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Lorena Dini, MD, MScIH, PhD

Lorena Dini is a senior researcher and principal investigator based in Germany. She leads the Working Group Health Systems and Health Policy Research (HS&HPR), at the Institute of General Practice and Family Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Her expertise includes the application of mix-methods, participatory research and the design of innovative research methodologies as well as the design and evaluation of new organizational health care models based on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.
The main focus of her research is in primary health care delivery from the health systems perspective. It includes exploring organizational and financing mechanisms to finding solutions for the urban-rural imbalances in human resources for health and improving the quality of healthcare delivery. The integration of the public global health perspective is a central aspect of her work. Her passion is to design and implement new concepts that improve life and health for all. The
Dr. Dini is active in national and international professional networks on health systems research and health policy and member of the Core Team of the Coalition of Partners of the World Health Organization – Europe office and the German Association of General Practitioners (DEGAM) as well as a member of the German Public Health Association (DGPH), Health Systems Global, member of the Advisory Board of the European Forum for Primary Health Care (EFPC) and since 2019 vice-president of the health services research section of the European Association of Public Health (EUPHA)

Dipl.-Soz. Cornelia Thierbach

Cornelia Thierbach is a research associate at the Institute of General Practice, Charité -Universitätsmedizin Berlin since 2017. Her work focusses on qualitative research including patient-interviews and focus groups with physicians.
Cornelia Thierbach studied Sociology at TU Berlin. There, she was employed as a student tutor from 2006 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2016 as a research associate at the department chair methods of social research (Prof. Dr. Baur) at the department of sociology. In 2017 she worked as a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence „Bild Wissen Gestaltung“ in the Priority Area „ArchitekturenExperimente“. Her research interests are mixed methods, sociology of space, and now healthcare research. Currently, she is carrying out a doctoral project on the role of space in the everyday activities of researchers of a Cluster of Excellence.

Barbara Trusch, M.Sc.

Since 2017 Barbara Trusch works as a research associate at the Institute of General Practice, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the project “Women 5.0” concentrating on quantitative methods.
From 2011 to 2017 she studied Psychology at the FernUniversity in Hagen with special interests to health psychology. She initially studied Economics at the Karl Marx University for Economic Siences in Budapest (Hungary). She worked in various areas of IT for years, e.g. in supporting and educating software users. Furthermore, she bore responsibility of content, law and data protection of the applied software.

Martha Koppelow B.Sc.

Since 2017 Martha Koppelow works as a health scientist in the project “Women 5.0”. From 2013 onwards, she studied health sciences at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin obtaining her degree Bachelor of Science in 2016. Furthermore, she completed a professional training as a nurse at the hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich. Subsequently she worked as a surgical nurse for neurosurgery at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.