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Interview to the Dr. Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Co-Chair, IARS 2018 Annual Meeting Oversight Committee

28 de diciembre de 2017

IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium: Improving Health Through Discovery and Education
April 28 – May 1, 2018 
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel • Chicago, Illinois
http://www.iars.org/education/annual_meeting/


The IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium will be held next April, could you explain the objectives of the meeting, and whom this Congress is for?

The IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium: Improving Health Through Discovery and Education has been designed for the world’s leading anesthesia educators and investigators each year to discuss and discover the latest advances in research and the best practices in anesthesia clinical care. The meeting has been developed by your colleagues and peers to discuss the top-of-mind anesthesia topics and address your most pressing education and research needs. Join 1,000 of the world’s thought leaders in the field to shape the direction of anesthesiology in an open, collaborative environment. Experience intellectual energy and inspiration with discussions on the latest discoveries and innovations in the field.

The motto of the meeting is "Improving Health Through Discovery and Education", what does the choice of this motto convey?

The aim of this theme is to actively pursue the advancement of the care of our patients through the examination of the cutting-edge developments in anesthesia education and research and engaging the world’s leaders in anesthesia education and research to imagine the future of the practice.  

Could you tell us which are the areas of greatest interest to be discussed during the meeting?

The IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium will address a wide range of subspecialty topics in anesthesiology. Topic highlights include social accountability in the practice of anesthesiology, mitochondria and bioenergetics in health and disease, perioperative care of the frail or high-risk older patient, designing drugs and how this will affect anesthesia, acute kidney injury, management of post-operative cognitive dysfunction, personalizing health care in the era of big data, management of patients presenting for noncardiac surgery and much more.

As Co-Chair of the IARS 2018 Annual Meeting Oversight Committee, could you tell us which experts are going to be part of the scientific program?

Jeffrey R. Balser, who oversees Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the U.S’s largest fully integrated health centers, will kick-off the meeting with the T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture: Presenting Health Care in the Era of Big Data. Experts in the latest developments in drug design, Drs. Laura M. Bohn, Alex S. Evers, Aashish Manglik, and Eugene R. Viscusi will investigate Designing Drugs: Transforming Anesthesiology Practice at the International Science Symposium. Drs. Paul S. Brookes, Elizabeth A. Jonas, Y.S. Prakash, Douglas L. Rothman, and Douglas C. Wallace will examine Mitochondria and Bioenergetics in Health and Disease: It’s Not Just a Power Failure. Geriatric anesthesiology will be reviewed by  Drs. Faraj W. Abdallah, Manoj M. Lalu, Daniel I. McIsaac, and Hannah M. Wunsch during Perioperative Care of the Frail or High-Risk Older Patient: Current Knowledge and Future Directions.

Drs. Alika Lafontaine, Stuart Iglesias, Susan S. O’Leary, Beverley A. Orser, Pavithra Ranganathan, Brian Spain, and Ruth Wilson will advise on Social Accountability: How Can Anesthesiology Face the Challenge? Acute Kidney Injury in the Perioperative Period: From Bench to Bedside will feature Drs. Azra Bihorac, Eric Hoste, John A. Kellum, and Alexander Zarbock. Finally, Drs. Michelle L. James, Ines P. Koerner, Vivianne Tawfik, and Niccolo P. Terrando will present during A Primer on Glial Cells for the Anesthesiologist: Functional Contribution to Stroke, Pain, Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

As an expert on the subject, what benefits does collaboration and scientific exchange between Ibero-American countries provide for Anesthesia? 

The exchange of ideas and scientific discoveries between Ibero-American countries helps us to continue to find the safest and most effective solutions for our patients. Together, we can assist each other in expanding our global view of education and research in anesthesiology and continue to move our practice forward.

We see that this edition of the Congress is being held in the city of Chicago, Illinois, what would you recommend to visitors who visit your city during those days?

Explore the city of Chicago, Illinois, and experience the rich culture and historical attractions. As a leader in the arts, Chicago is widely known for its state-of-the-art museums and thrives on the diversity of its neighborhoods and visitors. Historical sites range from those honoring U.S. veterans, including the National Veterans Art Museum and the John Alexander Logan Monument, to the second largest collection of fine arts at The Art Institute of Chicago. While in the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, come visit the 1,450-foot Sears Tower, completed in 1974, the tallest building in North America and the third tallest in the world. For the more adventurous, stop by Willis Tower for Skydeck Chicago, and view the city at 1,300 feet, suspended from The Ledge, a clear glass box. Spark your curiosity and visit The Field Museum, home of Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex. Indulge in the many museums, comedy shows, and live music Chicago has to offer plus so much more.

There are several reasons not to miss this scientific meeting. ¿Would you provide any other argument that encourages professionals to attend?

At this exciting meeting, thought leaders in all subspecialties of anesthesiology will present a wide selection of robust education sessions, highlighting pioneering topics in anesthesia and celebrating advances in education, science, research and the art of anesthesiology. In the intimate environment of this meeting, attendees will find inspiration, gain direct access to the experts in the field, and building lasting connections with mentors and peers.

Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Co-Chair, IARS 2018 Annual Meeting Oversight Committee
Chair, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Director of Research, Department of Anesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada