Luis Salvador-Carulla is professor and head of the Centre for Mental Health Research, Research School of Population Health (Australian National University, Australia). His field of interest is support decision systems and policy in long-term care, disability and mental health, and Intellectual Developmental Disorders. He is honour member of the World Psychiatry Association and Secretary of the WPA section “Classification, Diagnostic assessment and Nomenclature”. Prof Salvador-Carulla has intensively participated in the development of international networks in the fields mentioned above, person centred medicine, healthy ageing, and bridging and knowledge transfer between disability and ageing. He has been advisor to the Government of Catalonia (Spain), the Spanish Ministry of Health, the European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He coordinated the European Commission project eDESDE-LTC for the development of a European coding system for long term care, and he participates in the ‘REFINEMENT’ project aimed at analysing financing, quality and effectiveness of mental health systems in Europe. He also chaired the WHO working group on the classification of intellectual disabilities at chapter V of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He received the Leon Eisenberg Award of the Harvard Medical School in 2012.