Ella Balasa

Ella Balasa

Patient Advocate

Advocacy and Engagement Consultant

Ella Balasa is a patient advocate, consultant, and a person living with cystic fibrosis. Having a biology background, she is an advocate for the development of novel therapies for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections including phage therapy, as well as speaking publicly at conferences, meetings, and to companies about the value of patient voice in research. She serves as a member of research committees with various organizations and is a director for the US Adult CF Association. She also has a passion for writing about her health experiences, distilling clinical information for patient communities, as well as introspectively writing about the hardships yet triumph that comes with living with a chronic illness. She has been published on MedPage Today, HuffPost, and Pulmonary Therapy Journal to name a few. Through opportunities working with healthcare organizations and sharing her journey through writing and speaking, she aims to affect the healthcare landscape to promote self-advocacy to patients and valuable insights to organizations.

Other speakers in 2020

Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev

Bulgaria

Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev

Research Attaché
Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the European Union
Paul Jones

United Kingdom

Paul Jones

Global Lead for Population Genomics
Illumina, UK
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