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SPAIN 2019-22​

Leonor Varela-Lema is BSc, PhD in Pharmacy and holds a Master’s Degree in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). She has a 16 years background in health technology assessment and health care research, with recognized experience at the national and international level. Currently, she is the International Project Manager of the Health Technology Assessment Department (avalia-t) of the Galician Agency for Health Knowledge Management (ACIS).

During her career, she has coordinated important initiatives in the field of HTA, including the development of the Spanish NHS guideline that establishes the structured methodological framework for the implementation of post-introduction observational studies to support decision making and the development of the topic prioritisation and selection strategy. She has been involved in EUnetHTA since its inception (EUnetHTA Project (2006-2008), participating in the development of the first version of the “Core-Model” and other key documents, like the position paper on how to best formulate research recommendations for primary research arising from HTA. In the ongoing Joint Action 3 (2016-2020), she is leading two activity centre departments, which focus on HTA Joint Production and generation of cross border post-launch evidence for medical devices. She has participated in the EU funded SEED Consortium (Shaping Early Dialogues for Health Technologies) (2014-2015) and is currently part of non-pharma EUnetHTA early dialogues Working Group.

She has been an active member of HTAi since 2005. She has been a member of the Interest Groups on HTAi Disinvestment & Early Awareness and Regulatory interactions & Conditional coverage, and is a member of the HTA glossary Steering Committee, which supports the development of the HTA glossary, which is a collaboration of INAHTA and HTAi. Leonor Varela-Lema has lectured extensively on HTA and has published more than 100 papers concerning related topics. She is as an evaluator of projects funded by the Funds for Health Research of the Spanish Ministry of Health and the Regional Government of Andalucía. Her main areas of expertise are: epidemiology, public health, HTA, health care service research and reimbursement policy making of medical devices and other non pharma technologies.

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