Wednesday 30th May 2018

MC1. Master class: FLUORESCENCE 

Course directors: Luigi Boni (Italy), Michele Diana (France)
Location: London ExCeL International Exhibition Centre

Goal: provide a state-of-the-art overview on fluorescence-guided surgery

At the end of this course, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

– Describe the current clinical applications and results of fluorescence-guided surgery.
– Outline current and future developments in molecular imaging, including devices, fluorophores and software analysis
– Identify challenges related to the implementation of fluorescence-guided surgery (e.g. regulatory)
– Recognize the potential clinical benefits of fluorescence-imaging in order to improve patient’s outcomes.

14:00 - 14:10Welcome and outline of the course - Luigi Boni (Italy)
14:10 - 14:25Fluorescence-imaging: technology and basic principles - Elisa Cassinotti (Italy)
14:30 - 14:45 Fluorescent cholangiography: principles and results of RCT - Fernando Dip (USA/Argentina)
14:50 - 15:05Fluorescent angiography for colonic perfusion: literature analysis and results of an RCT - Luigi Boni (Italy)
15:10 - 15:25 Fluorescent angiography for gastric conduit perfusion in esophageal surgery - Paolo Parise (Italy)
15:30 - 15:45Fluorescence in liver surgery: current and future applications - Nicolas Golse (France)
15:50 - 16:20Coffee Break
16:20 - 16:35Fluorescent lymphatic mapping in GI surgery - Ronan Cahill (Ireland)
16:40 - 16:55Fluorescence guided cancer resection - Gooitzen van Dam (The Netherlands)
17:00 - 17:15 Other dyes after ICG: where are we standing - Alexander Vahrmeijer (The Netherlands)
17:20 - 17:35EURO-FIGS (IRCAD-EAES) fluorescence guided surgery registry - Michele Diana (France)


Course directors: Stavros Antoniou (UK), Nader Francis (UK)
Location: London ExCeL International Exhibition Centre


We are pleased to invite you for a research training programme, RESEARCH TALENT ACADEMY, and to participate in the workshop which is held during the 26th EAES Congress in London on May 30, 2018.

This initiative is aimed at young surgeons to develop and enhance their research skills in order to improve the quality of surgical research within Minimal Access Surgery.
This programme consists of three main phases

  1. a research education workshop
  2. followed by a formal and structured research mentorship
  3. to be completed with an on-line assessment on research methodology

Click here for more information on the intended goal of this workshop.

This workshop is aimed for only 10 participants. Based on the quality of their application and performance at the test during the workshop, only 5 will be selected for the mentorship.

These 5 selected candidates will receive up to 500 Euros grant to cover their travel and lodging expenses and free participation to the 26th EAES congress.

If you are interested please apply for this EAES sponsored research educational scheme.
Submit a letter of interest and your CV by 1st of April 2018 to Therese van Velthoven (
After a careful evaluation, the final decision will be taken mid-April 2018.

Prof Jaap Bonjer (EAES President) & Prof Nader Francis (Chairman of the EAES Research committee)

Introductory session: Conceiving the idea
11:00 - 12:00Why to do research? - Stavros Antoniou (UK)
12:00 - 13:00Lunch Break
Session 1: Cohort study
13:00 - 13:45Eugenia Yiannakopoulou (Greece)
13:45- 14:05Article assessment within groups
Session 2: RCT
14:05- 14:50Francesca Fiorentino (UK)
14:50 - 15:10Article assessment within groups
15:10 - 15:40Coffee break
Session 3: Systematic review and meta-analysis
15:40 - 16:25Sheraz Markar (UK)
16:25- 16:45Article assessment within groups
16:45- 17:00Discussion
Multiple choice test
17:00 - 17:30Test


(bring your own video and discuss with experts)
Course director: Ahmed Ahmed (UK), Richard Welbourn (UK) and Francesco Rubino (UK)
Duration: whole day
Location: London ExCeL International Exhibition Centre

Goal: The master class in bariatric surgery will focus on the two most important aspects of this surgery: the surgical technique and the complications.
The course is dedicated to every surgeon performing or planning to perform bariatric procedures, from young residents to experts, from surgeons working in dedicated bariatric units to general surgeons.
Objectives: At the end of this course, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
Describe the technical issues related to most commonly performed surgical procedures in current clinical practice
Identify challenges in treating early and late complications of bariatric surgery
how to avoid, prevent and manage difficult situations

09.00 - 10.30Session 1: Tips and Tricks when operating on primary…
Chairs:Ahmed Ahmed (UK), Bruno Dillemans (Belgium)
09.00 - 09.30Gastric bypass - Richard Welbourn (UK)
09.30 - 09.50Sleeve gastrectomy - Marco Adamo (UK
09.50 - 10.10Sleeve gastrectomy - Kamal Mahawar
10.10 - 10.30Difficult situations - Bruno Dillemans (Belgium)
10.30 - 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.20Session 2: Tips and Tricks when dealing with surgical complications
Chairs:Richard Welbourn (UK), Mario Morino (Italy)
11.00 - 11.20Gastric bypass and internal hernia - Ramon Villalonga (Spain)
11.20 - 11.40Sleeve leak - Gianfranco Silecchia (Italy)
11.40 - 12.00G-E reflux and de-novo Barret after sleeve gastrectomy - Alfredo Genco (Italy)
12.00 - 12.20OAGB complications - Kamal Mahawar (UK)
12.20 - 13.20Lunch Break
13.20 - 14.20Session 3: Tips and Tricks when dealing with weight regain after bariatric surgery
Chairs:Francesco Rubino (UK), Nicola Di Lorenzo (Italy)
13.20 - 13.40Medical / Pharma management - Alex Miras (UK)
13.40 - 14.00Endoscopic management - Nicola Di Lorenzo (Italy)
14.00 - 14.20Surgical management - Mario Morino (Italy)
14.20 - 15.00Coffee Break
15.00 - 16.30Session 4: Video session (participants and faculty invited to bring own videos for discussion)
Chairs:Ahmed Ahmed (UK), Richard Welbourn (UK), Francesco Rubino UK)
Faculty:Bruno Dillemans (Belgium), Ramon Villalongo (Spain), Colm O’Boyle (Ireland)


(bring your own video and discuss with experts)
Course director: Krishna Moorthy (UK), Takahiro Kinoshita (Japan)
Location: London ExCeL International Exhibition Centre

The goal of this masterclass is to discuss the latest evidence for radical lymphadenectomy for gastro-oesophageal cancer with international experts and supplement that with knowledge on the surgical techniques for performing a laparoscopic radical lympadenectomy.

By the end of the workshop, the attendee will be able to
· Recognize the various lymph node groups that need to be resected during surgery for gastro-oesophageal cancer
· Critically evaluate the rationale and evidence for resection of various lymph node groups for gastro-oesophageal cancer
· Understand the various techniques for laparoscopic lympadenectomy

09:30 - 10:00Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:10Course outline and objectives - Takahiro Kinoshita (Japan), Krishna Moorthy (UK)
10:10 - 10:30Lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer in the East - Takahiro Kinoshita (Japan)
10:30 - 10:50Lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer in the West - Riccardo Rosati (Italy)
10:50 - 11:50Reviewing un-edited video 1 (of Faculty as blind) with discussion
11:50 - 12:50Reviewing un-edited video 2 (of participants) with discussion
12:50 - 13:00Discussion for this session
13:00 - 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:20Lymphadenectomy for oesophageal/ GOJ cancer in the East - Yuko Kitagawa (Japan)
14:20 - 14:40Lymphadenectomy for oesophageal/ GOJ cancer in the West - Mark van Berge
14:40 - 15:40Reviewing un-edited video 3 (of Faculty as blind) with discussion
15:40 - 16:10Coffe Break
16:10 - 17:10Reviewing un-edited video 4 (of participants) with discussion
17:10 - 17:30Concluding discussion


Course director: Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
Location: London ExCeL International Exhibition Centre


The surgical management of rectal cancer is evolving. Among the new surgical approaches, transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) addresses the anatomical limitations of the bony confines of the pelvis, bulky tumor, and fatty mesorectum. However, guidance is required to ensure safe implementation and to avoid the pitfalls and major morbidity encountered by the early adopters of taTME. This course participates to an educational framework towards an optimal introduction of a taTME programme.


At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. understand the surgical indications and limits of performing a transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
  2. recall the operative room set up and patient positioning, the recommended instruments and surgical devices
  3. recognize the anatomical landmarks of pelvic surgery and describe the key surgical steps of a transanal total mesorectal excision for cancer
  4. know the most common technical pitfalls and how to troubleshoot them
  5. know the common surgical complications, how to avoid them and how to deal with them
  6. describe the requirements to start a transanal total mesorectal excision program at their institution
  7. be optimally prepared to participate to a practical taTME course
09:30 - 10:00Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:05Course outline & objectives - Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10:05 - 10:20An overview of rectal cancer surgery; current evidence
10:20 - 10:40Rationale, indications, and benefits of ta-TME - Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10:40 - 11:00The perfect operation: operative room setup, devices, and instruments - Frederic Ris (Switzerland)
11:00 - 11:20The perfect operation: surgical technique step by step - Antonino Spinelli (Italy)
11:20 - 11:40The less than perfect operation: pitfalls and complications - Roel Hompes (UK)
11:40 - 12:00Discussion - all faculty
12:00 - 13:00Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:20Pelvic anatomy revisited / pelvic nerve preservation - Isacco Montroni (Italy)
13:20 - 13:40Beyond cancer: other indications for the transanal approach - Roel Hompes (The Netherlands)
13:40 - 14:25Selected video presentation - all faculty
14:25 - 14:40Implementing ta-TME in Asia: the Chinese experience - Hongwei Yao (China)
14:40 - 15:00Discussion - all faculty
15:00 - 15:30Coffee break
15:30 - 15:50Introducing ta-TME at home: advice and tricks of the trade - Marta Penna (UK)
15:50 - 16:00Practical course and post course mentoring program - Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
16:00 - 16:20Discussion - all faculty
16:20 - 16:30Course evaluation