Kristina Grønborg Laut graduated from nursing school in southern Denmark in 2000 and moved to Aarhus, where she began her nursing career within the field of cardiology and began her Masters study in Public Health at the University of Aarhus. Simultaneously, she worked as deputy ward sister at the acute heart department. She was awarded with a Master of Public Health in January 2008 and continued working as a nurse until December 2009, when she received funding from the European Critical Care Foundation to enrol in the PhD-program at the Faculty of Health at Aarhus University, which she has now completed.
Kristina’s PhD-study focused on access to balloon treatment for patients suffering major heart attacks, and she researched the barriers to implementation of this lifesaving therapy. The study revealed large European variation in access to this therapy and the results have been published in 4 papers and presented at international conferences.
Kristina’s interest is within the field of Health Services Research, and she strongly believes that a multi-disciplinary approach is essential for changing and improving patient treatment and the organisation of health care. Kristina was also the Chair of the PhD-association at the Faculty of Health at Aarhus University.
Dr Gallagher is a qualified neonatal nurse and has clinical and research experience within this field.
Dr Gallagher’s clinical and research interests are around difficult decision making in the neonatal unit, and the provision of neonatal palliative care. Current research projects include the NIHR funded parents and neonatal decision making project. Katie provides supervision to students undertaking research dissertations from BSc through to DHC/PhD level.
Between 2010-2013 Katie was an executive board member of the Neonatal Nurses Association and the Chair of the UK Neonatal Special Interest Education Group. Katie is a Trustee for Newborns Vietnam, a charity dedicated to improving the standards of neonatal care through neonatal nursing, in Da Nang Vietnam.
Angus joined Imperial College London in 2008 reading Materials Science and Engineering but after two years joined the School of Medicine. Now in his final year, he has developed special interests in patient safety and autopsy.
Medical school highlights include a clinical quality improvement initiative in patient safety (looking at side room infection control) and a 1st class Honours BSc degree in Respiratory Sciences.
Angus played an integral part in the implementation of an electronic early warning system to detect acutely deteriorating patients at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His research in hospital autopsy rates in the UK was published by the Journal of Clinical Pathology and attracted extensive media attention. Current research includes the value of hospital autopsy in modern medicine and strategies to increase rates.