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09:00 – 10:30

Cardiovascular Diseases

Chairpersons: Konstantinos P. Makaritsis (Larissa, Greece), Vasileios Papavasileiou (Leeds, UK)

Future innovations in cardiovascular medicine
Panos Vardas (Heraklion, Greece)

Chairperson: Nikolaos L. Katsilambros (Athens, Greece)
11:00 – 11:30
E-poster viewing/Coffee break

Interventional procedures in cardiovascular diseases

Non-pharmacological intervention in atrial fibrillation
Georgios Andrikopoulos (Athens, Greece)

Management of asymptomatic carotid stenosis
Richard Bulbulia (Oxford, UK)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Emmanouil Vavouranakis (Athens, Greece)

Chairpersons: Nikolaos L. Katsilambros (Athens, Greece), Athanasios Giannoukas (Larissa, Greece)

β-blockers as first-line treatment in arterial hypertension

Alberto Zanchetti (Milan, Italy)

Michel Burnier (Milan, Italy)

Chairperson: Alberto Zanchetti (Milan, Italy)

Gastroenterology/Hepatology (Α)

Chairpersons: Melanie Deutsch (Athens, Greece), Christos Triantos (Patras, Greece)
15:30 – 16:00
E-poster viewing/Leisure time

Diabetic foot: Advances in everyday clinical practice
Hellenic Society of Internal Medicine
Hellenic Diabetes Association
Hellenic Association for the Study of the Diabetic Foot

Overview of the diabetic foot-successes and unmet needs
Andrew Boulton (Manchester, UK)

Charcot neuro-osteo-arthropathy-update in diagnosis and management
Edward Jude (Lancashire, UK)

Diagnosis and management of diabetic foot infections
Mina Psichogiou (Athens, Greece)

Chairpersons: George Dimitriadis (Athens, Greece),
Nikolaos Tentolouris (Athens, Greece)
17:30 – 18:00

Intracranial haemorrhage and cerebral microbleeds
Hellenic Stroke Organization

Early blood pressure lowering in acute intracerebral haemorrhage: How low?
Else Sandset (Oslo, Norway)

Acute management in antithrombotic-related intracerebral haemorrhage
Stefan Engelter (Basel, Switzerland)

Restart or Stop antithrombotics after intracerebral haemorrhage?
Rustam Al-Shahi Salman (Edinburgh, UK)

Cerebral microbleeds: current knowledge and implications for clinical practice
David Werring (London, UK)

Chairpersons: David Werring (London, UK), George Ntaios (Larissa, Greece)
19:30 – 19:45


Inaugural Lecture
Internal Medicine in the 21st Century: Challenges in education and research
Maria Domenica Cappellini (Milan, Italy)

08:30 – 10:00

Gastroenterology/Hepatology (Β)

Chairpersons: Stylianos Karatapanis (Rhodes, Greece), Maria Schina (Athens, Greece)

Internal Medicine / Miscellaneous

Chairpersons: Alexandra Alexopoulou (Athens, Greece), Alberto M. Marra (Naples, Italy)

Dysphagia disorders in clinical practice
European Society for Swallowing Disorders

Dysphagia: Incidence and characteristics
Emilia Michou (Manchester, UK)

Aging and dysphagia (presbyphagia)
Pere Clave (Mataró, Spain)

Dysphagia in stroke & neurostimulation
Shaheen Hamdy (Manchester, UK)

Chairpersons: Pere Clave (Mataró, Spain), Emilia Michou (Manchester, UK)

Hypertriglyceridemia: A true risk factor or innocent bystander?

Hypertriglyceridaemia, atherosclerosis cardiovascular disease and pharmacological management
Pablo Perez-Martinez (Cordoba, Spain)

Novel aspects of diet modulating postprandial lipaemia in cardiometabolic diseases
Jose Lopez-Miranda (Cordoba, Spain)

Consensus and guidelines concerning fasting/non-fasting triglycerides
Dimitri Mikhailidis (London, UK)

Chairperson: Genovefa Kolovou (Athens, Greece)
11:30 – 12:00
E-poster viewing/Coffee Break

Medication adherence

Medication adherence: The magnitude of the problem
Elisio Costa (Porto, Portugal)

Interventions to improve medication adherence
Przemyslaw Kardas (Lodz, Poland)

Educational tools to improve medication adherence
Periklis Giovas (Zug, Switzerland)

Chairpersons: Periklis Giovas (Zug, Switzerland),
Elisio Costa (Porto, Portugal)

Sepsis in 2018
Hellenic Sepsis Study Group

Does immunosuppression in sepsis really exist?
Jean-Marc Cavaillon (Paris, France)

Macrophage activation and sepsis
Mihai Netea< (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Current guidelines for sepsis management
Evangelos J. Giamarellos-Bourboulis (Athens, Greece)

Chairpersons: Charalambos Gogos (Patras, Greece),
Evangelos J. Giamarellos-Bourboulis (Athens, Greece)
13:30 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:30
E-poster viewing/Leisure time

Combination treatment in the era of MDR bacteria infections

Due to Gram negative bacteria
Mario Tumbarello (Rome, Italy)

Due to MRSA
Francesco Menichetti (Pisa, Italy)

Chairperson: Francesco Menichetti (Pisa, Italy),
George Daikos (Athens, Greece)

IgG4 related disease: An underrecognized entity
Michael Trauner (Vienna, Austria)

Chairperson: Eirini I. Rigopoulou (Larissa, Greece)
17:00 – 17.45
17:00 – 18:00
18:00 – 18:15
E-poster viewing/Coffee break

Internal Medicine in the core of medical specialties

European education centre for Internal Medicine
Rijk Gans(Gronignen, The Netherlands)

Young internists subcommittee actions
Frauke Weidanz(Edinburgh, UK)

Gender differences in medicine
Alberto M. Marra(Heidelberg, Germany)

Chairpersons: Luis Campos (Lisbon, Portugal)

Quality of care and professional issues
Luis Campos(Lisbon, Portugal)

Chairperson: George N. Dalekos (Larissa, Greece)
08:30 – 09:30

Diabetes Mellitus

Chairpersons: Eleni Boutati (Athens, Greece), Erifili Hatziagelaki (Athens, Greece)

Infections / Immunology

Chairpersons: Panagiotis Skendros (Alexandroupolis, Greece), Garyfallia Poulakou (Athens, Greece)

Perspectives in viral hepatitis treatment
Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver

Present and future treatment of chronic hepatitis B
Pietro Lampertico (Milan, Italy)

Optimal management of special groups of chronic HBV infection
Spilios Manolakopoulos (Athens, Greece)

Optimal current treatment of hepatitis C
Christophe Hézode (Paris, France)

Chairperson: George V. Papatheodoridis (Athens, Greece)

Lymphomas and myelodysplastic syndromes in autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune disorders: Risk factors for lymphomagenesis
Michael Voulgarelis(Athens, Greece)

Virus-driven autoimmunity and lymphoproliferation:
The example of HCV infection
Salvatore De Vita (Udine, Italy)

Myelodysplastic syndrome and autoimmune disorders: Cause or consequence?

Stavroula Giannouli (Athens, Greece)

Chairperson: Michael Voulgarelis (Athens, Greece)

Update on primary immunodeficiencies
Vassilios Lougaris (Brescia, Italy)

Chairperson: Matthaios Speletas (Larissa, Greece)
11:30 – 12:00
E-poster viewing/Coffee break

Unmet clinical needs in autoimmune liver diseases

Autoimmune hepatitis
Marco Lenzi (Bologna, Italy)

Primary biliary cholangitis
Pietro Invernizzi (Milan, Italy)

Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Christoph Schramm (Hamburg, Germany)

Pediatric autoimmune liver disease
Giorgina Mieli-Vergani (London, UK)

Chairpersons: George N. Dalekos (Larissa, Greece),
Pietro Invernizzi (Milan, Italy)

Pulmonary hypertension: New aspects
Dario Vizza (Rome, Italy)

Chairperson: Stylianos E. Orfanos (Athens, Greece)
14:00 – 14:30
14:30 – 16:00
E-poster viewing/Leisure time

Biologic agents in Internal Medicine

General principles and pathophysiological background for their implementation
Petros P. Sfikakis (Athens, Greece)

Biologics in psoriasis
Peter van de Kerkhof(Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Biologics in IBD
Peter Laszlo Lakatos (Montreal, Canada)

Biologics in rheumatic diseases
Dimitrios Vassilopoulos (Athens, Greece)

Chairpersons: Petros P. Sfikakis (Athens, Greece)

Νew perspectives in oncology

Hereditary cancer: the role of genetic testing
Emmanouel Saloustros (Heraklion Crete, Greece)

Biomarkers as a tool for personalized treatment: the paradigm of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
Niki Karachaliou (Barcelona, Spain)

Managing toxicities associated with immunotherapy for solid tumors
Yannis Metaxas (Chur, Switzerland)

Chairpersons: Athanasios Kotsakis (Heraklion Crete, Greece),
Vasileios Georgoulias (Athens, Greece)

Hellenic Stroke Organization

Endovascular thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke
Panagiotis Papanagiotou (Bremen, Germany)

Chairperson: Konstantinos Vemmos (Athens, Greece)

Autoinflammatory syndromes

The role of IL-1β in autoinflammation
Ioannis Mitroulis (Dresden, Germany)

Stress-induced inflammation: Lessons from Familial Mediterranean Fever
Panagiotis Skendros (Alexandroupolis, Greece)

Inflammasomes activation in the pathogenesis of AnkylosingSpondylitis
Francesco Ciccia (Palermo, Italy)

Chairperson: Konstantinos Ritis (Alexandroupolis, Greece),
Nikolaos Gatselis (Larissa, Greece)