Foreign Bodies #1 — Give/take/lose/make voice

Foreign Bodies’ first session is a partnership with Lloyd Akrong, a PhD candidate in Philosophy of Public Health at the University of Maastricht (NL). Our partnership serves Foreign Bodies’ agenda of merging worlds of care and culture and creating a simple context which opens access to guest advisors/participants from a variety of sectors.

Akrong is focused on the collaborative processes of clinical trial policies: specifically questioning whose voices are silenced and whose voices are heard. He has and continues to engage in field research for Malaria and HIV clinical trials initiated in Europe and executed in Tanzania and Ghana.

This area of inquiry will be explored from the varying vocabularies and perspectives of political science, speculative design, pharmaceutical business, social science, etc. Under this theme we will identify and question:

—the assumptions in global health tactics, solutions and outcomes

—the ways knowledge is generated and transmitted

—the forms, images and representations that are part of the policy process

—methods of conducting research

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Femke Herregraven (NL) is a designer and researcher whose work traverses the contemporary realms of global finance, geopolitics, network power and information politics. Her research and speculative scenarios address the deconstruction of power structures and the exploration of possible alternatives. Her work consists of texts, printed materials, information design, games, drawings and installations. Projects include Geographies of Avoidance, Schizophrenic Assets, Taxodus, Mana-batteries, and Art Reserve Bank. Geographies of Avoidance addresses the financial offshore system and avoidance of financial regulation; Herregraven is currently working on high-frequency trading.

Dr. Regula Staempfli (BE) works as a political philosopher and lecturer in Germany, France and Switzerland (Design2Context, MAZ, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, SIPB, Institute for European IEW, Frauenseminar Bodensee, EHESS Paris etc.) teaching in German, English and French. She is the author of many textbooks and various scientific articles dealing, among other issues, with democratic theory, European political decision making, women's history, design, political communications and political philosophy. She has written extensively about bioethics and policies - working along the idea of people becoming living coins (f.e.: women don't have capital but are in fact capital). And in art: We don't see things how they are, we see them how we are

Guy Nuyts (BE) is a health economist and Senior Director of Global Pricing and Access at Janssen Pharmaceutica, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. His work focuses on price and reimbursement policies for infectious diseases, vaccines and global public health. Guy’s work also involves the development of access policy and new access models. Guy has worked on several initiatives over the years focused on increasing access; including the formation of a Hepatitis C coalition in Romania. He is always going against the mainstream, and interested in rethinking healthcare and developing social entrepreneurships.

Rafaella Ravinetto (IT) works at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, as head of the Clinical Trials Unit and coordinator of the Switching the Poles Clinical Research Network. She holds a Pharmacy Degree from the University of Torino (Italy) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium). After a seven-year experience as a Clinical Research Scientist in the private pharmaceutical sector, Ravinetto worked as a pharmacist in emergency and development programs in the Balkans and in Africa. In 2002, she joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), following various dossiers focusing on access and quality of medicines and performing regular field assessments, mainly in Africa and Latin America. She is also an expert panel member of and the promoter of Quamed, a Network hosted by the ITM to develop and promote evidence-based strategies and policies for building universal access to quality medicines, and a lecturer on subjects related to quality of medicines and clinical research standards. She was the president of the Italian branch of MSF (2007-2011). Her main areas of interest include North-South collaborative clinical research and research ethics, particularly in relation to resource-constrained settings and vulnerable populations.

Jayasree K Iyer (NL) is a specialist in global health and neglected tropical diseases for the Access to Medicines Index. She leads the Research team at the Foundation and is responsible for the Index and stakeholder relations. She holds various postgraduate degrees (Masters and PhD) from Singapore and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has a career in malaria and neglected tropical disease research and development and in public-private partnerships strategy. She has worked for various non-government organizations, academic institutions and was part of the founding team of a diagnostic service company in the US. Jay was recently responsible for creating, negotiating and managing public private partnerships in R&D for medicines for global health. She is an avid writer of various technical and research reports, book chapters and reviews, along with strategy papers for medicines for developing countries and solutions for neglected tropical diseases.

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Broerse (NL) is professor of ‘innovation and communication in the health and life sciences, in particular addressing issues of diversity and social inclusion’ at the Athena Institute, VU University, Amsterdam. She holds a master's in Biomedical Sciences and her doctorate at the VU University with a thesis on participatory approaches to research priority setting in developing countries. Her research is focused on methodology development for realizing a science-society dialogue in new and emerging (system) innovations in the health and life sciences. She has developed methodologies to facilitate patient participation in health research and care, and to realize multi-stakeholder participation in national health policy. She has, amongst others, been involved as advisor and facilitator in four interactive policy-making trajectories of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute and a member of the working group patient participation of the Dutch Clinical Trial Foundation. Furthermore, she has been appointed Principal Investigator at the Centre for Society and Genomics.


Foreign Bodies #1 — Give/take/lose/make voice is generously supported by Van Eyck, Multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection in Maastricht, NL.
Lex ter Braak, Director, Van Eyck
Huib Haye van der Werf, Artistic programmer, Van Eyck
Brigitte Bloksma, Van Eyck Mirror
Pieternel Fleskens, Hubert van Eyck Academie
Bik Van der Pol, Jan van Eyck Advisors