Look forward to an inspiring lineup of internationally recognised
speakers at our conference
Biographies for our presenters will be available here as soon as they are confirmed. Please check back here on a regular basis to read more about our conference speakers.
Mike Ardagh, (ONZM, PhD, MBChB, DCH, FACEM), is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for Hospital HealthPathways at the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand. His PhD is in bioethics with a particular focus on the ethics associated with decision making during resuscitation.
Professor Julie Considine Deakin University’s Professor of Nursing at Eastern Health, one of Victoria’s largest health services. Julie nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in patient safety research and education. She has a particular interest in clinical decision making, predicting clinical deterioration, and nurses’ role in improving resuscitation outcomes. Julie has over 150 publications and has attracted over $5M in research and project funding. She is a Fellow of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia and Australian College of Nursing. She is a Senior Editor of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, represents the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia on the Australian Resuscitation Council, and is the Australia and New Zealand representative on the ILCOR* Basic Life Support TaskForce.
*International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation
With a background critical care nursing, Tracy Kidd has provided nursing education in the tertiary and clinical setting since 1999. She completed a masters of nursing science focussing on the education needs of nurses working in rural urgent care services. Currently she works as a nurse educator throughout the Loddon Mallee Region in Victoria and has represented the Australian College of Nursing on the Australian Resuscitation Council since 2013.
A/Prof Marcus Ong is a Senior Consultant, Director of Research, and Clinician Scientist, at the Department of Emergency Medicine in Singapore General Hospital. He is also Head, Data Analytics, Health Services Research Center (HSRC), Singhealth Services; Associate Professor and Associate Director, Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR), Duke-NUS Medical School. A/Prof Ong also serves as Medical Director, Unit for Prehospital Emergency Care (UPEC) and Senior Consultant, Ministry of Health, Hospital Services Division. Finally he is Chairman, Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS).
A/Prof Ong’s research studies focus predominantly on pre-hospital emergency care, medical devices, and health services research. His research has addressed issues such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), improving ambulance deployment, acute myocardial infarction care and emergency care.
A/Prof Ong has obtained more than S$12 million in research grants for his studies, which include geospatial diseases mapping, clinical drug trials, resuscitation and cardiovascular sciences, pre-hospital emergency care, and biomedical engineering. He is the Principal Investigator for an international, multi-centre cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest across the Asia-Pacific. This clinical research network has published more than 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals since 2009. In total, A/Prof Ong has published more than 150 articles in international and local journals, such as Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Resuscitation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, etc.
A/Prof Ong has also patented inventions using Heart Rate Variability for risk prediction of acutely ill patients and cooling solutions for therapeutic hypothermia. The technology is currently being developed into bedside triage devices that can help in risk stratification of critically ill patients and he is Scientific Advisor for Global Healthcare, a start-up company providing medical cooling solutions.
Jasmeet Soar is consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia at Southmead Hospital Bristol, UK. Jas is the current chair of the ILCOR ALS Task Force, Chair of the European Resuscitation Council ALS Working Group and an Editor for the journal Resuscitation.
He is a past Chair of the Resuscitation Council (UK), and chairs the ALS Course Subcommittee, and led the 2015 UK Guidelines process. He has an interest in ensuring we have guidelines that we can trust, are easy to use, and make a real difference to patient outcomes.
He has over 200 publications about resuscitation topics. Jas has had lead roles in the development of the iResus and Lifesaver apps.
Dr. Myra Wyckoff earned her engineering science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She then came to UTSW Medical Center at Dallas for medical school and subsequently stayed for General Pediatrics training. She remained at UTSW for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine training and worked under Phil Shaul, MD on a project which elucidated how plasma membrane estrogen receptors are coupled to eNOS production via G-protein signaling. Upon completion of sub-specialty training she joined the faculty of UTSW Pediatrics Department to become the director of Newborn Resuscitation Services at Parkland Memorial Hospital, a large, urban county hospital with over 12,000 deliveries annually. She developed and coordinates an educational rotation in newborn resuscitation for the senior pediatric house-officer, 2nd year emergency medicine residents, neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows and OB anesthesia fellows. In addition, she oversees the continued development of the high-risk neonatal resuscitation team. Dr. Wyckoff maintains and utilizes one of the most comprehensive neonatal resuscitation databases in the country to continually try to improve neonatal resuscitation processes locally and nationally. Prospective resuscitation protocols are studied in the delivery room and she has developed a neonatal piglet model of asphyxia-induced hypotension/bradycardia and asphyxia-induced asystole to better elucidate the hemodynamics and optimize resuscitation strategies during CPR in the controlled setting of the laboratory. She has served on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, Newborn Subsection since 2003 and is currently Chair of the Neonatal Task Force. She has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering (NRP) Committee since 2006 and recently completed 2 terms Co-chair. She currently serves as the ILCOR Science Liaison to the NRP Steering Committee. Since 2013 she has served as UTSW site PI for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network.