Important Dates:

Closing date for abstracts:  28 July 2019
Notice of acceptance by:  4 August 2019

International faculty include

Sue Berney

Ue Associate Professor Sue Berney is a Clinical and Research Physiotherapist who has been involved with the care of critically ill patients for over 30 years.  She has worked both nationally and internationally and currently is the Manager of Physiotherapy at Austin Health in Melbourne and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.  Her research interests include the physiological effects of physiotherapy interventions in ICU, airway management in trauma, clinical decision making and rehabilitation and the longer term outcomes of survivors of critical illness. She has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally regarding the role of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in intensive care.  Sue has been awarded two Research Fellowships and three nationally and one international competitive grants all as chief investigator.

Her current research interests include the role of exercise and rehabilitation in the critical care setting and the functional, cognitive and psychological outcomes of survivors of ICU and decision support to translate evidence into practice.

Stijn Blot

Full professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Science, Ghent University, Belgium Honorary professor, Burns Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia Research officer, Nursing & Allied Healthcare Professionals, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Executive Board, Flemish Society Critical Care Nursing

Christian Eckmann

Christian Eckmann has served as Head of the Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Hospital of Medical University Hannover in Peine, Germany since 2008. He became Professor of Surgery in 2014 and was certified as Antibiotic Stewardship Expert (ECDC/DGKH) in 2016.

Prof. Eckmann is head of the intra-abdominal infections section of the expert panel for the German national guidelines for antimicrobial treatment of infections in adults. He is member of the Executive Committee of the working group critically ill patients (ESGCIP) of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) .

His scientific interests include complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated skin and soft tissue infections with a focus on the treatment of infections caused by resistant bacteria, fungi and infections due to Clostridium difficile.  Furthermore, he is involved in scientific projects about health care economics in Infectious Diseases. Prof Eckmann has published over 150 articles for peer-reviewed journals and more than 25 book articles.

Nadir Yehya

Dr. Nadir Yehya is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. His interests are in all aspects of mechanical ventilation in children, including experimental pre-clinical models, ventilator-induced lung injury, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Dr. Yehya’s research, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on circulating protein and mRNA biomarkers in pediatric ARDS for identification of disease subtypes and discovery of pathologic pathways.

Flavia Machado

Flavia Machado is a professor and head of the Intensive Care Session of Anesthesiology, Pain and Intensive Care Department at the Federal University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. Machado is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and critical care.

Dr. Machado is one of the founders of the Latin America Sepsis Institute – LASI being  currently its CEO. LASI is devoted to quality improvement process, multicenter studies in sepsis field and awareness campaigns.

She is part of the executive board of the Global Sepsis Alliance as well as the executive committee for the World Sepsis Day. She serves on the 2012 and 2016 of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines, being now the head of Hemodynamic group in the 2020 board. She is also member of the Executive Committee and the current chair of the Scientific Committee of the Brazilian Research in Intensive Care Network – BRICNET. She is also a member (founder) of the Latin America Intensive Care Network (LIVEN). She integrates the International Sepsis Forum (ISF) council since 2014. She is a member of the Diversity Task Force of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Emma Ridley

Emma is a Senior Research Fellow at the ANZIC-RC, Monash University where she leads the Nutrition Program and a Senior Clinical Dietitian in ICU at The Alfred Hospital. Emma completed her PhD in 2018 titled “Clinical and functional consequences of energy provided by nutrition in critically ill adults”. Current research interests include understanding the optimum way to determine energy requirements in the critically ill, including the clinical application of indirect calorimetry, as well as the effect of optimal nutrition delivery on short and long-term outcomes in ICU patients.

Emma was named as a Finalist in the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research for the work and outcomes within her PhD and she has authored 32 peer-reviewed publications, (including in the New England Journal of Medicine) and regularly delivers invited national and international presentations. Emma has been a named investigator on $6.2 million dollars of research funding with the teams she collaborates with and is the CIA on the INTENT trial that is investigating a whole hospital nutrition intervention in critically ill patients (NCT03292237).

Olav Rooyackers

Olav Rooyackers is professor in experimental Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. His main research interest is in the derangements or possibly adaptations of metabolism to severe metabolic stress during major surgery and critical illness and the possible effects of nutrition on this group ( The current projects are in glutamine supplementation, protein feeding, albumin kinetics, lactate clearance and the role of autophagy. The research tools used by the research group range from molecular and genomics techniques, biochemical analyses in tissues to whole body tracer kinetics.

Haney Mallemat

Dr. Haney Mallemat is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He is an Associate Professor in Emergency Department and Internal Medicine at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University in Camden, NJ. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and has contributed to several Emergency Medicine and Critical Care podcasts. He is a firm believer in the benefits of bedside ultrasound for better patient care. He also uses ultrasound to help education medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and mid-level providers. He was awarded the Department of Emergency Medicine “Outstanding Teaching Award” in 2012, 2013, 2015 and in 2016. In 2017 he won the award for “Teacher of the Year” for Critical Care Medicine.

Thomas Jack

Dr. Thomas Jack studied Human Medicine in Marburg and Hannover. After obtaining his M.D, he started to work in the children´s hospital of the Hannover Medical School at the Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine. He became consultant pediatrician in 2010 and specialized 2015 in Pediatric Intensive Care. He completed courses for medical leadership in the Hannover School of Health Management. Since 2015 he is the responsible for hygiene and infection control in his department. Beside his clinical work on the PICU, he focused on quality management in intensive care. He developed different interdisciplinary workshop concepts for quality management, which found international attention. In his department he is responsible for the organization of regular Morbidity & Mortality conferences. He became a member of the expert commission of the medical chamber for the facilitation of quality conferences in Medicine. Since 2008 he is the project manager of a charitable project to promote pediatric intensive care in Sri Lanka and was responsible for the buildup of a PICU in the south of Sri Lanka.

The core area of his scientific work is the investigation of the development, prevention and treatment of systemic inflammation during critical diseases in children and the potential negative effects of this condition on organ function and outcome. Together with the Peter L.Reichertz Institute (PLRI) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infectious disease he already performed and published data-driven analysis, which consequently complemented his clinical research work. In the context of his research Dr. Jack already published more than 30 peer-review papers (7 as first or last author) and chapters in scientific books.