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.

 

You are welcome to attend any Conference and Keynote Lecture without prior booking!

 

All conferences will take place on Saturday and will be divided into 2 groups: the morning group and the afternoon group. Please keep in mind that in order to receive your Certificate of Participation, you must attend at least two events (this includes Conferences, Keynote Lectures and Presentations), 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 Presentation session you prefer, as long as one is in the morning and the other one in the afternoon.

Souhel Najjar MD, Phd

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Professor and Chair of Neurology, Hofstra North Shore

LIJ School of Medicine, USA

Opening Lecture

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Autoimmune Encephalitis and the Concept of “Autoimmune Psychosis”: It’s All One Brain

The clinical picture of autoimmune encephalitis is tricky, and not many before Dr. Souhel Najjar managed to put the pieces of the puzzle together – it doesn’t just appear with neurological symptoms, but also with psychiatric manifestations, ranging from plain anxiety to psychosis mimicking schizophrenia.

Dr. Souhel Najjar will walk us through the intricate concept of the “Autoimmune Psychosis”, where autoimmune diseases meet neuropsychiatric disorders. He will highlight the considerable challenges characteristic to the diagnosis and management of individuals with new-onset psychiatric illness of possible immune origin.

Dr. Souhel Najjar is Founding Director of the Autoimmune Brain Disorder and Autoimmune Encephalitis Center at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is also Chairman of Neurology at North Shore University Hospital and at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York.

 

Wg Cdr Ankur Pandya

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Wing Commander Royal Air Force

Opening Lecture

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A day without consequences

Most physicians have a great focus on clinical practice, but tend to underestimate the importance of moral principles that apply value to the practice of clinical medicine. The multi-award winning plastic surgeon Ankur Pandya will share his perspective on tackling human factors in medicine that adversely affected patients and their medical care.

 

He has been an NHS & Private Practice Consultant for over 17 years, having a lot of experience in his specialty. 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 find out more about him on his personal website: www.ankurpandya.co.uk.

 

Bengt Winblad

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Professor of Neurogeriatrics

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Keynote Lecture

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Future therapeutic targets in Alzheimer’s Disease

Research on neurodegenerative diseases is an escalating field with an extremely active focus on therapeutic management.  The more recently discovered drugs do not make it on the market, but current research is escalating quickly. The Neurogeriatrics laboratory at the Karolinska Insitute, under the guidance of Professor Dr. Bengt Winblad focuses on discovering possible therapeutic treatment options for AD. As a lead researcher, Dr Winblad will come and offer his insights on where their work might lead in the near future.

Maria del Rosario Sanchez-Gonzalez, PhD

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Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

Keynote Lecture

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Tissue scarring – the dark side of immune response

Traumatic brain injury recovery is extremely difficult, and only 25-33% of patients make a complete recuperation in severe cases. The reason behind this is that the neural cytoarchitecture is not restored entirely, but is instead replaced with non-functional tissue, known as the glial scar. As the initial reaction of glial cells is essential for wound healing, it is important to understand the specific molecular mechanisms that turn the initial glial activation into the glial scar formation.

Dr. Maria del Rosario Sanchez-Gonzalez from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, will describe the importance of understanding the specific molecular mechanisms behind these pathways and how to better improve the functional recovery after traumatic central nervous system injury.

Pierfilippo Crucitti, MD

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Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Division

Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital

Keynote Lecture

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Lung Cancer: from prevention to treatment

Lung cancer is potentially one of the most preventable cancers, but yet remains to be a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in industrialized countries. Sounds hard to believe, right? Studies show that only 16% of patients will be diagnosed at an early stage, where survival rate remains at around 68-92%.

Doctor Pierfilippo Crucitti from the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital in Rome has a vast amount of experience in early detection methods of lung cancer, and he is coming to MEDICS 2019 to share the latest advances in the field. He will be discussing primary prevention of lung cancer, screening programmes currently in place, and the Uniportal Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery for treatment of early stage lung cancer, which represents the new frontier of minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

To learn more about Dr. Crucitti, please see his website https://pierfilippocrucitti.it.

Maria-Eleni Dounavi, PhD

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Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry

University of Cambridge

Keynote Lecture

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Multi-modal brain imaging to unravel early biomarkers for Alzheimer’s: the PREVENT dementia study

Nobody seems to notice when 60 seconds have passed, but for some people it may be a changing point in their life – someone new develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 60 seconds. Studies show that 5.7 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and these numbers are expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050. Sounds hard to believe, but nowadays more and more people die from Alzheimer’s rather than heart diseases.

It all comes down to one question: “Can we pinpoint who will develop Alzheimer’s disease?

Coming to MEDICS 2019, Maria-Eleni Douvani PhD, research associate at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge inch us closer to a definitive answer to identifying the early signals of Alzheimer’s, her studies bringing us closer to a definitive answer. Her work is focused on multi-modal MR brain imaging to detect early alterations occurring in the brain on subjects in high risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Multi-modal brain imaging is a noninvasive brain imaging technique playing increasingly important roles in elucidating structural and functional properties in normal and diseased brains, now used in early unraveling of one of the most common type of dementia.

Doctor Dounavi conducted her PhD Research in the department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Sheffield, UK, focusing on multi-modal MR brain image processing in type-2 diabetes. She holds an MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Nottingham, UK and an M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.

Gabriela Ion, PhD

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Immunology Department, Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia, USA

Closing Lecture

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The immune system, the guardian of the fight against cancer

It can be stated that cancer is the disease of the century.

Back in the day, this diagnosis was an even tougher blow than it currently is, as we had a limited arsenal of resources to counteract its development. This realization became a pivotal moment in the hunt towards more treatment and management options. An opportunity towards gaining the upper hand against cancer arose in the branch of Medical and Biological Sciences, in Immunology.

Taking into consideration that neglecting the immune system can aid the evolution of a cancerous disease, researchers have turned to manipulating the immune system in order to defeat the disease through a technique called cancer immunotherapy.

For our closing ceremony, Gabriela Ion, PhD, will introduce us to this revolutionary procedure, which has reshaped the way medicine views cancer treatment procedures. She is a scientific researcher at the Stefan S. Nicolau Virusology Institute, in the Immunology Department, Bucharest, Romania, and her lecture will highlight how one’s own immune system becomes the answer-from-within when fighting cancer.

Her background consists of research in the biomedical field at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, USA. Her main areas of research include the study of musculoskeletal disorders, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and gland tumorigenesis.

 

Mihai Craiu, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Conference

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Simulation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Training

Pediatric emergency medicine has some special characteristics of ethical and emotional nature, thus making it extremely challenging for medical students and residents to learn practical skills in this section of general training. The European Resuscitation Council has developed official protocols upon which pediatric resuscitation training for doctors should be based on, focusing on the steps that need to be taken when helping a child found in grave danger.

Mihai Craiu is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and the Head of the Pediatrics Department at the “Alessandrescu-Rusescu” National Institute. He is also the founder of the Virtual Space for Children, a well-known Facebook page that aims to inform the general public of various conditions and news on Pediatrics, making him a pioneer of online medical education.

 

Gheorghe Peltecu, MD, PhD

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Professor, Department of Gynaecology

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania

Conference

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The ERAS concept applied in cesarian sections | Prevention of pre-eclampsia

Research has shown that surgical treatment of patients is optimal when surgeons adopt a multidisciplinary approach. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a system that aims to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. This concept focuses on offering the best surgical conditions for the patient, improving physiologic function, and facilitating early recovery and discharge from the hospital. Patients experience a faster recovery, a shorter hospital stay, and a decreased risk of surgical complications.

Professor Peltecu will discuss the ERAS concept in relation to cesarian sections, and how patient management and comfort is becoming increasingly beneficial for surgical recovery. Assistant Lecturer Panaitescu will also discuss the prevention mechanisms for pre-eclampsia in the second part of the lecture, completing the idea that a multidisciplinary approach is very important when dealing with pregnancies.

Gheorghe Peltecu, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Gynaecology
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania

Anca Maria Panaitescu, MD, PhD
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Gynaecology
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania

 

Adriana Radu, M.P.H

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Founder

SEX vs THE STORK

Conference

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Let’s break the sex education taboo – SEX vs THE STORK

Sexual education is yet to be taught in many schools and institutions worldwide, making it difficult to maintain a proper level of awareness among young individuals. In the absence of the right information, many people turn to a potentially harmful and unreliable source – the internet.

How can we break the ice on such topics and encourage a healthier attitude towards sex-ed?

Adriana Radu has the answer! With a Master of Public Health degree from the Charite — Universitätsmedizin Berlin and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and German Literature from the Université Lumière Lyon 2, she is the founder of SEX vs THE STORK (SEXUL vs BARZA – www.youtube.com/sexulvsbarza), a Romanian feminist sexuality education video web series for teens and young adults.

Adriana has managed to build a platform that bridges economics and medical awareness. The platform’s YouTube channel has over 70.000 subscribers and 7.5 million views, making her responsible to deliver valuable information to thousands of individuals.

In her talk, she will give an introduction on how to build a modern and efficient health promotion platform and will touch on the economics of sexuality education in Romania.

Previously, Adriana was a Keynote Lecturer at the EuroNGOs Conference 2017 and at the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, as well as a speaker at TEDx Cluj, Romania.

Mihai Melnic, MD

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Interventional Cardiology

Elias University Emergency Hospital

Conference

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Open-heart surgery vs. coronary angioplasty in high risk patients with left main disease: How do we choose?

When do we open the patient for coronary artery disease? The guidelines are clear, but in reality, it is more difficult to determine, and new studies are beginning to change the course of action.

When discussing the different types of coronary artery diseases, the Left Main Coronary Artery Disease (LMCAD) is the riskiest due to the large territory that the left main trunk supplies. If, in preparation for surgical correction, we encounter a high-risk patient, the difficulty of managing the case increases tenfold.

When odds seem unfavorable, how do we make an informed decision? How do we establish the optimal course of treatment?

Joining the panel of speakers this year at MEDICS2019, Dr. Mihai Melnic, Interventional Cardiologist at the Elias University Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, will shed some light on this issue. He will compare the benefits of an open-heart approach to the ones of a coronary angioplasty so that we could better understand the procedures used when dealing with this ischemic heart disease. Dr. Melnic will share with us some of the most challenging cases of LMCAD he encountered as an Interventional Cardiologist.

Catalin Vasilescu MD, PhD

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Professor of General Surgery

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Conference

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Sepsis, surgery and microRNAs

Despite medical progress in post-operative intensive care and the development of antibiotics, sepsis continues to be the leading cause of death triggered by bacterial infections, with mortality rates as high as 40%. This condition is problematic to say the least, as its symptoms are misleading and its processes are yet not fully understood.

The studies of non-coding RNAs, specifically microRNAs, show signs of leading the way towards discovering new sepsis markers, and potentially new therapeutic potentials. Professor at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Dr. Catalin Vasilescu, will further this discussion, enriching it with valuable insights into sepsis management and future treatments. The multiple facets that concern discovering alternative options of treatment will be presented at his conference, as well as post-surgical management techniques.

Dr. Vasilescu is Head of the General Surgery III Department at the “Fundeni” Clinical Institute. He was also the Alexander von Humboldt Scholar at University of Ulm, Germany. Vasilescu received his PhD from the University of Ulm and the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest. He has significant contributions, both national and international, in laparoscopic and oncological robotic surgery.

Radu Vatasescu MD, PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Cardiology Department

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Conference

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New developments in ablative therapy of complex cardiac arrhythmia

Cardiac arrhythmias are one of the major public health concerns. Their number is constantly increasing, with a severity which can vary on a broad spectrum- from harmless to potentially life-threatening. The typical, unhealthy lifestyle makes one prone to developing this condition, which sometimes might not even show its face.

If your heart just skipped a beat, rest assured! The upcoming conference has got you covered!

Dr. Radu Vatasescu from the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, has a vast experience in the management of arrhythmias and will introduce us to ablative therapy, sharing its promising developments. This fascinating procedure, which involves scarring or destroying the tissue responsible for the abnormal heart rhythm, is placed among the most innovative treatment options available when it comes to complex arrhythmias.

Dr. Vatasescu is Head of the Clinical Electrophysiology and Pacing Lab at the Floreasca Emergency Hospital. In the past, he was the Eastern Coordinator of the National Society Committee at European Heart Rhythm Association and President of the Working Group on Arrhythmia, Romanian Society of Cardiology.