Marc Van de Velde

Dr. Marc Van de Velde obtained his medical degree at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1991. He completed his residency in Anaesthesiology in 1996 at the University Hospitals of Louvain. In 2000, he received his PhD degree following research related to metabolic support of the stunned myocardium. He was appointed member of staff in 1997 at the department of Anesthesiology of the University Hospitals in Louvain, Belgium and is now Full Professor of Anesthesia. Until November 2010 he was clinical director of obstetric anesthesia and clinical director of anesthesia outside the operating room. Since November 2010, he is Head of the Department Anesthesiology at the Catholic University Leuven and Full Professor at the Leuven University Hospitals. He has given over 300 invited lectures at the international and national level, has published 80 articles in peer reviewed journals, has produced 30 manuscripts for non peer reviewed journals and has co-authored 4 book chapters. He is editor (together with Helen Scholefield and Lauren Plante) of a new, international book on Maternal Critical Care published in 2013 and he is editor (together with Vicki Clark and Roshan Fernando) of a new book on “Obstetric Anesthesia” to be published in 2016. He was member of the Committee of the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association (OAA) from 2003 – 2009 and is currently the Past-president of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). He is chair of the Scientific Committee of the Annual ESRA Meeting organised in Ljubljana 2015 and Maastricht 2016. He is also the Past-Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee on Obstetric Anesthesia of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA). Currently he is Vice-President of the Belgian Society of Anesthesia and Reanimation (BSAR). His primary clinical interest focuses on obstetric anesthesia and anesthesia for children and adults with congenital heart disease undergoing non cardiac surgery. Most of his current research focuses on obstetric anesthesia.
He is married with Eva and has five children, Sofie, Michiel, Bas, Ella and Juliette. He loves to travel en play golf. Italian food and wine make him smile!


Stefan De HertStefan De Hert

Stefan De Hert received his medical degree at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 1984. Subsequently he completed anesthesiology residency training at the Antwerp University Hospital. After his training he accepted a faculty position in the department and served as vice chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Antwerp University Hospital and professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Antwerp for over 10 years. From 2007 to 2010 he acted as Professor of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Presently, he is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Research at the Department of Anesthesiology of the University Hospital of Ghent.
His early work and PhD thesis, which he defended in 1992, explored the role of the endocardial endothelium in the regulation of myocardial function. His academic interests have focused on cardiac physiology and perioperative cardiac function with emphasis on diastolic function, transesophageal echocardiography, perioperative organ protective strategies and outcome after anesthesia. Additional topics of interest are hemodilution and volume replacement strategies, and the relationship between perioperative cerebral oxygenation and postoperative cognitive dysfunction.
He has authored and co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several chapters in different textbooks. He is Associate Editor of the European of Anaesthesiology, and the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia and acts as regular reviewer for several major anesthesiology, cardiology and surgery journals.
Prof. De Hert acted as member and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clinical and Experimental Circulation of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). Subsequently he became chair of the Scientific Committee of the ESA and now acts as past Chair of this Committee. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the ESA and of the Belgian Society of Anesthesia and Reanimation.



Jannicke Mellin-Olsen

I work in Baerum Hospital, Oslo, Norway. I have been the president of the Norwegian Society of Anaesthesiology, board member of the Scandinavian society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, president of the European Board of Anaesthesiology/UEMS. I am currently the secretary European Society of Anaesthesiology and the president elect of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.



Johanna Sarvela

Dr. Johanna Sarvela is currently chairman of National Society of Obstetric anaesthesia and also chairman of Advanced Program of Obstetric Anaesthesia of Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.



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BrunoMegarbaneBruno Mégarbane

Bruno Mégarbane, MD, PhD is professor of critical care medicine at Paris-Diderot University and directs a research team at INSERM UMRS-1144. He is the head of the Department of Medical and Toxicological Critical Care at Lariboisière Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, in Paris, France. He is the current President of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT). He conducted several clinical and experimental studies in clinical toxicology, mainly regarding mechanisms of opioid-related respiratory toxicity, prognostic factors of life-threatening poisonings, and management of refractory cardiotoxicant poisonings using ECMO. He is a member of the EXTRIP group and an associate editor for Clinical Toxicology.



Jan de WaeleJan De Waele

Jan De Waele is a surgery-trained intensivist with a specific interest in infections in critically ill patients and works at the surgical ICU of the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. Clinical interests include infections in the critically ill and abdominal catastrophes such as the abdominal compartment syndrome and acute pancreatitis. His research activities currently focus on optimizing antibiotic therapy in severely ill infected patients to improve outcome and combat resistance development. Specific interests in the field of infections include antibiotic stewardship, antibiotic de-escalation, multidrug resistance, and source control.

He was appointed Associate Professor in Medicine in 2010. He holds a Sr. Clinical Investigator Fellowship Grant from the Research Foundation Flanders to investigate optimization of antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients, and has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is active in several societies: he is currently chairing the Infection Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), president of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine and immediate Past-President of WSACS – the Abdominal Compartment Society.



Knut Erik Hovda

KEH works at the Norwegian CBRNE Centre of Medicine and Department of Acute Medicine as a clinical consultant and a senior physician. He also has an appointment as a clinical consultant for the National Poison Control Centre. He has his PhD in Clinical Toxicology, and has a particular interest in toxic alcohols, intensive care toxicology, acid-base disturbances, epidemiology and toxicology in the developing world.

For the last few years, he has been working as an expat with Doctors without Borders (Medécins sans Frontiéres/MSF) aiming at building an international capacity for methanol poisonings in the developing world through The Methanol Poisoning Initiative (MPi). He has also had a focus on innovation (e.g. a formate dip-stick for a bedside diagnosis of methanol poisoning, and patient isolation unit for highly infectious diseases (


t-jovaisaTomas Jovaisa

Dr Tomas Jovaisa graduated from Vilnius University (Lithuania) in 1997, where he completed postgraduate training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2006, following a 4-year research programme, he was awarded a PhD degree for his work on the interaction of opiate and glutamate pathways. In 2005, he was appointed Consultant of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the BHR University Hospitals NHS Trust in London, UK. In 2014, he also became the Head of Critical Care Services – a role he continues today.

Dr Jovaisa led the Anaesthesia training programme at BHRUT between 2008 and 2014, and in 2013 was elected to the Royal College of Anaesthetists Examinations Board, where he contributes to the development of the Physics and Equipment section in the UK national examination.

He plays an active role in a range of research projects within Critical Care and Anaesthesia and has supervised a number of junior doctors in their research and audit projects. He was also the principal Investigator in several multi-centre trials – TRACMAN, ENIGMA II and EPOCH. He has co-authored two textbooks and published a number of original and review papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Jovaisa continues to contribute to postgraduate Anaesthesia training in Lithuania. In 2007, he established the International Training Fellowship to provide Lithuanian trainees with additional experience in the UK. He continues to run the programme today whilst regularly teaching in Lithuania. In 2015, he was appointed Visiting Associate Professor at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.


ericEric Hoste

Eric Hoste is a Professor in Medicine and Chief of Clinic, Intensive Care Unit, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium, as well as being a Senior Clinical Investigator of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO). He is also a collaborating faculty member of CRISMA (Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modelling of Acute illness). He is a member and former deputy of the Acute Kidney Injury Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), and a former president of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Professor Hoste’s primary clinical area of interest is clinical critical care nephrology, and has published more than 190 original papers, review articles and book chapters primarily within this field.


zacharowskiKai Zacharowski

Professor Kai Zacharowski, MD PhD ML FRCA holds the position of the Ordinarius and is the Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt since 2009. From 2006 until 2008 he was the Chair of Anesthesia 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, transfusion and clotting, 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).
His scientific contributions are published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Medicine, Lancet, NEJM and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and were awarded with numerous awards for Innovative Clinical Research. He is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Anesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine as well as an Editorial Board member of numerous journals in Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia and is the CEO of the Lohfert Foundation.
He is practicing Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in Frankfurt


hans_kirkegaardHans Kirkegaard

Hans Kirkegaard is professor in pre-hospital and emergency medicine at Aarhus University. He is director of Research Center for Emergency Medicine at Aarhus University Hospital and leader of the Pre-Hospital Research Unit at “Præhospitalet” Central Denmark Region. He is supervisor and co-supervisor for a number of PhD. students and research year students in the emergency medicine field, in hospital as well as pre-hospital. In the hospital setting he is PI of a multinational RCT focusing on duration of target temperature management in out of hospital cardiac arrest patients. Hans is a specialist in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine.



leneLene Heise Garvey

Lene Heise Garvey qualified from University of Bristol in 1994 and specialized in Anaesthesiology in Denmark in 2006. She defended her PhD on “Allergic reactions during anaesthesia and surgery” in 2010 and achieved Subspecialization in Allergology in 2012. She is the chief physician and co-founder of the Danish Anaesthesia Allergy Centre, established in 1999. She is a consultant at the Allergy Clinic, Gentofte Hospital, Denmark and is currently heading an EAACI task force on perioperative hypersensitivity. Her research interests include all aspects of perioperative hypersensitivity; treatment and mechanisms of anaphylaxis and allergy to chlorhexidine and other rare allergens.


standingJoseph Standing

Studied Pharmacy at University of Manchester and worked as a hospital pharmacist for 3 years ultimately specialising in paediatrics as a resident pharmacist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Undertook PhD at University of London School of Pharmacy/University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health (whilst working as paediatric surgical pharmacist) in Clinical Pharmacology of diclofenac (pharmacokinetic, pharmacovigilance and pharmacogenetic studies). Then to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Uppsala, Sweden (Prof Mats Karlsson’s group) for a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacometrics. Returned to London in 2010 to Great Ormond Street Hospital as the Antimicrobial Pharmacist and as a Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy. In 2011 awarded 4-year UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Methodology fellowship in collaboration with Pfizer based at Department of Infection and Immunity at UCL ICH. During this time completed Masters in Statistics at UCL, awarded Fellowship of the Royal Statistical Society (2014) and invited to become member of European Medicines Agency Modelling and Simulation Working Group (2014 to present). Currently hold a 5-year MRC clinician scientist fellowship focussing on antimicrobial PKPD, nonlinear mixed effects modelling in immunology, and clinical pharmacology in neonatal/paediatric critical care.


photo-steveSteve Butler

Consultant, Pain Center, Akademiska, Uppsala 2010 – present

Research consultant Biomedicum, University of Uppsala, 2013 – present.

Research consultant, St. Olav’s Pain Center, Trondheim 2013 – present.




annaAnna A. Ezhevskaya

Dr. Anna Ezhevskaya works at the Volga River Federal State Medical Research Center as a senior researcher fellow. She also has an appointment as an associated professor at the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy. She has a PhD in Regional Anesthesia and has a particular interest in regional blockades in spine surgery, traumatology and orthopedics.
Since 2014 she has been a certificated instructor of the international course of WFSA “Essential Pain Management”.


m-muenzbergMatthias Muenzberg

Matthias Muenzberg is a senior consaltant in Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery at one of the largest trauma centre in Germany. As an emergency physician he is further the head of the rescue- and emergency department. He is assistent professor at Univerity of Heidelberg in the field of trauma surgery. He teachs about the management of sever injuried patietents prehospital and in the clinic,evidence in trauma education and human factor.
As the head of the education committee at the German socity of trauma surgery (DGU) – Matthias takes care of the continuing education and specialisation in trauma. Further he was part of different task forces to develop new course concepts in the field of orthopedics and trauma. The latest one is in ccoperation mit Lufthansa Flight Training to improve the “safty culture in medicine”. (Interpersonel Compentenc Course). Dr. Muenzberg is director of several international trauma programs. Matthias is author of several high ranked publications about standardisation and treatment in trauma and burn care. Further he is a frequet invited speaker of conferences around the world in the field of trauma, education, human factor and emergency medicine.


andrijauskasAudrius Andrijauskas

Audrius Andrijauskas obtained his medical degree at the Kaunas Medical Institute in Lithuania in 1986. In 2006, he received his PhD degree following research related to the fluid status evaluation based on changes in haemodilution following small intravenous fluid boluses. He proposed a mini Volume Loading Test (mVLT). The related US patent (US2007178167) was issued in 2011. The mVLT method was successfully put into test by the International research team by applying it to healthy volunteers and patients undergoing major orthopaedic surgery. The team is currently focused on the development of the method’s non-invasive application and its use in a semi-closed loop infusion system. Since 2002, he co-authored 29 articles in peer reviewed journals (13 of them cited in the Web of Knowledge), as well as delivered 40 lectures and presentations in International scientific events. In 2014, in Hannover, Germany, he received the honorary ’Robert Koch’ medal for the distinguished early achievents in research from the European Academy of Natural Sciences. in 2014, Audrius Andrijauskas co-authored a book ‘Bendrieji perioperacines skysciu terapijos ypatumai’ [‘Principles of perioperative fluid therapy’] approved by Vilnius university faculty of medicine.
Since September 2016, he is full Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and Senior Researcher at Vilnius university and Republican Vilnius University hospital. His special field of interest is perioperative fluid therapy in major surgery.


reintam-blaserAnnika Reintam Blaser

Annika Reintam Blaser graduated University of Tartu, Estonia, worked thereafter as a consultant in general ICU of Tartu University Hospital and later as a chief of Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in East Tallinn Central Hospital. She defended her doctoral degree 2008 in Tartu. Currently she is working as a consultant in the ICU of the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital, Switzerland and as a researcher in University of Tartu. The main topic of her research is gastrointestinal dysfunction in intensive care patients. She is a Chair of the Working Group on Gastrointestinal Function of European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and a member of Executive Committee of the Abdominal Compartment Society.

pwPatrick Wouters

Patrick Wouters MD, PhD is head of the department of anesthesia and perioperative medicine at the Ghent University Hospital.  He is professor of clinical physiology at Ghent University.

He obtained his Medical Degree in 1986 and started his training in anesthesia at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.  After a research fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, USA, he completed his PhD in 1994, became head of cardiovascular anesthesia at the university hospitals Leuven and director of the laboratory for experimental anesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine until 2007.

His clinical expertise is in cardiac anesthesia including congenital heart surgery.  Scientific fields of interest and activity include “right ventricular failure and the pulmonary circulation”, “diastology”, “echocardiography”, “hemodynamic monitoring” and “myocardial protection”.

He is current Secretary-General of the Belgian Society of Anesthesia and Resuscitation (BSAR), Board member of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anesthetists and member of the Royal Academy of Medicine.  He previously served as chairman of the scientific subcommittee on experimental and clinical circulation of the European Society of Anesthesia (ESA), and as chair of the EchoCommittee of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anesthetists (EACTA)


isabelleIsabelle Michaux

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anne-berit-guttormsenAnne Berit Guttormsen

Anne Berit Guttormsen is a professor and senior consultant in intensive care medicine. Her special interests are burn care, nutrition and anaphylaxis. She organized the first follow-up program on anaphylaxis during anesthesia in Norway. She is also head of the research program for the medical and dentistry students at the University Bergen, Norway. She has been General Secretary of the Norwegian society of anaesthesiology (2002-2004); President of Norwegian society of anaesthesiology (2004-2008); Editor in-chief of NAForum (2008- ); Board member (2004-2014) in Scandinavian Society of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine; Co-founder of Norwegian Society of Nutrition (January 2006); Treasurer of Norwegian Society of Nutrition (2006-2009); Member of the editorial board Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica since 2007. She is also a member of the elearning committee of the European society of Intensive care Medicine (ESICM.) In 2004 she was awarded with the national research award of the Norwegian society of anaesthesiology (research field anaphylaxis during anaesthesia).  She has co-authored about 80 scientific papers.