Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May

Annual Congress of Anaesthesiology 2020

O’Reilly Hall, UCD

Welcome from the President

Dear Delegates,

On behalf of the College Council, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Croke Park for the CAI 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). I would like to thank Professor Donal Buggy who, as Chair of Education, has ably lead the organising committee for the meeting. This year’s ASM is a partnership between the College and the Intensive Care Society of Ireland. In this respect, I would also like to acknowledge the work of both Professor Ger Curley and Dr. Catherine Motherway in developing the ICSI elements of the programme. As a result of this successful collaboration, I believe this year’s programme is bigger and better than ever before. I hope that the programme will be of interest to you, of benefit to your practice and ultimately to your patients.

I would also like to extend a special warm Irish welcome to our international speakers. This programme reflects a strong panel of international experts. I am grateful that you have taken the time to come to Dublin and I hope you get a chance not only to enjoy the science but also to benefit from some Irish hospitality.

Finally, I would also like to acknowledge the support from our partners in Industry. Without this support, the College could not be able to hold events such as the ASM. I would encourage you to avail of the opportunity of engaging with our industry partners during the ASM. Enjoy the meeting.

Dr Brian Kinirons, President, CAI

This two day meeting is the highlighty of the College’s academic calendar.


  • Keynote Addresses & Parallel Sessions
  • Workshops
  • E-posters
  • Annual Gala Dinner
Timeline & Schedule

We would encourage all Fellows of the College in good standing to attend the College Annual General Meeting at 12.35 on Thursday.

This meeting will provide a summary of the many activities we have participated in over the past year but also provides an important opportunity for you to voice your view and opinions as a Fellow of the College.

Attending Events

We hope you find that Congress 2019 meets its objective of being an effective and enjoyable source of quality CEPD.

We look forward to seeing you over the two days and at the Congress dinner in Dublin Castle on Friday evening.

We would urge you to take the time to visit the wide variety of stands and avail of the opportunity to engage with them.

As a College we realise the significance of this event and the time commitment required to attend, we would therefore also welcome your feedback.

Event Schedule
Thursday, 9th May 201908:30AM - 17:30PM, 7 CPD points
Time Main Hogan Suite Canal Suite II Other
08:30-10:00 Will technology make us obsolete or can we work with it to improve patient outcomes?

Chairperson: Dr Brian O’Brien (Cork University Hospital)

Anaesthesia Data in the Era of Machine Learning

Dr Tom Wall (Mater University Hospital, Dublin)

The future of monitoring

Dr Thomas Scheeren (Groningen, The Netherlands)

Integrating technology into anaesthesiology practice in Dr Mingzhang Zuo (Beijing, China)

HSE Health Strategy

Mr Dean Sullivan (Deputy Director General – Strategy, Health Service Executive, Dublin)

Paediatric Anaesthesia

Chairperson: Dr Suzanne Cronly (Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin)

TIVA for children

Dr Gillian Lauder (Children’s Hospital Vancouver)

Anaesthesia for the floppy infant

Dr Chris Holmes (Temple Street Dublin)

The neonatal and paediatric standardised concentration infusion project

Dr Cormac Breathnach (Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin)

10:00-10:30 Tea / coffee & Trade Exhibition

10:30-11:00 Welcome by President

Plenary Lecture:

Chairperson: President, Dr Brian Kinirons

Growing the next generation of research leaders

Professor Kate Leslie (Melbourne, Australia)

11:00-12:30 Getting the POST into Perioperative Medicine

Chairperson: Professor Donal Buggy (Mater University Hospital, Dublin)

How to get the postoperative period into perioperative medicine practice

Professor Monty Mythen (University College London, United Kingdom)

Wireless monitoring postop and links to outcome

Dr Thomas Scheeran (Groningen, The Netherlands)

Could periperative medicine actually improve patient outcomes? The EPOCH Trial

Professor Rupert Pearse (Royal London Hospital, United Kingdom)

ICU Session: Too old for ICU?

Chairpersons: Dr Brian Marsh (Mater University Hospital, Dublin) & Dr Catherine Motherway (University Hospital Limerick)

The very old intensive care patient study: what we learned

Professor Hans Flaatten (Bergin, Norway)

Traumatic brain injury in an elderly population

Professor David Menon (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Blood pressure as a target for elderly patients with shock

Professor Sheldon Magder (Montreal, Canada)

Development of a prognostic tool for very old ICU patients

Professor Hans Flaatten (Bergin, Norway)

Level 5 Corridor


12:30-13:30 Lunch & Trade Exhibition

12:30-13:30 CAI AGM

Chair: Honorary Secretary, Dr Anne Hennessy

Canal Suite II

*Packed lunch provided

13:30-15:00 Anaphylaxis in Anaesthesiology

Chairperson: Dr Anne Hennessy (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin)

The science of anaphylaxis from the clinical immunologists’ view

Dr Con Feighery (St James’s Hospital, Dublin)

NAP6: Perioperative Anaphylaxis

Professor Tim Cook (Bath, United Kingdom)

Other lessons from NAP6

Dr Immanuel Hennessy (Auckland, New Zealand)

ICU Session: Improving outcomes in Neurocritical Care

Chairpersons: Dr Rob Plant (Cork University Hospital) & Dr Rory Dwyer (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin)

Optimising oxygen delivery to the injured brain with transfusion & Prognostication after traumatic brain injury

Professor Alexis Turgeon (Quebec, Canada)

A wiser approach to second tier therapies

Professor David Menon (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Decompressive craniectomy: indications, techniques and complications

Professor Andrew Maas (Antwerp, Belgium)

Prognostication after traumatic brain injury

Professor Alexis Turgeon (Quebec, Canada)

Level 5 Corridor


15:00-15:30 Tea / Coffee & Trade Exhibition

15:00-15:30 CAI AGM

Canal Suite II

15:30-16:00 Plenary Lecture:

Chairperson: Professor Ger Curley (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin)

Mechanical ventilation: State of the Art

Professor Laurent Brochard (Toronto, Canada)

16:00-17:30 Fluids in Perioperative Organ Protection during Major Surgery

Chairperson: Dr Kevin Clarkson (University Hospital Galway)

Crystalloid or colloid and a little or a lot?

Dr Leo Kevin (University Hospital Galway)

Goal Directed Therapy: Is it still critical?

Professor Rupert Pearse (Royal Hospital London, United Kingdom)

New concepts in patient controlled fluids

Professor Monty Mythen (University College London, United Kingdom)

ICU Session: Monitoring in ICU: worth the effort?

Chairpersons: Dr Ed Carton (Mater University Hospital, Dublin) & Dr Alan Gaffney (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin)

CVP: much maligned and misunderstood

Professor Sheldon Magder (Montreal, Canada)

Echocardiography is the best cardiovascular monitor of all

Professor Antoine Vieillard-Barron (Paris, France)

Eesophageal pressure monitors – for researchers only?

Professor Laurent Brochard (Toronto, Canada)

To cool the injured brain- how low, how long, if at all?

Professor Alistair Nichol (University College Dublin)

Level 5 Corridor


17:30-18:30 ISRA AGM

Canal Suite II

FRIDAY, 10th MAY 201908:00AM - 15:30PM, 6 CPD Pts
Time Main Hogan Suite Canal Suite II Other
08:00-09:30 Caring for the Carers: maintaining wellness and resilience

Chairpersons: Dr Sinéad Farrell (Chairperson CAT) & Dr Camillus Power (Tallaght Hospital, Dublin)


Dr Stephen Mannion (South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital, Cork)

Non-technical skills training to support the building of competencies in high pressure settings

Dr Helen Higham (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Anaesthesia Non-Technical Skills

Professor Rhonna Flin, (Scotland, United Kingdom)

Delaney/Abbvie Young Investigators Presentations

Chairperson: Professor George Shorten (Cork University Hospital)

ISRA Workshop – Ultrasound Workshop on Lower Limb Blocks

Canal Café

08:30 – 12:30

Please note that places are limited and must be pre-booked is required. To book a place please email

09:30-10:00 Tea / coffee & Trade Exhibition

10:00-11:00 Plenary Lecture

Chairperson: Professor Donal Buggy (Mater University Hospital, Dublin)


Professor Kate Lesley (Melbourne, Australia)

Plenary Lecture

Chairperson: Professor Ger Curley (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin)

The Changing Landscape of Traumatic Brain Injury Care, Research and the Role of Neurosurgery

Professor Andrew Maas (Antwerp, Belgium)

11:00-12:30 Obstetric Anaesthesia

Chairperson: Dr Joseph Costello (University Hospital Galway)

Labour analgesia in China

Professor Xiuli Wang (Beijing, China)

TTE in maternal morbidity

Dr Janette Brohan (Cork University Hospital)

Programmed Intermittent Epidural Bolus (PIEB) analgesia in labour

Professor Marc van De Velde (Leuven, Belgium)

ICU Session: The Future of Infections in ICU

Chairpersons: Professor Ger Curley (Beaumont Hospital) & Dr Tom Ryan (St. James’s, Dublin)

Rapid diagnostics for infection

Dr Ronan McMullan (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Different cardiovascular phenotypes in septic shock

Dr Antoine Vieillard-Barron (Paris, France)

Novel antibiotics to overcome resistance

Dr Ignacio Loeches (St. James’s, Dublin)

De-resuscitation in sepsis

Dr Jon Silversides (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

12:30-13:30 Lunch & Trade Exhibition

12.45 Model of Care for Anaesthesiology – National Clinical Programme for Anaesthesia

Dr Jeremy Smith, Clinical Lead, National Clinical Programme for Anaesthesia

Gaining entry to the specialist register

Chairpersons: Dr John O’Dea (Limerick Regional Hospital) & Dr Ehtesham Khan (Our Ladies of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda)

13:30 Plenary Lectures

Chairperson: President, Dr Brian Kinirons

1. Women in medicine

Professor Kate Lesley (Melbourne, Australia)

2. Managing the preclampsia patient for the non obstetric anaesthesiologist

Dr Marc van der Velde (Leuven, Belgium)

3. Does post-operative critical care have any effect on patient outcomes?

Professor Rupert Pearse (University College London, United Kingdom)

4. Developments in difficult airway management

Professor Tim Cook (Bath, United Kingdom)

5. Perioperative Response to the Current Opioid Crisis

Dr Gill Lauder (Vancouver, Canada)

15:30 Prize-giving (Mary Lehane, Delaney Medals, Abbvie, Sub-Specialty and Student Prizes) by President, Dr Brian Kinirons

Close of Conference

Dr Brian Kinirons, President, CAI

15:40 Tea and coffee

19:00 Gala Dinner in the Shelbourne Hotel

*This is a ticketed event

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