The Network of European Researchers in Deprescribing (NERD) is a multidisciplinary research-focused network, which was founded in 2019. The network originally covered Northern Europe only (as the network of Northern European Researchers in Deprescribing), but was expanded in the end of 2021 to include the whole of Europe. NERD currently has about 100 members from 12 countries across Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. NERD is directed by a steering committee comprised of members representing seven countries in Europe.

Our definition of deprescribing
Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of deintensifying or stopping a medication that may no longer be necessary, for which harms outweigh benefits, or does not align with patient goals and preferences.

Our mission and vision
We aim to generate and support collaboration between deprescribing researchers and increase the visibility of deprescribing in Europe. Further, we aim to connect researchers and practitioners to facilitate translation of deprescribing research findings into practice and improve patient care. We will achieve this by hosting regular meetings within the network, convening international conferences, and disseminating research findings and knowledge through continuing education events, conferences, research and practice journals, and social media.


We are hosting the 1st International Conference on Deprescribing – bringing together deprescribers from all over the world!

The 1st International Conference on Deprescribing – #ICOD2022 – will take place in Kolding, Denmark from September 5-7, 2022. The conference will be jointly hosted by the Odense Deprescribing Initiative (ODIN), the Network of Northern European Researchers in Deprescribing (NERD), the Danish Society for Clinical Pharmacology (DSKF), and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

The conference will feature keynote lectures, workshops, oral abstract presentations, a poster session, and social activities such as a welcome reception and a conference dinner. There will be a lot of opportunity to network and connect with other deprescribing researchers, in order to develop and strengthen collaborations. The conference will feature presentations from esteemed deprescribing researchers including Dr. Emily Reeve, Dr. Cynthia Boyd, Dr. Mike Steinman, and Dr. Barb Farrell.

For more information and to register for news regarding the conference, visit: www.conferencemanager.dk/icod2022

Deprescribing networks and initiatives around the world

CaDeN Canadian Deprescribing Network

@DeprescribeNet deprescribingnetwork.ca

ADeN Australian Deprescribing Network

@DeprescribeAU australiandeprescribingnetwork.com.au

USDeN US Deprescribing Research Network

@DeprescribeUS deprescribingresearch.org

EDeN English Deprescribing Network



@Deprescribing deprescribing.org

Who are we?


Carina Lundby

University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital, Denmark

Postdoctoral researcher (MScPharm, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2121-6252


Sion Scott

University of Leicester, UK

Lecturer in Behavioral Medicine (MPharm, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7669-0632


Wade Thompson

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Assistant Professor (PharmD, MSc, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8268-4092.


Andrea Hilton

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, UK

Reader, Non-Medical Prescribing Programme Director (BPharm (Hons), MSc, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7264-0857


Kinda Ibrahim

University of Southampton, UK

Senior Research Fellow in Geriatric Medicine (MSc, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5709-3867


Frank Moriarty

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ireland

Senior Lecturer (MPharm, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9838-3625


Miia Tiihonen

University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Senior researcher (MScPharm, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5069-5045


Marianne Lea

University of Oslo, Norway and Hospital Pharmacies Enterprise, South Eastern Norway

Postdoctoral researcher (MScPharm, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8583-911X


Petra Denig

University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

Professor in Drug Utilisation Research (MPharm, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7929-4739


Anne Spinewine

Université catholique de Louvain and CHU UCL Namur, Belgium

Professor in clinical pharmacy (MPharm, MSc, PhD)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3836-2846


Sofie Rosenlund Lau

Center for Research and Education in General Practice, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Postdoctoral researcher (MSc Pharm, PhD Anthropology)

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3377-4566


If you wish to get in touch with us, send a mail to
nerd@deprescribing.eu or find us on Twitter @NDeprescribing