ATHENS MEDICAL SOCIETY

ATTIKON University General Hospital, ATHENS

Athena International Conference 2015

presidentDear Colleagues,

Athena was the goddess of wisdom in Greek antiquity. The “ATHENA” seminar is the first international multidisciplinary symposium, in the field of Intensive Care Unit infections that will be held in Athens on November 19-20, 2015. This is a unique opportunity for the audience to interact with the world-distinguished speakers and profit from their deep knowledge and expertise in difficult aspects of the current practice. Given also the current challenge of multidrug-resistant pathogens and the imperative need for new antimicrobials for the ICU patients, the seminar will provide the opportunity for a fruitful interaction with the speakers on new antimicrobials in advanced stage of development. The symposium will be held at the foot of the Acropolis hill and next to the New Acropolis Museum, in an environment linked with the ancient Greek history. Delegates will also have the opportunity to feel the pulse of modern Athens, by strolling at the heart of the city through live and sophisticated neighborhoods nearby the venue.
As chair of the organizing committee, I would like to send you my warmest regards and invite you to a stimulating scientific event.

The chair of the seminar
As. Professor George Dimopoulos


Scientific & Organizing Committees

Chair of the Seminar

George Dimopoulos (Greece)

Ιnternational Scientific committee

  • Azoulay Elie (France)  
  • Antonelli Massimo (Italy)  
  • Bassetti Matteo (Italy)  
  • Blot Stijn (Belgium)  
  • Bonten Marc (The Nederlands)  
  • Bréchot Nicolas (France)  
  • De Waele Jan (Belgium)  
  • Garnacho-Montero Jose (Spain)  
  • Kollef Marin (USA)  
  • Muñoz Patricia (Spain)  
  • Nicolau David (USA)  
  • Niederman Michael (USA)  
  • Paiva José Arthur (Portugal)  
  • Roussos Charalampos (Greece)  
  • Singer Mervin (UK)  
  • Timsit Jean Francois (France)  
  • Torres Antonio (Spain)  
  • Vincent Jean-Louis (Belgium)  
  • Welte Tobias (Germany)     

National Scientific Committee

  • Armaganidis Apostolos (Greece)  
  • Baltopoulos George (Greece)  
  • Daikos George (Greece)  
  • Gargalianos Panagiotis (Greece)  
  • Georgopoulos Dimitrios (Greece)  
  • Giamarellos Evangelos (Greece)  
  • Giamarellou Helen (Greece)  
  • Komnos Apostolos (Greece)  
  • Koutsoukou Antonia (Greece)  
  • Nakos George (Greece)  
  • Orfanos Stylianos (Greece)  
  • Paramythiotou Elisabeth (Greece)  
  • Papaioannou Vasileios (Greece)  
  • Pefanis Aggelos (Greece)  
  • Pneumatikos John (Greece)  
  • Poulakou Garyphalia (Greece)  
  • Skoutelis Athanassios (Greece)  
  • Tsakris Athanassios (Greece)  
  • Zakynthinos Epaminondas (Greece)  

Organizing Committee

  • Armaganidis Apostolos (Greece)
  • Boumbas Dimitrios (Greece)
  • Dimopoulos George (Greece)
  • Dimopoulou Ioanna (Greece)
  • Heraklianou Styliani (Greece)
  • Kouraklis Gregory (Greece)
  • Koutsoukou Antonia (Greece)
  • Mantzaris Gerasimos (Greece)
  • Matthaiou Dimitrios (Greece)
  • Orfanos Stylianos (Greece)
  • Papageorgiou Sokratis (Greece)
  • Samarkos Michael (Greece)
  • Theodorakopoulou Maria (Greece)
  • Thiraios Eleftherios (Greece)
  • Paramythiotou Elisabeth (Greece)
  • Poulakou Garyphalia (Greece)
  • Vogiatzakis Evangelos (Greece)
  • Vrachliotis Thomas (Greece)

Scientific Program

Thursday 19-11-2015

       

08.30-08.40 Welcome and introductions

G. Dimopoulos

08.40-08.55 Evidence based medicine: the pros and cons

A. Armaganidis

        

9.00-10.30

How to manage and prevent the different faces of pneumonia
Chairs : A. Armaganidis – A. Komnos

09.00-09.15 Severe CAP T. Welte
09.15-09.30 CAMRSA pneumonia M. Niederman
09.30-09.45 VAP S. Blot
09.45-10.00 Pneumonia in immunocompomized patients E. Azoulay
10.00-10.15 Prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease A. Torres
10.15-10.30 Questions-Discussion  

     

10.30-12.00

How to optimize the treatment for ….
Chairs : J. Pneumatikos – P. Gargalianos

10.30-10.45 Klebsiella   KPC infection G. Daikos
10.45-11.00 Acinetobacter   spp infection J. Garnacho-Montero
11.00-11.15 Pseudomonas   infection J.F. Timsit
11.15-11.30 Clostridium difficile   infection M. Antonelli
11.30-11.45 Abdominal   infections J. DeWaele
11.45-12.00 Questions-Discussion  

 

12.00-13.30 Break  

         

13.30-15.00

How to treat in the ICU a patient with...
Chairs : A. Koutsoukou – A. Pefanis

13.30-13.45 HIV sepsis E. Azoulay
13.45-14.00 CMV reactivation N. Bréchot
14.00-14.15 Endocarditis J.A. Paiva
14.15-14.30 Skin and soft tissue infections M. Kollef
14.30-14.45 Malaria M. Singer
14.45-15.00 Questions-Discussion  

 

15.00-16.30

How to use in the ICU……
Chairs : E. Zakynthinos –  A. Armaganidis

15.00-15.15 Adjunctive therapies E. Giamarellos
15.15-15.30 PK/PDs D. Nicolau
15.30-15.45 Biomarkers J.L. Vincent
15.45-16.00 Newer diagnostic technology for bacteria M. Kollef
16.00-16.15 Newer diagnostic technology for fungi P. Muñoz
16.15-16.30 Questions - Discussion  

 

16.30-17.30 Pro/con debate
Chair : G. Dimopoulos
Targeting the microbiome! The role of SDD in the era of MDR and XDR
Pro: M. Bonden
Con: J.L. Vincent

 

17.45-19.00

SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM (BAXTER)Recent trends of Esmolol in ICU
Chairs : G. Dimopoulos –  G. Baltopoulos

17.45-18.05 Esmolol as an immunomodulator agent V. Papaioannou
18.05-18.25 Using esmolol in daily clinical practice G. Baltopoulos
18.25-18.45 Heart rate control in patients with sepsis
and septic shock
Α. Κoutsoukou
18.45-19.00 Questions - Discussion  

 

  Opening Ceremony

 
19.30-20.00 State of the Art Lecture

 
  To Teach and To Be Taught
(When life is hanging from a thread)
C. Roussos

      

 

Friday 20-11-2015

 

9.00-10.30

How to fight resistance in the ICU
Chairs : G. Nakos – D. Georgopoulos

09.00-09.15

Targeting the microbial flora

M. Bonten

09.15-09.30

Using antimicrobial stewardship

H. Giamarellou

09.30-09.45

Using newer diagnostic technology for bacteria

A. Tsakris

09.45-10.00

Using chlorhexidine bath

M. Niederman

10.00-10.15

Using newer data on PK/PDs

J. De Waele

10.15-10.30

Questions - Discussion

 

 

 

 10.30-12.00

How to treat fungal infections in the ICU
Chairs : S. Orfanos – G. Poulakou

10.30-10.45

Candideamia/Invasive Candidiasis

J.F. Timsit

10.45-11.00

Abdominal Candidiasis

M. Bassetti

11.00-11.15

Candida biofilm

J. Garnacho-Montero

11.15-11.30

Aspergillosis

J.A. Paiva

11.30-11.45

Mucor and other rare infections

P. Muñoz

11.45-12.00

Questions - Discussion

 

 

12.00-13.30 Break  

 

 13.30-15.00

Let’s talk about inhaled antibiotics
Chairs : A. Komnos - E. Paramythiotou

13.30-13.45

Inhaled antibiotics : the story

S. Blot

13.45-14.00

Why we need inhaled antibiotics ?

T. Welte

14.00-14.15

Which drugs have been used for VAP ?

A. Torres

14.15-14.30

Which devices are available ?

M. Antonelli

14.30-14.45

Ongoing clinical studies ?

G. Dimopoulos

14.45-15.00

Questions - Discussion

 

 

 

 15.00-17.15

New or under development antibiotics and antifungals
Chairs : G. Dimopoulos – A. Skoutelis

15.00-15.15

Eravacycline

M. Bassetti

15.15-15.30

Telavancin

E. Giamarellos

15.30-15.45

Ceftolozane / tazobactam

D. Nicolau

15.45-16.00

Questions - Discussion

 

16.00-16.15

Tedizolid

N. Bréchot

16.15-16.30

Ceftazidime-Avibactam

M. Kollef

16.30-16.45

Plazomicin

G. Daikos

16.45-17.00

Azoles-Echinocandins

G. Dimopoulos

17.00-17.15

Questions - Discussion

 

 

17.30-19.00

SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM (NORMA)The new era: inhaled antibiotics
Chairs : G. Dimopoulos

17.30-17.55 The need for inhaled antibiotics D. Nicolau
17.55-18.20 Inhaled Colistin: what we have learned
during the last decade?
M. Niederman
18.20-18.45 Combination of inhaled antibiotics M. Kollef
18.45-19.00 Questions - Discussion  

 


Registrations

ATHENA International Conference Registration fee is 200 € which includes

  • admission to all Conference Sessions
  • conference kit
  • 2 coffee breaks
  • 2 light lunches
  • Certificate of attendance of CME Credits

For Group Registrations (5 participants or more) please send your request directly to ak@congressworld.gr

Members of ESICM (European Society Intensive Care Medicine) are entitled to a 20% reduction in Registration fee.

VAT 23% is applicable for Registration of Greek Doctors/ Health Practitioners.

Please fill out and then submit the Registration form


General Information


Conference Venue

The venue of the conference is the DIVANI CARAVEL Hotel (2 Vasileos Alexandrou Avenue, 161 21 Athens), situated in the heart of Athens, close to numerous sites of interest and cultural opportunities.

The Conference Hotel is 500m away from the Metro Station Evangelismos (blue line) and just 5' away from Syntagma (Constitution) Square.

Dates

The conference will be held on November 19th – 20th, 2015.

Official Language

The official language of the conference will be English. All printed material and oral presentations will be in English.

Accommodation

A sufficient number of rooms has been booked in the Conference Venue, the Divani Caravel Hotel, to welcome participants in the ATHENA Conference 2015. Accommodation includes 2 nights in a Superior Single Use Room. The rate of each night comes up to 140,00 €, including all legal taxes and Breakfast. For Group Accommodations (5 rooms or more) please do send your request directly to ak@congressworld.gr


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