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Specialty: , Anesthesiology, General Surgery
Dates: From May, 5, 2014 to May, 9, 2014
Location: Singapore, SINGAPORE
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We are delighted to invite you to Singapore for the combined Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). This innovative meeting will explore the important theme ‘Working together for our patients’, with the Conveners and the organising committees having developed a remarkable scientific program to engage and involve you. The theme is particularly apt as a reminder that our patients are our first priority.

The organising committees from both Colleges have embraced the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop a meeting which allows surgeons, anaesthetists, pain medicine physicians and trainees to join together for both the academic and social programs, ensuring the 2014 ASC and ASM will be memorable meetings for all who attend. We are excited by the chance to learn from each other and to use this knowledge to improve patient outcomes.

The program includes joint plenaries, sessions of interest for both surgeons and anaesthetists, as well as over 25 concurrent sessions across both programs many with participants from both Colleges, and the Faculty of Pain Medicine sharing their insights into clinical problems affecting all groups. The program will be enriched by leading speakers from Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Hosted at an iconic Singapore venue, the Marina Bay Sands, delegates will experience the highest level of Asian hospitality and appreciate the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this unique multicultural city. An impressive social program will be an opportunity for us to meet more informally as friends and colleagues and celebrate this unique meeting and venue. A combined Welcome Reception will open the meeting, and an extraordinary Gala Dinner will fittingly close it in spectacular style.

The FPM Scientific Convener Dr Lewis Holford has also developed an exciting program for the Faculty of Pain Medicine Refresher Course Day on Sunday, May 4.   The theme of this meeting will be ‘Pain at the cutting edge: Surgery and pain’.

Our thanks are extended to our colleagues in the healthcare industry for their generous support of both meetings.

Congratulations to all Fellows and others who have dedicated their time and expertise for what promises to be an outstanding scientific meeting for both Colleges and the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

We look forward to welcoming you in spectacular Singapore from May 5 to 9, 2014 for this unique, memorable and collaborative meeting.

Associate Professor Michael Hollands Dr Lindy Roberts Associate Professor Brendan Moore
RACS President ANZCA President FPM Dean


Phillip Devereaux

Philip Devereaux, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)


Philip Devereaux is the scientific leader of the Perioperative Medicine and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University. He is also head of cardiology and head of the Perioperative Cardiovascular Clinical Program at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. He obtained his medical degree from McMaster University, then completed specialist training in internal medicine at the University of Calgary and cardiology at Dalhousie University. He then obtained a PhD in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University.  Dr Devereaux holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Career Investigator Award. The focus of his clinical research is vascular complications around the time of surgery. He was co-principal investigator in the landmark POISE study and is currently undertaking several further large international RCTs and observational studies addressing perioperative cardiovascular outcomes. Dr Devereaux has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers and 40 editorials, book chapters, and commentaries.


Sean Mackey

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

FPM ASM Visitor

Sean Mackey is professor of anesthesia and pain medicine (and of neurology and neurological sciences by courtesy) at Stanford University. Dr Mackey completed his undergraduate and master’s degree studies in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and received a PhD in electrical engineering and subsequently his medical degree at the University of Arizona. He went on to Stanford where he did his anaesthesiology residency and then followed with a fellowship in pain management. He is currently the chief of the Stanford Pain Management Division. As director of the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory, Dr Mackey’s primary research interests involve the use of functional and structural neuroimaging, psychophysics and neurobehavioral assessment, to investigate the neural processing of pain and neuronal plasticity in patients with chronic pain. The research mission of the laboratory is to “Predict, Prevent and Alleviate Pain”.   He is a member of several professional organisations, on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, is a permanent member of the NIH NIDA study section, serves on the editorial board and is a reviewer for multiple scientific journals.  Dr Mackey has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.


Britta Regli-von Ungern-Sternberg

Britta Regli-von Ungern-Sternberg MD PhD DEAA FANZCA   

Australasian Visitor and Douglas Joseph Professor

Britta Regli-von Ungern-Sternberg was appointed in 2010 as the first Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia in Australasia, at the University of Western Australia. Having originally trained in anaesthesia in Switzerland, she came to Perth in 2007 to take up a consultant position in the department of anaesthesia and pain management at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Her main research interests relate to the prediction and prevention of respiratory complications in paediatric anaesthesia, lung function changes during anaesthesia, the evaluation of different airway devices, as well as the impact of anaesthesia in early life on a child’s neurodevelopment. Most of her projects are performed within a large international collaborative network of paediatric anaesthetists, intensivists, respiratory physicians, psychologists and pain specialists. Britta has published more than 65 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and was recently awarded the ANZCA “Douglas Joseph Professorship of Anaesthesia”.


Alex Sia

Alex Sia, MMBS, M Med (Anaes), FAMS

ANZCA Singapore Visitor

Alex Sia is currently the chairman of the Medical Board of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is also the director of the KK Research Centre. Professor Sia plays an active role in the education of medical students and residents in his capacity as professor, Duke NUS Graduate Medical School. In January 2012, he was appointed senior associate dean for the SingHealth-Duke-NUS Academic Medicine partnership. As senior associate dean, he is the hospital’s senior leader responsible for formulating policies and strategic directions to promote academic pursuits. His own research interests include the development of closed-loop, automated and computer integrated administration of medications; he has filed three patent applications in this regard.  He is also involved in research of the genetics of pain, particularly in relation with the mu opioid receptor.

Jane C. Ballantyne

Jane C. Ballantyne, M.D., F.R.C.A

FPM Singapore Visitor

Jane Ballantyne graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England, trained in Anaesthesiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, and practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University in Boston.  Presently, she is appointed at the University of Washington (UW) as professor of education and research and director of the UW Pain Fellowship.

Her expertise in chronic pain management spans 20 years and encompasses widely published work and editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks.  She is a key member of a UW research group tasked to develop prospective outcomes assessment instruments to characterise successful patient and treatment profiles.  She is a member and endorsement committee chair of the Education Working Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), recognised for setting scientific and practice standards.  She follows patients referred to her practice at the Center for Pain Relief through Washington State Legislature Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2876 that regulates opioid prescriptions, and provides expert opinion during TelePain conferences, an innovative care coordination quality assurance program.  As a practitioner, educator, author, and researcher, Dr Ballantyne’s contributions enhance knowledge of clinical approaches to chronic pain management.


Dr Andrew B Lumb

Dr Andrew B Lumb, MB BS, FRCA

Organising Committee Visitor

Andrew (Andy) Lumb trained in anaesthesia in various London hospitals, including a two year fellowship with Prof John Nunn at the Clinical Research Centre in Harrow, researching the effects of general anaesthesia on the respiratory system. On completing training in 1994 Andy returned to his native Yorkshire for a Consultant post and now specialises in anaesthesia for thoracic and acute surgery. His research interests include respiratory physiology and its application to anaesthesia. Andy is involved in medical education at all levels from medical student to trained specialist, including medical school admissions and Electives Coordinator for Leeds University Medical School. In post-graduate training Andy teaches on many local and national courses, has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and is currently an examiner for the Final Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He is author of numerous book chapters and reviews, is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care and Pain, and is sole author of three editions of Nunn’s Applied Respiratory Physiology.


Beverly Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Organising Committee Visitor

Dr. Beverley A. Orser is a Professor of Anesthesia and Physiology at the University of Toronto and an anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. She is a renowned expert in the field of molecular mechanisms of anesthetics. Her work first identified populations of extrasynaptic inhibitory receptors as novel drug targets for a variety of neurological disorders ( She also seeks to identify new strategies to improve patient safety. Her work has been published or highlighted in Scientific AmericanThe New England Journal of MedicineNature Medicine and many lay journals. Dr. Orser’s research has been recognized by awards including a Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia, the first Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award from the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Research Recognition Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Cheers Award. Dr. Orser was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012.

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RACS and ANZCA have secured a large quantity of guest rooms at the magnificent Marina Bay Sands hotel, for delegates and their families.
It will be possible to book accommodation prior to registration opening so, to avoid disappointment, please contact the dedicated meeting secretariat for the applicable college for further information:

ANZCA ASM Secretariat
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630 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria, 3004
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It’s a thrill to invite you to join us in Singapore in 2014 where the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will combine their annual scientific meeting and annual scientific congress to bring together 4000 anaesthetists, pain specialists and surgeons to explore, teach and learn under the theme “Working together for our patients”.  The healthcare industry plays an important role in this through research and development, education, and generous support to allow meetings such as this to occur.

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We look forward to working with you to create a meeting we will all remember for years to come.

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