Speakers

Dr Ben Singer

Ben is a consultant in critical care, ECMO and anaesthetics at Barts Heart Centre as well as in pre-hospital care at the Royal London Hospital. Ben is Principal Investigator for the sub30 trial which plans to establish whether a pre-hospital advanced physician/paramedic cardiac arrest team that is ECMO capable can establish ECMO flow within 30 minutes of collapse. Ben has experience in various air ambulances. Ben is part of the team from London's Air Ambulance that is due to undertake an English Channel relay swim in September 2019.


Dr Neil Srinivasan

Neil is a consultant cardiac electrophysiologist at the Barts Heart Centre. He has recently completed a British Heart Foundation funded Clinical Research Fellowship to obtain his PhD on the mechanisms of arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death, at University College London. He has published many papers relevant to his talk recently including papers on ventricular fibrillation arrhythmogenesis, idiopathic VF and family screening, and on how to gain approval for clinical research. 

Professor Charles Deakin


Charles is a Professor of Resuscitation and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine at the University of Southampton and a consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care. He has been the clinical lead for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which he founded. Charles has extensive experience and interest in research and practice of resuscitation medicine having co-chaired the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) for the 2005-2010 resuscitation council guidelines. His publications include 2 books, 31 book chapters, >115 peer reviewed papers. He was a registrar at London's Air Ambulance in 1993. 


Dr Mariana Lavilola


Mariana is a research fellow at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Her background is in biomechanical engineering and Mariana holds a Master's degree and PhD from Milan, Italy. She completed her first post-doc role at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague. She has worked on a computer simulation of pulmonary and cardiovascular systems to investigate apnoea and severe hypoxaemia, to develop new ventilation strategies in critical illness. Mariana is currently co-investigator for a trial exploring the replacement of animal models of cardiac arrest and resuscitation strategies using a computer simulation. 

Dr Emma Stockton

Emma is a consultant paediatric cardiac anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and a physician in pre-hospital care at Barts Health NHS Trust. She has an interest in anaesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery and for interventional radiology. After completion of her Master's in 'Planning Buildings for Health', Emma set up 'Building Blocks for Clinicians' - a course that empowers doctors, nurses and other health professionals to collaborate with design teams. Emma is interested in pathways for children presenting in the community with life threatening cardiac problems, including cardiac arrest. 


Dr Alastair Proudfoot


Alastair is a consultant in critical care at Barts Heart Centre. His interest is in cardiogenic shock and the use of mechanical circulatory support, also the post cardiac arrest syndrome. He completed his PhD at Imperial college. Alastair is a member of the steering group for the sub30 study. He leads on the development of the advanced heart failure programme, including the establishment of a percutaneous left ventricular assist device programme. He is a lecturer of the PEELS (Pre-Hospital Emergency Extracorporeal Life Support) Course. 


Professor Mervyn Singer


Mervyn is a Professor of Intensive Care Medicine. He authored several key textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care, and the Oxford Handbook of Critical Care. His primary interest is in multi-organ failure and shock. He developed an oesophageal doppler haemodynamic monitor that has been used in various shock states. He has authored many papers on the subject of mitochondrial function and biogenesis in critical illness. He has been a keynote speaker at many conferences across the world and was the first UK Intensivist to be awarded Senior Investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research. 

Dr Claire Trayers

Claire is a consultant perinatal and paediatric pathologist with an interest in medical law and education, working at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She undertook subspecialty training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Central Lancashire. Through her work in paediatric pathology Claire encounters unexplained deaths in children and infants, and although sudden unexplained death in infancy (SUDI) can be a diagnosis of exclusion, will explore some of the theories giving rise to this condition. 

Dr Justin Daniels


Justin is a consultant paediatrician and divisional director at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. He is a scientific advisor to the Lullaby Trust, a registered charity that is trying to reduce the number of SIDS deaths and support bereaved families. He is the designated doctor for child death in the London Borough of Enfield. He is a committee member for the NICE guideline on post-natal care up to 8 weeks after birth. He has led, and been part of many investigations into sudden death in children, and is interested in the conduct of resuscitation in this group, and with the Lullaby Trust, from the perspective of families and loved-ones. 

Ms Jules Lockett


Jules is the emergency operations centre training lead for the London Ambulance Service. She is an advocate for the recruitment, retention and wellbeing of control room staff. Jules believes passionately that the chain of survival during cardiac arrest begins during the 999 call, and her background as a call handler equips her to deliver first-hand experience of offering CPR instructions to bystanders and others from the ambulance service control room. Jules was instrumental in the delivery of computer aided dispatch change in 2012. She has been an advocate of the Mind Blue Light Programme and continues to raise awareness within the London Ambulance Service, supporting Heads Together and the Royal Foundation. 

Professor Mark Wilson


Mark is a Professor specialising in brain injury at Imperial NHS Trust, and Honorary Professor of Pre-Hospital Care at the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Mark is co-founder of Good Sam, a platform that alerts doctors, nurses, paramedics and those trained in basic life support to emergencies around them. He has worked extensively overseas, including as a researcher at NASA. His research area is broad, focussing on the brain in trauma, and in hypoxia. Mark is an active pre-hospital care specialist, having worked with London's Air Ambulance for many years. 

Professor Mary Shepperd


Professor Shepperd is a cardiac pathologist and undertakes examination of the heart in cases of sudden cardiac death, and is based at St George's University Hospital in London. She established a national cardiac pathology database, with funding for the UK Charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Her work included a focus on inherited cardiac conditions giving rise to sudden cardiac death and included the various cardiomyopathies. She uses scanning and immunocytochemistry to aid diagnosis. Her work has led to the collaboration with cardiologists in the genetic screening for sudden cardiac death. Her work spans sudden cardiac death in sport, in maternity, and in atheromatous cardiovascular disease in the young. She works extensively with clinicians and scientists from many disciplines. 

Dr John Chatterjee


John is a consultant in anaesthesia at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Pre-Hospital Care at Barts Health NHS Trust. His interests are in the difficult airway and major trauma. He is a major incident medical advisor for the London Ambulance Service and has worked in pre-hospital systems in Australia, New Zealand, and as a motorsport doctor. John is a lecturer and mentor for students on the Intercalated BSc programme in Pre-Hospital Medicine at Queen Mary University London. He gives considerable time to work behind the scenes with the London Air Ambulance charity attending and coordinating the contribution of clinicians to the fundraising events and activities of the charity. 

Ms Alex Ulrich


Alex is a London HEMS paramedic and an advanced paramedic practitioner with the London Ambulance Service. She holds a masters in paramedic science from the University of Hertfordshire. Alex is interested in the development of critical care paramedics, both in the context of the management of cardiac arrest and in regards to the broader capabilities of paramedics during the care of critically ill patients. She has a focus on the debriefing and learning from cases, and like many critical care paramedics, has extensive experience in the management of pre-hospital cardiac arrest as a single responder and as part of a bigger team. 

Dr Nat Cary


Dr Cary is a senior forensic pathologist and the chair for the Forensic Pathology Specialist Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Pathologists. His most recent publications are on the diagnostic accuracy of post-mortem CT in children, and the neuropathology of crush asphyxia. He has an interest in the scientific background of deaths due to agitation, excited delirium and in custody. He has been the lead pathologist at many high-profile inquests and cases, as well as during many mass casualty and major incident events. 

Professor Arjan de Pas


Professor Arjan de Pas is a neonatologist and professor of neonatal transition and neonatal resuscitation at Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands. He has initiated and chaired the European Scientific Collaboration in Neonatal Resuscitation (ESCNR) and is on the board of the ILCOR neonatal resuscitation guidelines. His interest is in the cardiovascular transition for neonates in health and disease and the impact of novel thoughts on physiologically based cord clamping, through the Concord neonatal project.