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The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


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The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

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The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



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Congress Newsletter 2021

EA21 Newsletter: Best Abstract Competition 2021 – Results


Each year our panel of expert judges finds it very difficult to pick a winner, second and third place from the finalists, and this year’s selection was no exception. The judging panel of former ESAIC President Daniela Filipescu (Romania) together with Ana Kowark (Germany) and Mona Momeni (Belgium) had eight high-quality pieces to choose from. After a lengthy question and answer and time to deliberate, they chose the winners.

All 8 of the abstracts that reached the final can be read by clicking here

1st place: Lara Braun, University Hospital Bonn, Germany – 3000 Euros

Abstract: BAPC-2 Increased cerebral blood flow despite reduced oximetry during cardiopulmonary bypass suggests cerebral perfusion mismatches in patients developing postoperative delirium

Lara is about to finish her first year at University Hospital Bonn and her aim is to become a visceral surgeon and to continue working on research projects, especially in the form of clinical trials.

She started the work on this project as part of her doctorate. The Department of Anesthesiology at the University Hospital in Bonn has been conducting a very big study on postoperative delirium, called PROPDESC. As a part of that study, a group started looking at the postoperative delirium in cardiac surgery patients, especially examining the changes in perfusion during extracorporal circulation. Lara explains: “As a result, it could be shown that cerebral hyperperfusion plays an important role in the pathogenesis of postoperative delirium in cardiac surgery patients. To further examine this phenomenon in patients undergoing on-pump open-heart surgery we began our study where we continuously measured the cerebral blood flow during cardiopulmonary bypass.”

2nd place: Dr Ruth Shaylor, Division of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel – 2000 Euros

Abstract: BAPC-7 Virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing in clinical anaesthesia; 18 months experience in a large, single medical center

Ruth would like to develop 3D printing and VR further to find all the areas in preoperative anaesthesia planning where they can be beneficial. She says: “Then I would like to make 3D printing and VR more accessible, so every anaesthesiologist can use them to solve airway challenges, especially those in low and middle-income countries.”

To view a photo of the 3D printed airways in Dr Shaylor’s abstract, click here

3rd place: Dr Christoph Pennings, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Netherlands – 1000 Euros

BAPC-8 Anaesthesia as a risk factor for cognitive decline: the effects of anaesthesia on long term cognitive functioning. A prospective cohort study

Christoph explains: “My interests within the field of anaesthesia are point-of-care ultrasound, cognitive functioning after anaesthesia and cardiac anaesthesia. After finishing speciality training next year, I will start a clinical fellowship in intensive care medicine. My aim for the future would be to combine (cardiac) anaesthesiology with working on an intensive care service. Besides my clinical work, I’m interested in the effects of anaesthesia on cognitive functioning after surgery. During my residency, I got the chance to start a research project that resulted in the submitted abstract. In the future, I would like to continue working on the subject.”

He adds: “There are two reasons why I am interested in cognitive functioning after anaesthesia. First, after starting my residency, I noticed that following surgery under general anaesthesia there is a lot of diversity between individual patients cognitive functioning in the recovery room. It seemed like some patients are more ‘vulnerable’ than others for cognitive dysfunction. I was wondering why this would be and if it has any negative long-term effects. Secondly, I often get questions from patients before their procedure about cognitive functioning after anaesthesia. They are particularly concerned about the long-term effects of anaesthesia on their cognition, sometimes even more than for the surgery itself. Dr Carine Vossen, one of the consultant anaesthesiologists at my hospital, offered me the chance to work on the MAAS database and take a look at the effects of anaesthesia long-term cognitive functioning in the general population.”

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