Scientific Program

The scientific program of ORAHS 2012 has been finalized. Please, refer to  the Program at a Glance for an overview of the scientific and social program, and to the Scientific Schedule for the detailed planning of the sessions.


Drs. Pieter Vos

Drs. Pieter Vos received his Master degree in Organizational Psychology from the Leiden University in 1977. After holding several functions in healthcare, he started working for the National Public Health Council, for which he became secretary-general in 1994. This council was discontinued in 1996, after which the Council for Public Health and Health Care (Raad voor de Volksgezondheid en Zorg (RVZ)) was formed. The RVZ is an independent body which advises the government on public health and care. Pieter Vos is Secretary-General of the RVZ, a body consisting of approximately 30 employees. Besides his function at the RVZ, Pieter Vos is a member of several supervision councils and advisory councils in healthcare. Pieter's fields of expertise are: the healthcare system, mental health care and healthcare for disabled persons, medical specialist care, hospitals and rehabilitation care, and labor and training in the healthcare sector.

Pieter Vos will speak on Monday July 16th, 10:30-11:15.

Dr. Hanneke Klopper

For her Masters in Organisational Psychology Hanneke Klopper studied the manageability of a University Cardiac-care Centre. From literature she derived the importance of organisational culture within professional service organisations on both the manageability and quality performance. After her Masters she worked as an organisational consultant in several hospitals. From August 2002 she was director in the Hospital Group Twente in Almelo, The Netherlands. In April 2011 she found a new challenge and started working for De Rugpoli in Delden, a private clinic specialised in back injuries. Her work inspires her to study the complex relationships and dynamics in healthcare organisations. Therefore she performed a PhD study on the effective cooperation between medical doctors and managers and the influence of this co-operation on hospital quality performance, which resulted in a thesis in 2011. In November 2004 she became an associated researcher at the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente.

Hanneke Klopper will speak on Monday July 16th, 11:15-12:00.

Prof. Dr. Wim van Harten

After his graduation, Wim H. van Harten spent 7 years as M.D. in tropical medicine. On returning from Cameroon, Africa, he decided to focus on public health and health administration. He obtained a degree in community medicine while working as a chief medical advisor of a major health insurance company (1986-1992). As a chief executive officer in rehabilitation hospital "Het Roessingh" (1992-2001) in Enschede, he finished his Ph.D. on quality management (1997). In June 2001 he started as a member of the executive board of the National Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he is responsible for Organisation & Management. He is also a member of the Board of the Dutch Hospital Association. Since 2001 he is part-time professor on the chair "Quality Management of Health Care Technology" at the department of Health Technology and Services Research of the School of Management and Governance at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. In 2006 he became a Board member to the OECI, the Organisation of European Cancer Centres, that dedicates itself to improve the quality of cancer care and translational research in Europe. As of June 2011 he became President to the OECI for a period of three years. Publications of Prof. van Harten are in the field of technology assessment, research into the effects of Quality management, translating operations management and -research techniques into hospital care and cancer survivorship care.

Wim van Harten will speak on Tuesday July 17th, 14:00-14:30.

Prof. Dr. Vinod Subramaniam

Vinod Subramaniam was trained in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan). After receiving his PhD in 1996, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Thomas M. Jovin. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and a Human Frontiers Science Program long-term fellowship. He stayed at the Max Planck Institute until 2002 as a staff scientist and group leader. In 2002 he joined the Advanced Science and Technology Laboratory of AstraZeneca in Loughborough, United Kingdom as a senior research scientist. In 2004 he was appointed professor and chair of Biophysical Engineering at the University of Twente. His work has been recognized by the Fluorescence Young Investigator Award of the Biophysical Society. Since May 1, 2012, Prof. Subramaniam is the scientific director of MIRA, the research institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine of the University of Twente. His research interests include understanding the nano- and meso-scale details of protein conformational dynamics, and in particular, the biophysics of protein misfolding and amyloid formation using a broad range of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

Vinod Subramaniam will speak on Thursday July 19th, 11:00-11:45.