Prof. Dr. Marie Friedel trained as a paediatric nurse and holds an interuniversity Diploma in acute/chronic paediatric pain and paediatric palliative care (Université Claude Bernard, France). Her doctoral thesis in public health (UCLouvain, Belgium) explored children’s quality of life in a family-centred context through a collaborative approach with children, their families and all national paediatric liaison teams in Belgium.
She worked for several years in a mobile paediatric palliative care team in Belgium. She was more than 20 years a Lecturer at the Nursing and Midwifery Department at Haute Ecole Léonard de Vinci in Brussels, Belgium and developed there several new creative and interdisciplinary curricula and training courses in nursing sciences, ethics and palliative care. She also served as Scientific collaborator at the Institute of Health and Society at UCLouvain and is visiting Lecturer at Université catholique de Lille.
Involved in several scientific committees of international conferences, regular peer-reviewer in high-impact journals, she is passionate about advocating for vulnerable minorities and collaborates with several nursing and paediatric palliative care education and research centres at an international level. Her research is focused on quality of life, spiritual care, paediatric palliative care, patient centred outcomes measures by using mixed methods designs and a strong collaborative approach with all stakeholders. Spouse and mother of 3 young adults, she loves sowing seeds to build bridges between people, countries, and disciplines.