Key note speakers 2021







Alison Kitson Professor, RN, PhD (Virtual) 

Vice President and Executive Dean at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
The Australian professor has joined Aalborg University as an Adjunct Professor, and is affiliated with the Research Unit for Clinical Nursing at Aalborg University Hospital where she will contribute to the development of a research program on Fundamentals of Care. Alison Kitson has worked extensively with nursing management, research and education, and has published a number of research articles on nursing and the implementation of evidence-based knowledge in practice.

Title: Why Fundamental Care Matters to you

Brendan McCormack Professor, D.Phil (Oxon.), BSc (Hons.)

Head of the Divisions of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Art Therapies; Head of the Graduate School; Associate Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Professor II, University College of South East Norway, Drammen, Norway; Extraordinary Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Professor of Nursing, Maribor University, Slovenia; Visiting Professor, Ulster University.
Brendan’s internationally recognised work in person-centred practice development and research has resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Slovenia and South Africa. His writing and research work focuses on person-centred practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development and he serves on a number of editorial boards, policy, committees, funding panels and development groups in these areas. He has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in healthcare research and development. Brendan has more than 600 published outputs, including 190 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and 10 books. Brendan is a Fellow of The European Academy of Nursing Science, a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland He is currently in the top 100 ‘most cited’ nurse researchers globally.

Title: Being a person-centred researcher: balancing the cognitive with the creative

Kristian Kidholm Professor, Ph.D.

Kristian Kidholm is a Professor at the Center for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT) at Odense University Hospital (OUH) and one of Scandinavia’s leading experts on assessment of the value of digital health technologies. He has developed the Model for Assessment of Telemedicine – MAST, which is the most widely used framework in assessment of telemedicine in Europe. At Odense University Hospital his is the head of the research unit at CIMT and is leading a team of 10 senior researchers and 20 PhD students in medicine, nursing and health economics. CIMT has played a central part in the digital transformation of the hospital by using research methods in the development of new digital health technologies.

Title: Digital innovation in healthcare - why and how


Rachael Gooberman-Hill Professor, M.A., Ph.D.

Rachael is Professor of Health and Anthropology and Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research. 
She is a Social Anthropologist by background who applies techniques from anthropology and qualitative approaches in applied health research. Interests include long-term conditions, long-term post-surgical pain, osteoarthritis and joint pain, care and disability in later life, help-seeking, technology for health, clinical decision-making and public involvement in research. Much of her work includes research in teams with colleagues from different disciplines and Rachael likes to emphasise the value of qualitative research in multidisciplinary contexts’.

Title: Maintaining identity in multidisciplinary research


Mette Grønkjær, RN, Ph.D.

Mette Grønkjær is Professor and Head of Research at the Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Aalborg University Hospital and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University. Mette’s research interests include clinical nursing research, Fundamentals of Care, mixed methods and qualitative methods development. Mette leads the cross-institutional research program on Fundamentals of Care in the North Denmark Region involving School of Nursing, University College of Northern Denmark; Aalborg Municipality; Psychiatry - Aalborg University Hospital; North Denmark Regional Hospital; Aalborg University Hospital and Aalborg University.


Title: Establishing and leading a cross-institutional partnership to integrate Fundamentals of Care in clinical practice, nursing education and research