On Friday, 2nd of September, we joined forces with Artivion to successfully host the ground breaking Irish Aortic Dissection Symposium at the esteemed Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
This free, CPD-accredited event provided an extensive platform for Emergency Physicians, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, and Cardiologists to expand their understanding of aortic dissection. The symposium encompassed an array of lectures, simulations, patient perspectives, wet labs, and expert panel discussions, making for an engrossing and educational full-day event.
Learning from the Experts
The day kicked off with a warm welcome from Mr Saleem Jahangeer and Mr Adam Daly, setting a conducive and collaborative tone for the day. The first session opened our eyes to the vision for National Aortic Dissection Pathways presented by Prof Lars Nolke, followed by a heartfelt account by our own trustee, Mrs Catherine Fowler, shedding light on the personal impact of aortic dissection.
Our own consultant cardiac surgeon and trustee, Mr Graham Cooper, gave an in-depth explanation of the pathophysiology of acute dissection. Prof James Meaney capped the session with an extensive look into state-of-the-art imaging of aortic dissection.
A Look into the Future
The second session commenced with a keynote lecture from Prof Aung Oo, titled ‘Acute type A in the era of hybrid grafts’, which proved to be an insightful journey into the latest advancements in the field. This was followed by talks by Mr Prakash Madhavan, Mr Vincent Young, and a team of emergency medicine specialists who provided a captivating session on High Fidelity Simulation in Acute Aortic Dissection.
During the afternoon session, participants took part in a hands-on Aortic Surgery Wetlab, providing an immersive experience for all the participants. Simultaneously, a POCUS and CT Workshop was masterfully conducted by a team of emergency medicine consultants, providing the attendees with essential knowledge and techniques to further their practice.
The day was well received. The engagement, interaction, and valuable discussions reiterated the importance of these events for continuous education and sharing of knowledge.
Thank you to all the speakers, participants, and the team at Artivion. This symposium was recorded and is available to access free of charge. We believe in the power of shared knowledge and are committed to making this crucial information available to a wider audience. Whether you were unable to attend or simply wish to revisit the expert presentations, you can access the complete recording of the Irish Aortic Dissection Symposium in our AortaEd Resources. As we continue to raise awareness about aortic dissection, we look forward to organising more such educational events focused on Ireland in the future. For more information about our upcoming initiatives, please visit our events page.