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Trust your Gut

A lecture focusing on the bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system, as well as new possibilities for treatment.

The gut-brain axis, connecting the central nervous system (CNS) and the enteric nervous system (ENS), has emerged as a captivating area of research with profound implications for our understanding of health and disease. This intricate network of communication has implications far beyond digestion, influencing mental health, immunity, and even neurodegenerative diseases.
Trust your gut, for within its depths lies the key to unlocking new frontiers in Medicine!
  • Dr. Armando Peixoto: will provide a foundational understanding of bidirectional communication between the CNS and ENS;
  • Dr. Mohammed Hankir: will explore the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and highlight its impact on weight loss and diabetes remission;
  • Dra. Sandra Morais Cardoso: will contribute valuable insights into the connection between bidirectional communication and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Moderator: Dr. Ricardo Küttner

Tiny wonders, big challenges:

A complete lecture focusing on different congenital malformations and the advances in treatment.

Congenital malformations pose intricate challenges, often requiring innovative approaches, hence this lecture series aims to illuminate the progress made in understanding and managing these conditions. Our esteemed speakers will navigate through the complexities, offering insights into the advancements in prenatal diagnostics and cutting-edge surgical techniques.
  • Dr. Luís Guedes-Martins and Dr. Ana Beatriz Almeida
  • Dr. Syril James: leader of the first program of in utero closure of myelomeningoceles by fetoscopy (ENDOSPIN assay), Dr. Syril James will take the stage to elucidate surgical techniques in addressing spinal cord malformations.
  • Dr. Ana Teixeira
  • Moderator: Dr. Manuel Ferreira-Magalhães

Kidneys without borders

A lecture on the technicalities and bureaucracy behind renal (and crossed) transplantations, focusing on the South Alliance for Transplants, as well as surgical advances.

Renal transplantation, a life-changing procedure, brings forth both technical and bureaucratic challenges. "Kidneys Without Borders" aims to unravel these complexities, focusing on the South Alliance for Transplants as a collaborative effort to overcome geographical barriers between Italy, Spain and Portugal. Additionally, we will explore groundbreaking surgical advances that redefine possibilities in this field.
  • Dr. Miguel Silva Ramos: will lay the foundation for our exploration into the technical aspects of transplants, introducing us to the world of Laparoscopy. His expertise in minimally invasive techniques will enlighten us on the advancements in surgical approaches to Nephrectomies.
  • Dr. Lucrezia Furian: will navigate us through the bureaucratic landscape of renal transplantation, focusing on the South Alliance for Transplants. Her presentation will shed light on the collaboration that transcends borders, the value of team effort and communication.
  • Dr. Mireia Musquera: will unveil the latest surgical advances in renal transplantation, with a specific focus on robotic surgeries. Her presentation will explore how robotic technologies are revolutionizing and facilitating Renal Transplantations.
  • Moderator: Dr. Maria de La Salete

Grand Roundtable

A discussion on Gene Editing, Eugenics, and the Ethical Considerations of Designer Babies

In an era of advancements in genetic technologies, the ability to edit the very basis of our existence prompts profound ethical considerations. Our Grand Roundtable aspires to foster a multidimensional discourse, exploring ethical considerations of gene editing. Our panelists will address the moral complexities, scientific relevance, and the imperative for responsible innovation in the realm of genetic alterations.
  • Dr Markus Perola
  • Dr. Katie Hasson
  • Dr. Célia Azevedo Soares
  • Moderator: Dr. Carolina Lemos

Keynote Session

Dr. Carlos Martins presents a compelling keynote session that traverses time and space, exploring the evolution of family medicine from the tumultuous era of Berlin in 1938 to the contemporary landscape of Porto in 2024. Through historical anecdotes, personal experiences, and professional insights, Dr. Martins illuminates the enduring importance and evolving role of family doctors in providing comprehensive care and fostering holistic well-being within their communities.
Through his engaging narrative, he underscores the pivotal role of family doctors as compassionate caregivers, trusted confidants, and pillars of support in the lives of their patients.
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Surgical Session

Dr. Susete Pires, a distinguished Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, will delve into the intricate intersection of plastic surgery and oncology, unveiling innovative approaches to treatment. Through case studies and advanced insights, she empowers our participants to preserve aesthetic integrity and enhance the patient's quality of life.
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