Ventilation through the Ages Symposium 2017  |  24 - 26 February 2017 | An International symposium focusing on ventilatory support of patients


John Davies


After graduating from Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada with a Respiratory Diploma, John Davies went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. In addition to over 10 years’ experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner, Dr Davies has been Clinical Research Coordinator in Pulmonary Medicine at Duke University Medical Centre for the past 15 years. He is Co-Chair of the Mechanical Ventilation Simulation Committee for the American College of Chest Physicians, as well as Chair of the Research Roundtable for the American Association for Respiratory Care and a member of the International Committee for the American Association for Respiratory Care. Dr Davies has been an invited Faculty Member of various national and international mechanical ventilation courses. His areas of specialty include adult critical care, mechanical ventilation and stimulation.

Louise Giles


Louise Giles is a Paediatric Respirologist/Pulmonologist at the Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago. Originally a Nurse, she obtained her MD (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada before completing a Post Graduate Training in Paediatrics, Paediatric Critical Care and Paediatric Pulmonology at the University of Western Ontario and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. Dr Giles practiced as a Paediatric Respirologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where she was active in numerous education and advocacy endeavours such as medical education (undergraduate, resident and fellowship training) and patient advocacy. Dr Giles was formerly Programme Director for Paediatric Respirology at the University of Manitoba and served on the Specialty Committee, Respirology, for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She was the Paediatric Respirologist Representative on the National Lung Health Framework Steering Committee for the Canadian Lung Association and a Physician Representative Paediatrics, for The Asthma Society of Canada’s projects on aboriginal lung health, which included resource development for use in First Nations and Inuit communities. Dr Giles joined the University of Chicago and Comer Children’s Hospital in 2013 and remains committed to continuing education and advocacy for children with asthma and other lung diseases.

Charles Gomersall

Hong Kong

Charles Gomersall is Associate Professor of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his undergraduate training at the Westminster Medical School, University of London. His postgraduate training has taken place in internal medicine at St. George's Hospital, London; in anaesthesia at St. Mary's Hospital in London, and in intensive care at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.

Donna Hamel


Donna Hamel is Project Leader, Pulmonary Function Lab Manager at the Duke Clinical and Translational Research Institute. She has over 20 years combined experience in both clinical and academic settings. Her combined Laboratory and clinical research have afforded her experience in Good Clinical Practice, Good Laboratory Practice and Good Research Practice. Her current role at the Duke Clinical Research Unit as a Project Leader focuses on providing support to Principal Investigators and their study teams who partner with DCRU for the conduct of their research projects. Additionally, as a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner with vast experience in cardio-respiratory medicine, she also manages the DCRU Pulmonary Function laboratory.

Anthony Holley


Anthony Holley is a dual qualified intensivist and emergency physician working at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland Australia as a senior staff specialist. He is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland Medical School. Anthony serves on the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society National executive as the treasurer, following on three and a half years as the Queensland ANZICS Chairman. He is also an examiner for the fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. Anthony has authored five book chapters and more than 30 peer reviewed publications. He is the supervisor of intensive care training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is an instructor for both BASIC and EMST (ATLS). Anthony was the recipient of the Military Matthew Davey Award that facilitated study of frozen blood products at the Netherlands Military Blood Bank. He served as a representative for the National Blood Authority Critical Care Group in developing the Australian Patient Blood Management Guidelines for critical care which were published in 2013. Anthony is currently a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve and has deployed on numerous occasions, including to peace keeping operations in Bougainville, East Timor and anti-piracy operations in The Persian Gulf. Anthony served in Afghanistan in 2012 as a force insertion and extraction medical officer and then again for five months in 2013 as an intensivist at the American led NATO Role III Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Anthony considers it a tremendous honour and privilege to be returning to South Africa.

Gavin Joynt

Hong Kong

Gavin Joynt is currently Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and further specialist qualifications in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in South Africa, Australia and Edinburgh. His research interests include bio-ethics, education, infection control, antibiotic pharmacokinetics, intra-abdominal hypertension and monitoring. Professor Joynt has authored and co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 25 book chapters and numerous teaching manuals. He is Honorary Professor, School for Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and Honorary Life Member, Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine

Hilary Klonin

United Kingdom

Hilary qualified in 1982 from Nottingham, UK and trained in paediatrics, neonatal medicine and intensive care. She has worked in UK, USA, India and Nepal. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and holds diplomas in anaesthesia and immediate care. Her interests include treatment of sepsis and the role of different modalities of none invasive ventilation. A mother and baby changed her attitude to re orientating care and she will be talking about this

Michaela R. Lazner, Anna P. Basu, Klonin, H. Non-invasive ventilation for severe bronchiolitis: Analysis and evidence, 10 February 2012 Full Volume 47, Issue 9, Pages 909–916 Sawal M, Cohen M, Irazuzta JE, Kumar R, Kirton C, Brundler MA, Evans CA, Wilson JA, Raffeeq P, Azaz A, Rotta AT, Vora A, Vohra A, Abboud P, Mirkin LD, Cooper M, Dishop MK, Graf JM, Petros A, Klonin H. Fulminant pertussis: a multi-center study with new insights into the clinico-pathological mechanisms. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2009 Oct;44(10):970-80 When I first met Jodie. Personal view, not published

Francesca Rubulotta


Francesca Rubulotta is a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Imperial College, National Health Service Trust, London, United Kingdom and lead clinician for Anaesthesia in Bariatric Surgery at the Imperial College Centre for Excellence. She obtained her MD with laude and commendation in Italy, where after she gained accreditation as an Anaesthetist in Italy and later as an Intensivist from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium before completing her PhD at the University of Catania, Italy. Her training in Intensive Care Medicine took place in the United States, the Netherlands and in Belgium.

Dr Rubulotta is the Chair of the Division of Professional Development, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, an elected member of the European Board of Intensive Care Medicine, Brussels and a member of the European Accreditation Board for Continued Medical Education. She trained in End of Life and Compassionate Care Medicine at Brown University, Rhode Island University Hospital, Providence, United States, where she received certification for the protection of study volunteers of Rochester University.

She has a strong interest in ethics and has worked with the ethics group of the ESICM for several years, running international projects such as Conflicus, Europain, Appropricus and DISPROPRICUS. Scientific Secretary and founding member of the Mediterranean School of Intensive Care Medicine, she has contributed to the “Rapid Response Systems Conferente” since 2007. Dr Rubulotta is also a founding member of The International Conference of the Society for Rapid Response Systems. As an avid researcher, she has published papers, abstracts, chapters and reviews, mainly on education, sepsis and ethics and won the Best Paper Award from the Anna Lindh EU Foundation in 2007. Proficient in five different European languages, Dr Rubulotta has been invited as a speaker at national and international meetings.

Nudrat Rashid


Dr Nudrat Rashid qualified at Ahmadu Bello Hospital, Nigeria and undertook ICU training at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney with the College of Intensive Care Medicine. She also attained her MSC in Internal Medicine with honours from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr Rashid is currently an Intensive Care Specialist with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Intensive Care Services and is also the Director of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has a keen interest in Organ Donation, Education and Echocardiography and blogs for "Life in the Fast Lane".