Here be Lungs


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The Divisions of Pulmonology & Neonatology of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital will have the pleasure in announcing the Here be Lungs 8th Conference soon.

“Here be lungs” as in “Here be dragons” is a reference to the situation sailors of old found themselves in when they sailed off into the unknown, the uncharted waters.  In Chinese, ‘lung’ means ‘dragon’ and the lung in Chinese medicine is the boundary between the inner and outer world. The lung is the whole respiratory system and has to do with boundary, breath and renewal and across this boundary vital materials are taken in and waste materials excreted.

With warm regards from the organizing committee – Johan Smith & Pierre Goussard

Our Speakers

Associate Professor of Paediatrics. Head of Paediatric Emergency. Department of Paediatrics, Policlinc Umberto I, “Sapienza” University of Rome. Past Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society
Prof Fabio Midulla

Associate Professor of Paediatrics

Consultant respiratory specialist with an active interest in children’s environmental health. Record of accomplishment in investigating infection & inflammation & underlying mechanisms of airway disease. One of the key persons in establishing & managing longitudinal birth cohorts to identify risk factors underlying the development of asthma. Long Record in respiratory physiology & in developing & implementing new measurements of lung function. Established & directed the WHOCC for Research on Children’s Environmental Health and since have established the Children’s Health & Environment Program & WHOCC for Children’s Health and Environment. Director of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health since 2005 & Chairman of the Board since 2009. Actively engaged in WHO Networks in Children’s Environmental Health and in e-Waste and am on the steering committee of the WHO Developmental Origins of Health and Disease program.
Professor Peter D Sly

University of Queensland

Clinical Head of the NICU and Level III Neonatal Services in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at the Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital. Interested in the design and development of novel synthetic lung surfactants. Neonatal resuscitation project, titled: Characterization of neonatal thoracic properties during ventilated cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Prof Johan Smith

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

Professor Mariana Kruger is a paediatric oncologist and ethicist. She is currently a full professor and executive head of the department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Tygerberg hospital, University of Stellenbosch, as well as a founder member and co-principal director of South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) UKZN, funded by Fogarty International, NIH, USA since it’s inception in 2003.
Prof Mariana Kruger

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

Head of Pulmonology in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at the Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital
Prof Pierre Goussard

Tygerberg Children’s Hospital

Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics), Imperial College Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Andrew Bush

United Kingdom

Professor of Pediatrics (MBBS, DCH, MD, FAAP), Division Chief of Neonatology, and Director of NICU at LAC+USC Medical Center, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Directs one of the largest fellowship programs in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the country, with 18 fellows in the program. Major research interests include Surfactant therapy, NIV, and Oxygen toxicity. Listed in Best Doctors in America each year by his peers since 2005.
Prof. Rangasamy Ramanathan

Southern California

Ventilation and Oxygenation Monitoring of Titration and Weaning during Respiratory Support in Preterm Neonates.
Franz von Wirth


Dr Aneesa Vanker MBChB(Natal) FC Paed (SA) MMed (SU) Cert Pulm Paeds(SA) is a paediatric pulmonologist at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town, where she is involved in the care of children with a wide range of both congenital and acquired respiratory conditions. She is also a clinical researcher with a particular interest in the environmental determinants of childhood lung diseases.
Dr Aneesa Vanker

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

Dr Etienne Nel is the Head of the Paediatric Gastroenterology Service at Tygerberg Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University. He has developed the paediatric gastroenterology service at Tygerberg Hospital. Present research interests include intestinal disease in HIV infected children, improving the outcome of severe acute malnutrition, and infectious diseases of the liver and intestine affecting children in South Africa.
Dr Etienne Nel

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

Division Chief of Respiratory Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, Professor of Paediatrics at The University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute in the Department of Physiology & Experimental Medicine. Research: Clinical trials address cystic fibrosis lung disease including new therapeutic strategies to target underlying defects, treatment of airway infections such as first infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and airway inflammation.
Prof Felix Ratjen


Senior Specialist in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tygerberg Hospital (University of Stellenbosch) from 2003 to present Clinical Fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2005. Clinical Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at Toronto General Hospital in 2004. Special interest in Mitral &aortic valve repair, Thoracic and cardiac surgery in children.
Dr Jacques Janson

University of Stellenbosch

Clinician in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Professor of Pulmonology at Stellenbosch University. Research includes infectious & pleural diseases, preoperative assessment of lung resection candidates and applied transthoracic ultrasound & interventional pulmonology. Teaches ultrasound skills (including bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound, transbronchial needle aspiration, endoscopic lung volume reduction and thoracoscopy). Vice-president of the South African Thoracic Society (SATS).  Founding member & Chairman of Interventional Pulmonology South Africa (IPSA), which aims to improve the quality of interventional pulmonology in South Africa and to train as many pulmonologist as possible in the various techniques. Serves as the SATS representative on the Board of Regents of the World Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP)  
Coenie Koeglenberg

Stellenbosch University

Prof Robert Gie

Tygerberg Children's Hospital

ENT Specialist
Dr Marc Merven

Tygerberg Children's Hospital


We thank our participating companies for their support of this venture.