We are happy to present the program. It covers a number of exciting topics, presented by speakers with extensive relevant clinical and research experience. Several representatives of the industry will be present. Also, a practical demonstration of non-invasive mechanical ventilation will be given.

Next to that, we reserved time for informal activities.

Note: detailed program, including time slots, is available as pdf.

8:30-9:20 Coffee and registration
Chair: Irma van DijkOpening and welcome. Breathing control: from concept to clinical implementationArjan BelAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
The evolution of breathing motion management at University Hospital BirminghamStuart Green/Sofia ParveenBirmingham, UK
Mechanical ventilation: the Newcastle experienceNick WestNewcastle, UK
10:30 – 11:00 Break
Arjan Bel
What 60% O2 and mechanical ventilation can offer for respiratory motion management in radiotherapyMichael ParkesAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
Mechanical ventilation at 2 breaths/minute for clinical use during breast cancer RadiotherapyGeneviève van OothegemUCL, Louvain; St Luc, Brussels
Rapid mechanical ventilation appears superior to high-frequency jet ventilation in respiratory motion reduction for radiotherapyJeffrey VeldmanAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
12:05 – 13:05 Lunch
Chair: Michael ParkesTraining of RTTs to operate a non-invasive mechanical ventilatorLoes van der Sluis/Mark van DrimmelenAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
Progress towards the use of 60% Oxygen from the room-Oxygen supply in clinical practice at University Hospital BirminghamSofia ParveenUniversity Hospitals Birmingham, UK
Surface imaging and implementation of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) in the clinicZvi SymonSheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
Clinical application of CPAP: safety issues, monitoring, workflowFelegosh RadaSheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
14:30 – 15:00 Break
Chair: Zvi SymonApplication of CPAP in clinical practiceSarit AppelSheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
Precision and Accuracy in Respiratory Motion ManagementJan Jakob SonkeThe Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Challenges of breath-holding in Proton treatment for radiotherapyStephanie PeetersMaastro Clinic, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Motion management in proton therapy, clinical applications and researchGiovanni Fattori Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
16:30 -17:15 Drinks
17:15 End Friday session
Friday night: diner in a boat on the Amsterdam canals
Saturday morning
8:30-9:00 Start coffee
Live demonstration of mechanical ventilationMichael Parkes, Irma van Dijk and RTTsAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
10:15 – 10:35 Break
Imaging lung ventilation properties with inhaled MR visible gasesPete ThelwallNewcastle, UK
Active respiratory motion management on the MR-linacMartin FastUniversity Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands
11:50 -12:40 “Breath storm discussion” with panel, several propositions, including:
– Breathing control is more effective than tracking or gating in radiotherapy
– Proton therapy can only be safely implemented for thoracic tumors using NIMV (non-invasive mechanical ventilation)
– Prolonged breath hold (>1 min) has a greater future than any other technique
– How to overcome the psychological resistance and the reluctance to use noninvasive ventilation – both for the patients and the physicians
Panel, audience
12:40 – 12:50 Closing remarks, end
Saturday afternoon: fill in according to our own preference. Amsterdam has a lot to offer!