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Review 2020

  • The enthusiastic Rhinologists are now being challenged by a younger brigade of otologists lead by Payal Mukherjee, Sebastian Rösch, Romain Kania and Ioana Brill. During this occasion, we had the wonderful presentation by Ioana Brill from Munich.
  • This year, we were privileged to have joining our Faculty, Professor Karl Hörmann from Manheim. He enlightened us on the new advances in the development of treatment for sleep apnoea, and in particular, on the introduction of hypoglossal nerve stimulating devices which are miniaturised and seem to be very effective.
  • I was very pleased to have such a strong contribution from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and by the presence of Dr Wiesenfeld and Dr Kirsty McGill. Their contribution to the head and neck programme was outstanding.
  • I am grateful to Dr Sebastian Rösch who brought along his two Fellows to introduce them to the informal manner of this meeting. Where ideas are readily exchanged and clinical liaisons are formed in areas of shared interest.
  • We were very excited to have Rosa Stackhouse-Miller and her sister Jan attend the meeting.
    • Rosa gave an account of head and neck cancer from a patient’s perspective. This provides insight for treating surgeons and a better understanding from the patient’s perspective.
    • Jan has some wonderful ideas about our next meeting and I am hopeful that she may consider giving us a relevant history talk in January 2021.
  • The spirit of this meeting is exemplified by the great contribution made by Dr David Brooker. David has been unable to ski following his knee reconstructions, but he is a wonderful host for the dinner where he has had a lot of amazing stories in store. He is also a fantastic guide for the non-skiers programme. David, I look forward to your presence every year.
  • We were fortunate this year to have varied enlightening talks given by the Chairman of the Queensland Brain Institute, Sallyanne Atkinson, former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Initiation cultural attaché in Paris. Sallyanne gave insights into her experiences on how to prepare for the future and the workings of the Queensland Brain Institute, which were carefully documented and explained by Medy Hassan.
  • Peter Valentine Tomazic, was a most interesting contributor to the rhinology and the head and neck sections.
  • It was pleasing to see the return of Dr Christopher Perry who was supported in the head and neck section by one of the most experienced parotid surgeons from Australia, Dr Jim Hallam.
  • Dr David Marty was able to enlighten us on the comparisons between training pilots and training surgeons.
  • It was wonderful to have Michael Karlberg at the meeting. Where would one get such an experienced otologist to be able to search his mind for all the difficult questions in Otology. Thank you Michael for the pleasure of your presence!
  • Andrew Swift gave a wonderful dissertation on the building of a hospital during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. 
  • We were so lucky  to have internationally known figures such as Cecilia Ahlstrom and Professor Andreas Leunig to lead the rhinology sections. Thank you both for your contribution.
  • One of the highlight of our meeting was the presentation by Lewis Overton. He is a young man with an outstanding education and inspiring insight. We were fortunate to learn from him the experiences of a younger surgeon finding his pathway through the surgical jungle. Congratulations to Lewis for your initiative and for seeking out your own best possible training. I look forward to Lewis’ next presentation in 2021.

Academic prize

Dr Andreas Klausner won the award for the best scientific paper of the meeting. As an anaesthetist he was able to engage with the surgeons on matters of mutual interest.

It is great to have a representative of the speciality on whom we depend upon for the safety and welfare of our patients. This specialty was exceedingly well represented by Dr Andreas Klausner.

Social programme

The boat race this year was postponed in favour of a wine tasting competition. This competition was organised by Dr Greg Osetinsky, the famous Kentucky wine expert. Thirty six (36) bottles of wine and numerous bottles of spirits were tested. The brain damage was enormous.

A report from Dr Osetinsky is enclosed. The gala dinner on the mountain was another enjoyable occasion made so by the welcoming presence of the Master of Ceremonies, David Brooker. The recipients of the Awards all seemed pleased with their efforts.

Appreciation

The success of this and other Upover Downunder Meetings is attributed to the attendees who involve themselves in every aspect of the meeting. I would like to thank the presenters at the academic sessions and to all who contributed academic, sporting and social success of the meeting. 
A special thanks is offered to Mario and his supporting team of guides who have diligently guided us safely around the mountains.

Our long and trusted guide Brian, suffered an unfortunate fracture of his leg when he was in a collision. I am pleased to report that he is progressing well.
Dr Par Sjana who had a medical episode is also recovering well.
I am thankful to Christiana my practice manager for her participation and organisation of the academic program as well as the social events.
In particular I would like to thank Mario and his staff as well as the staff of La Cacciatore Hotel for making our stay and our experience so enjoyable.

Next meeting

I wish to thank all those who returned the critique for the meeting. Your suggestions have been taken on board. The next meeting of the UP OVER DOWN UNDER Ski Group will be held in Canazei from 9th to 15th January 2021. I would urge all those who are able to plan ahead to ensure they take advantage of the Early Bird registration fees. I am afraid that late registrations may sometimes miss out on the clothing and other goods which need to been ordered early.

Best Wishes,
E. Professor William B. Coman

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Review 2019

 

Prof Romain Kania from Paris gave a wonderful dissertation on Biofilms in Otology. KD Hans Rudi Briner presented a kaleidoscopic view of beautiful images of operative skull base surgery. Prof. Payal Mukherjee from Royal Prince Hospital in Sydney enlightened us on Superior Canal Dehiscence. Dr. Peter Friedland’s practical exposition on Cochlear Implantation was enthusiastically received. Dr. Linda Friedland presented a most illuminating presentation on the immunology of cancer. Alexandra French presented a novel technique for the dispersion of therapeutic molecules within the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.

Prof. Par Stjarne from the Karolinska in Sweden gave a wonderful presentation on the surgical techniques for Sino-nasal malignancies. It was nice to see Dr. Michael Karlberg from Sweden keep us up to date within vestibular disorders.

Of great interest was the demonstration Elodie Chiarovano who gave a practical demonstration of how each of the six vestibular ontological can be simply tested and measured with the head shake maneuver. Dr. Sebastian Rösch from Salzburg presented a study on the utilization for ENT statistics for otological workflow.

Academic Prize

The Academic Committee awarded the prize for the best paper to Dr. Hannah Sieron for her study on prophylactic percutaneous Gastrostomy. Congratulations are extended to Hannah on her appointment to the University/ENT training program at Ulm.

There were many other interesting presentations. Dr Greg Osetinsky introduced the topic of Cochlear Migraine which was a revelation to all.

Regular presenters Dr. David Marty, Dr. Chris Thompson, Dr. Malin Sommer, Dr. Jim Hallam, Prof. Theo Gregor, Dr. Matt Campbell, Dr. Chris Smit, Dr. Collin ven Burgen, Dr. Richard Vowles and Dr. Susy Dorrie, kept us well informed and up to date with the advances in our specialty.

Hannah Sieron

Social programme

  • The boat race this year was won by a very strong German crew lead by Jürgen Sieron and his daughter Hannah. Their outstanding performance was the result of many months of concentrated practice!
  • Par Stjärne once again was the best snowboarder. His ominous presence deterred other likely competitors.
  • The fastest skier was Sebastian Rösch who has been practicing for this event since he was 2 years old!
  • The fastest woman on skies was Suzie Dorrie.
  • The Undertaker prize for the skier most likely to be asphyxiated in the snow was awarded to Christiana Zimmerman.

Appreciation

The success of this and other Upover Downunder Meetings is attributed to the attendees who involve themselves in every aspect of the meeting. I would like to thank the presenters at the academic sessions and to all who contributed academic, sporting and social success of the meeting.

A special thanks is offered to Mario and his supporting team of guides who have diligently guided us safely around the mountains.

Next Meeting

I wish to thank all those who returned the critique for the meeting. Your suggestions have been taken on board.

The next meeting of the UP OVER DOWN UNDER Ski Group will be held in Canazei from January 18– 25, 2020. I would urge all those who are able to plan ahead to ensure they take advantage of the Early Bird registration fees. I am afraid that late registrations may sometimes miss out on the clothing and other goods which need to been ordered early.

With best wishes,

Bill Coman

Emeritus Prof
William B. Coman

Brisbane, Australia
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Review 2018

The Upover Downunder Meeting was held again at the beautiful Hotel La Cacciatora in Canazei Italy. It was a beautiful scene where old and new friends came together for the specialty of ENT. The academic program for the meeting was excellent due to the willingness of attendees to present papers and participate in discussions. It was clear from this meeting that the growing science and art of rhinologic surgery is now occupying a position in our specialty which used to be held by otology. However, we had a good balance of all aspects of our specialty with wonderful papers and discussions.

Thanks are due to all those delegates who participated in the academic program. This year we had some interesting and valuable lessons in medical history. Doctor Andrew Swift’s presentations need to be singled out for their excellence and appropriateness. A special tribute is offered to Professor Andreas Leunig from Munich. Andreas has attended every Upover Downunder Meeting . He is the backbone of our faculty. His presentations like his photography and his skiing and his surgery, are all of the highest order. Thank you, Andreas, for making these meetings successful.

Academic Prize

The Academic Committee awarded the prize for the best paper to Dr Mariel Osetinsky. The title of Mariel’s paper was “Ear Trauma”. Mariel has covered every aspect of trauma to the ear and her paper reflected the instructed book chapter of which she has been an author. Her father, Dr Greg Osetinsky, has been a valuable contributor to this meeting for many years and has covered many topics.

Each year I look forward to his presentation. It is not surprising then, that Mariel has inherited her father’s good looks and her mother, Julie’s intelligence and articulation. Mariel is to be congratulated for the excellence of her presentation.

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Tours of Venice, Padua, San Servolo Asylum Museum and Padua University

Prior to our Meeting, Kate, Dr Paul Allison’s daughter, organized these tours of these notable places in Venice. The tours were an enormous success and I wish to thank Kate for the great effort she made in providing us with such a wonderful education of the history of this area.

Special Medals

Special medals for loyalty and attendance at this meeting were awarded to the following persons who have barely missed a meeting. They were:

  • Professor Andreas Leunig
  • Professor Theo Gregor
  • Dr Chris Perry and Kathy Perry
  • Dr David Booker
  • Dr David McGahey

These folk are the nucleus of this meeting and their loyal attendance is greatly appreciated.

Trophy Awards

As we have been unable to have a ski race for various reasons this year, these trophies are awarded on the observations of Mario Longitano and his worthy guides.

  • The top award for the Fastest Male Skier was awarded to Douglas Keay. Douglas will be very pleased with this award as it will put Scotland at the top of the list.
  • The Fastest Female Skier is Susie Dory who practices daily on the Channel Islands and is well rewarded for her efforts.
  • The Best Male Snow Boarder Award goes to Par Sjarne. Par wins this award every year. People are in great admiration for his skills and the silence that he brings to snowboarding. It has been suggested that only a double amputation would prevent him from taking this award.
  • The Best Female Snow Boarder is Mandy Anne Aides. Mandy is precise, diligent and gives the impression of being a very fast lady.
  • The Fastest Veteran Male Skier is David Marty. Perhaps this award should be the Bionic Award as David has had joint replacement surgery and puts them to the test every year. Good on you David!!
  • The Fastest Veteran Female Skier is Mary Palance. Mary skis with style and speed. She is a hard lady to catch.
  • The Most Improved Experienced Skier is Sharon Swift. Sharon has dazzled her competitors with her speed, style and winning attitude.
  • The Best Bar Skier was a difficult choice. It was narrowed down to 12 persons. Eleven of these persons which to remain anonymous.
  • The Gold Medal for Bar Skiing went to David McGahey. David has been a great support of this meeting and last year was the hero of the stuck cable car

Next Meeting

I wish to thank all those who returned the critique for the meeting. Some of the suggestions which came out of the critique is that we need a venue for the dinner where there is less noise so that speakers can be better heard. Another is that most attendees are interested in case presentations rather than straight lectures. This balance will be redressed for our next meeting.

The next meeting of the UPOVER DOWNUNDER Ski Group will be held in Canazei from January 19 – 26, 2019. I am hopeful of having more attractive registration fees for nurses and registrars and if our number keep on track, hopefully for all participants. I would urge all those who are able to plan ahead to take advantage of the Early Bird registration fees.

With best wishes,
Bill Coman

Emeritus Prof
William B. Coman

Brisbane, Australia
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Review 2017

The 2017 meeting was a wonderful success and probably one of the best meetings we have held. The academic program for this meeting was excellent with a good balance across all areas of ENT and some interesting presentations added to the sessions.

I would like to thank all those delegates who contributed to the academic sessions this year; the content and quality of your presentations was impressive and of exceptional value to the success of this meeting. As well, I would like to thank all the delegates who attended this year – you make this meeting very special and I hope that you enjoyed your experience in this amazing part of the world.

Academic Papers

The Academic Committee awarded the prize for the Best Paper to Dr James Bates, UK. The title of James’ paper was: The Guinea-Pig Club

This was the story of the great fathers’ of plastic surgery from New Zealand, Sir Archibald McEndoe and Sir Harold Gillies and the extraordinary work they did on repairing the burned faces and other body parts of the Airmen who were shot down during the Second World War. The research which was conducted by James illustrated not only the meticulous surgical repairs but also the personalities of both doctors and staff who dealt with these severely damaged airmen and helped restore them to normality.

James is to be commended for the material which he has uncovered for this presentation and for highlighting some of the great surgical works of past surgeons.

Skiing

The ski pistes were well groomed and all those who participated were impressed with the quality of the skiing. Unfortunately there were a few minor injuries that present with the sport sometimes. Colin Brown from New Zealand took out the award for Best Male Stack with an impressive rugby type slide tackle into a rock with the rock winning. I hope you have recovered from your injuries Colin!

Colin was fortunate to have an expert opinion regarding his shoulder injury from Dr. Hannan Mullett, renowned Dublin shoulder surgeon who was also attending the meeting. Thank you Hannan.

Drama on the Gondola

A special award is to be provided in 2018 for acts of Heroism in the Field. This year three of our delegates; Dave McGahey, Richard and Susie Vowles were trapped in a cable car which had broken down and between them they stopped the car from tipping out the other 79 skiers on the gondola by strategically balancing their weight throughout the cabin.

Such personal sacrifice and bravery did not go un-noticed and they were hailed as Heroes of the Dolomites. It should be noted that Dave McGahey was the last skier to abseil out of the gondola to safety, graciously insisting that the other passengers abseil first! Further to the successful evacuation of skiers from the cable car, the co mpany generously offered them a free season’s ski pass, however unfortunately these brave medicos’ had to return home soon after this event and were unable to take advantage of this offer.

15th Anniversary Book – Professor Andreas Leunig

Andreas Leunig has offered to put together a 15th Anniversary book to commemorate 15 successful years of this meeting. He has requested that if you have any interesting photos that he could use for this book could you please forward them to him at: info@aleunig.de

This book will be available for purchase at the January meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like a copy please contact Andreas or Jean so that your copy can be ordered.

The 2018 meeting looks as though it will be as exciting and successful as always and we look forward to meeting you there. As suggested previously, in order to secure your room at La Cacciatora please send your booking form in ASAP.

See you in Canazei,
Bill Coman

Emeritus Prof
William B. Coman

Brisbane, Australia
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