We are delighted to announce the first invited speakers

Gernot Marx, DE

Dr Gernot Marx, MD, FRCA, is full Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Chair at the University RWTH Aachen, Germany. He is Head of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and Intermediate Care at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. He is Chairman of the Board of the German Society of Telemedicine. He is full Board Member of the German Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and full Board Member of the German Interdisciplinary Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. He graduated and took his residency at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany. He was Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Liverpool, UK, and full Professor for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany.

Anne Agur, CA

Anne Agur, BSc(OT), MSc, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, with cross appointments in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Institute of Medical Science. She has been a teacher and researcher in the Division for more than 35 years with a primary research interest in clinically applied normal vs pathological structure and function of the musculoskeletal system including joints, musculotendinous architecture, innervation patterns and pain-generating mechanisms. She has won numerous teaching awards and is co-author of Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, Essential Clinical Anatomy, and Clinically Oriented Anatomy.

Andreas Hoeft, DE

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Bonn, Germany

Andreas Hoeft graduated from Medical School of the University of Münster in 1981. After six years of basic research in cardiovascular physiology he earned a PhD degree (Habilitation) in Physiology. Following a residency in Anaesthesiology in Göttingen he worked for two years (1991-1992) as visiting professor in Houston, Texas. In 1992 he completed a second habilitation in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. His major research interest is cardiovascular physiology, pharmacokinetics and dynamics, genetics in anesthesia and intensive care, clinical research and epidemiology. Since 1995 chairman of the department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine in Bonn, Germany

Davide Chiumello, IT

Professor Davide Chiumello, MD, is Chief of the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo Hospital, Milan, Italy. Prof. Chiumello’s research has largely focused on understanding the pathological and clinical aspects of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), with a particular focus on respiratory physiology, esophageal pressure, lung recruitment, lung imaging, ventilator-induced lung injury, prone position, controlled and assisted mechanical ventilation, and non-invasive ventilation. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Minerva Anestesiologica (journal of the Società Italiana di Analgesia, Anestesia e Terapia Intensiva) until 2015. He currently serves on the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine (journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine). He is also a reviewer for a number of international journals and Editor of the E-learning committee on Respiratory Failure for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Prof. Chiumello is the author of more than 140 scientific articles and several chapters in medical textbooks.

Edoardo De Robertis, IT

Associate Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy.

Scientific and Professional Society Activities
SIAARTI (Società Italiana di Anestesia, Analgesia, Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva)
Former Chair of the SIAARTI study group on Emergency 2015-18
ESA (European Society of Anaesthesiology)
Co-opted member of ESA Board of Directors
Former Chair of the ESA Guidelines Committee (2015-2018)
From June 2018 President of the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) of the European Union of Medical Specialists (EUMS/UEMS).
From 1996 - a member of an international research group on mechanical ventilation joining the Universities of Napoli, Lund, and Paris XII (Creteil). The collaboration has given the opportunity to plan and perform experimental studies in complex animal models and clinical studies in critically ill patients, together with several multi-centre studies, which have been published on important peer reviewed journals. Moreover, an innovative system of ventilation aimed at the reduction of airway dead space (ASPIDS) was developed.

José A. Aguirre, CH

PD Dr. med. José Aguirre: MSc I was a young enthusiast anaesthetist when I was first exposed to regional anaesthesia at the Balgrist University Hospital 10 years ago. There I got hooked and having become a lifelong addict I was offered a position as a Consultant Anaesthetist. This passion lead to an academic career advancing to Senior Consultant, Head of the Anaesthesia Education and Research and Head of Study Coordination of the Unit for Clinical and Applied Research. I share with other regional anaesthesia enthusiasts the pleasure to be a Board Member of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA) and of the SWISS Association of Regional Anaesthesia (SRA). Moreover, it is my privilege to be Chairman of the European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management (EDRA).
My main research interest are the effects of regional anaesthesia techniques on patient’s outcome (functional, pain, haemodynamic stability, cognitive dysfunction etc.), the effects of local anaesthetics on inflammation / cancer and the economical impact of regional anaesthesia on the perioperative processes.
To spread solid knowledge and skills of regional anaesthesia and perioperative pain therapy and to investigate their safety and further indications for further expansion of these techniques is my mission.
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Morné Wolmarans, UK

Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the United Kingdom for 15 years.
Starting my medical practice in Cape Town, then moved to London and finished specialising in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Cambridge. Developed special interest in Ultrasound RA in 2000. Regularly lectures, organise workshops and have established ultrasound courses nationally and internationally. Actively involved with RA-UK board for the last 10 years.
Immediate Past-President for Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK), an ESRA Board member, Vice Chairman of EDRA Board, an examiner for the EDRA diploma and External Examiner for University of East Anglia Masters Programme in Regional Anaesthesia.
My special interests are education in ultrasound regional anaesthesia, RA non-technical skills (RANTS), vascular anaesthesia, golf and fine wine.

Götz Geldner, DE

Götz Geldner, Prof. Dr. med. M.A., D.E.A.A. Medical director, hospital for anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain therapy and emergency medicine, clinical centre Ludwigsburg, Academic Teaching Hospital University Heidelberg.
Chairman of the steering committee for quality management and economics of the German society for anaesthesiology and intensive medicine and German anaesthetist professional organisation (2000-2007)
Vice-president of the German anaesthetist professional organisation (2007-today)
Richard Knill Research Competition Finalist, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Annual Meeting, June 24–28, 2011, Toronto, Canada
President of the German anaesthetist professional organisation (2012-now)
Board Member German society of Anaesthesia (2012-now)
Vice-President and Interims-President European Board of Anaesthesia (2015-now)
Scientific Interests:
Neuromuscular Blocking agents, Neuromuscular monitoring, ARDS, ECMO, Anaesthesia in developing countries (Eritrea)

Arun Bhaskar, UK

Dr Arun Bhaskar MBBS MSc FRCA FFPMRCA FFICM FIPP EDPM, Consultant in Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive care is the current President of the British Pain Society. He is also the Hon. Secretary of the Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland.   Dr Bhaskar is also the present Chairman of the UK Section, World Institute of Pain.  Dr Bhaskar advises NICE on interventional procedures, cancer pain and was a co-opted member of the GDG for Care of the Dying.  Dr Bhaskar is currently the Co-chair of the Committee for the Cancer Pain Management Guidelines; he is also the Co-chair of the Neuromodulation Guidelines Committee.  Dr Bhaskar is the Head of Service at the Pain Management Centre, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London and has special interests in complex pain, including cancer pain, neuropathic pain, visceral & pelvic pain, pain interventional procedures and neuromodulation. He has also a specific interest in opioid management in complicated cancer pain, as well as opioid dependence and its management in the pain patient population. Dr Bhaskar has been involved with several clinical trials in cancer pain, and neuropathic pain in cancer including chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.  He has been involved in developing novel techniques for interventional treatment of pain including intractable cancer pain.  Dr Bhaskar is on the faculty of many courses, including the European Pain School and is an examiner for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine and also the FIPP examination for the World Institute of Pain. 

Zeev Friedman, CA

Dr. Zeev Friedman is an Associate Professor at the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto and the Director of Research at the Department of Anesthesia, Mount Sinai Hospital.
He serves as the University of Toronto Resident Research Coordinator and Chairs the Department of Anesthesia Annual Shields Research Day. He is the outgoing chair of SESA (the Section for Education and Simulation in Anesthesia of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society), a Clinician Educator/Researcher at the Wilson Centre and a member of the Research Committee of SSIH (The Society for Simulation in Healthcare).
He has published in several areas of education and simulation. The focus of his current research is the ability to challenge authority across hierarchy gradients. Previous studies involved skills assessment through simulation, the effect of technical skills on non-technical skills and the impact of simulation on skills acquisition.
These studies were funded by grants from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation and Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society as well as Research Merit Awards from the University of Toronto.

Andrzej Król, UK

Andrzej Król, MD, DEAA, FRCA, FFPMRCA, EDPM - ESRA has been a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at St. George’s Hospital, London, UK since 2005. Dr. Krol has been regional anaesthesia lead and  driven the implementation of regional service and training for the last 15 years. Andrzej has been actively involved in promoting and teaching interventional pain relief techniques and regional anaesthesia with ultrasound guided approaches opening a new horizon. His special interests include: chronic and acute pain, regional anaesthesia and vascular anaesthesia. Andrzej has a strong educational and research background and he runs multiple courses in pain management and regional anaesthesia across Europe. He is the chairman of international ESRA/RA-UK ultrasound in pain medicine course in London and has taken a role of coordination of ESRA pain workshops in London, Madrid, Innsbruck and annual ESRA scientific congress. Dr. Król has been a faculty of European Diploma of Pain Medicine - ESRA, the co-founder of London Society of Regional Anaesthesia, the founder and council member of the London Pain Forum.  He is the author of numerous journal articles and is a frequent presenter and lecturer at national  and international congresses. He has been associate editor of the "Journal of Observational Pain Medicine".