Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (RN, PhD) is Professor of Intellectual Disability & Palliative Care at Kingston University & St George’s University of London. She has close collaborative links with Maastricht University (Netherlands). She has extensive clinical experience in both intellectual disability and palliative care services. 

Since 2001, Irene has led a programme of research focusing on intellectual disability, cancer and palliative care. She has published widely and presented her work in the UK and across the world, and is recognised as the leading international expert in the area of palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities. Inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities as study participants and as salaried co-researchers is a key part of her work. 

Irene is a founding trustee of the UK based (but international) Palliative Care of People with Learning Disabilities Network, and chair of the Reference Group for Intellectual Disabilities of the European Association of Palliative Care.

Kedar Mate, MD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), President of the Lucian Leape Institute, and a member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Mate’s scholarly work has focused on health system design, health care quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change, and approaches to improving value. Previously Dr. Mate worked at Partners In Health, the World Health Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as IHI’s Chief Innovation and Education Officer.  

Dr. Mate has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and white papers and has received multiple honors including serving as a Soros Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, Zetema Panelist, and an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History and from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree.  You can follow him on twitter at @KedarMate

Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney. He is recognised as an international leader in sociology, with a specific interest in health. His work takes a person-centred approach, qualitatively exploring the intersections of individual experience and social, political and economic context.

His recent books include: Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life (2015), Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care (2017 with Ana Dragojlovic) and Survivorship: A Sociology of Cancer in Everyday Life (2021 with Katie Kenny). He has spent over two decades researching the social dimensions of death, dying and bereavement. 

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