Congress Schedule (preliminary)

8.30โ€“9.00 Registration
9.00โ€“9.15 Opening Ceremony
9.15โ€“10.00 Clinical examination in lymphostatic diseases
Michael Oberlin, Dr. med. (Germany)
10.00โ€“10.45 The role and treatment of the fascial system as a part of edema treatment
Tiina Lahtinen-Suopanki, PT, OMT, BHSc (Finland)
10.45โ€“11.15 Coffee Break, exhibition in lobby
11.15โ€“12.00 Health-related quality of life
Pia Klernรคs PT, PhD (Sweden)
12.00โ€“13.30 Lunch, exhibition in lobby
13.30โ€“14.15 Diagnosing mild arm lymphedema with TDC (tissue dielectric constant)
Katarina Karlsson, PT MSC (Sweden)
Lower limb lymphedema and measurements of local tissue water
Charlotta Jรถnsson, RPT, PhD student (Sweden)
14.15โ€“14.45 Is physical activity training feasible among patients with metastatic breast cancer?
Kristiina Kokkonen, MD (Finland)
14.45โ€“15.15 Coffee Break, exhibition in lobby
15.15โ€“16.00 Lymphedema and compression
Robert Damstra, MD PhD (NL)
16.00โ€“16.45 The relationship between fat and fluid โ€“ is there one?
Kristiana Gordon, MD (GB)
16.45 Closing Remarks
17.30โ€“18.30 Open lecture โ€“ Oedema treatment with CDT (in Finnish)
Tom Vรคisรคnen, PT, Teacher in CDT (Finland)
9.00โ€“9.45 Microvascular lymph node transfer and lymphatic growth factor treatment
Sinikka Suominen, MD, PhD, Specialist in Plastic Surgery (Finland)
9.45โ€“10.30 Liposuction in Lipoedema โ€“ the best option we have
Axel Baumgartner, Dr. med. (Germany)
10.30โ€“11.00 Coffee Break, exhibition in lobby
11.00โ€“12.00 The difference between Dercum and Lipoedema
Karen L. Herbst, MD, PhD, Associate Professor (USA)
Jacek Kaczynski, general practitioner (Sweden)
Sue Mellgrim, registered nurse, lymph therapist (CDT) (Sweden)
12.00โ€“12.45 Contribution of thermography and near infrared fluorescence technology to improve diagnosis and treatment in BCRL. Application to MLD techniques
Jean-Paul Belgrado, PT, MSc (Belgium)
12.45โ€“14.00 Lunch, exhibition in lobby
14.00โ€“14.45 Self administered care, impact for patients and instructions
Tarja Kokkonen, Dr. Vodder Academy International (DVAI) Instructor (Finland)
14.45โ€“15.30 Primary lymphedema
Miikka Vikkula, MD, PhD (Belgium)
15.30โ€“16.00 Coffee Break, exhibition in lobby
16.00โ€“16.30 VascERN (Working group on Primary lymphoedema) โ€“ what is it?
Robert Damstra, MD PhD (NL)
Miikka Vikkula, MD, PhD (Belgium)
16.30โ€“17.00 Future perspectives for research and clinical practice
Karin Johansson, PT, PhD, associate professor (Sweden)
18.30โ€“21.00 Cocktail Reception at Korjaamo Culture Factory

Congress participants are divided into four groups. Workshops run in parallel and participants rotate between workshops as per timetable below.

Workshop 1 Hands-on ultrasound workshop for lymphtherapists
Jouko Heiskanen, MD, PT (Finland)
Workshop 2 Fascia and Breathing
Tuulia Luomala, PT (Finland)
Workshop 3 Near-infrared lymphfluoroscopy in practice
Jean-Paul Belgrado, PT, MSc (Belgium)
Workshop 4 Axillary web syndrome and scar treatment
Eija Olkkonen, PT (Finland)
9.00โ€“9.45 Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4 + moving to next workshop
9.45โ€“10.30 Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4 + moving to next workshop
10.30โ€“11.00 Coffee break
11.00โ€“11.45 Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4 + moving to next workshop
11.45โ€“12.30 Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4
12.30โ€“13.00 Closing Ceremony


There will be a poster presentation during the Congress. Submitted abstracts will be assessed by an expert committee. Each poster will be presented with a short discussion. Posters can be a maximum of 90 cm wide and 120 cm high.