NAVAt Members


rectangle1010 Jan Hendrickx graduated from the University in Pittsburgh, 1996, and has been studying quantitative aspects of low flow and closed circuit anesthesia ever since. His research at the OLV Hospital in Aalst resulted in a thesis “Pharmacokinetics of Inhaled Anesthetics And Carrier gases” in 2004. During a two year sabbatical (2004-2006) at Stanford with Steven Shafer (Editor in Chief, Anesthesia and Analgesia) he extended his expertise to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling of intravenous and inhaled anesthetics. In his first lecture he will address the contemporary definition of anesthetics depth, key to the remainder of the morning session. Later, he examines the broader impact of automated low flow anesthesia (agent and CO2 absorbent usage, environmental implications, costs) and provide a glimpse of how future anesthesia stations might look. Effective January 1 2013, he has been appointed chair of the ESA committee on Anesthesia Monitoring, Equipment and Computers.


rectangle1010 Michel MRF Struys is Professor and Chair at the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen. His research group is one of the world leading groups in anesthetic pharmacology, including PK/PD modelling, drug interaction research and drug administration systems such as TCI and closed-loop. He is also affiliated as a Professor in Anesthesia to the Ghent University, Belgium. He is an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and a former associated editor for Anesthesiology. He is one of the Past Presidents of the International Society of Anesthetic Pharmacology, Board Member of EuroSIVA and Committee member of the committee on Pharmacology of the ESA. His lecture will address the scientific background, clinical application, and clinical impact of PK/PD visual display systems (SmartPilot and Navigator).


rectangle1010 Philip Peyton is, without exaggeration, the world’s expert on lung uptake and distribution of inhaled anesthetic vapors and carrier gases. He is Associate Professor at Austin Hospital, Melbourne. His PhD thesis published in 2012, “The effects of ventilation-perfusion scatter on gas exchange during N2O anaesthesia”, won the Dean’s Award for Excellence. Contrary to popular belief, it concluded that the pharmacokinetic advantages of N2O have been largely underestimated, and should not be ignored in assessing the place of N2O in future clinical practice.
Yet Dr. Peyton also is a member of the ENIGMA (Elimination of N2O in Gas Mixtures during Anesthesia) trial group. The paradox between the findings in his thesis and those in the ENIGMA ensure Dr. Peyton will provide the attendee in his first lecture with a uniquely balanced and new perspective on the use of N2O that has important implications for automated low flow and visual display systems. In his second lecture, he will present the effects of the introduction of automated low flow anesthesia in Australia.


rectangle1010 Andre De Wolf has been a member of the team of liver transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl in Pittsburgh between 1988 and 1996, and published extensively on aspects of liver transplantation. He currently works in Chicago. His other major interest involves the kinetics of inhaled anesthetics and carrier gases at reduced fresh gas flows. His first lecture will address the benefits of the use of reduced fresh gas flows and effect of rebreathing on the concentrations of carrier gases and inhaled anesthetics. This helps us understand the rationale behind automating low flow and closed circuit anesthesia.  His second lecture will address safety issues of automated low flow anesthesia and PKPD visual display systems as well as the future role of the anesthesiologist.


rectangle1010 André Van Zundert is the former secretary-general and president of the ESRA and a founding member of the ESA. After a career spanning more than 30 years at the Catharina hospital in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, he recently assumed the position of professor and chair at the Department of The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, University of Queensland, Australia. His academic interest have been as varied as locoregional anesthesia, airway management, and inhaled anesthetics. André is a true believer in the value of simulation in anesthesia and visualization of anesthetic techniques.


rectangle1010 Ross Kennedy Anaesthesiologist at CDHB, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Otago, Christchurch New Zealand.
Research Interests Include: model volatile anaesthetic uptake and distribution effect-site volatile anaesthetic levels needed for various levels of surgical stimulus nitrous oxide kinetic analysis the effect of depth of anaesthesia on long-term outcomes.