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International Speakers


Chris_Burtin Dr. Chris Burtin (Belgium)

Researcher in physical activity and exercise in respiratory patients at Hasselt University (in collaboration with Martin Spruit) since 2015.

Obtained PhD in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation at Catholic University Leuven (supervised by Thierry Troosters and Rik Gosselink) in 2012.

Current secretary of group 9.2 (Phsysiotherapists) in the European Respiratory Society.

Christian_Osadnik Dr. Christian Osadnik (Australia)

Is a physiotherapist and post-doctoral research fellow in respiratory medicine, with a particular interest in improving health outcomes for patients with acute exacerbations of COPD through the application of evidence-based medicine. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University, a recipient of a European Respiratory Society long-term research fellowship (2014-15) and COPD research fellow with Lung Foundation Australia and Boehringer Ingelheim (2016-17). Dr, Osadnik is also an editor with the Cochrane Airways Group and is actively involved in numerous committees within the European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society and Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Daniel_Arellano Dr. Daniel Arellano Sepulveda  (Chile)

Kinesiologist for the Unit of Critical Patients of the Clinical Hospital of the University of Chile. Magistrate in Respiratory Physiology. International Fellow of the American Association of Respiratory Care. Coordinator of the Laboratory of Mechanical Ventilation and Respiratory Therapy – Department of Kinesiology, University of Chile.

Daniele_De_Luca Dr. Daniele de Luca (Italy)

Prof. Daniele de Luca received his MD license from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy in 2001; Dr. de Luca completed his Master’s degrees at the same university in Pediatric Emergencies in 2003 and Neonatal Pulmonology in 2005; He received a Fellowship in Pediatrics and Neonatal Critical Care from the same university in 2007; Dr. de Luca is now the Director of the Division of Pediatrics and Neonatal Critical Care at South Paris University, “A.Beclere” Medical Centre, in Paris, France; He is also the Contract Affiliate Professor of Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy; Dr. de Luca has published approximately 100 papers for journals with an impact factor > 200, an H-Index of 13, and has been a referee for several major pediatric and general journals; He has been a referee for international grants and research quality programs in Canada, France, Italy, and South Africa; Dr. de Luca is the Deputy Chair, Respiratory Section, European Society for Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC), Executive Council Member of the European Society for Neonatology (ESN), and Chair of the iVENTPRO Steering Committee.

Dina_Brooks Dr. Dina Brooks (Canada)

Physiotherapist, Research Chair (Tier 2) in Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Canada. She is also the recipient of several teaching and research awards and holds many grants. Her research experience has included varied models (e.g., anaesthetized animals, conscious animals and humans) and different research approaches. She is presently involved in research in two main patient populations: individuals with chronic lung disease and those with cardiovascular disease. In the area of chronic lung disease, she is involved in several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. In cardiovascular rehabilitation, she is investigating the effectiveness of exercise training in individuals after stroke.

eduardo_borsinibranco Dr. Eduardo Enrique Borsini (Argentina)

Specialist Medical Doctor in Critical Medicine and Intensive Care. Specialist in Pulmonology, job that currently develops. Member of the British Hospital Medical Group of Pulmonology in Buenos Aires; He is also a Doctor at the British Hospital, in charge of the Sleep Unit in Buenos Aires; Professional responsible for the Intensive Care Unit of the British Hospital of Buenos Aires. Member of the Argentine Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SATI). Member of the Argentine Society of Respiratory Medicine. (AAMR). Member of the Latin American Association of Thorax (ALT).

Jennifer_Alisson Dr. Jennifer Alison (Australia)

Physiotherapist – Professor in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. She teaches the cardiopulmonary and scientific practice units of study in the undergraduate and graduate entry programs in physiotherapy. Prof Alison is also a clinical specialist physiotherapist (Level 6) Department of Physiotherapy, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. As part of her keen interest in health care and particularly lung health she is the co-chair of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Respiratory Network and Chair of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Committee of the Australian Lung Foundation (ALF).

This latter committee developed the web-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Toolkit for clinicians. Prof Alison has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 books/book chapters and over 80 peer-reviewed abstracts, has been awarded over 40 research grants, supervises or has supervised 11 first class honors students (3 university medals), 3 Masters and 12 PhD students.

Jose_Mauricio_Landeros Dr. José Maurício Landeros (Chile)

Kinesiólogo, graduated from the University of Chile in 1995, hospital experience in pediatrics at Niños Hospital Roberto del Rio in Santiago. Experience in advanced resuscitation through activity by the SAMU Metropolitan. Instructor courses PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and APHA (Atención Prehospitalaria Avanzada). Respiratory Therapist certified by the Consejo Latinoamericano for Certification Profesional en Respiratory Therapy (CLCPTR) reconocido by her AARC. Chile an representative to the International Consejo en Respiratory Therapy (ICRC). Professor at the Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Chile professor y de la Escuela de Kinesiología de la Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología. Vice President de la División Intensive Kinesiología de la SOCHIMI y de la Sociedad Chilena de Kinesiología y Intensive Respiratory Therapy.

Marcelo_Gama Dr. Marcelo Gama de Abreu (Germany)

Received his medical degree from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), and the electronic engineer and master in sciences in biomedical engineering degrees from the Universidade Federal do Rio de
Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Heidelberg and the PhD degree from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany.

He is a Diplomate of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). Dr. Gama de Abreu has published extensively. He has authored or co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, case reports, editorials, abstracts and book chapters. Doctor Gama de Abreu is author of several patents in the field of respiration and mechanical ventilation. He performs reviews for several prestigious journals including Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Respiration, Intensive Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care, and American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Gama de Abreu has made numerous presentations and been invited lecturer on several occasions. He has also attended several National and International meetings as a speaker.

Robert_Michael Dr. Robert Michael Kacmarek (United States)

Respiratory Therapist, PhD, RRT. Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois – USA. PhD in Instructional Psychology at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois – USA. Anesthesiology Professor of the School of Medicine at Harvard University. Director of the Department of Respiratory Care at Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston – MA. Researcher in the area of ventilatory support in patients with ARDS and its broad aspects (ventilation modes, asynchrony, clinics and mechanical effects).

It has several articles published in journals of high impact factor, and reviewer of several of these journals. It has performed more than 600 international speakers and the United States on various aspects related to Respiratory Care and Intensive Care. Advisor to Covidien.

Sergio_Osvaldo Dr. Sergio Osvaldo Di Yelsi (Argentina)

Graduated from the University of Buenos Aires UBA. Specialist in Carpiorespiratory kinesiology. Professor of the University of Anatomy, Biomechanics and Cardiopulmonary kinesiology of UBA and the Favaloro University. Head of Kinesiology of the University Hospital and of the Favaloro Foundation. Coordinator of the Kinesiology Career for the UF. Director of Specialization in Cardiopulmonary Kinesiology of the UF. President of the Argentine Society Carpio-respiratory of Kinesiology

Shane_Phillips Dr. Shane Phillips (United States)

Physiotherapist. PhD in Physiology and Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI). Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Therapy and Department of Medicine (Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It has clinical experience in the area of physical therapy in intensive care and cardiac rehabilitation. Director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the Faculty of Applied Sciences Health where he studied obesity and control of blood flow and cardiovascular responses to diet and exercise.

Sherry_Grace Dr. Sherry L. Grace (Canada)

PhD, Director of the Research Programme, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network. Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health, University of York. Member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, University of York. Member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Unit of Rehabilitation Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry Department Assistant, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Health School teacher at York University – Canada.

Researcher at the Rehabilitation Institute of Health Network, University of Toronto. His research interests focus on the global cardiovascular rehabilitation, specifically equity and continuity in secondary prevention of chronic disease. She is responsible for the development of Canadian quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention. She has been important participation in the development of the International Council for the Prevention and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, serving on the Executive Council.

Veronique_Cornelissen Dr. Véronique Cornelissen (Belgium)

Physiotherapist, PhD, MSc and PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Leuven, Belgium, where she also completed additional studies in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering Techniques at the Faculty of Engineering in 2003. Postdoctoral Researcher of Scientific Research Fund Flanders (FWO) the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Leuven. His research is mainly focused on the importance of the characteristics of exercise in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.