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Albert Wolkerstorfer

Department of Dermatology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Albert Wolkerstorfer practices in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Wolkerstorfer and is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Vitiligo. His clinical research consists of co-authoring 135 peer reviewed articles and participating in 6 clinical trials in the past 15 years. In particular, he has co-authored 65 articles and participated in 2 clinical trials in the study of Vitiligo.

Alberto Di Martino

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna Italy.

Hip Musculoskeletal disorders musculoskeletal oncology Orthopedics Spine

Alberto Di Martino, MD, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in orthopedics at the University of Bologna since 2019. He was an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedics at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. Since 2017, he has been Adjunct Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia (USA). He completed his MD and Ph.D. at the Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma in Rome, with broad research interests in medical and surgical emergencies in hip; spine; musculoskeletal oncology; orthopedics; musculoskeletal disorders. Prof. Di Martino is the author or co-author of more than 200 publications.

His clinical and research activity is directed toward hip surgery, spine diseases and surgery, and osteoncology.

Alexander Knuth

Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Division of Medical Oncology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Cancer Immunology Medical oncology

Dr. Alexander Knuth is a Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, and Professor emeritus since 2013. From 2013 – 2020 he was Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of the National Center for Cancer Care and Research of the National Public Healthcare Provider Hamad Medical Corporation of the State of Qatar in Doha, Qatar. His research interests are cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, skin cancers, cancer immunology and cancer immunotherapy.

His pioneering work in cancer immunology led to the discovery of multiple human cancer antigens including MAGE, the first of the so-called cancer/testis (CT) antigens that have been a primary target of vaccine strategies to date. He also played a pivotal role in the development of peptide-based vaccines and adjuvants, established immune-monitoring techniques, and discovered tumor escape mechanisms. 

Allard van der Wal

Department of Pathology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Pathology Cardiovascular pathology

Allard van der Wal specializes in the pathology of the heart and blood vessels and the skin. He has both clinical and scientific experience in cardiovascular pathology. His main research lines are the pathology of acute cardiac death, atherosclerosis and thrombosis, and tumors of blood vessels. Van der Wal's research is closely linked to patient care.

Andrea Schlegel

Department of Surgery and Transplantation, Swiss Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Center, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Oncology Surgery Hepatobiliary surgery Transplantation

Dr. Andrea Schlegel is an academic transplant surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic specialized in liver transplantation and hepato-biliary surgery. Her treatment philosophy is focused on a patient-centric and shared-decision making approach while incorporating the most recent innovative treatment concepts and technologies as she helps patients through their liver transplant journey.

Her research interests include both, experimental and clinical research in abdominal surgery with a focus on organ preservation to improve the safe utilization of organs. She has a large experience in designing clinical trials, and she works closely with her colleagues from different specialties, both at Cleveland Clinic but also within her large international network in the field.

Andreas Kremer

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Gastroenterology Hepatology Oncology

Andreas Kremer is a Clinician Scientist and Professor of Hepatology at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatolgoy, University Hospital Zürich. He is Head of Hepatology, Vice President of the Department, and lead investigator for several clinical trials. He runs a lab group foucssing on autoimmune and cholestatic liver disease, liver fibrosis, hepato- and cholangiocellular carcinoma, the gut-liver-axis and extrahepatic manifestations such as pruritus and fatigue.

Andrew G. Lee

Department of Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA

Neurology Oncology Ophthalmology Surgery Neurosurgery

Dr. Lee received his first faculty appointment in 1994 as an Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He became an Associate Professor there in 1998 and a member of the key clinical faculty in the following year. In 2000, Dr. Lee joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA as an Associate Professor and later a full Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. Dr. Lee is a recipient of the Honor Award, Secretariat Award, and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Resident training is a particular interest of Dr. Lee. He has published several papers on teaching and competency testing methods in ophthalmology residency programs. Dr. Lee joined Houston Methodist Hospital and Research Institute in 2009 and is currently Chair of the Blanton Eye Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Bote Bruinsma

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA, USA

Experimental medicine Hepatology Pharmacology

Bote G Bruinsma is from Harvard University and the Department of Surgery. His research topics are Liver Surgery, Liver Diseases, Liver Transplantation, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Biliary Tract Diseases, Liver Cirrhosis, Tissue Engineering, Transplantation.

Brigitte Vollmar

Institute of Experimental Surgery, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Oncology Surgery Hepatobiliary surgery

Brigitte Vollmar graduated from the Bernhard-Strigel-Gymnasium in Memmingen in 1981. She then studied chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1981/82. She then moved to the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and studied human medicine there from 1982 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990 she was an intern doctor at the Surgical Clinic and Polyclinic, Downtown Clinic and received her medical license in 1990. In the same year she did a research stay at the Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She then became a scholarship holder of the Dr. Johannes Heidenhain Foundation, in 1991 he received his doctorate. med. at the Institute for Surgical Research at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Her work focuses on experimental surgery, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. She specializes in research into organ damage and repair, particularly of the liver, pancreas and brain. Another area of ​​research is molecular imaging of small animals.

Das Undurti

UND Life Sciences, 2221 NW 5th St., Battle Ground, WA 98604, USA

Cytokines Eicosanoids Essential fatty acids Free radicals Nitric oxide

Prof. Das Undurti is Being a physician and scientist. He is involved in translational research in cancer, diabetes mellitus, lupus, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, sepsis, and radiation protection. His studies led to a deeper understanding on the role of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and their metabolites prostaglandins, leukotrienes, thromboxanes, lipoxins, resolvins, protectins and maresins in several diseases that have the potential to be translated into newer therapeutic strategies. He has published more than 550 manuscripts in international journals, is an editor of 3 journals, published 4 books, obtained 5 USA patents, and edited 2 books on autism. He has promoted 16 PhD students and supervised many medical doctor (Internal Medicine) students.


Emerito Carlos Rodríguez-Merch

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, La Paz University Hospital, 28046 Madrid, Spain

Department of Osteoarticular Surgery Research, Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research—IdiPAZ (La Paz University Hospital—Autonomous University of Madrid), 28046 Madrid, Spain

Ankle Hemophilia Knee Musculoskeletal diseases Orthopedic surgery Osteoarthritis

E. Carlos Rodriguez-Merchan is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (Emeritus) at La Paz University Hospital of Madrid, Spain, and at the Osteoarticular Surgery Research, La Paz Hospital Institute for Health Research – IdiPAZ (La Paz University Hospital – Autonomous University of Madrid), Madrid, Spain. He has an extensive background in orthopaedic surgery. Consequently, he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications on orthopaedic surgery. He serves on the Editorial Board of several journals. He is also the editor of several books related to orthopaedic surgery.

Enrico Lopriore

Department of Neonatology at Leiden University Medical Centre

Hematology Neonatology Fetal therapies

Enrico Lopriore is a professor of neonatology and fetal medicine and head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).

Erik Schadde

Department of Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Oncology Surgery Hepatobiliary surgery Transplantation

Erik Schadde, MD, FACS, FEBS (HPB), trained in general surgery in Boston, in transplantation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was an attending in transplant surgery at University of Kansas Kansas City and became the head of liver transplantation at Saint Louis University Medical Center in 2009. To develop his clinical and research interests in complex liver surgery involving induction of liver regeneration, Schadde moved to the Swiss HPB center of the University of Zurich in 2010 as a consultant surgeon and rapidly became the head of the HPB fellowship program there.

Fei Sun

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, China

Otolaryngology Surgery

Fei Sun is from Xijing Hospital, Air Force Military Medical University and the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Her research topics are otolaryngology and surgery.

Ferran Cuenca Martínez

Department of Physiotherapy, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain

Action observation Chronic pain Motor imagery Motor learning Pain

Dr. Ferran Cuenca-Martínez, PT, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Valencia, Spain teaching Statistics, Methodology related to health research and Respiratory Pathophysiology. His field of study is the management and approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain. He also has a line of research regarding the basic and clinical effects of movement representation strategies (motor imagery and action observation training) applied to the treatment of patients with persistent pain, as well as other clinical populations such as patients with respiratory disorders. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Gaetano Isola

Department of General Surgery and Surgical-Medical Specialties, School of Dentistry, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy.

Dentistry Oral medicine Periodontology

Gaetano Isola is a Associate Professor of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, at the University of Catania, Italy. Qualified in Dentistry in 2009 at the University of Messina, Italy. PhD in “Physiopathology of the Stomatognatic Apparatus and Dental Materials” at the University of Turin, Turin, Italy. Dr. Isola Advisor of several research projects and speaker at national and international conferences of Periodontology and Oral Surgery. Author of over 150 national and international peer-reviewed publications. His main research interests focus the clinical, biological and pharmacological aspects of periodontitis, and the relationship between oral health and systemic health.

Georgios Antonios Margonis

Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Biliary tract diseases Cancer Hepatobiliary surgery Hepatocellular Carcinoma Liver surgery Metastasis Pancreatic diseases Tumors

Dr. Georgios Antonios Margonis is a senior scientist affiliated with the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Athens and moved to the United States in 2014. Since then, he has worked at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University prior to working at MSKCC and MIT. His clinical and research interests include Cancer, Tumors, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Metastasis, Biliary Tract Diseases, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pancreatic Diseases, Liver Surgery, hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases and soft tissue sarcomas. In particular, his work focuses on the use of biomarkers to guide surgical or medical treatment. More recently, he has collaborated with a group from MIT to conduct research at the crossroads of artificial intelligence and oncology. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 papers, and has received several national and international awards. Notable awards include the IHPBA Kenneth Warren award and the Johns Hopkins University Paul Ehrlich award for outstanding research achievements.

Giuseppe Lanza

Dean of Applied Medical Sciences Techniques, University of Catania, Italy

Cerebrovascular diseases Dementia Neurosonology Non-invasive brain stimulation Sleep disorders

Giuseppe Lanza, MD, PhD, is a Associate Professor of Dean of Applied Medical Sciences Techniques at the University of Catania (Italy). After graduation with honours in Medicine, he trained at the School of Neurology and he got the international PhD. As Clinical Research Fellow, he further trained in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Newcastle University (UK). More recently, he has obtained the Master of Science in Clinical Research and the National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor. He is also Consultant Neurologist at the Oasi Research Institute–IRCCS in Troina (Italy), a WHO Collaborating Center, where he also coordinates a Research Unit. He has published many full articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals. As a peer reviewer, he has helped many journals to review a lot of manuscript. With his expertise in clinical activity, he had published 145 papers on peer-reviewed journals (H-index Scopus 36). He authored more than 200 scientific publications and serves as Editor and Reviewer of several international Journals.

Giuseppe Murdaca

Department of Internal Medicine, Clinical Immunology Unit, University of Genoa and Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, 16126 Genoa, Italy

Allergies Atherosclerosis Autoimmunity Immune-mediated diseases Immunodeficiency Neuroendocrine-immunology Pharmacogenomics

Prof Giuseppe Murdaca received his PhD in Science and Space Engineering at the University of Genova (Italy) from 2000 to 2003. He is Assistant professor at the Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Genova (Italy).

His research has included: Immunodeficiency, Autoimmunity, Neuroendocrino-immunology, and Pharmacogenomics, and has received several awards and honors based on this research and fellowship training. These include a Prize for young researchers of the study, assigned by the GILS, with the following motivation: "Standardization of a method to assess impairment by skinfold thickness skin", delivered on the occasion of the "Day VII Italian to fight Scleroderma" (Milan, 17/3 / 2001). Award for one of the three best oral presentations at the Ninth Congress of the Inter-SIMI Piemonte and Valle D'Aosta, Liguria (Genoa, 06.17.2004): Murdaca G., Fenoglio D., M. Setti, Brenci S., Villa R., Pontali E., A. Kunkl, Indiveri F., Puppo F. "Generation of CD4 + lines specific for Pneumocystis carinii and Candida albicans obtained from HIV + patients. Meaning of the coexpression of IFN-g and IL-4". He serves as an editorial member and expert Reviewer for several reputed journals.

Giustino Varrassi

Department of Research, Paolo Procacci Foundation, 00193 Roma, Italy

Anesthesiology Pain medicine

Prof. Giustino Varrassi graduated cum laude in Medicine in Roma (Italy) in 1973, where he started his academic career, in the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. Four years later he moved to the University of L’Aquila (Italy), where in 1985 he became Chairman of the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Department. In that University he has created all the Academic Anesthesia and Pain Medicine programs, including the residency program. At the moment, he is President of the Paolo Procacci Foundation, NGO based in Roma and involved in research and education on Pain Medicine.

At the beginning of his professional life, his research interest was mainly addressed to Obstetric Anesthesia and Analgesia. Starting from the beginning of the nineties he was mainly attracted by research on Pain Medicine, especially on inflammatory pain. He has also developed an interest on the social impact of pain (SIP), at any level. On this last topic in 2010 he has created a European annual event of awareness, normally organized inside of the European Parliament.

Gundu H.R. Rao

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

hypertension Metabolic diseases Obesity type-2 diabetes Thrombosis Vascular diseases

Prof. Gundu Hirisave Rama Rao is an Indian scientist, entrepreneur and Emeritus Professor at the Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota. He is the founder of the South Asian Society on Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis and AayuSmart LLC, an IT-supported web-based health management company. He has been actively involved in creating awareness, developing educational and preventive programs to prevent non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, obesity, metabolic diseases, type 2-diabetes vascular diseases and stroke.

Hananel E.G. Holzer

The Fertility Partners, Toronto, ON, Canada

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McGill University Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Psychosocial aspects of infertility Fertility preservation Pre-implantation genetic testing

Dr. Hananel Holzer is the Medical Director of Third-Party Reproduction and Medical Education at The Fertility Partners Network. Till recently he served as the Director of the R.E.I. and I.V.F. Departments and the Associate Director of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. Dr. Holzer is the Former Medical Director of the McGill University Health Centre Reproductive Centre and the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division of McGill University in Montreal. He is also involved in developing fertility related projects around the world mainly in Central Europe.

Dr. Holzer holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the McGill University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Montreal. He is the author of over a hundred publications in the field of infertility, a member of editorial boards of several journals and is a highly regarded invited speaker around the world. His main interests are fertility preservation for cancer patients, in-vitro maturation of oocytes and a comprehensive team approach to infertility related issues.

Heinz Kölbl

Chairman of the Division of Gynaecology and Gynecological Oncology,Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Gynaecological oncology Gynaecological surgery Urogynaecology

Heinz Koelbl, M.D., DR h.c., is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chairman of the Division of Gynaecology and Gynecological Oncology Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He passed various medical education programs in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Nephrology, Oncology, Neurology and Neonatology. His medical education in Obstetrics and Gynecology started in 1983 at the former 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University (Wertheim Clinic) of Vienna. His special fields of scientific interest were all forms of Gynecologic Surgery, Urogynaecology and Gynaecologic Oncology. He is Associate Editor and reviewer of various international journals and his scientific work comprises over  578 papers (> 330 Medline citations Koelbl-H or Kolbl-H - Search Results - PubMed ( ) published in standard and top-journals, 7 books so far, and various chapters in the German and Anglo-American literature (25 ), and has performed many clinical, and non clinical studies in the field of Gynaecology Oncology and Urogynecology. (H-index Scopus 52). Since 2016 Prof. Koelbl is acting as coordinator of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Medical University of Vienna. In 2017 Prof. Koelbl will host the 20 Congress of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology in Vienna. Prof Kölbl has organized many national and international meetings in Vienna. Prof Koelbl is forthcoming Chairman of the Department of Gynecolog Shangdong University in China and Member of the Editorial Board of the Royal Board of Medicine UK.

Herbert Simões

Catholic University of Brasilia, Taguatinga DF, Brazil

Exercise physiology Physiology

Dr. Herbert Simoes is an Exercise Physiologist, primarily focused on researching the anti-aging effects of physical exercise in master athletes. He has also conducted studies related to blood glucose and blood pressure control through physical exercise in individuals with diabetes and hypertension, as well as comparisons of functional evaluation methods in athletes and non-athletes within his main research line "Physical Activity, Exercise, and Human Performance."

He earned both a master's and a doctoral degree in Physiological Sciences from the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, and pursued his doctoral training at the Laboratory of Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University. Additionally, he completed post-doctoral research at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, with a focus on Clinical Research.

Dr. Simoes has held the position of Chair and is currently a Professor in the Master's and Ph.D. program in Physical Education at the Catholic University of Brasília, Brazil. With 278 articles published in indexed journals, he is recognized as a CNPq PQ1 Research Productivity Scholar.

Beyond his academic achievements, Dr. Simoes has been an athlete since the age of 14, achieving the titles of World Master Champion in the 110m and 400m Hurdles, and he currently holds the South American Master record. With over 30 years of experience as an athlete and coach, he has also contributed to youth and adolescent life skills development programs through sports as a Consultant/Trainer for the United Nations.

Ibrahim Ince

Translational Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology Data Sciences, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelheim, Germany

Pharmacology Pharmacometrics

Ibrahim Ince is from Translational Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology Data Sciences, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG. His research topics are pharmacology and pharmacometrics.

Irami Araújo-Filho

Discipline of Operative Technique, Department of Surgery, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Gastroenterology Surgery Laparoscopic surgery

Dr. Irami Araújo-Filho graduated with a doctorate in Health Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (2007) and Post-Doctorate in Health Sciences from UFRN (2013), in addition to Ph.D. from the University of Sorbone/Paris Diderot/Experimental Surgery (2017/2018). He is currently Associate Professor IV of the Discipline of Operative Technique of the Department of Surgery at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. He has experience in the area of medicine, with emphasis on general surgery, gastroenterology and oncology, acting mainly in the following lines of research: infection in surgery, intercurrent factors in wound healing, biodistribution of radionuclides, experimental models of osteoporosis, intestinal ischemia and reperfusion and solid organs, experimental model of bariatric surgery. 

Jian-Jun Li

Division of Dyslipidemia, State Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Disease, Fu Wai Hospital, National Center for CVDs, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100037, China

Cardiology Cardiovascular diseases Coronary Angiography Dyslipidemia hypertension

Jian-jun Li, Chief Physician. Former Deputy of Coronary Heart Disease Center and Deputy Director of Internal Medicine Management Committee, Director of Dyslipidemia and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Center and Director of Ward 51. He was formerly a member of the Expert Committee of the National Cardiovascular Center, and is now the Executive Director of the International Atherosclerosis China Chapter, a member of the European and American Society of Cardiovascular Diseases (FESC/FACC), and a board member of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases. He is committed to the clinical diagnosis and pathogenesis of dyslipidemia and coronary heart disease, and has completed more than 20 research projects including national and provincial funds.

Jianhong Zhong

Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Guangxi Medical University Nanning, China

Hepatic surgery Hepatitis B Hepatobiliary surgery Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Jian-Hong Zhong, MD, PhD is a surgeon at the Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery of Guangxi Medical University Cancer Hospital, China. He completed his clinical research training at Guangxi Medical University Cancer Hospital and basic research training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With broad research interests in hepatobiliary tract cancer including a major focus on hepatocellular carcinoma, he has published many full articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals. As a peer reviewer, he has helped many journals to review a lot of manuscript. With his expertise in basic and clinical research of hepatocellular carcinoma, he has established a series of platforms for preclinical evaluation of diagnostics and therapeutics of hepatocellular carcinoma, therapeutic modalities for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

Jiye Yin

Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, 410078, China.

Clinical Pharmacology Personalized medicine Pharmacogenomics

Dr. Ji-Ye Yin is a professor in the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, and the vice director of Hunan Key Laboratory of Pharmacogenetics. He completed his Doctoral degree in Department of Pharmacy, Central South University, China, (2005.9-2011.12). He published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 8 books. Professor Yin’s group focus on Personalized medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacogenomics. He was awarded by CNPHARS-SEVIER Young Investigator Award in Pharmacology. His research was supported by more than 20 foundations, including Natural Science Foundation in China and Distinguished Young Science Foundation from Hunan province.


Kai Xiao

National Chengdu Center for Safety Evaluation of Drugs and National Clinical Research Center for Geriatrics, West China hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China

Anti-cancer drug Experimental therapeutics Tumor evolution Tumor microenvironment

Prof. Kai Xiao received his PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from Sichuan University in 2009. He completed his postdoctoral training and was then appointed as as an Assistant Project Scientist at University of California, Davis. Since 2014, He has become a Full Professor in Precision Medicine Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, China. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in internationally renowned journals. His research expertise include cancer pharmacology, targeted drug delivery and precision oncology. His current research interests mainly focus on the study of tumor evolution, anti-cancer drug resistance, and discovery of new targets using clinically relevant tumor organoid and PDX models, as well as the development of smart biomaterials for precision delivery of anti-cancer drugs and genes.

Lei Cheng

Department of Otorhinolaryngology & Clinical Allergy Center, The First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing 210029, China

Allergen immunotherapy Allergic rhinitis Nasal polyps Noncoding RNA Probiotics SNPs Tinnitus

Prof. Cheng, Department of Otorhinolaryngology & Clinical Allergy Center, The First Affiliated Hospital; International Centre for Allergy Research, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China. His main research directions are as follows: 1) Susceptible genes of allergic rhinitis and their interaction with environmental factors; 2) Immunoregulatory function of probiotics and their mechanism of action in the prevention and treatment of allergic rhinitis; 3) Clinical pathology and immunological mechanism of non-allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinitis-sinusitis and nasal polyps; 4) Functional nasal endoscopic sinus surgery minimally invasive technology.

Lieuwe Bos

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Infectious diseases Intensive care medicine Pulmonology

Lieuwe Bos focus on precision medicine approaches to the treatment of lung injury due to inflammation and infection. He uses non-invasive diagnostic tools to classify patients into subphenotypes and target the subphenotypes with specific treatments.

Marc de Smet

Department of Ophthalmology ZNA Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium


Professor Marc de Smet, former department head -department of Ophthalmology, University of Amsterdam. Founder and head of MIOS sa, Lausanne, Switzerland, and CMO – Preceyes bv, an ophthalmic robotics company. His research topics are ocular inflammation, ocular pharmacology, ocular imaging (retinal and inflammatory disorders), retinal surgery, and robotics. He has spearheaded the development of ocriplasmin for ophthalmic applications (patent holder), the use of intraocular methotrexate for ocular lymphoma. He is one of the first individuals to use transverse OCT. He initiated the development of the Preceyes robot for eye surgery, the first robot ever to perform high precision intraocular surgery.

Marc Jeschke

Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton, Canada

Surgeon, Ross Tilley Burn Centre

Hamilton Health Sciences and Mc Master University

President, Canadian Burn Association

Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Surgery and Plastic Surgery

Burn care Surgery Burn wounds Plastic surgery

Dr. Jeschke has world-renowned expertise in the field of translational research. He is a research leader with a proven ability to attract funding and grants from various national programs and agencies to advance innovative medical care in burns. Under his direction since 2010, the Ross Tilley Burn Centre (RTBC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre became a leading surgical and burn care institution in North America. Prior to being the Director of the RTBC, Dr. Jeschke held faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children. There, in addition to his work as a surgeon, he coordinated research activities with a focus on increasing productivity and obtaining grants. Dr. Jeschke became an MD in Germany, moved to the United States and obtained a Master of Medical Science degree at the University of Texas, then returned to Germany to complete his PhD (Habilitation) in Experimental Surgery at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria.


Marcel Dirkes, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Clinical research

Marcel Dirkes from the University of Amsterdam and the department of Surgery (Surgical Laboratory) Academic Medical Center. His research topics is clinical research.

Marcello Covino

Emergency Medicine, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Pathology Emergency medicine Internal medicine

Marcello Covino, MD, Ph.D.,  is an assistant professor at Emergency Medicine, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy. With broad research interests in Medical and surgical emergencies in older adults, acute diverticulitis, acute pancreatitis, sepsis, infection in an emergency, procalcitonin, trauma, head trauma, early warning scores, COVID-19. With his expertise in clinical activity, he has published 111 papers in peer-reviewed journals from 1993 to the present, and more than 300 abstracts presented in national and international meetings. He is a Member of the Italian Society of Emergency Medicine (SIMEU) and the Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI).

Martin Michel

Department of Pharmacology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Nephrology Pharmacology and toxicology

Martin C. Michel is a physician trained in experimental and clinical pharmacology in Essen (Germany) and San Diego (California). He headed the Nephrology and Hypertension Research Laboratory at the University of Essen (Germany; 1993-2002), the Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands; 2003-2011) and was Global Head of Product and Pipeline Scientific Support at Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany; 2011-2016). His current affiliations include being a Professor of Pharmacology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany; since 2012) and being a Senior Partner at the Partnership for the Assessment and Accreditation of Science (PAASP, Heidelberg, Germany; since 2016). His research focusses on urogenital and cardiovascular pharmacology, where he has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles cited >34,000 times yielding an h-index of 93. He is editor or serves on the board of many pharmacological journals including Mol Pharmacol and Pharmacol Rev. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea) and an Honorary Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society.

Merete Haedersdal

Department of Dermatology, University of Copenhagen, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark


Merete Haedersdal is leading a research team of 10 researchers, focusing on translational medicine in the field of laser dermatology. Merete is consultant in dermatology at Bispebjerg Hospital and clinical professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is Visiting Scientist at Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, collaborating with professor R. Rox Anderson and his team to develop better treatments for patients with skin cancer by means of lasers and light-based techniques.

Michiel Sinaasappel

Department of Clinical Physics and Instrumentation, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Nuclear medicine Oncology Radiology and radiotherapy

Michiel Sinaasappel practices in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His top areas of expertise are Pulmonary Edema and Laryngectomy.

His clinical research consists of co-authoring 12 peer reviewed articles in the past 15 years.

Milan Brazdil

Brno Epilepsy Center, First Department of Neurology, St. Anne's University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno

Neurology Epilepsy

Milan Brázdil, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP is Professor of Neurology and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University and St. Anne´s University Hospital, Brno, Czech Republic, and group leader of Behavioral and Social Neuroscience Research group at CEITEC MU. He is a co-founding member of Brno Epilepsy Center (1993) where he currently serves as the Director. Milan Brázdil is the Past President of the Czech League against Epilepsy and the current President of the Czech Society for Clinical Neurophysiology. He authored more than 300 original papers published in peer reviewed journals (PubMed 196), SCI citing index is 3084 and his H-index is 31. Milan Brázdil´s main clinical and research interests are epilepsy surgery, invasive electrophysiology, and behavioral neuroscience. He received research funding by the national and European grant agencies and has been the principal investigator for several clinical trials in epilepsy.

Milka Sokolovic

European Food Information Council, Brussels, Belgium


Milka holds a degree in Biology from the University of Belgrade, and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam. Through her research and academic roles at the Universities of Belgrade and Amsterdam, and her leadership roles at EUFIC and ENLP, she has developed a remarkable expertise in scientific research, communication, and strategic partnerships. Milka instigates alliances and forges partnerships, while advocating for equitable solutions to European public health challenges, insisting on the vital role of civil society in reaching those solutions.

Narci Teoh

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Experimental medicine Hepatology

Narci Teoh is a Professor of Medicine at the Australian National University Medical School, Senior Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Canberra Hospital, who is also engaged in part-time private practice at GastrotrACT Gastroenterological Services, Brindabella and Mugga Warra Endoscopy Centres in Garran, Canberra.

Her clinical interests in gastroenterology include coeliac disease, as well as digestive tract cancers especially in the prevention, screening and management of cancers that arise in the large bowel and liver. She also has expertise in the care and treatment of patients living with hepatitis B, fatty liver disease and is committed to patient education and advocacy in these areas.

Nicholas Kounis

Department of Medicine, University General Hospital of Patras, Rio, Greece

Allergic myocardial infarction Angina and Allergy Hypersensitivity and ischemic cardiac disease Kounis syndrome

Nicholas G Kounis was born in Patras-Greece and graduated, first of all medical students, from Athens University Medical School after five and a half years (the course normally lasts six years). He moved to United Kingdom and worked for ten years in salaried posts as house officer, senior house officer, registrar, clinical tutor and senior registrar, initially in medicine and afterward in cardiology. Following his work abroad he returned to Greece where he worked as a consultant cardiologist in Patras University Medical School for ten years and afterward as Professor of Medicine in Patras Highest Institute of Education and Technology until now. During his career, he has served as a reviewer for more than 500 peer-reviewed PubMed medical journals and he has authored more than 410 PubMed included scientific papers in English medical literature between them three clinical pioneered medical descriptions: Iliacus Hematoma Syndrome, Cardiopathia Fantastica, and is the founder of Kounis Syndrome. Kounis syndrome is considered, today, as nature’s own experiment and magnificent natural paradigm showing novel way how to recognize and prevent acute coronary syndromes.

Raimundas Lunevicius

Department of General Surgery, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lower Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK

Clinical outcomes Descriptive epidemiology Emergency gastrointestinal surgery Gallbladder surgery Global health Subtotal cholecystectomy Trauma surgery

Prof. Dr. Raimundas Lunevicius qualified from Vilnius University (Lithuania), worked in University Emergency Care Hospital between 1991 and 2010, completed three Fellowship Programmes: Monbushou at Nagoya University and Aichi Cancer Centre (Japan, 1998–2000), Fulbright–Humphrey at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with clinical affiliation with R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Centre (USA, 2008–2009), and King’s College Hospital London (2010–2012). In 2012, he accepted the offer to work as Consultant General Surgeon for the Aintree University Hospital and Major Trauma Collaborative, Liverpool. His research and audit interests are focused on difficult gallbladder management, acute care surgery, liver injury, trauma, and global health. A bibliography of his publications includes 234 refereed articles, 71 abstracts, three monographs, two doctoral dissertations, two book chapters, one edited book, multiple presentations, and lectures (by 15 August 2023). His h-index is 67. He is the collaborator for the Global Burden of Disease Study, IHME, University of Washington (2012–to date), and Global Surgery, University of Birmingham, UK (2020–to date). He has been a UK Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) Board member since 2020. Clinician, surgeon, supervisor, researcher, auditor, reviewer, editor, organiser, and lecturer.  

Riccardo D’Ambrosi

IRCCS Orthopedic Institute Galeazzi, Via Galeazzi 4, 20161 Milan, Italy

Anterior cruciate ligament arthroscopy Knee Meniscus Sports medicine

Currently, Dr. Riccardo D’Ambrosi works in the CASCO Department at IRCCS Ospedale Galeazzi – Sant’Ambrogio in Milan and is a researcher at the University of Milan. He is mainly involved in ligament knee surgery (ACL, PCL, multiligamentous knee surgery) and follows with particular attention sports medicine and regenerative medicine (scaffold implantation, cartilage regeneration, infiltrative treatments). Dr. D’Ambrosi has more than 110 impacted publications on PubMed, most of them clinical practice and systematic reviews focusing on knee surgery with numerous international collaborations. In 2016, he was awarded for the best orthopedics oral communication at the national shoulder and elbow congress (SICSeG). Furthermore, he was awarded for the best poster in 2018 and 2019 at the SIOT (Società Italiana di Ortopedia e Traumatologia) national congress and in 2021 Best Knee Presentation Pre-Meeting Virtual Siot Congress 2021. Recently, he was a coauthor for the Poster and won the prize at ESSKA Congress.


Richard Rosen

The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, United States


Dr. Rosen is a vitreoretinal surgeon and consulatant at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he serves as Vice Chairman and Director of Ophthalmology Research, as well as Surgeon Director and Chief of Retinal Services. Dr. Rosen is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Ican School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Visiting Professor in Applied Optics at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. His received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology at the University of Michigan and his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also did graduate work in psychophysics in the Laboratory of Neuromagnetism at New York University, and worked for several years as a professional photographer in New York City, with an interest in ophthalmic/scientific photography.

Robert Barkin

Department of Anesthesiology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL United States

Departments of Pharmacology and Family Medicine, Rush University, Chicago, IL, United States of America

Geriatrics Acute pain Chronic pain Fibromyalgia Migraine headache Neuropathic & nociceptive pain Postoperative pain Psychopharmacology

Dr. Robert L. Barkin is Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Family Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a clinical pharmacologist in a collaborative practice with 5 anesthesiologist physician pain specialists at the NorthShore University Health System Department of Anesthesiology Pain Center’s of Skokie and Evanston Hospitals in Illinois. His extensive practice is both outpatient and in-patient for all pain syndromes. Dr. Barkin designs patient specific pharmacotherpeutic treatment plans. Following graduation from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Dr. Barkin earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He then earned his Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Barkin is the author of more than 150 abstracts, CD-Rom programs, textbook chapters, and peer reviewed articles. He was senior Editor for the American Journal of Therapeutics. He also serves as a reviewer for over 30 peer-reviewed journals and on the Editorial Board of 20 peer reviewed journals. He is frequently invited to speak on a wide variety of topics at both national and international conferences and seminars. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, Diplomate of American Board of Forensic Medicine, Examiners, and Psychologic Specialties in Psychopharmacology. Dr. Barkin was granted Scientific status with the American Academy of Pain Medicine and has been granted the status of Overseas Fellow in the Royal Society of Medicine in England. Dr. Robert L. Barkin Research Intrest are: Pain – Acute and chronic Postoperative pain, fibromyalgia, migraine headache Neuropathic & nociceptive pain Psychopharmacology

Robert Garfield

Department of Ob/Gyn, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ 85721, USA

Cardiovascular physiology Cell signaling Fetal growth restriction hypertension Obstetrics Pharmacology Preeclampsia

Robert Garfield is an American academic and author with formal training in pharmacology (PhD, University of Alberta, Canada). I have collaborated globally with leading scientists and clinicians and trained many exceptional young scientists. I have held positions as a full professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, Texas), St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona), Creighton University and recently completed four years of study in obstetrics at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Hospital (Guangzhou, China). Presently, he is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. He maintain an active research program focused on pregnancy from conception to delivery, including extensive studies of the electrical activity of uterine muscle which controls uterine contractions during term and preterm labor, and dilation of the cervix.

Roy G. Beran

Neurology Department, Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, Australia

South Western Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Ingham Institute for Medical Research, South Western Sydney Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia

School of Medicine, Griffith University, Southport, Australia

Concussion Epilepsy Legal medicine Medical education Neuroepidemiology

Roy G. Beran is a consultant neurologist and accredited sleep physician, also working in legal medicine, military medicine and aviation medicine. His research interests include: Concussion; Epilepsy; Legal Medicine; Stroke; Sleep; Neuroepidemiology; Neurological Imaging; and Medical Education. His qualifications include: MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRACGP, Grad. Dip. Tertiary Ed., Grad. Dip. Further Ed., FAFPHM, FACLM, FRCP, FAAN, FACBS, B Leg. S, MHL and FFFLM (Hon). Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) includes: Neurology; Public Health; and Sleep Medicine. He was a Designated Medical Examiner for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, a medical assessor for Dispute Resolution for the State Insurance Regulatory Authority and an assessor for the Workers Compensation Commission of New South Wales (NSW). He is a Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW; Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland; Conjoint Professor, Medical School, Western Sydney University; and Professor, Chair, Sechenov Moscow 1st State University, Moscow, Russia. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he refused to re-sign with Sechenov University. He was the inaugural Visiting Professor at the International Research Institute of Health Law Sciences at the Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China and has been invited personally to apply for a professorial position at the university in Shanghai by the dean of the newly established faculty, Professor Hongjie Manman. His research interests include: Concussion; Epilepsy; Legal Medicine; Stroke; Sleep; Neuroepidemiology; Neurological Imaging; and Medical Education.

Sacha Zeerleder

Department of Hematology, Division of Internal Medicine, Luzerner Kantonsspital, Luzern, and University of Berne, Bern, Switzerland

Hematology Oncology Transfusion Transplantation

Prof. Sacha Sergio Zeerleder (MD PhD) received is MD from the University of Berne (Switzerland) in 1997. He completed his training as internist hematologist at the University hospital Bern, Switzerland, and at the Academic Medical Center AMC in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From 2010 to July 2018 Prof. Zeerleder worked as staff hematologist at the Academic Medical Centre AMC and as principle investigator at Sanquin Research in Amsterdam. At the AMC, he was the director of the stem cell transplantation program, medical head of the special hematology laboratory and the transfusion laboratory. In 2016, he was appointed full professor for Immunohematology at the University of Amsterdam. Since August 2018 is chief physician at the University Hospital in Bern (Switzerland) and is responsible for the transfusion service, apheresis unit, is director of the program cellular therapies and vice director of the Center of Hemato-oncology as a part of the University Cancer Center Inselspital (UCI). In July 2019, he received the “Venia docendi” and his “associate professorship” at the medical faculty at the University of Bern. The main interest of the research of Prof. Sacha Zeerleder lies in the role of innate immunity in hematological diseases.

Salvatore Giordano

Deputy Chief of Plastic and General Surgery, Professor of Surgery Turku University Hospital, University of Turku, Finland

Abdominoplasty Breast augmentation Breast reconstruction Breast reduction Diastasis Plastic surgery

Salvatore Giordano, MD, PhD FACS, is a Professor of Surgery of the Department of Plastic and General Surgery Turku University Hospital, Finland. He completed his MD in Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza Facoltà di Medicina e Psicologia in Rome (1999-2005), Clinical Fellowship in Microsurgery (Plastic Surgery)- Broomfield Hospital in UK (2014-04-2014-06), Specialist in Plastic Surgery (Plastic and General Surgery) - Turun yliopisto lääketieteellinen tiedekunta in Finland (2011-2014), Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Plastic Surgery)-University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in USA (2015-2016), PhD-University of Turku in Finland (2014-present ), Docent in Experimental Surgery-University of Turku in Finland (2015-present), Docent in Plastic Surgery-University of Turku in Finland (2019-present), Professor (Surgery)-University of Turku in Finland (2020-present). With broad research interests in Medical ans surgical emergencies in breast reconstruction; breast augmentation; breast reduction; mastopexy; breast lift; abdominoplasty; diastasis; massive weight loss. he has published many full articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals. As a peer reviewer, he has helped many journals to review a lot of manuscript. With his expertise in clinical activity, he had published 138 papers on peer-reviewed journals (H-index Scopus 26). He is the Deputy Chief of Plastic and General Surgery in Turku University Hospital.

Sandrine Florquin

Department of Pathology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Nephrology Pathology

Sandrine Florquin (1965) received her MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in 1990, her “Thèse d’Agrégation de l’Enseignement Supérieur”from the same University in 1995, and her PhD degree (cum laude) from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) in 1997. In 1998 she was board certified in the Netherlands in Pathology, and in 2001 in Immunology. From 1991 to 1994, she was Research Fellow of Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique(Belgium) in the department of Immunology of Prof. M. Goldman, Université Libre de Bruxelles and in the departments Prof. B. Brenner and R. Cotran (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University). Since 1998 Florquin is staff member of the Department of Pathology in het AMC. Her research is embedded in the Center for Immunology Amsterdam (CIA). She received several NWO-grants (Clinical Fellowship, ASPASIA and VIDI). In 2007 she was appointed Professor of Pathology in theUniversity of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Dutch Kidney Foundation and of the ERA-EDTA.

Sher Ali Khan

Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, United States

Addiction medicine Internal medicine Preventive medicine Primary care

Sher Ali Khan is from University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the department of Internal Medicine. His research topics are Addiction medicine, Internal medicine, Preventive medicine and Primary care.

Shichun Lu

Faculty of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China

Oncology Surgery Hepatobiliary surgery Transplantation

Shichun Lu practices in Beijing, China. Lu and is rated as an Experienced expert by MediFind in Liver Transplant. Their top areas of expertise are Liver Cancer, Hepatitis B, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, and Liver Transplant.

Shuqun Cheng

Department of Hepatic Surgery VI, Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

Oncology Surgery Hepatobiliary surgery Transplantation

Shuqun Cheng received the B.S. degree from Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China, in 1989, and the master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Liver Cancer Institute, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Then, he entered to the Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital for postdoctoral training. He is currently the Director of the Department of Hepatic Surgery VI, Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital, The Second Military Medical University. As a Surgeon, he did almost 400 operations for liver cancer resection every year. Besides these, he has engaged in doing researches on basic science of liver cancer surgery and clinical problems, such as the mechanism of HCC tumor thrombus forming and comprehensive treatment for liver cancer.

Simon Rabkin

Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Clinical electrophysiology Heart failure Signal transduction and vascular disease

Dr. Simon Rabkin is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He graduated with an MD from the University of Manitoba. He did post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto, University of Cincinnati and Emory University. His research interests are in the determinants of cardiovascular disease and its therapy. He is especially interested in the unravelling the causes of heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, aortic aneurysms and the interface between the brain and the heart. His research interests and activities have spanned the range from basic science, clinical investigation, clinical trials and epidemiology. He has published almost 300 scientific papers or book chapters. He was the founding director of the Program in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia which is now one of the largest graduate program in the Faculty of Medicine. He has served on many Canadian consensus conferences for the development of best practice guidelines for Canadian Physicians. He is the current chair of the subcommittee on the pharmacologic management of patients with hypertension and cardiac disease for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP). Dr. Rabkin is a past president of the Canadian Hypertension Society and was the President of the 23rd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in 2010.

Sumanta Saha

Independent Researcher

Infectious diseases Pediatrics Statistics and epidemiology

Dr. Sumanta Saha is a physician and epidemiologist in infectious disease epidemiology and diabetes in children and pregnancy. His publications include several first-authored publications on observational studies and evidence synthesis research. He has experience peer-reviewing and handling several manuscripts in different journals.

Tony Kleijn

Department of Pathology and Medical Biology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands


Tony Kleijn is a pathology resident at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). He is on the board of the National Pathology Assistants Association (LPAV) to represent the interests of dutch AIOS, and is also involved in various training and (international) research projects of the UMCG.

Vishal G Shelat

Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore 308433, Singapore

Gastroenterology Hepatology Oncology Surgery CT scan Liver Scoring

Dr. Vishal G Shelat is a Associate Professor in Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore 308433, Singapore. He is a general surgeon trained in open, laparoscopic and robotic hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and diagnostic foregut and hindgut endoscopies. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training; and received hospital, cluster and medical school level various teaching awards. He serves as a program director for PGY1 program and Director of Surgical Science Training Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is involved in various surgical quality and patient safety initiatives. He has conducted local primary care and public seminars/forums to raise cancer awareness and drive patient-centric value driven safe surgical care. He has keen interest in healthcare ethics and is an active member of institutional clinical research and ethics committees. He is registered as a medical expert witness and renders medico-legal assistance upon request. He has published >230 papers and >10 book chapters. He has contributed to many international guidelines, delivered >30 oral invited or nominated international lectures and serves on editorial board of international journals.

Weiren Luo

Cancer Research Institute, Department of Pathology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen

Third People's Hospital, National Clinical Research Center for Infectious Diseases, Shenzhen, China

Experimental Pathology Ecological pathology Medical ecology tree Nasopharyngeal carcinoma ecology

Dr. Weiren Luo is Professor at the Cancer Research Institute within the Department of Pathology at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Southern University of Science and Technology, as well as at the Shenzhen Third People's Hospital, both located in Shenzhen, China. He is also affiliated with the National Clinical Research Center for Infectious Diseases in Shenzhen. Dr. Luo received his Ph.D. from Southern Medical University and conducted research as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States.

His primary focus lies in the field of cancer ecology and pathology. He is credited with introducing the concept of human ecological pathology and has developed the cancer ecology tree and the nasopharyngeal carcinoma ecology theory. Notably, during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Luo and his team documented the world's first case of critical COVID-19 biopsy, which revealed the presence of pulmonary fibrosis and microthrombosis.

His research interests span a wide spectrum, including medical and surgical emergencies in nasopharyngeal carcinoma ecology, ecological pathology, medical ecology tree, and experimental pathology.

William C. Cho

Department of Clinical Oncology,Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong, China

Cancer biomarkers Cancer diagnosis Cancer treatment predication High-throughput cancer diagnosis

Dr William Cho is a Biomedical Scientist in QEH. His main research interests have been focusing on cancer studies utilizing high-throughput technologies to discover biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, treatment prediction and prognostication. He is a Chartered Scientist granted by the Science Council (UK), a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner (HK), Guest Professor of a number of Universities and a Fellow Member of several institutes, including the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), Hong Kong Institute of Biomedical Science and Hong Kong Society for Molecular Diagnostic Sciences. Dr Cho has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers (Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Advanced Science, Nature Communications, Clinical Cancer Research, Clinical Chemistry, Annals of Oncology, PNAS, etc) covering cancer biomarkers, proteomics, microRNAs, Chinese medicine and plenty of books including "MicroRNAs in cancer translational research", "An omics perspective on cancer research", "Supportive cancer care with Chinese medicine", “Drug repurposing in cancer therapy: Approaches and applications”, etc.

Wing Nang Albert Leung

School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Experimental medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine

Prof. Leung was the former Director, School of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Professor of Clinical Practice, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He is the author/co-author of over 150 refereed publications. His major research interests are:

1.    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) using herbal compounds as photosensitizers

2.    Pharmacology of anticancer Chinese Medicinal materials

3.    Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine in clinical applications

4.    Application of Chinese Medicine in Gerontology and Elderly care

Xufeng Zhang

Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Institute of Advanced Surgical Technology and Engineering, First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

Oncology Surgery Hepatobiliary surgery Transplantation

Xufeng Zhang is from First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University and the department of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Institute of Advanced Surgical Technology and Engineering. His research topics are Oncology, Surgery, Hepatobiliary surgery and Transplantation.

Yong Hai

Department of Orthopedics, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Biomechanics Bone Degenerative disc disease Disc replacement Scoliosis Spine deformity Spine surgery

Prof. Dr. Yong Hai, Department of Orthopedics, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China. Prof. Dr. Hai engaged in basic and clinical research and practice of orthopedic spinal surgery for more than 30 years, proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of various spinal diseases, especially complex and difficult spinal deformities, with unique and rich diagnostic and therapeutic experience. Prof. Dr. Hai honored with numerous awards, including the Lancet Award, Beijing Gold Medal Doctor, China Health Communication Ambassador, and the Top Ten Public Welfare Figures of Chinese Physicians. Prof. Dr. Hai published more than 300 professional academic articles (including 150 SCI articles, with a total IF of 500+), and edited/translated 9 academic monographs. Obtained more than 10 national invention and utility model patents.

Yunlei Li

Dept. of Pathology & Clinical Bioinformatics, Ee-1579 Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Artificial intellegence Clinical bioinformatics Data mining Deep learning Machine learning

Dr. Yunlei Li studied data mining & bioinformatics at Delft University of Technology (TUD) under the supervision of Prof. Marcel Reinders and Prof. Lodewijk Wessels. She conducted her internship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) under the supervision of Prof. Laura van ‘t Veer on breast cancer research. In 2004, she obtained her MSc degree with honor (cum laude). She performed her doctoral research at TUD with Prof. Marcel Reinders and Prof. Dick de Ridder and obtained her PhD in 2010 on “Exploiting noisy and incomplete biological data for prediction and knowledge discovery”. Since 2011, Dr. Li has been working at the Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) on multiple basic cancer research as well as health care-oriented projects covering a wide range of diseases (incl. leukemia, aneurysm, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, glioblastoma, melanoma) and bioinformatics applications.

Currently she is leading the machine learning / artificial intelligence research line in the Department of Pathology & Clinical Bioinformatics at EMC. Her research focus is designing and applying novel artificial intelligence methods (data mining, machine learning, deep learning) in translational and clinical research settings to integrate and exploit multi-dimensional patient data (e.g. DNA, RNA, protein, image, clinical) for clinical cancer research and clinical trials, in order to gain insight of the diseases, discover biomarkers, improve diagnosis accuracies and stratification for personalized treatments.

Ammar Musawi

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO, USA


Ammar Musawi, BDS, MDS (Prosthetic Dentistry), MPH (Dental Emphasis)

Ammar Musawi, is the Assistant Dean of Preclinical Education and Simulation clinic at the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral health (MOSDOH). He oversees D1 and D2 students’ preclinical education, MOSDOH’s Kirksville campus facilities and supervises MOSDOH’s preclinical faculty.

Musawi received his Dental degree from the University of Baghdad (BDS), his Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Malaya and Master of Public Health (MPH) dental-emphasis from ATSU.

Employed with ATSU-MOSDOH since 2014 as the first full time faculty, his focus in higher education includes developing and implementing new and effective learning methods, assessment and educational research, Restorative dentistry research and other research topics.

Dr. Musawi was honored with the Elsie Gaber Compassion and Integrity award, the MOSDOH Student Governance Association (SGA) excellence in teaching award, MOSDOH Teaching award, Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his service during the COVID-19 pandemic and the American Dental Association (ADAE) Leadership Institute certificate.

Andrew Smith

School of Psychology, Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Psychology occupational and health psychology

Professor Andrew Smith’s research covers the areas of Occupational and Health Psychology with a  major emphasis on well-being.

Specifically, he has conducted extensive research on the non-auditory effects of noise on cognition and health. In  addition, he conducts research on stress and fatigue in both the workplace and life in general. His interests in health psychology cover two main themes: health-related behaviours (effects of nutrition, caffeine and chewing gum on behaviour)  and minor illnesses (psychosocial risk factors for susceptibility to colds and influenza; effects of upper respiratory tract infections on mood and cognition).

Hideaki Kawabata

Department of Gastroenterology, Kyoto Okamoto Memorial Hospital, Kyoto, Japan

Endoscopy Gastroenterology

Dr. Hideaki Kawabata is a clinical gastroenterologist and now Director of Kawabata medical clinic, as well as a Specialist and Councilor in the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology and the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society and a Specialist in the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine and the Japanese Society of Gastrointestinal Cancer Screening.

Rodrigo Suarez

Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Oncology Surgery Urology

Rodrigo Suarez is from University of Freiburg and the department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center. His research topics are Oncology, Surgery and Urology.

Roy Hajjar

Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Surgery Gastrointestinal surgery

Roy Hajjar is from Université de Montréal and the department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine. His research topics are Surgery and Gastrointestinal surgery.

Samuel Cohen

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Anesthesiology Health care systems

Samuel Cohen is a 4th year medical student at Stanford School of Medicine. His research interests include examining the intersection of technology and medicine in order to optimize patient care. His most recent work aims to improve patient education materials using Artificial Intelligence. He has published more than 30 manuscripts in the past three years and looks forward to continuing to advocate for patients via his research throughout his career as an aspiring ophthalmologist.   

Stuart Winter

Cancer and Blood Disorders Program, Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Oncology Pediatrics

Stuart S. Winter MD is the Chief Research Officer at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. A Midwesterner since the early 1960's, Stuart grew up near Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI (1983) with a BA in biology and attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (1988). Stuart completed his pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico (1991), and his sub-specialty fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Duke University Medical Center (1995). He has been continuously board-certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology since 1994. Stuart's areas of interests are in molecular oncology, immunotherapy, clinical trials, research ethics and randomized longitudinal studies that benefit all children.