3. DAVID TANNE (PROFESSOR OF NEUROLOGY, DIRECTOR OF STROKE AND COGNITION INSTITUTE AT THE RAMBAM HEALTH CARE CAMPUS) Prof. David Tanne serves as the president of the Israel Neurological Association. He is a Professor of Neurology and directs the Stroke and Cognition Institute at the Rambam Health Care Campus. A graduate of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine (Magna cum laude), he completed his fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases during 1996-1998 at the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Detroit Campus of Case Western University, Detroit, USA. Prof. Tanne has directed the Stroke Center at the Sheba Medical Center and served at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and has been staff at the interdisciplinary Sagol School of Neuroscience and the Herczeg Institute on Aging. He initiated reperfusion therapy for acute ischemic stroke in Israel, established a dedicated stroke unit, a neurovascular ultrasound lab and stroke prevention clinics. Prof. Tanne is a principal Investigator of the National Acute Stroke Israeli Registry (NASIS) Project, the chair of the advisory committee for the Israeli Stroke Register, Israeli Ministry of Health, and Member of National Council of Heart and Vascular Disease, the Israeli National Health Councils. He has published over 250 scientific peer reviewed publications, serves on the editorial board of the journal Stroke and his major areas of interest are stroke, vascular cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer disease, novel technologies and brain health.

4. LOGAN SCHNEIDER (CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, STANFORD SLEEP CENTER; CO-DIRECTOR, STANFORD/VA ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH CENTER) Logan Schneider, M.D., is a Consultant Neurologist at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. He has been interested in caring for patients with neurocognitive disorders (e.g., Alzheimer disease) since his medical school training in the North Florida-South Georgia VA Health Care System under the inspirational cognitive neurologist Dr. Kenneth Heilman. Dr. Schneider’s passion for improving care through communication is reflected in his numerous community outreach endeavors. Through a multidisciplinary care approach that involves educating at all levels – patients, families, caregivers, and care providers – he hopes to incorporate cutting-edge science to changing the course of these life-altering disorders. Moreover, Dr. Logan Schneider specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders, which include sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleepwalking, and REM-sleep behavior disorder. He has practiced Sleep Neurology for more than 5 years. Dr. Schneider has a special interest in REM-sleep behavior disorder and other parasomnias (such as sleepwalking).

5. DIMITRIOS ARKILO (NEUROLOGIST-EPILEPTOLOGIST; VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT RARE DISEASE, ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS) Dr. Dimitrios Arkilo is a pediatrician, neurologist, and epileptologist with interest in rare neurological disorders. Dr. Arkilo is Vice-President of Clinical Development Rare Diseases, at Acadia Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Acadia, Dr. Arkilo was a global clinical leader and executive medical director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and he led multiple clinical trials. Prior to Takeda, he was medical director at Sage Therapeutics, and he supported the phase 3 studies in super-refractory status epilepticus and in post-partum depression. Clinically, Dr. Arkilo has practiced at the Minnesota Epilepsy Group, where he served as principal and sub-investigator in its clinical research division for multiple industry sponsored phase 2-3 trials and established the first chromosome 15 duplication (Dup15q) clinic in Minnesota. Dr. Arkilo received his medical degree at Semmelweis University and trained at Winthrop University Hospital, Tufts University Hospital, and the University of Minnesota.

6. PHIL TITTENSOR (NURSE PROFESSIONAL– EPILEPSY; CHAIRPERSON, EPILEPSY NURSES ASSOCIATION [ESNA]) Phil Tittensor is Consultant Nurse for the Epilepsies, based in Wolverhampton. He is a Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities (RNMH) and holds a Diploma in Nursing (DipN), a Master’s Degree in epilepsy (MSc) and is a nurse independent prescriber (NIP). He qualified in 1990 and has worked with people who have epilepsy all of his career. He began his first Epilepsy Specialist Nursing post in 2000 and has worked exclusively with people who have epilepsy since then. His clinical work is with adults, but he still retains an interest in learning disabilities & runs a specialist epilepsy and learning disabilities clinic. Fifty percent of his current role involves research, teaching, and service development. He is principal investigator for several studies and has a particular interest in non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD).

7. SUSAN REILLY (ASSOCIATE LIBRARIAN, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN) Susan Reilly is Associate Librarian for Collections and Archives at University College Dublin. She is actively engaged in copyright and open access related issues at international level and is member of the IFLA Committee for Copyright and Other Legal Matters, a co-chair of the IFLA Open Access Task Force. In Ireland, she co-chairs the National Open Research Framework Open Access Steering Committee and is Deputy Chair of the Consortium of National and University Libraries Regulatory Affairs Committee. Educated in Ireland, Ms. Reilly has a BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies and Art History from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, Wales, and an MSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield.

8. FEDERICO SARTORE (TECHNOLOGY AND DATA PROTECTION LAWYER, CO-CHAIR OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRIVACY PROFESSIONAL (IAPP) FOR ITALY) Federico Sartore is a lawyer specialized in the field IT and Technology Law, in particular with regard to Privacy & Data Protection aspects. Other main areas of activity consist in Cybersecurity, e-Identification and trust services, as well as technological development of undertakings. He regularly assists important national companies and multinational groups in structuring and managing complex personal data flows and architectures, advanced marketing and profiling programs, implementation of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technologies, smart environments projects, biometrics data used for facilitative purposes. He also actively participated in specific projects in banking and finance, biomedical, media, prize draws and competitions, and telecommunications. Associate and then Senior Associate of Panetta & Associati, Federico cooperates with the LawTech research group of Trento University and attends as speaker conferences and seminars on European Data Protection Law and legal issues of Big Data technologies. He currently provides his contribution to several law reviews and journals. He graduated with the thesis “Big Data: Privacy and Intellectual Property in a comparative perspective”. The thesis granted him the 1st price for the call IEEE Smart Cities Trento 2015. He is currently PhD student at Maastricht University, working on a research project on risk and risk management in the field of data protection law.

9. STEFANIA ILINCA (POLICY ANALYST AND RESEARCHER, EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH) Ştefania Ilinca is a researcher and policy analyst focused on understanding the effects of demographic aging on health and social policy in Europe, including patterns of use of care among the elderly. She received a master’s degree in Public Management from Bocconi University and holds a PhD in Health Economics. She is a senior researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (UN affiliated) and regularly consults for the WHO, the World Bank and the European Commission. Her research focuses on highlighting persistent discrimination and inequity in access to health and long-term care, with particular attention to intersecting inequalities and vulnerable population groups. Through this work, she aims to inform policies for health and social care systems in Europe and beyond.

10. HAYIT GREENSPAN (PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY) Professor Greenspan heads the Medical Image Processing and Analysis Lab at the Biomedical Engineering Department in the Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University. Professor Greenspan has been conducting research in image processing and computer vision for the past 20 years, with a special focus on deep learning, image modelling and analysis, resolution augmentation, and content-based image retrieval. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, in 1986 and 1989, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1994. She was a Postdoc with the Computer Science Division at U.C. Berkeley from 1995 to 1997. In 1997 she joined Tel-Aviv University. From 2008 until 2011, Professor Greenspan was a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine. She was also a visiting researcher at IBM Research in the Multi-modal Mining for Healthcare group, in Almaden CA. She is now also affiliated with the Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley, CA. She is the inventor of several patents. She is an Associate Editor of the top-ranking journal in medical imaging (IEEE-TMI) and is an active member of several international professional societies.