Prof Daqing Ma (Imperial College, London)


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Professor Daqing Ma, MD, PhD, FRCA, is Professor of Anaesthesia and BOC Chair and Head of Anaesthesia Research of the Section of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 


Professor Ma’s talk is entitled ‘A Basic Overview of how anaesthetics work’ 

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Professor Ma’s second talk is entitled ‘Psychotropic drugs’

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Prof Kazuyoshi Hirota (Hirosaki, Japan)


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Professor Hirota’s talk is entitled ‘Noradrenergic neurons and general anaesthesia’

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Professor Hirota’s second talk is entitled ‘Ketamine update’

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Prof Hugh Hemmings (New York)


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Hugh C. Hemmings Jr., MD, PhD, FRCA is the Joseph F. Artusio Jr. Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Hemmings earned a BS in Biochemistry from Yale College, a PhD in pharmacology from Yale Graduate School, and an MD from Yale Medical School. His graduate work in the laboratory of Paul Greengard, PhD was cited in his 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. He completed postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University, a residency in anaesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he has been a faculty member for 25 years.




An internationally recognized neuropharmacologist, Dr. Hemmings is an expert in the synaptic effects of general anesthetics and mechanisms of neuronal signal transduction.  His research in these areas is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  He is active in several national and international societies for anesthesiology and neuroscience, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthesiologists and is a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. Dr. Hemmings has authored more than 110 articles in anesthesiology and neuroscience, and has edited four books, including Pharmacology & Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application published in 2013. 


Professor Hemming’s talk is entitled ‘Receptor sites of GA action: Na+ channels or Inhaled anaesthetics things not what they seem’.

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He also presented a talk entitled ‘Antidotes in anaesthesia’ 

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Professor Hemmings also presented a key note lecture entitled ‘Can general anaesthesia cause Alzheimer’s Disease?’

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Prof Wolfgang Buhre (Maastricht)


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Professor Wolfgang Buhre serves currently as Professor of Anaesthesiology and Chairman oft he Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the MumC+ in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Furthermore he acts as the head of the Department of Surgical Sciences in this University Hospital. He is the acting chairperson of the Research committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology



Prof Wolfgang’s talk is entitled ‘ GDT: Is it worthwhile and what is the best tool?’

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Prof Wolfgang presented a key note lecture entitled ‘Anaesthesia for the patient with heart failure for non-cardiac surgery’

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Dr James O’Rourke (Beaumont)


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Dr James O’Rourke is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and the Current Director of ICU in Beaumont Hospital.  He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the RCSI and a board member of the Joint Faculty.   


Dr O’Rourke’s presentation is entitled ‘Interventions for acute stroke; anaesthetic considerations’

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Prof Steve Bolsin (Melbourne)



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Stephen Bolsin is famous for something he claims he is not. Sources cite him as the ‘whistle blower’ in the Bristol Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Scandal. He claims he did not “blow the whistle”. He followed the correct routes and told the correct people; but they did nothing. Steve felt compelled to speak out, which led to exile in Australia. The consequences in the UK were cataclysmic. The General Medical Council found the two surgeons and Chief Executive guilty of “serious professional misconduct” and the concept of “Clinical Governance” was coined to ensure such dreadful practice would never occur again in the NHS. Clinical Governance gained global recognition. A Public Inquiry vindicated Dr Bolsin’s actions making 200 recommendations for the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthesiologists awarded him the Frederic Hewitt Medal for Patient Safety.


Steve has since used new technologies to support medical performance and ethical standards, with Palm Pilots to monitor trainees and also allow them to report incidents, electronically. The 98% voluntary incident reporting achieved in Geelong has never been bettered. The trainee’s ethical behaviour was also improved.


Healthcare error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. Steve believes doctors must improve healthcare safety to achieve safer and less expensive health care. Reducing healthcare error can reduce the high cost and the medical profession has a key role in addressing the problem through their ethical duty. Achieving this goal requires an evolved ethical approach and behavioural understanding.    


Professor Bolsins presented the Bristol Scandal key note lecture.

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Professor Bolsin’s second lecture entitled ‘Quality, Risk, Ethics & Behaviour’

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Dr Conor McDonnell (Toronto)


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Dr McDonnell; was a graduate of Medicine from NUIG in 1994 and is a fellow of College of Anaesthesiologists Ireland.  He has been on staff at the The Hospital for Sick Children in the Dept of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine  in Toronto, Canada  since 2006.  He holds an academic appointment at the University of Toronto as Associate Professor and his primary research interests focus on Medication Error in Pediatric Hospital Practice, Quality Improvement in Clinical Care, and the Dynamics of Team Building and Cultural Change.


Dr McDonnell presented a talk entitled ‘Setting up a Department Quality Programme’

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Dr Gavin Lavery (Belfast)





Dr Gavin Lavery is Clinical Director of the HSC Safety Forum and has been a consultant in Critical Care Medicine at Belfast HSC Trust for over 25 yrs. The Safety Forum’s remit is to provide Leadership in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr Lavery leads 6 Quality Improvement programmes across HSC Trusts and this has given him a rare opportunity to see how organisational structures, approaches and culture can enhance or obstruct improvements in Quality and Safety.



Dr Lavery’s talk is entitled ‘Developing a Safety Culture’

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Dr Donal Ryan (St Vincent’s)


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Dr Donal Ryan is a consultant intensivist in St Vincent’s University Hospital since 2009. He previously trained at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, after completing anaesthesia training in Ireland. He holds a masters degree in cardiac physiology and trained in general medicine prior to anaesthesia. He maintains an interest in the application of physiology to intensive care practice and in critical care outcomes


Dr Ryan’s talk is entiteld ‘The critically ill diabetic patient’

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Dr Siobhán McQuaid (Mater University Hospital)


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Consultant Endocrinologist MMUH, Associate Clinical Professor UCD. 



Dr McQuaid’s talk is entitled ‘Recent advances in diabetes medicine’

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Professor Gerry Fitzpatrick (AMNCH)

Professor Fitzpatrick’s talk is entitled ‘Update on perioperative glycaemic management of the diabetic patient’

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