Editorial Team

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This open access portal of educational resources was created as an international public good by people who have been working within the WHO Family of International Classifications Network for more than 20 years. The Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) monitors the website. The website is under the auspices of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre for the Africa region and IT support is provided by the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. For more information see our Editorial Team (below). For more information on the FDRG see WHO website.

Editorial Team

Our Editorial Team is responsible for the management of the website. Editorial team members are members and collaborators of the WHO-FIC Network. The Editorial Team roles include:

  • conducting an initial fast evaluation of educational resources offered to check relevance
  • enable publication on the site
  • conduct or arrange subsequent reviews to enable rating
  • seek to ensure coverage of the main topic areas and contributions from all regions of the world
  • monitor the Forum and respond to queries
  • moderate discussion on the Forum (remove items that are contrary to the Terms and Conditions)
  • moderate registrations on the site and the register of ICF advisors and educators
  • publish News
  • review overall contents from time to time
  • analyse feedback, commentary and use patterns

Members of Editorial Tream (in alphabetical order):

Heidi Anttila* (Finland): Heidi is a senior researcher who has worked in the fields of health technology assessment, assistive technology, functioning and disability over 15 years. LinkedIn | Twitter | ResearchGate

Yanina Besstrashnova (Russia):  Yanina is a researcher who is working on the implementation of the ICF in rehabilitation, evaluation of rehabilitation systems and environmental factors. ResearchGate 

Lucilla Frattura (Italy): Lucilla is head of the Italian WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre. ResearchGateLinkedin

Judith Hollenweger (Switzerland): Judith is an educational scientist who has been involved with the development of the ICF and its implementation in education systems since 1996. Linkedin

Olaf Kraus de Camargo* (Canada): Olaf is a developmental paediatrician who has worked on the implementation of the ICF internationally since 2001. Linkedin | Twitter | ResearchGate

Haejung Lee* (South Korea): Haejung Lee is a physical therapist and researcher who has worked on the implementation of ICF in health systems since 2009.

Victor McKinney (South Africa): Vic is a doctoral student and disability activist with C4 quadriplegia, living in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been involved with community and disability development from grassroots to parliamentary level since 1990. Linkedin

Rosamond Madden* (Australia): Ros is an experienced statistician who has worked on the development and use of the ICF since 1994. Linkedin

Thomas Maribo* (Denmark) Thomas is a senior researcher with special interest in how to describe functioning. He is working on the implementation of ICF in clinical practice at hospitals and community based rehabilitation. Linkedin | Twitter

Jaana Paltamaa (Finland): Jaana is a senior researcher who has been involved in use and research  of the ICF as well as its implementation in education. Linkedin | Twitter | ResearchGate

Eduardo Santana Cordeiro (Brazil): Eduardo is a physiotherapist and doctor in Public Health, linked to the University of São Paulo. He is the leader of Grupo CIF Brasil, a Brazilian group that studies ICF and maintains a portal, as well as a scientific magazine focusing on ICF. He is also a partner in the mICF initiative. LinkedIn | Twitter

Alexander Shoshmin (Russia): Alexander is responsible for the ICF activities of the Russian WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre. He is working on implementation of the ICF in rehabilitation and clinical practice, development and evaluation of rehabilitation systems, assessment of needs of persons with disabilities, and development of information systems for rehabilitation and early childhood interventions at the national level. He has been training healthcare and social professionals over 20 years. ResearchGate 

Stefanus Snyman* (South Africa): Stefanus is a medical doctor and health professions educationist. He is facilitator of the ICanFunction mHealth Solution (mICF) partnership, a mHealth application based on ICF. He also heads up ICanFunction Health, a South African operations company in the mICF ecosystem, responsible for FIRE Diabetes in 40 Days, a programme based on ICF. Linkedin | Twitter

Catherine Sykes* (Australia): Catherine is a physiotherapist and senior research fellow who has worked on the development and use of the ICF since 1998. Linkedin | Twitter

Joanne Valerius* (U.S.A.): Joanne has been an educator in coding systems for over 30 years. Linkedin | Twitter

* Initial funders of this Portal

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