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Our Team

The Governing Board of Trustees is made up of opinion experts and leaders in their field, from around the world – who volunteer their time and expertise.

Professor Christine Moffatt

Professor Christine Moffatt CBE FRCN PhD MA RGN DN

Christine is Professor of Clinical Nursing Research at the University of Nottingham School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy and holds other visiting chairs at the University of Glasgow and Cardiff University Medical School Wound Healing Institute. She is also nurse consultant at the Royal Derby Foundation NHS Trust Lymphoedema service in which she leads a research team as well as undertaking a clinical consultancy role.

Christine is currently joint Chair person and Director of the International Lymphoedema Framework (with Professor Neil Piller) She has been involved in wound healing research and practice for 25 years and Lymphoedema for 10 years. She has undertaken extensive research in this field using mixed research methods including running national and international clinical trials.

Her areas of research include compression therapy; service development and evaluation; psychosocial impact of disease; chronic wounds and lymphoedema. She has presented and published internationally.

She was awarded a CBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List and made a life fellow of the Royal College of Nursing that same year. She has received several life time achievement awards in recognition of her work, the most recent being presented by the World Union of Wound Healing Societies in June 2008. In December 2008 she received a Nursing Times Diamond 20 Award as one of the 20 most influential nurses in the last 60 years.

Professor Neil B Piller

Professor Neil B Piller BSc (hons), PhD, FACP

Neil is a Lymphologist and the Director of the Lymphoedema Clinical Research Unit in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia. He is Advanced Studies Coordinator in the MD program.

Neil is Joint Chairperson and a Director of the International Lymphoedema Framework (with Professor Christine Moffatt), a prior executive member of the International Society for Lymphology, currently Clinical Sciences editor for the “Journal of Lymphoedema” (UK), Australasian Editor or the Journal of Lymphatic research and Biology (USA) and a member of the editorial boards of “Phlebology” (USA) and “Lymphology” (USA).

Neil is a member International Advisory Board Union Internationale de Phlebologie, a member of its consensus groups on Lymphoedema and phlebo-lymphoedema, and a member of the steering committee for the Australian and American Lymphoedema Frameworks and the International Compression Club. Neil is the Patron of the Lymphoedema Support group of South Australia and of the National Lipoedema Support Society (LASS) in Australia.

Neil was an organising committee member for the 2016 Asia Pacific Lymphology conference held in Darwin Australia May 2016 and is on the planning committee for the 2017 Italian Lymphoedema Framework meeting.

Neil’s CD/DVD “The Vital Essence- Understanding Lymphoedema in health and disease” continues to help in informing of patients and practitioners on what can be done to better manage and treat lymph and other oedemas. A new version is being currently developed.

Neil’s major research interests revolve around the early detection of lymphoedemas (in conjunction with the Flinders Bio-medical Engineering Department), the importance of targeted and sequenced treatment and patient empowerment through the exploration of home based/patient based lymphoedema management options. Neil also is working with the above Department in the development of an instrument to allow the early objective detection of lipoedema.

Neil’s MD research student group are currently undertaking research in the areas of Laser and oedema management, the impact of handedness on lymphoedema diagnosis and its accuracy, an exploration of the use of hydrocephalus shunts in the treatment of lymphoedema, the impact of hypertrophic and keloid scars on lymphatic regeneration plus the benefits of the ENCORE program and the impact of climate change on the spread of Lymphatic Filariasis. PhD students who Neil is supervising are currently working in the area of ICG and its benefit in the early prediction of lymphatic disruption following high impact soft tissue injury (Malou van Vanten) and in the objective determination of the benefit of compression on early stage primary lymphoedemas (Jane Phillips).

Neil has collaborative interests with Natasha Harvey and Eric Haan and their group in the elucidation of the genetic basis of objectively identified lipoedema.

Doctor Tonny Karslmark

Tonny Karlsmark, MD, Assoc. Professor

Tonny Karlsmark is consultant and associated professor in Dermato-venereology working at Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen. As former head of the department for 15 years, he has experience as well as a diploma in National Health Service Management. He has held Honorary positions such as chairman of the Danish Dermatological Society 2003-2005 and chairman of the Danish Lymphoedema Framework (DLF) from 2010.
His main research areas include wound healing and treatment of chronic oedema. In 1990 he defended
his thesis about “Electrically induced dermal changes” – a morphologic study of porcine skin after transfer of low-moderate amount of electrically energy.
He has published more than 115 articles in international journals and acts as advisor for more than 10 Ph.D. degrees and made opposition (acting as critic) for 1 doctoral thesis and 9 Ph.D. degrees.

Tonny joined the ILF Board in June 2018.

Doctor David Keast

David H. Keast BSc, MSc, Dip Ed, MD, CCFP, FCFP(LM)

Dr. Keast, a native of London, Ontario, Canada, graduated from Western University with a Masters Degree in Chemistry and taught high school for 11 years before entering Queen’s University (Canada) to study medicine, graduating in 1985.

He is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He practised Family Medicine for 25 years before focusing his practice on chronic wound and lymphoedema management. He is currently the Medical Director of the Outpatient Chronic Wound Management Clinic at the Parkwood Institute, London. Dr. Keast is Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and Associate Scientist in the Parkwood Research Institute, part of the Lawson Health Research Institute.

He has research interests in wound assessment tools, and the nature and characteristics of people living with lymphoedema. He has participated in multiple clinical trials. Dr. Keast is a founding board member and Past President of the Canadian Association of Wound Care (now Wounds Canada), the founding co-chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and one of the founding members of the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care in cooperation with the World Health Organization. Dr. Keast is an internationally recognized educator and has published over 90 papers and eight book chapters.

Dr. Keast joined the ILF Board in June 2018.

Susan Nørregaard

Susan Nørregaard RN, DH

Susan is a specialist nurse in wound healing and lymphoedema working at Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen. She graduated from Sankt Lukas Stiftelsens Nursing School in Hellerup in 1988. Together with Professor Finn Gottrup and other collaborators, she established the Copenhagen Wound Healing Center in 1996 working as staff nurse in the outpatient clinic, with clinical responsibility for the development of clinical guidelines for the treatment of venous leg ulcers.

Susan has 25 years of experience in treating chronic oedema and in 2006, she established the first multidisciplinary lymphoedema clinic in Denmark, at the Copenhagen Wound Healing Center together with Dr. Tonny Karlsmark and Dr. Bo Jørgensen.

Together with Dr. Tonny Karlsmark she established the Danish Lymphoedema Framework in 2010 and she has been an ILF board member since 2011.

Susan has been a teacher at postgraduate education for healthcare professionals in Copenhagen and has developed teaching programmes for nurses treating patients with compression therapy. She has coordinated several international research projects and has been author and co-author on scientific articles.

Melanie Thomas

Melanie Thomas, Physiotherapist

Melanie is a Chartered Physiotherapist and is the National Clinical Lead for Lymphoedema Services in Wales, UK. She was instrumental in developing equitable lymphoedema services in Wales and now manages the award winning Lymphoedema Network Wales.
Her interest in lymphoedema began in 1997 whilst working in a local hospice. In 2001, she set up the first lymphoedema service in South West Wales. Melanie qualified as a lymphoedema teacher in 2005 as part of the Macmillan Lymphoedema Education Programme and leads on the education programme in Wales, delivering MLD and lymphoedema advanced update courses.
Melanie has been the principal investigator in numerous research trials in lymphoedema. She has just submitted her Doctorate with Swansea University on the lymphoedema risk reducing recommendations for people treated for breast cancer. She has presented and published widely in delivering innovations in lymphoedema care.
Melanie is currently the Programme Manager for the delivery of the Lymphatic Venous Anastomosis super microsurgery development and the national Paediatric Services in Wales.
In 2012, Melanie became the first Macmillan Cancer Fellow. In 2013 was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2014, she was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and in 2015 was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Melanie joined the ILF Board of Directors in June 2018.

Professor Isabelle Quéré

Professor Isabelle Quéré MD, PhD

Isabelle is a physician, Professor of Vascular Medicine at the University of Montpellier in France where she is Head of the Vascular and Lymphology Medicine Department.

Her main research areas include venous thromboembolism (VTE) disease, lymphatic and venous post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), and rare vascular diseases. She has published internationally. She also teaches in a range of other subjects at the University.

Isabelle has experience working closely with International Societies and Charities, some of which she has been a Chair or a an active member of.

Since 2011 Isabelle has been the Head of the French Lymphoedema Framework, Partenariat Français du Lymphoedème –(PFL). She was the organiser and President of the last ILF Conference held in Montpellier in 2012 where she also ran a one week camp for nine children and young adults with lymphoedema, from four different countries.

Honorary Board Trustee - Professor Hiromi Sanada

Professor Hiromi Sanada PhD, RN, WOCN

Hiromi is a professor at the Department of Gerontological Nursing/Wound Care Management, Division of Health Sciences and Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

Hiromi is also a president of three academic societies of wound care, Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers, and Japanese Society of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Management, and The Society for Nursing Science and Engineering. Furthermore, she is a vice-president of Japanese Nursing Association from 2011, which is the largest professional organization for nurses consisting of approximately 650,000 nurses.

She is an editor of International Wound Journal and an editorial advisor of Journal of Wound Care. She graduated from St. Luke’s College of Nursing in 1979, and received the Enterostomal therapist certification from St. Luke’s International Hospital, E. T. School in 1987. She received her PhD from Kanazawa University in 1997. After working as a professor at Kanazawa University from 1998, she moved to The University of Tokyo as a professor of Gerontological Nursing and Wound Care Management Department.

Hiromi has published and edited many scientific articles and text books which are now being used as a gateway for researchers and clinicians in the wound care management.

In respect of her many contributions to the work of the ILF, in 2015 Hiromi Sanada was granted the prestigious position as Honorary Trustee of the International Lymphoedema Framework.