International Symposium Dedicated to Children

Campus Biotech - Geneva
23 September 2023

Join Prof. Walid Habre to celebrate a lifetime’s career committed to improving children’s care through translational and clinical research: Where we were, where we are now and dreams for the future.

A special “International Symposium dedicated to Children” will be held in Geneva on September 23, 2023. This symposium is the culmination of Prof. Walid Habre's career dedicated to the anaesthesia care of children at the Geneva Children’s Hospital.

The scientific programme comprises a clinical part, with topics covering the major psychological and physiological challenges in paediatric anaesthesia; while the second part highlights the translational research that benefited children in clinical practice. More importantly, the speakers are not only internationally renowned experts from around the world, but also colleagues and friends encountered during his professional career and that have influenced his medical and scientific career. The venue, Campus Biotech, the life sciences hub for the region, illustrates the creativity and innovation in medicine.

8.45-9.00 Welcome Note

Prof. Martin Tramer
Prof. Laszlo Vutskitz

9.00-9.30 The premature baby: from physiology to

Prof. Francis Veyckemans


My approach to the neonate: What I have learned in the last decades ?

Prof. Jerry Lerman


10.00-10.30 The neonatal population: a risky affair or a mastered skill ?

Prof. Nicola Disma

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.30 The preschool child: let’s dial down the anxiety Mrs Ursula Lopez


11.30-12.00 My child is curious: thirsting for kindness and love Mr Pierre-Alain Meyer



What a challenge: A firework of hormones Prof. Britta Regli von Ungern


12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 A pet evolving story Prof. Ferenc Petak



Humans have lungs but rabbits have also lungs:


Prof. Sam Bayat



The good, the bad and the ugly: a pet show Prof. Per-Arne Lonnqvist



Tea Break

16.00-16.30 Lessons that life taught me Prof. Andy Wolf

(United Kingdom)


A lifespan approach to paediatric anaesthesia Prof. Walid Habre



Workshops on airway management and ventilation will be performed in parallel sessions continuously under the supervision of Dr Gergely Albu (CH), Dr Evelien Cools (CH) Dr Jacob Karlsson (Sweden), Dr Thomas Riva (CH), and Dr André Rocha (CH)


Come together event

19.00: Farewell Party – Restaurant de la Plage - Quai Gustave-Ador 75, Genève