John Lavis holds the Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems. He is the Director of the McMaster Health Forum, Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Informed Policy, and Professor in the Department of Health Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. Dr. Lavis supports policymakers and stakeholders to harness research evidence, citizen values and stakeholder insights to strengthen health and social systems and get the right programs, services and products.He holds an MD from Queen's University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.
Dr. Pattara Leelahavarong, a Program Leader of HITAP, is a Ph.D. graduate in Health Economics from the University of Glasgow. She has worked for Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP) as a researcher in 2008 in the area of health technology assessment (HTA) using economic modelling including pharmaceutical, medical devices, and health promotion programs. She has also been involved in the national policy decision making process as a member of the Health Economic Working Group and Price Negotiation Working Group under the Subcommittee of National List of Essential Medicine which HTA.