Keynote speakers

The EIT 2015 organizing committee is pleased to announce that the following speakers have been confirmed as keynote speakers for EIT 2015.

  • Andy Adler, Professor at Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, Imaging with EIT: why it's difficult, and what we're doing about it on Wednesday morning
  • Tommaso Mauri, MD, Dept. of Anesthesia for transplants and Critical Care of the Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan, Italy, Lung-related applications of EIT on Thursday morning
  • Fernando Suarez Sipmann, MD, PhD, specialist in Intensive Care Medicine, Hemodynamic applications of EIT on Friday morning

Andy Adler

Andy Adler is professor and Canada Research Chair in biomedical engineering in Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests are in development of non-invasive biomedical measurement imaging technologies and sensors, with a specific focus on thoracic applications of electrical impedance tomography. His research focus is robust interpretation of multi-sensor data in the context of inverse problems including measurement uncertainty and sensor errors.

Adler's lecture:  Imaging with EIT: why it's difficult, and what we're doing about it

Currently, the most successful application of EIT is for imaging the thorax, where large movements in conductivity contrasting air and blood can be imaged over time.  EIT imaging is difficult due to its low sensitivity to contrasts deep in the body, because of the diffuse nature of current propagation. EIT is thus sensitive to electrode properties, data quality, hardware imperfections and patient movement.  To address these issues, several innovative strategies to analyze and interpret these data have been developed of the past few years.

We introduce the concept of an EIT analysis pipeline, with stages of:
measurements, raw images, waveforms, fEIT images, and measures. We will discuss recent progress in imaging the chest with EIT, and the image generation and interpretation strategies which are required.

Tommaso Mauri

Dr Tommaso Mauri MD trained at University of Milan-Bicocca, Monza, Italy. He has been research fellow at the Dept. of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston from 2007 to 2008 and then staff anesthesiologist and researcher at the Dept. of Anesthesia, San Gerardo Hospital and University of Milan-Bicocca, Monza, Italy from 2008 to 2014. From October 2014, Dr Mauri moved to be researcher and staff at the Dept. of Anesthesia for transplants and Critical Care of the Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan, Italy. Dr Mauri published in peer reviewed journals and authored chapters in many books on critical care topics including mechanical ventilation, electrical impedance tomography applications, cardiac arrest, infections and ECMO.

Mauri's lecture: Lung-related applications of EIT

Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) is increasingly used in ventilated critically ill patients as non-invasive bedside lung imaging technique. EIT seems useful in recognizing personalized mechanical ventilation settings, so that protective ventilation to enhance recruitment and minimize over-distension could be achieved in most patients. Moreover, EIT helps in the bedside diagnosis of pneumothorax or air trapping. However, in addition to being easy to operate and non-invasive, EIT-specific measures are emerging as key components in the pathophysiology of acute respiratory failure. For example, regional lung ventilation-perfusion matching or regional minute ventilation and airway flow of non-intubated patients might represent unique physiological measures that can hardly be determined at the bedside from any other monitor. In conclusion, EIT might become a key component of the Intensive Care Unit lung monitoring armamentarium, with key physiological variables that cannot be obtained by any other available system.

Fernando Suarez Sipmann

Fernando Suarez Sipmann  MD, PhD, specialist in Intensive Care Medicine. 

Currently: Consultant in Intensive Care at Uppsala University Hospital, Guest Professor at Hedenstierna Laboratory, Department of Surgical Sciences of Uppsala University. 

Research interest in lung physiology, mechanical ventilation, ARDS, ventilation induced lung injury and cardio-pulmonary monitoring. 

Sipmann's lecture: Hemodynamic applications of EIT

Clinical EIT applications are mostly limited to the monitoring of changes in global and regional ventilation. Recently methods to separate cardiac-perfusion related from ventilation related EIT signals have been significantly improved. This together with advances in the understanding and meaning of the EIT-pulsatility signal and the introduction of methods to quantitatively estimate the distribution of regional perfusion are bringing the clinical EIT-based assessment of lung perfusion closer to reality. This offers unprecedented monitoring and management possibilities. The effects of ventilation mode and positive end-expiratory pressure on the regional distribution of perfusion, the analysis of cardio-pulmonary interactions at the intra-thoraci level to assess and guide hemodynamic management and the possibility to monitor ventilation-perfusion matching are just some of the potential clinical applications that the refinement of EIT perfusion methods can offer.