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 Dr Zsolt Molnar
Prof. Dr. Zsolt Molnr is currently the head of department of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, University of Szeged in Hungary. Dr. Molnr graduated from Medical University of Pcs in 1988, started his training in the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy in Pcs. From 1992-1997 he worked as a trainee in anesthesia and intensive care in the United Kingdom, and from 1995-1997 he was appointed as a clinical research fellow in intensive care at University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK. He received his Diploma in Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy in 1994 in Hungary, then the Diploma of the European Academy of Anesthesiology in 1995. He has obtained his PhD degree in 1999 from the University of Pcs, Hungary. He was appointed as professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy in Pcs from 2005-2009. He was appointed the current position at the University of Szeged in 2009.

Dr. Molnr has published extensively in the area of critical care medicine and anesthesiology. His main research interests are: sepsis related haemodynamic changes, fluid therapy, markers of inflammation and infection, oxygen debt and perioperative intensive care. He has been reviewing for most critical care journals (Crit Care Med, Intensive Care Med, Minerva Anesth, Acta Anaesth Scand, Journal of Crit Care, etc) and has been on the editorial board of national and international journals. He was the Hungarian Council Member in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine for 4 years (2004-2008), and has been involved in the work of the steering committee of the European Critical Care Research Network. Since 2012 he started a unique initiative called SepsEast, an international conference in order to bring experts from Western Europe and opinion leaders from Eastern Europe closer to each other for improving intensive care in this former socialist countries, and also made this conference free for doctors in training.

Prof Didier Payen, MD
Didier Payen is professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care, chief investigator for clinical research, and director of the Research Laboratory of Anesthesiology & Surgical Critical Care at Lariboisire University Hospital, in Paris University7, France. He received his medical degree from the University of Nantes School of Medicine in 1982 and a Ph D thesis in 1988. He was assistant professor in medical intensive care at Henri Mondor University Hospital, Crteil, and in anesthesiology and intensive care at Lariboisire University Hospital, later serving as staff ansthesiologist, and interim chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Prof. Payen has been and is currently the principal or coinvestigator in a number clinical trials regarding sepsis and/or activated protein C including: ADDRESS (20032004) and is the French principal investigator for the international PROWESS-SHOCK (2007-2011). He served as president of the National Critical Care Committee of French society of Anesthesiology and CCare (199899), and was the treasurer of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (1997-2001). He is a reviewer and/or serves on the editorial board for many scientific journals and he is the primary or coauthor of over 270 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Prof Jean-Daniel Chiche, MD
Jean-Daniel Chiche is Full Professor of Critical Care Medicine (Paris Descartes University), currently working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Cochin University Hospital in Paris. He graduated as MD in Paris, studied in Liege for 4 years (Belgium), and obtained a PhD after a 3-year research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston. His clinical interest lies in the field of acute respiratory failure and sepsis. He also holds an appointment as Research Director at the Cochin Institute (INSERM U567) where he develops an independent research program spanning various aspects of the biology of Toll-like receptors, innate immunity and variability of the inflammatory response.

Member of several scientific international societies, Pr Chiche is an active member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). After 3 years as Chair of the Research Committee of the ESICM, he is the current Chair of the Division of Scientific Affairs and Congress Committee.

Prof Luciano Gattinoni
Gattinoni is currently professor of anesthesiology and intensive care medicine and chairman of the department of anesthesiology and intensive care at the University of Milan in Italy. He also is chief of the department of anes-thesia, resuscitation and pain therapy at Policlinico Hos-pital of Milan. Gattinoni is the author or coauthor of more than 200 research articles and reviews, Gattinoni has led numerous cooperative investigative trials, some of which have been published in the British Medical Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and pub-lished in The New England Journal of Medicine and other prestigious medical journals around the world. In addition to treatment of acute respiratory failure and respiratory physiopathology, his research interests range from parenteral nutrition and metabolic therapy and acid-base equilibrium to organization of intensive care units, cost-benefit analysis and prognostic indices. The former editor in chief of Minerva Anestesiologica, Gattinoni serves on the editorial boards of Anestesia, Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva, Critical Care, Respiratory Care and the Italian version of CHEST. Gattinoni is active in a number of professional societies and was the previous president of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and the past-president of the Italian National Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. He is a founding member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, where he is a past-president and a member of the society's executive committee. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Gattinoni has been awarded honorary membership in the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care and is a recipient of the American Society of Anesthesiology's and SCCM Lifetime Achievement Award. Born near Milan, Italy, Gattinoni completed an internship at the Institute of Clinical Medicine II, University of Milan and received his medical degree cum laude, with the thesis "Aminoglutetimide in Cushing Syndrome" in 1969. Following medical school, Gattinoni served as a Lieutenant in the Alps Corp of the Italian Army. He also has a diploma in public health medicine and board certifications in anesthesiology and laboratory medicine.

Prof. Jean Chastre, M.D
Prof. Jean Chastre, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at Paris 6 University School of Medicine, Facult de Mdecine Piti-Salptrire, in Paris, France. Prof. Chastre is also the Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Institut de Cardiologie, Groupe Hospitalier Piti-Salptrire in Paris, France. He is a recognized expert in the performance of clinical outcomes research in the ICU setting, and his clinical research focus has been the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of nosocomial infections and the improved care of mechanically ventilated patients. Prof. Chastre has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers, and authored or co-authored 18 book chapters. He also earned his fellowship in cardiology at Assistance Publique-Hpitaux-de-Paris in Paris, France, as well as a fellowship in critical care. Prof. Chastre is licensed and board certified in cardiology with a subspecialty in critical care. Prof. Chastre earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Paris, France, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Assistance Publique-Hpitaux-de-Paris in Paris, France.

Prof Tarek Sharshar
Prof Tarek Sharshar is senior consultant in the Department of Intensive Care Medicine of the teaching Raymond Poincar Hospital and Professor at The University of Versailles.

He is supervising research on neurological complications of critical illness as well as neuroendocrine and brain dysfunctions related to septic shock, notably in collaboration with Institut de Pasteur, Mc Gill University and Leuven University. Senior Consultant, Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Versailles, France. After his training in Neurology and Intensive Care Medicine in Paris, Dr. Sharshar completed a PhD at the Imperial College of London. He is a Hospital practitioner in the Poincar Hospital ICU, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Versailles University and member of the Laboratory of Human Histology and Animal Models at the Pasteur Institute. His research topics are brain dysfunction in critical illness, osmoregulation alteration in sepsis and neuromuscular disorders.

Prof Olav Rooijackers
Prof Olav Rooijackers is a PhD in clinical nutrition from the University of Maastricht (NL). After that he did 2 postdoc fellowships; one at the Endocrine Research Unit at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA) and one at the Department of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (UK). He is located at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Karolinska Unversity Hospital in Huddinge. As an assistant professor and head of the analytical lab and a professor in experimental anesthesiology and intensive care and together with Professor Jan Wernerman who run the ICU metabolism research group (see

His teaching activities are mainly at the postgraduate level. He is involved in a local course in researcher and research ethics and my main interest in this course is the researcher ethics; how should be behave us as researchers? Ocassionally he organises a course in Clinical Techniques in the study of Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, he is the co-organiser of an International course in Tracer Methodology in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Prof Olav is involved in the study of metabolic and nutritional problems of critically ill patients. He performs smaller intervention studies to elucidate how interventions actually work.

Prof Christiaan Boerma
Graduation Internal Medicine, Academic Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands,1997
Graduation Intensive Care Medicine, O.L.V.G. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1999
European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine
Senior Consultant, Medical Center Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Principal investigator clinical studies, Department of Translational Physiology, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Prof Javier Fernndez
Prof Javier Fernndez has done his Medicine and Surgery in 1993 from the University of Basque Country, Spain
Speciality: Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain

Current positions:
- Consultant Hepatologist, Head of the Liver Intensive Care Unit, Liver Unit, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Spain - Associate Professor, University of Barcelona.
- Investigator of Institut dinvestigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS),Barcelona, Spain.
- Investigator of Centro de Investigacin Biomdica en Red de Enfermedades Hepticas y Digestivas (CIBEREHED) - Member of the EF-Clif (European Foundation for the Study of Chronic Liver Failure).

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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