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Itamar Ashkenazi (Israel)

Far forward surgery
Dr. Itamar Ashkenazi is a general surgeon working at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem (1989). He completed a residency in General Surgery at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center where he later served as deputy chairman of the department. He also completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Beyond daily work with cancer patients, Dr. Ashkenazi was involved in the medical response for emergencies and disasters both at the hospital level and the national level. His research interests include explosion related injuries, hospital organization for multiple casualty incidents, surgical oncology, emergency surgery, research and publication ethics.

Dr. Ashkenazi is also a Senior Lecturer in the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel and the Associate Editor for Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal; Section Editor, of the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery; Academic Editor for PLOS One; and past Chairman of the Disaster and Military Surgery Section, European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.
Lode Godderis (Belgium)

From shell shock to mental fitness
Prof dr Lode Godderis is professor at the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven.  He is also CEO at IDEWE (, a Belgian External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work. He investigates the impact of work on health by unravelling the underlying mechanism and also the reverse how health can affect work (dis)ability. He is member of the expert group that advices the Belgian government on the measures and exit strategy in the Covid-19 crisis.

Internationally, he is involved in a leading role in several international projects such as, EPHOR: Exposome Project for Health and Occupational Research and HBM4EU Science and Policy for a Healthy Future and METEOR: MEnTal Health: Focus On Retention of Healthcare Workers. He is the current chair of Modernet an international network for development of techniques for discovering trends in work-related diseases and tracing new and emerging risks. He is also management committee member of EU COST action Omega-Net.

A full list of publications and projects is available:

Tine Molendijk (Netherlands)

From shell shock to mental fitness
Dr. Tine Molendijk is an interdisciplinary-minded cultural anthropologist specialized in violence, military culture, ethics and mental health, in particular post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and moral injury. In 2020 she obtained her PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen with a study on the role of political practices and public perceptions in moral injury in Bosnia and Afghanistan veterans.

Currently, she works as assistant professor at the Faculty of Military Sciences at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) and as research fellow affiliated to the Radboud University. She is project leader of a large research project on contextual dimensions of moral injury, including the development of interventions, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the most important science funding body in the Netherlands. Also, she is editorial board member of Impact, research task group member of NATO HFM329 and project advisor for several projects on military dilemmas and trauma.

Among her publications in academic, professional and popular fora is the award-winning book Moral Injury and Soldiers in Conflict: Political Practices and Public Perceptions (Routledge, 2021). See for more information and publications:
Wes Zimmermann (Netherlands)

From rehab to prehab
LTC Wes Zimmermann MD, PhD, FECSM (1964) is a primary care sports medicine physician working for the Royal Netherlands Army in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is specializing in the treatment of overuse injuries of the lower extremities.

He is a fellow of the European College of Sports Medicine and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of military medicine with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is a former international springboard diver and has a special interest in the medical aspects of Olympic springboard and platform diving.

Steffanie Strathdee (US)

The battle against infections & Phage therapy
Her husband was the first patient in the US that was treated with phage therapy after infection with a superbug.

Steffanie A. Strathdee (born May 28, 1966) is the Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Co-Director at the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics. She has been awarded more than US$ 64 million in federal research grants as a principal investigator. She is known for her work on HIV research and prevention programs in Tijuana.

Strathdee was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018 by TIME magazine.

Neil Greenberg (UK)

Mental fitness
Professor Neil Greenberg is a consultant academic, occupational and forensic psychiatrist based at King’s College London. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. At King’s Neil leads on a number of military mental health projects and is a principal investigator within a nationally funded Health Protection Research unit.

He also chairs the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Special Interest Group in Occupational Psychiatry and is leading the World Psychiatric Association position statement on mental health in the workplace. Neil has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters and has been the Secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. During the COVID19 pandemic, Neil has worked closely with various government organisations and published widely on psychological support for healthcare, and other key workers.
Patrick Mullie (Belgium)

From rehab to prehab
Prof Patrick Mullie (PhD)(1958) obtained after two years Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine (University Ghent, Belgium), a Bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics (University College Leuven, Belgium) and a Master of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (University of Maastricht, the Netherlands). In 2010 he obtained a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) and in 2013 a Post-PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon (France).

He is researcher at DG Health & Well-Being (Belgian Army) and at the Belgian Centre of Evidence Based Medicine – Cochrane (Belgium). He teaches Systematic Literature Analysis at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and he is Research Director at the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon (France). He is also Member of the Scientific Association of the Military Medical Society, the Belgian Health Council and the American Society of Nutrition.

Patrick published more than ten books about nutrition and health, and is author of more than 65 peer-reviewed publications. His main research topics are nutrition, hydration and energy expenditure during military exercises and operations. His passion is backpacking, with more than 85 hikes all over the world, including 30 in arctic environments. Patrick is married with Tine Devos, and father of four children. They live in the small town of Tienen, between Brussels and Liege.
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