Prof. Kai Zacharowski, MD PhD ML FRCA FESAIC
Professor Kai Zacharowski, MD PhD ML FRCA FESAIC holds the position of the Ordinarius and is the Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt since 2009.
From 2006 until 2008 he was holding the position of Chair of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Bristol. His research, teaching, and consulting interests are in both clinical and basic aspects of patient safety, Patient Blood Management and clotting, big data in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, innate immunity, cardiovascular and critical care medicine. Professor Zacharowski received his MD from the German University of Mainz and his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (where he was working with the Nobel laureate Prof. Sir John Vane → discovered how aspirin works). Since 2016 he is one of the few members of the oldest academy of science in the world (Leopoldina).
His scientific contributions are published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Medicine, Lancet, NEJM and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (in PubMed are currently over 560 contributions listed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=zacharowski)) and were awarded with numerous awards for Innovative Clinical Research (e.g. in 2021 the Exzellenz-Award, in 2020 the Future Medicine Science Award, in 2018 the MSD Gesundheitspreis (3rd), in 2016 the German Price for Patient Safety, in 2015 the Humanitarian Award together with the US-Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, in 2014 the Lohfert Award for Patient Safety and in 2012 the United States Air Forces – Medal of Distinction…).
He is serving as Editor-in-Chief for Current Opinion of Anesthesiology and the Journal of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine as well as an Editorial Board member of numerous journals in Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesia and is the CEO of the Lohfert Foundation and the Founder & CEO of the PBM Foundation.
From 2014 – 2018 Kai was serving as President of the Multiple Joint Committee Intensive Care Medicine (UEMS) (https://www.uems.eu/) and 2014 – 2018 as ESAIC Council Member for Germany (http://www.esahq.org/about-us/the-esa/council). 2013 – 2018 Kai was serving as a delegate for Germany UEMS Section & European Board of Anaesthesiology and from 2013 – 2020 as Deputy Medical Director of the University Hospital Frankfurt.
Kai is serving as the President of the European Society of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care (ESAIC) for the years 2020-2021, Honorary member of ESAIC, Ambassador for ESAIC for the years 2023-2027, and practicing Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in Frankfurt.
Jan De Waele
Jan De Waele is an intensivist at the dept. of Intensive Care Medicine of the Ghent University Hospital, full professor at Ghent University and Senior Clinical Investigator at the Flanders Research Foundation.
His research activities focus on optimizing antibiotic therapy in severely ill infected patients, with specific interest in PK/PD, therapeutic drug monitoring of antibiotics as well as antimicrobial stewardship. He is the past chairman of the ESICM Research Committee (2018-2021), and the 2022-2024 ESICM President-Elect.
Prof. dr. Jos M. Latour
Jos Latour is a professor of clinical nursing at University of Plymouth. Jos has been a critical care nurse for over 30 years. His clinical post is based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset, UK, where he is leading the Clinical School aiming to support staff in research capacity and capability.
His research lab is known as Intensive and Critical Care across the Lifespan with an internationally recognised and world-leading portfolio of studies in family-centred care and improving health outcomes of patients and families. Jos has published widely with international multi-disciplinary teams and is associate editor of several SCI journals.
Marita Ritmala, RN, PhD
Marita Ritmala, RN, PhD, graduated as a registered nurse in 1979, and got the PhD degree in Nursing Science in 2015 from the University of Turku, Finland. Her research interest is in the sleep of ICU patients.
Marita has worked as a critical care nurse for 13 years in Finland and eight years in JFK Medical Center in Florida, USA. She has held an advanced practice nurse position for 15 years in critical care nursing in Helsinki University Hospital (HUS). Since 2016 Marita has worked as a magnet program director in the HUS executive nursing administration helping to develop nursing care according to the Magnet Recognition Program®. As a researcher, she has been developing an Individualized Sleep Support Intervention for ICU patients. She is also involved in the development of ICU nursing knowledge test that would describe the professional development level (advanced beginner, competent or proficient) of an ICU nurse.
Prof. Hon. Mette M Berger
Prof. Hon. Mette M Berger is an Intensive care physician from the Lausanne University Hospital and specialized in burn care and nutrition. She has been responsible for the Lausanne burn center for 30 years.
She received her M.D. degree from Lausanne School of Medicine (Switzerland), and her medical Ph.D from the University of Umeå (Sweden). After a first specialty in Anesthesiology (Lausanne University), she became an intensive care specialist. She also trained as a nutritionist in Nancy (France) and acquired an MBA in health economics.
Prof. Berger has held positions as president and treasurer of the Swiss Society of Clinical Nutrition (SSNC), is member of the ESPEN-ICU guidelines group, Honorary member of European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM and SSNC). She chairs the MN ESPEN guidelines and special interest group for micronutrients. Prof. Berger has authored over 290 publications on nutritional therapy for the critically ill, burn and trauma care, and micronutrients. She is also a teacher for the LLL-ESPEN training program and lecturing worldwide in 5 languages about individualized nutrition therapy, metabolism, and micronutrition.
She has contributed to developing the concept of monitoring nutrition therapy, promoting the use of indirect calorimetry. Committed to education, she has published multiple training documents.
Prof. Dr. med. Eric Albrecht
He holds certifications in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Chronic Pain Medicine. Eric is also board member of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), and member of the PROSPECT working group.
His field of research includes meta-analyses and prospective trials on regional anesthesia, acute postoperative pain, opioid-free anesthesia and sleep apnea syndrome. He is the principal author of more than 120 peer-reviewed articles published in high profile journals and three French-language books. Prof. Albrecht also serves as associate editor for the journals Anaesthesia and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Professor Patrice Forget, M.D. Ph.D.
Professor Patrice Forget, M.D. Ph.D., is Clinical Chair (Full Professor) in Anaesthesia at the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), and Honorary Consultant at the NHS Grampian.
Until 2019, he worked as Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine in Belgium, and as President of the Belgian Pain Society.
He is involved in clinical research, focussed on mainly perioperative epidemiology, pain and clinical pharmacology. For the last ten years, as principal investigator and/or national coordinator, he authored more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Conflict of interests: Board member of the European Pain Federation EFIC, Chair of the Societal Impact of Pain platform – SIP and of the Pain and Opioids after Surgery (PANDOS) ESAIC Research Group, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, Senior/Academic/Associate Editor for the British Journal of Anaesthesia, BMC Anesthesiology and Anaesthesia, the Journal of Clinical Medicine, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, and expert for governments and scientific organisations, Cochrane and REDCap consortia member.
Patrice Forget received speaker/advisory board honoraria from Grunenthal, GE Healthcare and Oncomfort.
Dr. Finn M Radtke, MD, Privat Dozent
Dr. Finn M. Radtke, MD, serves as the Head of Research in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at Nykobing Hospital, University of Southern Denmark, and Chair of the Geriatric Anaesthesiology subforum of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. As the founder and research lead of the Safe Brain Initiative, he focuses on developing, implementing, and monitoring precision patient-centered perioperative care.
Mervyn Singer MB BS MD FRCP(Lon) FRCP(Edin) FFICM
Mervyn Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London, UK. He is an emeritus UK NIHR Senior Investigator and has particular research interests in sepsis, organ dysfunction and tissue oxygenation. His football team is Tottenham Hotspur.
Helen Higham, MBChB, FRCA, DPhil, SFHEA
Helen is an Associate Professor in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Dean for Simulation and Patient Safety at NHSE-Thames Valley.
She is the Director of OxSTaR, the University of Oxford’s simulation and patient safety research centre, (www.oxstar.ox.ac.uk ). Helen has led and supported many safety incident investigations in the NHS and has delivered national training programmes in systems-based incident investigation. She was a founding executive member and a past president of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare in the UK and provides expert input for national committees in patient safety and human factors training, the Foundation Curriculum and the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group.
Her research interests include human factors applied to healthcare and clinical education using simulation and technology enhanced learning.
Dr Imran Ahmad FRCA
He is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, where he holds a position of the Deputy Clinical Director for Theatres, Anaesthesia and Perioperative medicine, having previously been the clinical lead at Guy’s hospital for 4 years.
His specialist interest is difficult airway management and he is the clinical lead for airway management at the Trust and was the education lead for the Guy’s advanced airway fellowship for over 10 years, training 43 fellows during that time. Imran is the President of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) UK, having been the Honorary Secretary for the preceding three years and have been a DAS committee member for over 11 years. Imran is also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London and Course Director for the Guy’s Airway Management Course. Has over 3000 citations and 100 peer reviewed publications which include three DAS guidelines (2015 DAS intubation guidelines, 2020 DAS ATI guidelines and 2021 DAS post thyroidectomy haematoma guidelines).
Imran has also been an invited contributing author to numerous airway management books, including Hagberg & Benumhof’s Airway Management book, Core Topics in Airway management and Virtual Endoscopy and 3D reconstructions in the airways.
Last year, Imran has had a number of innovative projects shortlisted for the finals of the national BMJ Awards 2021 and Nursing Times Awards 2021 for work on developing and delivering the High Intensity Theatre (HIT) lists to help reduce the surgical backlog and improve theatre efficiency. He also run many multidisciplinary international courses across various platforms, including the Guy’s Airway Management Course, one of which had over 20,000 delegates register.
Dr. Silver Heinsar
Dr. Heinsar is an emerging clinician-researcher at the University of Queensland with a focus on mechanical circulatory support and a special interest in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He is a research fellow at the Critical Care Research Group, a global leader in translational critical care research. His contributions to ECMO research are internationally recognised as he is the 1st dual-recipient of the prestigious European Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Young Investigator Award.
Dr. Emilia Guasch
Dr. Guasch studied Medicine in Madrid, Spain and trained also in Spain. She is Division Chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology, at Hospital Universitario La Paz. Madrid. Spain. She’s been doing obstetric anesthesia for the last 30 years in a large University tertiary referral center, where are currently attended around 5000 deliveries yearly, most of them high risk cases.
She is member of WFSA Obstetric Anesthesia Committee and Council and Board member. She serves as EBA-UEMS Vice-President (European Board of Anesthesia of the European Union of Medical Specialists), and she’s been recently elected as ESAIC (European Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Board Member. She has served as ESAIC obstetric anesthesia committee for several years. She is author of nearly 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, and author of several book chapters in national and international books. She is the first author of the European minimum standards in Obstetric Anesthesia and analgesia, published in 2020. Dr. Guasch, has been awarded with several prizes, including the best National publication in Spain and the Gold medal of the German Society of Anesthesia 2022.
Kaspar Bachmann is a board-certified anesthesiology and intensive care physician working at the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research areas cover cardiopulmonary physiology with a special interest in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and clinical research in the field of gastrointestinal dysfunction. He holds a position as a junior lecturer at the University of Tartu, Estonia where he focuses on his clinical research under the guidance of Prof. Annika Reintam Blaser.
Dr. Morné Wolmarans
Dr. Morné Wolmarans is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the United Kingdom for the last 20 years. Studied medicine in South Africa. Worked in Cape Town (South Africa) and then moved to London and finished specialising in Anaesthesia, Acute Medicine and Intensive Care in Cambridge. He is Past – President for Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK), an ex- ESRA Board member and Chairman of EDRA Board. His special interests are ultrasound regional anaesthesia, vascular anaesthesia, post-graduate education, golf and fine wine.
Professor Can Ince
Professor Can Ince is a physiologist and since 2019 heads the Laboratory of Translational Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Intensive Care (head Prof Gommers) of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam. He is a Professor in Clinical Physiology “Cardiovascular aspects of peri-operative and intensive care medicine” .
Previously he headed the Department of Translational Physiology at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam and previous to that he was Prof of Cell Physiology and Prof of Experimental Anesthesiology. He has trained as an Electrical and Electronic Engineer (BSc Univ Birmingham UK, MSc Tech Univ Delft Netherlands) and in Immunology (Leiden University Hospital PhD). The mission of his group is to accomplish bench-to-bedside translation of insights into pathophysiology, novel treatment modalities, concepts, and the development of innovative diagnostic techniques relevant to critical care and perioperative medicine (sepsis, shock resuscitation) and focused on mechanisms related to clinical microcirculation and oxygen transport to tissue. He is Chief Scientific Officer of a company called Active Medical BV which produces microcirculatory imaging devices (OxyCam) and software (MicroTools). He has authored over 650 SCI papers and has an H-Index of 88 www.researchgate.net. He holds 8 patents to his name the last two of which relate to the use of AI to categorize states of disease based on microcirculation images. He is considered a world expert in sepsis (in the top 0.026 % in the world, ranking number 41; www.expertscape.com ).
Dr Dmitri Avlassevitch MD, DA(Tartu), DEAA, FRCA
Dr Dmitri Avlassevitch MD, DA(Tartu), DEAA, FRCA is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom for the last 14 years. Studied medicine and underwent specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive care at the University of Tartu.
Moved to the UK where had additional specialist training in Anaesthesia at the University of Southampton. He also worked as Visiting Instructor in The University of Michigan in USA. His special interests are vascular anaesthesia and anaesthesia for robotic surgery. He runs a training programme on Conscious Sedation at Frimley Park Hospital.
Dr. Umut OCAK
Dr. Umut OCAK, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Health Sciences, Bursa Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital in Türkiye. He earned his M.D. degree from 19 Mayıs University in Samsun, Türkiye, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Türkiye.
Before moving to the USA for further clinical and basic sciences research, he served as an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Bozok University in Yozgat, Türkiye. From 2016 to 2019, he was a Research Scholar-Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine in Wisconsin, USA, and the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, USA.
Dr. OCAK’s areas of expertise include emergency medicine, critical care, neurological sciences, and translational medicine. As a member of the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) for over a decade, he has contributed to its sections on pre-hospital medicine, toxicology, and ultrasound. Collaborating with researchers from China, Europe, Turkey, and the USA, he has authored, edited, and reviewed numerous scientific articles for prestigious academic journals (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6549-4246).
Beyond academia, Dr. OCAK actively participates in humanitarian efforts, especially in search and rescue operations during disasters. Based on his USG experience in emergency settings and as an international faculty member of the EuSEM Ultrasound section, he will lecture on ultrasound imaging at our congress.
Jim is a Consultant working in one of the UK’s busiest Major Trauma Centres and Emergency Departments. He is the current president of the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM). he has been past chair of the EuSEM Ultrasound Section and RCEM Ultrasound group.
He was amongst the first ED Physicians in the UK to adopt Point of Care Ultrasound running his first course in 2001 and has directed and taught on over 50 International Courses and currently directs EuSEM and UK RCEM US Courses.
He has co-authored 2 books on Ultrasound including Ultrasound in Emergency Care “ I believe Point of Care US is a major disruptive technology which will fundamentally change how we practice medicine over the next 20 years. To those who consider me a little obsessed by Ultrasound I would like to point out that I don’t just do Ultrasound……I do echo as well!!”
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Michael Joannidis, MD
Michael Joannidis, MD, is Professor in Medicine (Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine) and Head of the Division of Medical Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Dept. Internal Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. Currently he is serving as vice (past)-president of the Austrian Society of General and Medical Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ÖGIAIN).
He is a certified specialist in Critical Care Medicine, Nephrology and Cardiology. His research interests covering acute kidney injury, renal tubular epithelial pathophysiology, renal replacement therapy and sepsis are represented by over 350 peer reviewed articles.
Congress organising committee
Juri Karjagin, Estonia, congress president
Iveta Golubovska, Latvia, congress vice-president
prof. Andrius Macas, Lithuania, congress vice-president
Local organising committee
prof. Tuuli Metsvaht
prof. Joel Starkopf
Prof. Eva Strike, Latvia
Prof. Aleksejs Misčuks, Latvia
Prof. Tomas Jovaiša, Lithuania
Prof. Arunas Gelmanas, Lithuania
Prof. Oleg Sabelnikovs, Latvia
Dr. Irina Evansa, Latvia
Dr. Vilma Traškaite- Juškevičienė, Lithuania
Dr. František Duška, Czech republic
Dr. Annika Reintam-Blaser, Switzerland
Dr. Farooq Pasha, United Kingdom