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Conferences

Our Conferences are the best opportunity to enter the ever-expanding world of clinical medicine and fundamental science. Imagine great speakers discussing novel ideas and experience the amazement that comes with every discovery.

Some of our conferences will be  Keynote Lectures - special talks held by our most prominent guests.

All conferences will take place on Saturday and will be divided into 2 groups: the morning group and the afternoon group. All participants are welcome to attend without prior booking. Please keep in mind that in order to receive your Certificate of Participation, you must attend at least two Conferences (including Keynote Lectures) and/or Sessions, one in the morning group and one in the afternoon group. In other words, on Saturday, you can go to any conference, Keynote Lecture or Session you prefer, as long as one is in the morning and the other one in the afternoon.

For Conferences and Keynote Lectures no prior booking is necessary.

List of Keynote Lectures

Ankur Pandya |  Wing Commander Royal Air Force

War and Peace - The plastic surgeon's view

Time: 09.00 - 10.15

Location: BUENOS AIRES Conference Hall, Auditorium Pallady

A multi award winning plastic surgeon, will share his experience in dealing with battlefield cases and what it means to be a medical worker in war-afflicted areas. He has been an NHS & Private Practice Consultant for over 16 years. Previously the secretary of The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, he is a Lecturer at both the Southampton University School of Medicine as well as Portsmouth University and a national and international examiner for The Plastic Surgery fellowship exam. He has wide-ranging voluntary activities, that include working with operation Smile in austere environments all over Asia and Africa. You can read more about him on his personal website: http://www.ankurpandya.co.uk/

Nicole Shilkofski | Associate Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Updates in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: The Science Behind the Guidelines

Time: 14.00 - 15.00

Location: BUENOS AIRES Conference Hall, Auditorium Pallady

Dr. Nicole Shilkofski has worked as a consultant for the American Heart Association to assist in revision of the pediatric resuscitation guidelines. Her lecture will focus on major changes in basic and advanced life support, with emphasis on pediatric advanced life support. She will review some of the scientific studies that have impacted and guided recent changes in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation algorithms and guidelines. She will also discuss teamwork configuration for management of cardiac arrest and how team-based simulation and critical incident team debriefing can impact the quality of resuscitation efforts. Dr. Shilkofski has a passion for teaching that permeates through her career: she has a master’s degree in medical education, performs educational consulting and curriculum development around the world and is keen on trying novel educational techniques.

Isabelle SimoneauClinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Pediatric Extracorporeal Life Support: an Anesthesiologist's Perspective

Time: 10.45 - 12.00

Location: BUENOS AIRES Conference Hall, Auditorium Pallady

Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is an essential component in the treatment of critical patients and recent advances have allowed for wider application of this therapy. For her Keynote Lecture, dr. Isabelle Simoneau will elaborate on its use in pediatric ICUs. She will explain what is ECLS, how it’s done, when do you come off and how choosing the right candidates makes a difference. Isabelle Simoneau is a pediatric anesthesiologist with a rich background of humanitarian activities, educating local volunteers through lectures and practical training.

Domenico Scopelliti Professor, Maxillofacial Surgery Department University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Cleft care protocol: a global vision of treatment in humanitarian experience

Time: 16.30 - 17.30

Location: BUENOS AIRES Conference Hall, Auditorium Pallady

A beautiful account of how traveling the world can help you find a balance between the medical professional life and dedicating yourself to others. For his Keynote Lecture, Dr. Domenico Scopelliti will talk about facial malformations, covering the whole picture: from scientific considerations in the management of cleft palate to treatment protocols and results, interspersed with emotional and humanitarian aspects.

List of Conferences

Radu Vatasescu MD PhD | Senior Lecturer, Cardiology Department, „Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy

The Success Story of Catheter Ablation for Cardiac Arrhythmia: From the Past, Back to the Future

Time: 16.30 - 17.30

Location: ROME Conference Room

In recent years, the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias has been completely transformed. Thanks to  the ability to definitively treat many patients with radiofrequency catheter ablation, patients don’t require lifelong medication anymore. For his Conference, Dr Radu Vatasescu will cover the history of how this has developed and the methods used currently and explores what the future holds for this rapidly evolving branch of interventional cardiology.

Dorin Bica MD & Ionut Gobej MD Neurosurgery Department, Colentina Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

Brain Tumors: Surgical Approach - From Careful Planning to Old Memories

Time: 16.30 - 17.30

Location: PARIS Conference Room

Brain surgery has always demanded an eye for detail. Whether for rigor or space-efficiency, the brain consists of delicate, closely packed structures - which leave little room for error. So - when trying to reach a profound tumour -  how do you find your way through this rich network of interconnected neurons? During their Conference,  Dr Dorin Bica and Dr Ionut Gobej, neurosurgeons at Colentina Clinical Hospital, will shed some light on brain tumour removal. By combining a prudent route of entry with modern medical technology, they will show you how to operate on the brain without leaving a trail of "breadcrumbs".

Catalin Badiu MD PhD | Associate Professor, Cardiology Department, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Cardiovascular Surgery - The Past, the Present and the Future

Time: 09.00 - 10.15

Location: ROME Conference Room

The development and successful application of open-heart surgery is perhaps one of the most spectacular achievements in modern medicine. Thanks to the close collaboration of surgeons, engineers, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and experts in blood coagulation, cardiovascular surgery is now a vibrant specialty of which we can be justifiably proud. However, it still faces major challenges. For his Conference, Dr Catalin Badiu will reflect on how we got this far and analyze the prospects offered by minimally invasive procedures - techniques that seem to have started another revolution in heart surgery.

Bogdan Oprita MD PhD | Head of SMURD Bucharest, A&E Department, Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

Mass Casualty Incidents - A Romanian Emergency Services Perspective

Time: 10.45 - 12.00

Location: ROME Conference Room

The term “Mass Casualty” refers to a number of patient numbers and care requirements that challenge or exceed a community’s ability to provide adequate patient care using day-to-day operations. These incidents have the potential to quickly exhaust a community’s resources available for response. For his Conference, Dr Bogdan Oprița will speak from his experience as the Head of SMURD Bucharest and will explain that the only solution to manage the sudden arrival of a surge of patients is to have a well designed emergency plan.

Ruxandra Oprita MD PhD | Assistant Lecturer, Gastroenterology Department, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

The Importance of Fecal Microbiota in Gastrointestinal Disorders

Time: 10.45 - 12.00

Location: PARIS Conference Room

Andrei Filip MD PhD & Miruna Nicolae MD PhD | AMA Optimex Clinic, Bucharest, Romania

Refractive Surgery Today & Premium IntraOcular Lenses

Time: 14.00 - 15.00

Location: ROME Conference Room

Rodica Marinescu MD PhD | Associate Professor, Orthopedics Department, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Alograft Utility in Revision Arthroplasty and Sports Medicine Surgery

Time: 14.00 - 15.00

Location: PARIS Conference Room

Mic Stelian LL M London & Pirtea Simona

Prevention is not just a medical practice

Time: 09.00 - 10.15

Location: PARIS Conference Room

The power to help human life, together with its immense beauty comes also with an incredible amount of responsibility, which is not always correctly understood or clearly regulated in order to offer the level of protection the medical community needs in order to perform at its highest capacity. The dilemma of how to protect the medical practitioners from unlawful actions or inflated claims while still upholding human rights was always on the debate table. Simona Pirtea and Stelian Mic are two Romanian lawyers working on civil and criminal cases for almost 10 years and during their presentation they will talk about the difference between helping others and helping others within a regulated framework, in order to ensure that the medical staff is also protected from unwanted, defamatory or inflated claims or even worse, from groundless criminal actions.

Ana-Maria Zagrean MD PhD | Associate Professor, Physiology and Neuroscience Discipline, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Neonatal Brain Vulnerability to Hypoxia

Time: 15.00 - 16.00

Location: ROME Conference Room

The immature brain is challenged by waves of changes in its own physiology, that make it highly vulnerable, especially through an increased excitability/inhibition ratio. Hypoxia/asphyxia is a condition present at birth and its severity can determine neonatal mortality or morbidity with long-term implications on adult development. Oxytocin is a hormonal escort for the neonate, that proved not only to contribute to the birth itself, but also to offer a temporary window of neuroprotection to the immature brain, by switching excitability into inhibition. Dr. Ana-Maria Zagrean presentation will focus on the main mechanisms involved in immature brain vulnerability and the way to experimentally model it, in in vitro and in vivo setups. A particular attention will be given to hippocampus, a sensitive sensor for brain injury with paramount significance for memory and other cognitive functions. Also, preventive strategies like changes in maternal diet are proposed as epigenetic factors to mitigate the injury accompanying birth asphyxia.

Bogdan Pantelimon MD & Mihai G Popa

Challenges in Healthcare Industry - Bayer Conference

Time: 14.00 - 15.00

Location: BUCHAREST Conference Room

Adriana Ivama Brummell PhD | Independent Consultant

The Rational Use of Medicines

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Location: BUENOS AIRES Conference Hall

Vlad Voiculescu | Former Minister of Health

Casual Talks

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Location: PARIS Conference Room