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The AMSC 2021 programme will consist of oral presentations, poster presentations, lectures, workshops and social activities. Keep an eye out on our website and social media for more details!

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The schedule below is NOT final. While the contents of each day are set, the hours might differ. If you purchase a day ticket for the academic or social programme, please make sure that you are available during the entire day in case we change the hours of certain activities. In the weeks leading up to AMSC 2021, we will communicate the exact timetable, and the schedule below will also be updated accordingly.

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at UZA hospital

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system that is designed to facilitate surgery using a minimal invasive approach which reduces complications and improves results. The robot is controlled by a surgeon from a console and has three interactive robotic arms. The da Vinci System has been used in different procedures such as radical prostatectomy, hysterectomy, transoral robotic surgery….
In this workshop you will visit the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) and you will have the opportunity to see this robot up close. A surgeon expertised in robot surgery will provide a demonstration. Afterwards, you will even get the chance to control the robot yourself! Places are limited, so register quickly.



by Chimes

We are glad to announce that during AMSC 2021 we will again organise a suturing workshop in collaboration with Chimes! Chimes is a Belgian student association focused on everything concerning surgery. As a participant of this workshop, you will be divided in small groups and you’ll have the opportunity to learn or practice suturing under the guidance and supervision of the Chimes team members!

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by Edel Maex

When I was finishing my education as a psychiatrist, I came face to face with one big question: how to survive the daily confrontation with so much human pain, with sorrow, anxiety, traumas, loss…? I had to find a way to sail safely between two dangerous rocks. On one side there was the risk of being overwhelmed by all the pain and emotion and suffering a burnout myself. On the other side there was the danger of pushing away my own feelings and becoming emotionless, objective, unavailable, untouchable. 
The question contaned it’s own answer: to cultivate an open awarenes that finds a middle way between numbing and overwhelming. This quality of awareness is what we now call mindfulness. 
In this workshop we will start from a simple mindfulness exercise followed by a discussion on how this practice can help us become a better doctor. The workshop will be given by Edel Maex, a renowned Belgian psychiatrist.

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We would like to introduce our next workshop to you: ‘intestinal anastomosis’. Anastomosis is a term used in surgery when a connection is made between two parts. In intestinal anastomosis, a connection is made between two distant portions of the intestine. 

In this very interesting workshop you will get the chance to make anastomoses on real intestines. First we will give you an introduction about the technique and then it is up to you!

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Dr. Johan Saenen

Cardiovascular disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes. With 18 million deaths per year worldwide, cardiovascular diseases are the most fatalities. 

In this workshop we would like to pay attention to this important problem and introduce you to the electrocardiogram (ECG). An ECG is usually the first test you get for chest pain. It is a simple and quick test and often gives a first indication that something is wrong with your heart. In This workshop prof. dr. Johan Saenen will show you what an ECG consist of and how we can read a basic ECG. 

After following the workshop ‘basic ECG’, you can use the learned skills in the second workshop ‘ECG case based: sudden cardiac death’.

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Dr. Johan Saenen

After the workshop ‘basic ECG’ we will like to present our next workshop: ‘ECG case-based: sudden cardiac death’.

Sudden cardiac death is a sudden, unexpected death caused by abrupt loss of heart function. It is the largest cause of natural death worldwide. In this workshop prof. dr. Johan Saenen will talk about sudden cardiac death based on an ECG case. 

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Our skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects us against harmful external influences such as infections and UV. Sometimes our largest organ fails to protect us and cancer develops. 

Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers and despite the prevention campaigns, the number of skin cancers is increasing strongly every year! In this workshop we want to pay attention to this important topic. Participants will learn to distinguish between benign and malignant spots. At the end of the workshop there will also be the opportunity to test the learned skills using a dermatoscope. Places are limited, so register quickly!

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Ever dreamt of solving criminal mysteries using your medical knowledge, like they do in movies and television series? Now is your chance to learn everything about forensic medicine: the multi-disciplinary branch which deals with examining and diagnosing injured or dead patients who underwent violence, assault, poisoning or suicide. During the workshop, we will solve some cases in an interactive way.Ever dreamt of solving criminal mysteries using your medical knowledge, like they do in movies and television series? Now is your chance to learn everything about forensic medicine: the multi-disciplinary branch which deals with examining and diagnosing injured or dead patients who underwent violence, assault, poisoning or suicide. During the workshop, we will solve some cases in an interactive way.




Dr. Annemiek Snoeckx

With more than 1.8 million new annual cases and a case fatality rate of >90%, lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in men and women. Imaging plays an important role in diagnosis,
staging and management of lung cancer patients.
Topics that will be discussed are the
typical imaging patterns of different histopathologic tumor types, the diagnostic challenge of pulmonary nodules, strategies on how imaging can help save lives, future perspectives and the role of artificial intelligence in lung cancer imaging.



Dr. Lode Godderis

Mental problems do not only impact the health of doctors but also the health of patients and the sustainability of our health system. The prevention of burnout and other mental disorders is therefore important from the beginning and during every phase of the training of medical students, general practitioners (GPs) in training and residents.
In this keynote, you will get an overview of the prevalence, causes and prevention of burnout in medical students, GPs in training and residents. In addition, the participants also receive practical tips on how to protect yourself and colleagues you work with.
This lecture will be given by prof. dr. Lode Godderis. He is a Professor at the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven.



Prof. dr. Pierre Van Damme

Our beloved professor Pierre Van Damme will teach us about this year’s hottest topic: COVID-19 and its vaccines!
The evidence on COVID-19 vaccines is evolving. Evidence from vaccine trials is limited, though large groups were included, but there are still limitations in the size and duration of follow-up of the trial population.
Studies in real-world settings are ongoing, and complete our information. In this presentation we will review the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, the safety and efficacy data, as well as real life effectiveness data, impact of transmission and the role of herd immunity.



Dr. Pieter Van Dyck.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that allows to investigate both anatomy and function of tissues noninvasively and in vivo. Its excellent soft tissue contrast and patient safety makes MRI preferable to other imaging modalities, e.g. computed tomography (CT). In this presentation, we will explain which tissue components drive MRI contrasts and how to interpret them for diagnosing various pathologic processes. Emphasis will be laid on standard MRI techniques and newer advanced MRI methods including relaxometry and diffusion tensor imaging. The effect of magnetic field strength on image quality and diagnostic performance will also be discussed.



Dr. Jillings

When astronauts go to space, what effects do their brain and balance experience?

This is the exact question that dr. Steven Jillings will answer during this lecture!

Dr. Jillings studied biomedical sciences at the University of Antwerp (UA),

received his bachelor degree in 2014 and his master degree in Neuroscience in 2016. During his final master year, he conducted research with the team of UA professor Floris Wuyts as part of his master's thesis. Subsequently, he started a PhD with the same team with the topic “the effect of space travel on brain structure and function”. As part of a double doctorate, he spent about 6 months of research at the University of Liege (ULg) and in January 2021 he obtained his PhD in sciences at the UA and in medical sciences at ULg. Currently, he continues research in this same field as a postdoc and together with prof. Wuyts he is involved in several international collaborations on brain research in astronauts.



Dr. Ann Van de Velde

Recent improvements in mRNA vaccines act to increase protein translation, modulate innate and adaptive immunogenicity and improve delivery. mRNA vaccines have elicited potent immunity against infectious disease targets. Diverse approaches to mRNA cancer vaccines, including dendritic cell vaccines, have been employed in numerous cancer clinical trials, with promising results showing antigen-specific T cell responses and prolonged disease-free survival. Since 2005 these vaccines have been given to about 150 patients in the University Hospital of Antwerp. Results in acute myeloid leukemia, mesothelioma and brain tumors have shown that patients have a life expectancy that is increased by 60%, while maintaining their quality of life. Therapeutic considerations and challenges include scaling up good manufacturing practice production, further documenting safety and increasing efficacy in different forms of cancer.


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