Programme

The Warrior Care symposium 2020 offers a two-day programme
Including an ice-breaker at the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) on Tuesday 5 May from 7 pm

During the Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium  of May 6 and 7, prominent researchers and military dignitaries will present, share, and discuss recent developments regarding the healthcare for wounded, injured or ill soldiers and veterans. Besides the keynote speaker Colonel (Ret.) Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, the first day will have threesessions: a) The past, present and future of military medicine, b) Operational sustainability; prevention and leadership, and c) Frontline care. Brigadier Erwin d’Hondt is the keynote speaker of day 2 and the central themes on this day are: a) Innovation in prosthesiology and osseointegration; b) Innovations in mental health; c) Prolonged care and transition. Each day will also have working groups that will simultaneously explore the three umbrella topics of the conference: 1. Resilience, 2. Rehabilitation/Recovery, and 3. Reintegration.
 

Work groups
Working groups: In the intent of the WC21 Symposium to enable partnering nations the opportunity to exchange information, develop, and validate workable solutions to short- and long-term challenges surrounding the resilience, recovery and rehabilitation, and reintegration of our wounded, ill and injured at this occasion 3 working groups are scheduled. Participants of the working groups will be able to attend parts of the program, but will convene at the specified time to discuss a separate agenda. This will be handed out to those who registered for this. There are 3 working groups: Reintegration, Rehabilitation/Recovery and Resilience. As a participant you are able to take part of one of the work groups (please select the work group of your choice during registration). in which case you will receive information concerning the work groups ahead of time and you are expected to actively participate.

 

Tentative programme

Wednesday 6 May 2020 – Conference day 1
 

Moderator: Tom van ‘t Hek, MD

 

09.00-10.30 Welcome; official opening
Welcome on behalf of Netherlands society & link with Invictus Games

H.E. drs. Ank Bijleveld, Minister of Defence

Welcome on behalf of the Netherlands Armed Forces, Defence healthcare for military & veterans

Cdre Remco Blom, Surgeon General
Welcome, perspective on warrior care from military & veterans

RMW Lt Col Gijs Tuinman & Capt (ret.) Bart Noordzij

Welcome on behalf of Dutch Armed Forces

Lt Gen Frank van Sprang, Inspector General & Inspector of Veterans

Welcome on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Care Foundation

Air Cdre Rich Withnall, MD, British Armed Forces

 

10.30-11.00 Break

 

11.00-12.00 Setting the stage; from past to present, and future of military medicine
For Soldier and Country
Leo van Bergen, PhD, Historian, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Turning Adversity to Advantage. How Military Medicine became a Specialty in Ireland

Col (ret) Gerald Kerr, MD, Ireland

Rethinking PTSD and PTSD Treatment for Military and Veterans

Col Gary Wynn, MD, PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, USA

 

12:00- 12:30 SPECIAL KEY NOTE

Tentative title: Advances Research Projects Agency – Revolutionizing Prosthetics/Preventing Violent Explosive Neurotrauma
Col (ret) Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, USA

 

SIMULTANIOUSLY (BY REGISTRATION): WORK GROUP 3 REINTEGRATION – max 30 delegates

- Work Group Lead Tata Oniani, Georgia

 

12.30-13.30 Lunch

 

13.30-15.00 Operational sustainability; prevention and leadership
The impact of leadership and peer support on maintaining psychological resilience within the military

Prof Gr Cap (ret) Neil Greenberg, MD, Kings College, Londen, United Kingdom

Title to be announced

Prof Col (ret) Carl Castro, PhD, University Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Health & Readiness Programs in the Netherlands Armed Forces: a pivotal role for lifestyle coaches

Lt Col Tabe de Boer, The Netherlands

From Hero to Pro- Change in Attitude towards Mental Illness in Deployed Service Members of the German Armed Forces using the Preventive Computer Program CHARLY

Lt Col Franziska Langner, MD, Forschungssection Bundeswehrkrankhaus Berlin, Germany

 

SIMULTANIOUSLY (BY REGISTRATION): WORK GROUP 2 REHABILITATION/RECOVERY – max 30 delegates
- Work Group Lead Gr Cap Alex Bennett United Kingdom

 

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.00 Combat Casualties: In theatre care and aftercare
The ongoing asymmetric global conflict has led to thousands of casualties as a result of combat injuries. Today still numerous service members need to cope with physical and mental injuries. In this session we will discuss the impact of these injuries and will emphasis on treatment innovations to enhance reintegration and quality of life.‚Äč

 

Title to be announced
Cap Thijs van Dongen, MD, PhD, The Netherlands

Title to be announced
Cdr Rigo Hoencamp, MD, PhD, The Netherlands

Advancements in surgery and technology for lower extremity blast injuries; from limping to leaping

Col (ret) Arie van der Krans, and Loes de Kruijff, MD, The Netherlands

Title to be announced
Lt Col Oscar van Waes, MD, The Netherlands
Title to be announced
Sean Mulvaney, MD, USA

Innovation in the field of Operational Military Health Care; Utopia, or an absolute necessity?
Lt Col Frank Wessels, senior staff advisor, department of health care, The Netherlands

 

SIMULTANIOUSLY (BY REGISTRATION): WORK GROUP 1 RESILIENCE – max 30 delegates

- Work Group Lead David Morton, Australia

 

17.00-21.00 Drinks and dinner

 

18.30-18.50 Prof Sir Simon Wessely

 

Thursday 7 May 2020 – Conference day 2

 

Moderator: Angelien Eijsink, MSc, former Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands

 

09.00-10.30 Back in motion; innovation in prosthesiology and osseointegration
Individuals with an amputation of the lower extremity may experience limitations in daily life due to reduced mobility and prosthesis-related problems. Skin irritation, heat, and sweating in the prosthetic socket are frequently reported as main factors that influence the quality of life. The osseointegrated prosthesis fixation (OPF) procedure, which involves direct anchorage of an implant to the femur or tibia bone and integration with osseous tissue, contributes to reducing these socket problems and enhance mobility. Several studies reported a better quality of life after receiving an OPF.

 

Prosthetic osseointegration worldwide: from ground-breaking treatment to standard of care!

Laurent Frossard, PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Title to be announced

Henk van der Meent, MD, PhD, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Title to be announced

 Jan Paul Frölke, MD, PhD, Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Title to be announced
Ruud Leijendekkers, PhD, Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands

An Invictus Story about Courage, Dedication, Resilience & (self) Leadership
LIVED EXPERIENCE: Edwin de Wolf, veteran, The Netherlands

 

SIMULTANIOUSLY (BY REGISTRATION): WORK GROUP 3 REINTEGRATION – max 30 delegates

- Work Group Lead Tata Oniani, Georgia

 

10.30-11.00 Break

 

11.00-12.30 Participating in a new world; innovation in mental health
The future of mental health: technology leveraged

Col Rakesh Jetly, OMM, MD, FRCPC, Directorate of Mental Health, Ottawa, Canada

Leveraging advanced information technologies for Addressing the Psychological Wounds of War: The Shape of Things to Come!
Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo, PhD, Medical Virtual Reality Institute for Creative Technologies, Los Angeles, USA

Title to be announced
Esther Beezemer, MSc and Ruud Timmerman, BSB Royal Marine, Soesterberg, The Netherlands

Changes of Personal Values in Deployed Service Members of the German Armed Forces with Psychiatric Disorders

Col Franziska Langner, MD, Forschungssection Bundeswehrkrankhaus Berlin, Germany

 

SIMULTANIOUSLY (BY REGISTRATION): WORK GROUP 1 RESILIENCE – max 30 delegates

- Work Group Lead David Morton, Australia

 

12.30-13.30 Lunch

 

13:30- 14:00 SPECIAL KEYNOTE

Tentative Title: Advances in Prehospital Care Improvement from the Perspective of Future Operations

- Brig Gen Erwin D’Hondt, MD, Directorate Health and Well Being, Brussels, Belgium

 

14.00-15.00 Carousal of novel research

The 6 disciplines; 6 innovative pitches @ 6 min

Eye in the sky & man on the ground

Lt Col Boudewijn Ridderhof, Commender 306 Squadron, Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands
Maj Sandy Dekkers, Aviation psychologist, Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands

 

SIMULTANIOUSLY (BY REGISTRATION): WORK GROUP 2 REHABILITATION/RECOVERY – max 30 delegates
- Work Group Lead Gr Cap Alex Bennett United Kingdom

 

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.00 Prolonged Care and Transitioning

Warrior care does not end when service members leave the armed forces. This session is about soldiers transitioning back to civilian life. Evidence-based best practices and new initiatives for easing the reintegration of military veterans will be presented, with a special focus on vulnerable groups, for example veterans who suffer from mental problems or moral injury.

 

An international framework for military-to-civilian transition

Prof Col (ret) Carl Castro, PhD, University Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Mind the gap! An overview of factors that affect military-to-civilian transition outcomes
Jacco Duel, PhD, Veterans Institute, Doorn, The Netherlands

Ancient and new rituals for moral injury

Tine Molendijk, PhD, Royal Defense Academy, Breda, The Netherlands

Title to be announced
Mark Evans, MA, United Kingdom

Title to be announced
Lt Col Markus Besemann, PhD, Canadian Forces Health Services University of Ottawa, Canada

 

17.00-17.30 Official closing
Rejonder of WGs, part 1, contd May 8