International Faculty - Best of Brussels 2016

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
Department of Intensive Care
Brussels, Belgium, Prof Daniel De Backer 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 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.

Prof Anthony McLean
Head of Discipline Intensive Care Medicine
Department of Discipline Intensive Care Medicine
University of Sydney
Prof Anthony McLean was educated in New Zealand graduating from Otago University, New Zealand in 1974, completed his FRACP in Sydney in 1984, and became a Foundation Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine in 2010. He gained the research degree of MD from Otago in 2007 the thesis titled 'Critical Care Echocardiography'.

After training in cardiology he underwent training in Intensive Care Medicine in Australia. He was appointed as Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Nepean Hospital in 1986 and became Head of the Critical Care Division, Nepean Hospital in 1992. He is also Director of the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory, which performs over 6000 ultrasound studies per annum. He is a clinical Professor of the Sydney University and Head of the Discipline of Intensive Care Medicine at the University.

Working in both Intensive Care and Cardiology, his major research interests are the diagnosis and management of acute heat failure, role of cardiac biomarkers in the ICU, echocardiography in the critically ill and the role of gene analysis in the diagnosis of sepsis in the critically ill patient. He leads a Critical Care Translational Research team actively involved in the development of diagnostic and prognostic genetic markers in severe influenza infection. He has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals.

He is a Past President of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Intensive Care and immediate Past- President of the Asian Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine

Prof Geert Meyfroidt
Senior clinical researcher, Promotor, MD, PhD
Medical doctor specialized in Anesthesiology and in Intensive Care Medicine, Geert Meyfroidt is currently associate professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the KULeuven and is Deputy Head of Clinic at the Department & Laboratory of Intensive Care Medicine at the UZ Leuven. He is a member of the board of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SIZ).

His research interests are data mining and predictive modelling on data from critically ill patients, with a particular interest in intracranial pressure, cerebrovascular autoregulation, and cerebral oximetry in brain injured patients and critically ill children.

Prof Patrick T Murray
Dean of Medicine and Head of the School
Patrick Murray is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology in University College Dublin, and a consultant physician (clinical pharmacologist & nephrologist) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He received his medical education at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Following his internship at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He completed fellowship training programs in nephrology, critical care medicine, and clinical pharmacology at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

He is board-certified in internal medicine, nephrology, critical care medicine, and clinical pharmacology. He practiced as an intensivist, nephrologist, and clinical pharmacologist at the University of Chicago Hospitals from 1996-2008, serving as the fellowship training programme director in nephrology, also directing the Acute Dialysis Service.

He has a longstanding interest in research and education to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of acute kidney injury and nephrotoxicity, and the pharmacotherapy of patients with kidney disease. He is a member of several international consensus groups that have produced guidelines for research and practice in the field of acute kidney injury (ADQI, AKIN, KDOQI).

Prof Gunnar Elke
Dr. Gunnar Elke (38), Research Assistant at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (Director: Prof. Dr. M. Steinfath) of the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Campus Kiel, and Medical Faculty of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel , has been awarded the "Nestle Award for Practice Improvement in ICU Nutrition" by the European Society for Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) for approaches to improving the nutrition of intensive care patients. Dr. Elke was honored for his project "Individualized Analysis of the Metabolism of Patients with Severe Sepsis". The aim of this project is to contribute to a better understanding of individual metabolic changes in the course of sepsis and to examine the extent to which customized individualized nutritional therapy improves the disease progression of patients.

Prof Robert Kacmarek
Prof Robert Kacmarek,PhD, RRT, FCCM, FCCP, FARC, is the Director of Respiratory Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School.

In his role at Mass General, he is responsible for the respiratory care provided in all inpatient and outpatient areas of Mass General as well as providing education regarding respiratory care to other groups within patient care services as well as to a number medical services.

Dr Kacmarek has authored 19 text books on respiratory care, published over 175 original research studies and over 200 editorials, reviews or chapters. In addition, he has lectured extensively at respiratory care and medical conferences nationally and worldwide, presenting more than 700 lectures.

He is a fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Society for Respiratory Care. He received the Forrest Bird Lifetime Achievement Award and the Jimmy A. Young Life Time Service Award from the American Association for Respiratory Care and is a College Medalist of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr Kacmarek is also an editorial board member of the Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Respiratory Care Journals

Prof Thomas Scheeren
Prof Thomas Scheeren Anesthesiology University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.

My long-lasting interest in the fields of cardiovascular anaesthesiology and physiology, particularly focussing on haemodynamic monitoring including the microcirculation and tissue oxygenation, has led to more than 100 peer reviewed publications in international scientific journals and numerous lectures at national and international scientific meetings.

In more than 20 years of clinical activity I worked at three academic university hospitals in two European countries, getting a broad overview and being involved in multiple teaching activities in the fields of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine. My PhD thesis at the University Hospital in Dusseldorf, germany included numeral studies on cardiovascular physiology, and was completed in 1999 after which I got my Habilitation (Associate Professor, Privat-Dozent). I was appointed as a full Professor of Clinical and Experimental Anaesthesia at the University of Rostock, Germany in 2004, and as full Professor of Anaesthesia and Cardiovascular Physiology at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands in 2010. At present, I run an active research group on cardiovascular physiology and hemodynamic monitoring at this Dutch University hospital.

Prof Tom Van der Poll
Prof Tom van der Poll is the Medicine in the Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is Head of the Center of Experimental and Molecular Medicine and Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases in this institution. Van der Poll is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is a member of the Dutch Health Council, the official advisory board of the Dutch government and parliament. He is the current Chair of the International Sepsis Forum.

His training included a postdoctoral research fellowship in Cornell University Medical College in New York (1993-1995). Van der Poll is a former Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995-2000). His research focuses on the innate immune and procoagulant response during sepsis. He has published more than 600 original articles and over 60 book chapters on this topic.

Prof Beverley J Hunt
Professor Beverley Hunt is Professor of thrombosis and haemostasis at King’s College London and is a consultant in the departments of haematology, pathology and rheumatology.

She is a national and international expert in thrombosis and acquired bleeding disorders. In England, she sits on the National VTE (venous thromboembolism) board where she is co lead of the patient awareness and experience work stream. She also sits on the National VTE prevention clinical advisory group, the NICE Guidelines Development group for the management of VTE and the NICE VTE standards development committee. She sat on the NICE guidelines development group and clinical standards committee for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients.

She has extensive clinical experience of thrombotic and acquired bleeding disorders and runs a very active research group with over 230 peer-reviewed publications to her name.

Prof Alain Mercat
Prof Alain Mercat, MD is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine (University of Angers, France). He is director of the Medical Intensive Care Department in Angers University Hospital, chairman of the european research network on acute respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation (REVA), and vice president of the french intensive care society (SRLF). He coordinates the french advanced studies diploma on mechanical ventilation entitled “Mechanical ventilation : From physiology to clinical practice”. His two main research topics are ARDS and mechanical ventilation

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

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