Keynote speakers

We are glad to announce the keynote speakers of Nordic Social Pharmacy and Health Services Research Conference 2017:


Dr. Anna Birna Almarsdóttir, Ph.D., M.S., M.Sc.(Pharm.),  received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (UNC) in 1994. She is trained as a pharmacist in Iceland and holds a M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from UNC. She is Professor and Head of the Section for Social and Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen and has previously held professorships at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Iceland. Her research interests include drug utilization studies, developing clinical pharmacy services, and pharmaceutical policy analysis. Her methods interests are mainly questionnaire construction and triangulation of qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Shane P. Desselle, PhD, FAPhA is President of Applied Pharmacy Solutions and Professor at Touro University California College of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA). He began his academic career at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn. He then moved on to Duquesne University where he earned tenure and founded its Office of Assessment & Educational Strategies. Dr. Desselle went on to University of Oklahoma’s College of Pharmacy where he became Chair and Associate Dean for Tulsa Programs. Dr. Desselle then assumed the role of Dean at California Northstate University’s College of Pharmacy in Sacramento, where he oversaw several successful accreditation visits, a national award for assessment, and designated national best practices in evaluation of mission effectiveness and in interdisciplinary education.  Dr. Desselle’s research interests are in pharmacy labor economics, technician professionalization, migraine headache, direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medications, and evaluation of educational strategies. He has published over 80 original research articles.  He co-edits Pharmacy Management: Essentials for All Practice Settings, the most widely used pharmacy management textbook, worldwide.  He is founding editor of Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy.  He is a member of the Advisory Panel for Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy. Dr. Desselle has served on the Board of Trustees on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and has served on the Boards of the Northern California chapters of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Diabetes Association.  He has taught courses in social and behavioral pharmacy, pharmacy management, research methods, pharmaceutical marketing, health economics, and community health education. He has been recognized for his service as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and has won university-level awards in both teaching and in research.


Dr Hannes Enlund received an MSc and DSc in Social Pharmacy from University of Kuopio, Finland. He spent a post-doc year at Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff and was appointed full professor of Social Pharmacy at University of Kuopio in 1989. He has been visiting professor at United States Pharmacopeia, Rockville and University of Maryland at Baltimore. Dr. Enlund also worked for International Narcotics Control Board, in Vienna on measuring the consumption of narcotics and psychotropic drugs. In 2000 he was appointed full professor of Pharmacy Practice at Kuwait University. In 2011 he was appointed Head of Research at Finnish Medicines Agency, Fimea. Dr. Enlund has served on the EU Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Training, Pharmacy Practice panel at USP, and on the Education and General Committees of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy. He has evaluated pharmacy education and research at several European universities. Dr. Enlund has published some 200 scientific and practice related articles on social and behavioral aspects of drug use and prescribing, polypharmacy and the elderly, hypertension treatment, patient adherence, pharmaceutical services and the role of pharmacists, drug information and patient counseling, and management of malaria.


Teppo Järvinen is the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation clinical professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Helsinki and a Chief Surgeon at the Helsinki University Central Hospital since 2015. Dr. Järvinen has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in international medical journals and his academic research is published regularly in the top-tier general medicine journals, such as the NEJM, Ann Intern Med, the BMJ and CMAJ.


Aukje Mantel-Teeuwisse obtained her PharmD in 1998 at Utrecht University. After a few months working as a community pharmacist in Delft (Apotheek Tanthof), she started her PhD studies at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology of Utrecht University (promotores: prof. dr. A. de Boer and prof. dr. A.J. Porsius). After completion of her thesis in 2004 she started to work as an assistant professor and later as associate professor (July 2016) at the same Division. In the period 2005-2010 she worked part-time at the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board as a liaison between UU and the MEB.
Aukje has been appointed Director of the School of Pharmacy since 1 July 2014. At present, she is also the Managing Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre of Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation. The Centre works closely together with WHO HQ, WHO EURO, the MEB and EMA, among others. Her research interests include drug regulatory science, pharmacovigilance, pharmaceutical policy analysis and variation in medicines use across countries. She is involved in the bachelor and master Pharmacy programmes as well as in the master Drug Innovation programme.