International Faculty - Best of Brussels 2020

Prof Jean Louis Vincent
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Head, Dept of Intensive Care, Erasme University Hospital
President, World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care Societies.
He is a former President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), the European Shock Society (ESS) and Past-Chair of the International Sepsis Forum (ISF).
For 34 years, Dr Vincent has organized an International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine which is held every March in Brussels. This symposium, which gathers around 6,000 participants, has become one of the largest meetings in the field.

Prof Daniel De Backer
Daniel De Backer (born on December 28, 1961 in Brussels) is specialized in intensive care medicine and obtained his PhD thesis at the Free University of Brussels. Daniel De Backer is Professor in the Department of Intensive Care (head Prof JL Vincent) at the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels. His main fields of investigations are severe sepsis, organ dysfunction, acute circulatory failure and its treatment (in particular vasoactive agents), hemodynamic monitoring, hepato-splanchnic circulation and microcirculatory disorders. Daniel De Backer has signed more than 150 original articles, serves as reviewer for 30 journals, and is Associate Editor of several journals including "Critical Care" and Intensive Care Medicine".

Interested Topics: Critical Care Medicine, Intensive care medicine, Emergency Medical Care, Emergency Medicine, Sepsis, Organ dysfunction, Acute circulatory failure, Vasoactive agents, Hemodynamic monitoring, Hepato-splanchnic circulation, Microcirculatory disorders, Emergency, Anaesthesia

Prof Vladimir Cerny
Czech Republic
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Hradec Králové, CZ-50005 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Vladimir Cerny received his M.D. degree in 1985. His basic specialty is anesthesiology and intensive care. In 2000, he became Fellow of American College of Critical Care Medicine. From 1995-2013, he has served as a head of department at Charles University of Prague University Hospital Hradec Kralove. He has also spent several years at consultant position in USA, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Today, he serves in several professional bodies nationally and internationally as well, including Chairman of Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care, J.E. Purkinje University, Masaryk Hospital, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic; Senior researcher of Department of Research and Development, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; Adjunct Professor of Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

He has served as a president of the Czech Society of Intensive Care Medicine for three terms. He currently serves as the 1st vice president of the Czech Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care and a member of European Board of Anesthesiology. He is active in research focusing on trauma bleeding, microcirculation and the role of glycocalyx in anesthesia (current H-index is 14).

Prof John R Prowle
Dr Prowle is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine within Prof. Rupert Pearse’s Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Research Group at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London and is an Honorary Consultant Physician in Intensive Care Medicine and Renal Medicine at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK.

Dr Prowle graduated with distinction in medicine from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and undertook Doctoral Research under the supervision of Prof Rinaldo Bellomo in Melbourne, Australia leading to the award of his MD research doctorate in 2013.

Since 2009 he has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, including chapters related to Acute Kidney Injury in forthcoming editions of the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology and the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care.

Prof Samir Jaber
Prof. Dr. Samir JABER is Head of the Critical Care and Anesthesia Department of Saint-Eloi University Hospital in Montpellier-France. He is full "exceptional class" (highest degree) professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

Pr. Jaber is the President of the scientific council of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier.

Pr. Jaber is Past-President of the scientific council of the French Society of Anesthesia and Critical Care (SFAR). He is senior Editor of the Intensive Care Medicine Journal which is the first specific Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Pr Jaber is also a member of the board of several journals and reviewer of the top first quartile journals in Medicine, in the respiratory, anesthesiology and critical care fields. He has a strong involvement in both clinical and experimental research and is running a clinical research laboratory dedicated to mechanical ventilation studies. He developed clinical research in the field of the perioperative medicine, from operating room to intensive care medicine. Pr. Jaber has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in the field of sedation, obesity, acute respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation and invasive mechanical ventilation, in the highest ranked journals of medicine, respiratory, anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

Prof Jeroen Schouten
Jeroen Schouten is an intensivist Radboud University Hospital Nijmegen and is a senior researcher at IQ healthcare. Jeroen Schouten earned a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Implementation Science and has been involved in qualitative research with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship ever since, focusing on its application in Intensive care medicine.

As senior researcher, Jeroen Schouten has performed numerous studies on understanding and improving hospital antibiotic use. He is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methods and has been involved in many (inter)national initiatives to improve antibiotic prescribing (e.g. for SWAB, ECCMID, ECDC, WHO). He is secretary of ESGAP, the European Study Group for Antimicrobial stewardshiP..

Prof Marco Ranieri
Prof V. Marco Ranieri studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari obtaining in 1988 the specialization in Anesthesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. From 1989 to 1991 he obtained a scholarship from McGill University of Montreal, Canada; later he was a researcher at the University of Bari and from 1998 to 2000 "Visiting Professor" at the University of Toronto.

Upon his definitive return to Italy he worked as associate professor at the University of Pisa and subsequently directed, from 2001 until 2015, the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care of the Molinette Hospital of Turin; he was also director of the Specialization School of the University of Turin.

From 2015 to 2018, he held the position of Director of the Complex Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit at the Policlinico Umberto I in Rome and Full Professor of Anesthesiology at the Department of Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Nephrological, Anesthesiological and Geriatric Sciences of the University of La Sapienza.

Full Professor at the University of Bologna since 2018, he is currently Director of the Complex Operative Unit of Anesthesia and Multipurpose Intensive Care Unit of the Sant'Orsola Malpighi Hospital in Bologna.

Author of numerous scientific and educational books, Marco Ranieri is a member of numerous scientific societies such as the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) "and was from 2006 to 2008 President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM ). He has participated in the editorial board of "Intensive Care Medicine" and of the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine" and is still a member of the Editorial Board of "Critical Care".

Prof Antonio Torres
Antonio Torres is Full Professor in Medicine at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Head of the Respiratory Intesive Care Unit at Hospital Clínic. He is considered a physician of reference both nationally and internationally in lung infections, including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, immunocompromised patients, weaning, noninvasive ventilation (NIV), and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS-ALI). He leads the research group on Applied Research in Respiratory Diseases of the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), from where he facilitates translational research studies. He also coordinates a CIBER group on respiratory diseases (Ciberes) and takes part in several European projects. He is co-author of more than 300 scientific publications and has supervised 24 Phd theses.

Research interests:

Dr. Torres has developed several lines of investigation in the field of respiratory infections and artificial ventilation:

1- Infections in patients in intensive care unit:
2- Infections in patients outside the intensive care unit.
3- Artificial ventilation

Prof Mette Berger
Intensive care physician and associate professor in the Lausanne University Hospital, with an anesthesiology background, specialized in burn care and in clinical nutrition. Coordinator of the Lausanne burn centre. Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition.

MD degree from the Lausanne School of Medicine, and medical PhD from the Umeå University, Sweden. Training in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine at the CHUV, with intermittent fellowships in Stockholm, Sweden and Sydney, Australia. Training in nutrition in Nancy, France.

Research in clinical nutrition, micronutrition, and major burns. She developed the concept of maximal tolerable energy deficit during the ICU stay. She has conducted randomized trials with micronutrients in major burns, and combined enteral and parenteral nutrition in general ICU patients. Indirect calorimetry enables an individualized care in patients with insufficient or failing enteral feeding: the results show that combined feeding to measured goal reduces infectious complications and costs, due to an improved immune response.

She belongs to ESPEN’s ICU guideline group, and to ESICM’s MEN- metabolism and nutrition working group, which she chairs. She belongs to the ICALIC (Indirect Calorimetry in the ICU) working group to enable individual adaptation and monitoring of feeding targets.

Lecturing worldwide in 4 languages. Teacher for the LLL-ESPEN training program.

Publications: Over 230 peer reviewed publications and 40 book chapters. Edited a Nutrition book in 2018

Prof Raimund Helbok
RaimundHelbok is Assoc. Professor Neurology and specialist in Neurocritical Care at the Neurological Intensive Care Unit, Medical University of Innsbruck, in Innsbruck, Austria.

He did his medical training at the Medical University of Innsbruck and obtained a Master Degree in Clinical Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. After his training in General Medicine and Neurology he conducted his research fellowship at the Division of Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA.

Dr. Helbok’s clinical practice covers the spectrum of neurocritical care, including the management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus, neuromuscular diseases, autoimmune encephalitis and neuroinfectious diseases.

His major research interest is monitoring of the central nervous system in critical care patients with primary head injury as tool to prevent secondary brain injury, in specific in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neuroinfectious diseases. He has conducted many academic studies in the field of advanced neuromonitoring techniques including cerebral microdialyis, brain oxygen monitoring and electroencephalography with specific interest in “cortical spreading depolarisations”. Another field of interest is infectious diseases involving the central nervous system based on clinical care of patients with i.e. meningitis, encephalitis, brain abscess and his academic degree in clinical tropical medicine. He is collaborator of different international trials and is involved in guidelines and consensus conferences. He is active member of several national and international societies, i.e. European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM, neurocritical care section), European Academy of Neurology (EAN, scientific committee neurocritical care and neuroinfectious diseases), Austrian Society of Neurology.

Academic Activities

3rd Annual International Best of Brussels Symposium on Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine 2015

2rd Annual International Best of Brussels Symposium on Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine 2014

1rd Annual International Best of Brussels Symposium on Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine 2013

1st Critical care Update in association with ISCCM, Mumbai

18th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, Criticare 2012

Two thematic meetings per year

Eight meetings per year presented by different intensive care institutions from across the city

Regular CRP training course for paramedics & nurses

A bi-annual BASIC COURSE for Nurses, Paramedics, House Officers & Intensivists, which has trained more than 180 professionals

A three-day refresher course for exam-going post graduate students (DCCM & IFCCM) for the last eight years, which has benefitted more than 500 students.

Annual Mechanical Ventilatory Workshops (Basic & Advanced) A unique national activity which has trained more than 3000 professionals in the last 15 years.

First National Sepsis Update

First International Conference on Mechanical Ventilation

National Critical Care Congress under the leadership of Dr Shirish Prayag