The Professor Merry Lecture
The PDU Prof Merry Lecture was established in 2012 in recognition of Alan Merry's outstanding support of both the PDU Winter Meeting and the ANZCPR (formerly the PDU Research Database). This off-site lecture is held in conjunction with the Friday dinner and briefed to bring a philosophical lens to the world of cardiac surgery.
Prof Merry Lecture 2022
"Kurt Vonnegut, sunscreen, and the search for objective truth"
David Sidebotham is a doctor in the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand.
He is one of the foremost leaders in the anaesthesia and critical care community in Australia and New Zealand and has developed an international reputation with the publication of books on perioperative transoesophageal echocardiography and cardiothoracic critical care.
David has special interests in ECMO and has published widely in the anaesthesia and perfusion literature. He is an avid skier and is pursuing studies in mathematics and quantum mechanics. David is a regular speaker at PDU and has lectured on an eclectic range of topics.
Prof Merry Lecture 2019
"Physician, Heal Thyself? Work, Wellbeing and Welfare"
Sara Jane Allen
Dr Sara Allen works at Auckland City Hospital as an Intensivist and Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist.
Dr Allen is the Service Clinical Director for the Department of Cardiothoracic and ORL Anaesthesia and Operating Rooms at Auckland City Hospital, and the Director of Perioperative Echocardiography.
Dr Allen has interests in echocardiography and mechanical support, and welfare, training and education within intensive care and anaesthesia.
Sara is a founding member and Co-Chair of the College of Intensive Care Medicine Welfare Special Interest Group, and is currently completing a Masters of Medical Education at Cambridge University.
Prof Merry Lecture 2018
"Surgery Statistics, and Public Policy"
Alan practises anaesthesia and chronic pain management at Auckland City Hospital and is Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland.
He is a former Councillor of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and Chair of the Board of the NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission. He is on the Board of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, and of Lifebox, an international charitable initiative to improve standards of surgery and anaesthesia in low-income areas of the world.
His many publications reflect interests in human factors, patient safety and simulation. Alan has been on the faculty of every PDU meeting since 2005.
Prof Merry Lecture 2017
"Am I really trained to do what I do?"
Tim Jones is a congenital cardiac surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and honorary senior lecturer of University of Birmingham.
His interests are the safe conduct and delivery of mechanical circulatory support optimising end organ protection. Working with Department of Health he co-wrote 'Guide to Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Perfusion' a quality management framework for perfusion services. He was member of The Council for The College of Perfusionists in Great Britain and Ireland and sits on their Professional Practice Panel.
He introduced and is director of the ECLS programme at BCH and regularly teaches on national and international ECMO courses. He is a member of the scientific committee of EURO ELSO.
Timothy Jones MD FRCS (CTh)
Paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon
UK Birmingham Children’s Hospital
"... There is no other meeting that I am aware of, in the northern or southern hemispheres that achieves this and consistently with the quality and relevance of the education and discussion the meeting promotes. .. Most meetings these days are specific to our own individual disciplines despite the recognition that the best outcomes come from good teamwork. The Perfusion Downunder meeting is unique in being truly multidisciplinary and breaking down traditional ‘silo thinking’. … You have shaped and developed perfusion and cardiac surgical practice and I look forward to participating in the next 10 years of Perfusion Downunder meetings."
Florian Falter MD, FRCA, FFICM, PhD Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and ICU
Papworth Hospital Cambridge
"PDU is a unique meeting, very much embodying the spirit of shared learning and exchange of experience in an open and non-threatening environment. It presents a platform for young researchers, rising stars and experienced faculty alike. Meetings like this are invaluable as they provide the right atmosphere not just for conventional presentations but also for unusual topics to be discussed, niche thoughts to flourish and important new research to be conceived…..
The meeting inspires academically but also is able to give practical advice to colleagues with clinical questions. It is particularly well placed to achieve these goals as it attracts delegates, faculty and expertise from all over the world and, more importantly, from all relevant disciplines, i.e. perfusionists, surgeons, anaesthetists and intensivists."
Donald S. Likosky, PhD
A/Prof & Head Health Services Research & Quality, Dept of Cardiac Surgery
University of Michigan, USA
"While not residing in the Southern Hemisphere, I have found these meetings to have considerable relevance for and impact on my own research portfolio. What sets this meeting apart? The faculty are purposefully selected to challenge current paradigms in our own thinking and delivery of care. The lectures have relevance and impact for the cardiothoracic surgical community throughout the world… The program facilitates and instils friendship and comradery that extends beyond the meeting… the meeting has in part been a nidus for the development of the Australian and New Zealand Collaborative Perfusion Registry."
Scott A. LeMaire, MD
Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, USA
"... there is a critical need for meetings that provide in-depth coverage of the latest advances in this rapidly changing field... The Perfusion Downunder Meeting uniquely achieves these goals in Australasia by bringing clinical perfusionists, perfusion students, and perfusion scientists from the region together with clinical and scientific experts from around the world. The meeting combines research presentations, lectures by thought-leaders in the field, and in-depth keynote addresses to provide attendees with a view of the current state of-the-art in all aspects of perfusion..."
Hilary Grocott MD FRCPC FASE
Professor, Anesthesia & Surgery University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
"...this multidisciplinary collaboration between clinical perfusion, cardiac surgery, cardiac anaesthesiology and other allied health professions is truly a unique educational and team building collaborative. PDU brings together a world class faculty and has a unique reputation of excellence coupled with a networking social structure that further supports botheducation, and the advancement of science."