Keynote Speakers 2019

Paolo Dario
Keynote Talk
The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa
Keynote Title & Abstract
To be posted soon.
Paolo Dario is the Professor of Biomedical Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. He has been Visiting Professor at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland; at the École Normale Superieure de Cachan, France; at the College de France, Paris, France; at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; and at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

He was the founder and is the coordinator of the ARTS (Advanced Robotics Technologies and Systems) Laboratory and of the CRIM (Center for the Research in Microengineering) Laboratory of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where he supervises a team of about 120 researchers and PhD. students. He is currently the Director of the Polo Sant’Anna Valdera, the Science Park of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

His main research interests are in the fields of medical robotics, bio-robotics, mechatronics and micro/nano engineering, and specifically in sensors and actuators for the above applications, and in robotics for rehabilitation. He is the coordinator of many national and European projects, the editor of two books on the subject of robotics, and the author of more than 250 scientific papers (180 on ISI journals).

Alexander Meining
Keynote Talk
University of Würzburg, Germany
Future Trends in Interventional Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Endoscopy has become an essential part of clinical gastroenterology and its associated disciplines (hepatology, pancreatology, GI –oncology and visceral surgery). It is the technical discipline in gastroenterology similar to coronary angiography in cardiology. We are currently facing new developments in endoscopy that will facilitate diagnosis and minimally invasive therapy of GI diseases for the sake of our patients.
The digital revolution has brought relevant innovations with respect to early detection and better endoscopic diagnosis. Apart from diagnostic endoscopy, interventional endoscopy is gaining increasing interest; last not least due to the growing public demand for minimal invasiveness. In the near future, more endoscopic intraluminal interventions will therefore be performed necessitating an increasing number of practicing endoscopists.
The boundaries between interventional endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery will dissolve. Moreover, close interaction between physicians, engineers and the biomedical industry is mandatory and will become more and more relevant.
Alexander Meining is full Professor and Head of Gastroenterology at the University of Wurzburg, Germany. He was formerly the head of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at the Universities of Ulm and TU Munich. He is a member of the European Society of Gastroenterological Endoscopy, German Society for Visceral and Metabolic Diseases, German Society of Endoscopy and Imaging (president) and Bavarian Gastroenterological Society (former secretary).
Prof Meining graduated from the Medical School at the University of Saarland and University of Munich in 1997. His areas of expertise are endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of early neoplastic lesions of the GI tract, therapeutic endoscopy of the pancreatico-biliary tract as well as education and training in endoscopy. In 2006, he conducted his research studies for advanced endoscopic techniques in Japan (Showa University, National Cancer Canter, Kitasato East University, Keio University) on invitation of the JESG. He has published more than 150 original research papers. He also released over 50 reviews and letters/case reports. He is also the winner of multiple awards including Ludwig-Demling Grant in 2003 and the ESGE-Innovation-Of-The-Year-Award 2017.

Dinesh Nathwani
Keynote Talk
Imperial College London
An Orthopaedic Journey from Navigation to Robotics: Is this finally the moment for Surgical Revolution.
There are many examples of technological innovations in Orthopaedic Surgery. The specialty is well placed for true clinical translation as evidenced by the journey in Knee Surgery from manual instruments to navigation and robotics. The knee joint is perhaps the ideal joint from which to start this revolution due to it’s dependence on a balanced alignment for optimal outcome. This lecture will give a brief insight into the journey and discuss whether finally, with the current Robotic Platforms, we are in a position to deliver systems that are clinically acceptable and ready for mass surgical uptake. Current systems lend themselves well to the concept of “Personalised alignment and customisable shape matching”. This technological advancement and industry development has led to a huge explosion of interest amongst the surgical fraternity and the potential for translation across other musculoskeletal body systems may finally be unlocked. The lecture will explore this journey for a surgeon who has utilised technology to align knee implants throughout his career for all knee replacements since 2005. Early clinical results of the new robot platforms for knee surgery will be discussed and finally a thought of the possible future from a surgeons’ viewpoint.
Mr Dinesh Nathwani is a Consultant, Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer and Head of Orthopaedics at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.He has a keen clinical and research interest in technology assisted knee surgery and has used Navigation and Robotics for all his partial and Total knee replacements since being appointed as a substantive Knee Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare in 2004. This was following a fellowship in Knee Navigation techniques in Perth, Western Australia. He is involved in trials for novel cartilage resurfacing implants, customised and robotically assisted knee replacements.
His main focus is in delivering precise execution of surgical plans and bone conserving knee replacement using technology. He is a programme committee member of the Computer assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) International and executive committee member and President Elect of CAOS UK. He is Orthopaedic research advisor for the Hamlyn Centre of Robotics at Imperial College and one of the Key European Opinion Leaders in Robotic Knee Surgery. He is one of the few Surgeons in the UK to have current clinical experience and access to both systems presently available to Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is faculty member on several national and international knee reconstruction course teaching surgeons of all grades including the International Navio cadaveric instructional course in London. He is reviewer for several Orthopaedic Journals including British Bone & Joint Journal, American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Knee, and Injury.

John Rogers
Keynote Talk
Northwestern University, USA
Soft Electronics for the Human Body
Biological systems are mechanically soft, with complex, time-dependent 3D curvilinear shapes; modern electronic and microfluidic technologies are rigid, with simple, static 2D layouts.   Eliminating this profound mismatch in physical properties will create vast opportunities in man-made systems that can intimately integrate with the human body, for diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical function with important, unique capabilities in biomedical research and clinical healthcare.  Over the last decade, a convergence of new concepts in materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and advanced manufacturing has led to the emergence of diverse, novel classes of ‘biocompatible’ electronic and microfluidic systems with skin-like physical properties.  This talk describes the key ideas and enabling materials, and it presents some of the most recent device examples, including (1) wireless, skin-like electronic ‘tattoos’ for continuous monitoring of vital signs in neonatal intensive care, (2) microfluidic/electronic platforms that can capture, store and perform biomarker analysis on sweat for sports and fitness and (3) bioresorbable nerve stimulators for accelerated regeneration of damaged peripheral nerves.
Professor John A. Rogers is the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Northwestern University, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, where he is also Director of the newly endowed Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics. He has published more than 650 papers, is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents and he has co-founded several successful technology companies.
His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), and the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013) – and most recently the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute (2019). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Moshe Shoham
Keynote Talk
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
On the Horizon of Medical/Surgical robots
To be posted soon.
Professor Moshe Shoham, is a worldwide acclaimed authority in the field of robotics. His life work in medical robotics is dedicated to developing technologies that improve patient care, and he is the inventor of the first commercially available mechanical guidance system for spine surgery, the Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ Guidance System. He is also the visionary and creator of the unprecedented Microbot ViRob, an Autonomous Advancing Micro Robot, <1 mm in diameter, which has the ability to crawl within cavities/lumens, allowing physicians to target a disease site with exquisite precision.
His latest work includes a revolutionary swimming Micro Robot and the new Mazor Renaissance® Brain Surgery. Professor Shoham holds 50 patents and more than a dozen awards, including the recent prestigious 2013 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award and the election into the USA National Academy of Engineering.

Conor Walsh
Keynote Talk
Harvard University, USA
Soft Wearable Robots for Everyday Wear
To be posted soon.
Conor Walsh is the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
He is the is the founder of the Harvard Bio-design Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive robotic technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control of wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines. Example application areas include, enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals, restoring the mobility of patients with gait deficits, assisting those with upper extremity weakness to perform activities of daily living and preventing injuries of workers performing physically strenuous tasks.

Clinical Leaders’ Forum

Manish Chand
Mr Manish Chand
Specialities: Colorectal serviceEndoscopy UnitGeneral surgeryGastrointestinal services
University College London Hospital
Manish Chand trained as an undergraduate at The Royal Free Hospital and Kings College London obtaining MBBS (Hons) and BSc in Neurosciences (1st Class with Distinction) in 2002. Following a basic surgical rotation through Kings College Hospital, he undertook his higher surgical training in the Wessex region including being Registrar at the prestigious North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke. He has been trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques and has an interest in robotic surgery for colorectal cancer. He became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in 2015.

As part of his sub-specialist development in colorectal surgery he has completed a PhD at Imperial College London. Working with the renowned MERCURY Study Group at The Royal Marsden Hospital, his thesis examined the effect of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy on clinical, radiological and molecular aspects of rectal cancer. He remains an active researcher and a recognised academic in rectal cancer with specific interest in imaging and molecular biomarkers. As an academic surgeon, he continues to undertake clinical research and has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

In addition to his clinical interests, Mr Chand also holds an MBA degree and has a keen interest in organisational culture and management having completed his dissertation on this subject.

Jim Khan
Mr Jim S Khan
Consultant Laparoscopic, Colorectal & General Surgeon
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Jim Khan is a specialist colorectal surgeon with a comprehensive training in generalcolorectal and laparoscopic surgery. He is currently appointed as a consultant colorectal & laparoscopic surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, where he treats a wide range of disorders affecting the small intestine, colon and rectum. Jim graduated in 1996 and specialised in general surgery becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow in 2002. He completed his specialist registrar training in colorectal surgery in Wessex. He learned complex pelvic and rectal cancer surgery while working with Professor Heald at Basingstoke. His specialist colorectal training included the UK National Laparoscopic Fellowship at Colchester in 2007, where he received training from Professor Roger Motson in advanced laparoscopic pelvic surgery. Later on he was awarded a travelling clinical fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester (US).

Qingquan Luo
Mr Qingquan Luo, MD, PhD
Shanghai Chest Hospital, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
Dr. Luo was educated in China and received his M.D. degree from Hua Xi Medical University in 1988. He has completed his residency in thoracic surgery and served as a thoracic surgeon in Shanghai Chest Hospital ever since then. In 2005 and 2014, he received his master’s degree in Anatomy from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Medical School and a Ph.D. degree in Oncology from Nanjing Medical University, respectively.
Currently, Dr. Luo is the Surgical Director of the Department of Oncology in the Shanghai Chest Hospital. He is an experienced expert in the field of thoracic surgery and has performed over 10,000 operations since he began working. With a particular focus on minimally invasive treatments for lung tumors, Dr. Luo is a pioneer of video and robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. In 2009, he completed the first Da Vinci robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (RATS) in mainland China and remained the top thoracic surgeon who has performed the most robotic surgeries (over 1,000 till 2018) in China. He now serves as the Vice President of the Chinese Association for Medical Robots (Chinese Medical Doctor Association), Standing Committee Member for the Experts on Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (Chinese Medical Doctor Association), Leader of the Lung Cancer Academic Group of the Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association, as well as many other academic positions.
His main research interests are the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and innovation for minimally invasive surgery, especially robotic techniques. He is the author of over 60 original articles published in both Chinese and English and was awarded a utility model invention patent in 2012. He is currently responsible for several international and domestic projects including projects from the National Health and Technology Development Research Center, the International Cooperation Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission Fund.

Naeem Soomro
Mr Naeem Soomro
Laparoscopic Kidney and Prostate Cancer Surgery, Kidney Transplantation
Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
Mr Soomro was appointed as a Consultant in 1998 and is currently the clinical lead in Urology. He has led the department in developing and delivering complex minimally invasive urological surgery. He is involved in training in minimally invasive surgery within UK and Europe.
Research interest includes renal cancer, renal transplantation and minimally invasive surgery.

Ashutosh Tewari
Mr Ashutosh Tewari
Specialty: Urology
Hospital Affiliations: Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Queens, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
Ashutosh (Ash) K. Tewari, MD, Chairman, Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a world-renowned urologist and prostate cancer specialist. As Director of the Department of Urology, he leads a multidisciplinary team committed to improving prostate cancer treatment, research, and education. To date, he has performed over 5,000 robotic radical prostatectomy surgeries. The Tewari Lab is working on unlocking the genomic causes of prostate cancer and translating genomic information to practical physician application through imaging. In 2012, he was awarded the American Urological Association’s Gold Cystoscope Award. This honor is given annually to the urologist who has contributed significantly to the field within 10 years of completing residency. Dr. Tewari holds several leadership positions domestically and internationally.

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