Member List


  Chris Hogan Collaborative Research Network for Research & Health Promotion
  Helena Britt (none in database)
  Wes Fabb (none in database)
  Andrea Mant (none in database)
  Brian R .McAvoy (none in database)
  Graeme Miller (none in database)
  Alison M. Ward (none in database)
  Manfred Maier (none in database)
Mamun -Al-Mantab Bangladesh Primary Care Research Network
  Charles Boelen (none in database)
  Myriam Deveugele (none in database)
Marc Jamoulle (none in database)
  Paul Van Rogen (none in database) 
Melida Hasanagic PCRN of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chikezie Nwankwo (none in database)
  Gustavo Gusso  
Marcelo Levites Brazilian Society of Family Medicine
Columbini Netto
  Donna Manca Alberta Family Practice Research Network (AFPRN)
  David Carswell (none in database)
  James A. Dickinson (none in database)
  Maeve O’Beirne (none in database)
  Vanessa Orr (none in database)
  Robert Petrella (none in database)
  Gregory Sherman (none in database)
  Moira Stewart (none in database)
Craig Jones Network for Studies in Primary Care
Anita Lambert-Lanning CFPC National Research System (CFPC-NaReS)
Brenda Lovell University of Manitoba


The International Federation of Primary Care Research Networks (IFPCRN) was organized under the WONCA Task Force on Research at the May, 2001 meeting in Durban, South Africa. Nineteen individuals from seven countries participated. Chris van Weel offered, on behalf of the WONCA Task Force on Research, to sponsor the listserver and Web site for the new IFPCRN.

The mission of the IFPCRN is to will support research for primary health care for the benefit of patients by:

  • The mutual support of research networks
  • The exchange of ideas and methodologies
  • Advocacy for the quality of research in primary care
  • Capacity building
  • Policy and advocacy initiatives
  • Doing collaborative research

John Beasley from the US was selected as interim chair and Helen Smith (Chair of the UK FPCRN) as interim co-chair. Francisco Gomez-Clavelina from Mexico has volunteered as editor of the newsletter and the website and has replaced Dr. Smith as co-chair. On summer of 2007, Francisco Gómez-Clavelina was elected as new Chair. and Waris Qidwai from Pakistan was named ViceChair. John W. Beasley was named Excecutive Member at Large and Counselor of the Steering Committee.

At a small, informal meeting of some IFPCRN members at the 2001 NAPCRG meeting in Halifax some preliminary criteria for international projects were established:

  • An energetic and committed PI and support by clinicians in various countries
  • The question to be answered is of importance and interest to local clinicians
  • Clear evidence of why an international approach is needed to answer the question

The IFPCRN members at the Halifax meeting also added to the list of potential projects first articulated in Durban and identified several potential PI’s.. The list of potential projects now includes:

  • Impact of HIV/AIDS in primary care
  • A day in the life of a family doctor
  • How the stigma of mental illness impacts care
  • Study of publication bias and impact of having a Euro-centric literature
  • Management of smoking
  • Access to EBM and other information sources in different countries and different areas
  • Cross-national study of medical ethics
  • Needle size and pain with immunization
  • Definition of alcohol abuse in different countries
  • Contrasting care pathways for (e.g.) diabetes, maternity care
  • Patient expectations of care for (e.g.) pregnancy
  • Perceived quality of life in different countries
  • Role of FP/GP’s in immunization programs.

The IFPCRN hold formal meetings at most WONCA conferences, including Wonca World, Wonca Europe, North American Primary Care Research Networks (NAPCRG) and other venues as resources permit. IFPCRN members have made presentations to numerous to count in almost.

Membership in the IFPCRN is being developed rapidly, and now includes 153 individuals and representatives of 53 networks or planned networks in 45 different countries.

The IFPCRN has had one paper published:

Beasley JW, Dovey S, Geffen LN, Gomez-Clavelina FJ, Inem V, Lam CCK, Nugmanova A, Qidwai W, Pavlic DR, Weel C van. The Contributions of Family Doctors to Primary Care Research: An International Perspective. Primary Health Care Research and Development 2004;5:307-316.

Two promising initial studies among the areas listed above are a study of what family doctors do when confronted with patients with HIV/Aids and a study of the barriers to immunizations and how family doctors can better assist with immunizing populations. We are in the process of preparing another paper on the role of family doctors in health care systems internationally, with Dr. Waris Qidwai of Pakistan as the lead author.

To meet our goals of the mutual support of research networks and the exchange of ideas and methodologies the IFPCRN has established a list server and a website through Wonca’s Global Family Doctor and a website which can be accesssed at www.ifpcrn.org

Membership from individuals as well as from established and planned networks is being solicited at this time. To contact the IFPCRN, please email Francisco J. Gomez-Clavelina at igc@servidor.unam.mx


IFPCRN LogoThe IFPCRN emblem is a picture of one beautiful handcraft of the figure of one family, this handcraft was made by Zulu people of Kwa-Zulu-Natal reservation in South Africa. The International Federation of Primary Care Research Networks was organized under the WONCA Task Force on Research at the May, 2001 meeting in Durban, South Africa; few weeks after this meeting, Francisco J. Gómez-Clavelina proposed this monogram as an allusion to IFPCRN first meeting and organization.

IFPCRN web master: Francisco J. Gómez-Clavelina, Family Medicine Department, Medicine Faculty, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).



Dear members of IFPCRN, the Steering Committee of this organization is conducting an electronic survey; if you are not member of IFPCRN, and you would like to be, you also can answer the survey and your response would be very appreciated. If you have answered the survey through the link included in a previous e-mail …


Chair of IFPCRN

Name Christos Lionis MD, PhD
Country Greece
Investigation lines Primary health care and family medicine, quality management, quality of care and performance and the management of common disease and conditions in primary care with a specific focus on cardiovascular, gastroenterology and mental health issues. 
Basic personal data

Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, School of Health Sciences, University of Crete. Director of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, School of Health Sciences, P.O. Box 2208, Zip Code 71003 Heraklion, Crete- Greece
Tel:+30 2810 394621   Fax: +30 2810 394606





Name Victor Inem MD, MBBS, MPH
Country Nigeria
Investigation lines HIV-AIDS, Rural Health Care
Basic personal data FAMED Network, Executive Director, Institute of Child Health and Primary Care College of Medicine, University of Lagos PMB 12003, Surulere. Lagos, Nigeria. Phone: 234-802-223-5673


Name Cindy L K Lam, MD
Country China
Investigation lines Cross-cultural validation of the SF-36 on the Chinese Population, The effect of health-related quality of life on health service utilization, The impact of chronic diseases on quality of life and service utilization.
Basic personal data Family Medicine Unit, 3rd Floor, Ap Lei Chau Clinic 161 Main Street, Ap Lei Chau
The University of Hong Kong
Fax: 852- 28147475


Name Danica Rotar Pavlic MD MSc
Country Slovenia
Investigation lines Family Medicine Practice, Family Practice Models, Establish of cooperation between IFPCRN and Slovenian Research Network
Basic personal data Ljubljana Health Centre,
Zdravstvena postaja Vnanje gorice,
Splosna ambulanta, Nova pot 5,
1357 Notranje gorice- Slovenia
Bibliographic references:http://izum.izum.si/bibliografije/Y20051106150036-18328.html
The European General Practice Research Network

Middle East South Asia

Name Abdul Razk Abyad MD, PhD,MPH, MBA, AGSF, AFCHSE
Country United Arabian Emirates
Investigation lines Aging and Alzheimer’s desease, geriatrics.
Basic personal data Team Leader CME/CPD section
Health Authority-Abu Dhabi
Chairman, Middle-East Academy for Medicine of Aging
President, Middle East Association on Age & Alzheimer’s
Coordinator, Middle-East Primary Care Research Network
Coordinator, Middle-East Network on Aging
Editor, Middle-East Journal of Family Medicine http://www.mejfm.com
Editor, Middle-East Journal of Age & Aging http://www.me-jaa.com
Editor, Middle-East Journal of Nursing http://www.me-jn.com
Editor, Middle East Journal of Business http://www.mejb.com
Abu Dhabi address:
GAHS, P.obox : 5674
Abu Dhabi -UAE
Mobile : 971-050-3846567
Address in Lebanon:
Abyad Medical Center http://www.amclb.com
Azmi Street , Abdo Center, POBox 618
Tel & Fax : 961-6-443684
Mobile : 961-3-201901


South Asia

Name Mamun-Al-Mahtab
Investigation lines Hepatology
Basic personal data Assistant Professor, Department of Hepatology
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
Consultant Hepatologist & Interventional EndoscopistLab Aid Specialized Hospital, Dhaka, BangladeshSecretary General, Association for the Study of the Liver, Dhaka, Bangladesh (National Hepatology Association of Bangladesh)

Secretary General, Viral Hepatitis Foundation Bangladesh
Editor, LIVER: A Complete Book on Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Diseases
Senior Editor, Bangladesh Liver Journal
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Clinical and Experimental Medical Journal
Editor, Journal of Global Infectious Diseases, World Journal of Hepatology, Microbiology Research



Name Donna Manca MD,MSc,CCFP
Country Canada
Investigation lines Care of the elderly, asthma, lung disease, prostate screening,rural research priorities, family practice.
Basic personal data Clinical Director AFPRN
Alberta College of Family Physicians
Centre 170,
370, 10403 – 172 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta
T5S 1K9
Alberta Family Practice Research Network (AFPRN)


Founder Chair & Executive Member at large

Counselor of the Steering Committe

Beasley Name John W. Beasley, M.D., FAAFP
Country USA
Investigation lines Quality of Work Life, Medical Errors, Complexity of Practice, Primary Care Research Networks.
Basic personal data Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Medicine University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin USA
International Federation of Primary Care Reseach Networks