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3rd International Lymphoedema Symposium

26 May 2018 | Gent | Belgium
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State of the art: Building Bridges "Lymphoedema"

Dear Sir or Madam,

We look forward to welcoming you to the 3rd International Lymphoedema Symposium, where we have planned for you an interdisciplinary and interprofessional knowledge exchange on lymphological issues for you.

Only through an interdisciplinary approach we can provide the best care and guidance to our lymphoedema patients. Our aim is to build bridges on several different levels: between scientific evidence and experience, between health care providers from different disciplines and between people from different countries.

The symposium programme is targeted towards MDs, therapists, specialised nurses, and compression specialists working in the field of the chronic condition lymphoedema. Not only will you gain the most up-to-date and practical knowledge, there will also be opportunities for asking questions and for networking with professionals from other countries to build up personal connections that may help you in your future work and research in the field of lympho-vascular medicine.

Recent studies and case studies will be presented and discussed. Simultaneous interpretation will be available to give participants the opportunity to speak and listen in their own language (EN, FR and NL) so that none of the subtleties and nuances are lost.

We will also be using an interactive voting system that allows attendees to actively participate in the symposium. Members of the audience will be able to respond immediately to questions and statements from the presenter via their smartphone, thereby making the sessions more vivid.

The symposium will conclude with a plenary session, ”Ask the Experts”, where participants can ask the experts (speakers) for their opinion or vision on a wide variety of issues or practical situations.

By listening to and engaging with the views of our fellow professionals, we will be able to understand one another better, work together more harmoniously and offer our patients better care. It is important for everyone involved in lymphoedema to cooperate and build bridges; this will therefore be a common thread through all of the presentations.

We are very much looking forward to your participation.

Robert Damstra, MD PhD
Nij Smellinghe Hospital
Drachten, The Netherlands

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Handelsbeurs Concertzaal

Kouter 29

9000 Gent


Scientific manager

Robert J. Damstra MD PhD


Nij Smellinghe Hospital

Drachten, The Netherlands

Contact Person

Julius Zorn GmbH

Dace Mezsarga

Juliusplatz 1

86551 Aichach


Phone +49 (0)8251 901 406

Fax +49 (0)8251 901 77 406

Registration fee

  • € 62.00 excluding VAT

Congress language

  • English
  • Simultaneous translation into French and Dutch

Hotel Rooms

We have reserved a certain number of hotel rooms at favourable prices. You can book the rooms via our online registration portal.


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Programme of the 3rd international Lymphoedema Symposium

Time Topics Speakers
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome and introduction of topics Robert J. Damstra, MD PhD
09:15 Interdisciplinary reductive surgery of lymphoedema Harry G. J. M. Voesten, MD PhD
09:45 Aspects of conservative treatment for lymphoedema Prof. Dr. Nele Devoogdt, PT
10:15 The venous factor in arm lymphoedema Liesbeth Vandermeeren, MD
10:45 Coffee break,::br::Practical demonstration – Juzo SoftCompress and ::br::Juzo ACS light
11:15 Genetics in lymphoedema: Input into clinical daily practice Prim. Tanja P. Ručigaj, MD
11:45 Obesity influencing lymphatic load: A new approach Robert J. Damstra, MD PhD
12:15 Wounds and chronic oedema Tonny Karlsmark, MD PhD
12:45 Lunch, ::br::Practical demonstration – Juzo SoftCompress and ::br::Juzo ACS light
13:45 Physiotherapy and clinimetrics in the treatment of lymphoedema Ad Hendrickx, PhD candidate
14:15 Three-dimensional imaging of the breast: A useful tool to objectify breast and midline oedema? Dietmar J. O. Ulrich, MD PhD
14:45 The patient journey in UK Denise Hardy, BSc Hons
15:15 Coffee break
15.45 Cost-effectiveness of MLD as part of integrated care Prof. Dr. Albert Leduc, PhD ::br::Co-authors: Prof. Dr. Olivier Leduc, PhD and Romain Barbieux, MSc
16.15 Ask the experts
17.00 End of symposium // "Closing words" Robert J. Damstra, MD PhD
17.15 Get together // Distribution of certificates

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Subject to change. No liability for errors.


Robert J. Damstra, MD PhD

Nij Smellinghe Hospital
Drachten, The Netherlands

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Prof. Dr. Nele Devoogdt, PT

Physical Therapist
KU Leuven – University of Leuven
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Leuven, Belgium

Denise Hardy, BSc Hons

Nurse Consultant
Kendal Lymphology Centre
Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom

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Ad Hendrickx, PhD candidate

Physical Therapist
Dutch Expert Centre for Lymphovascular Medicine
Dachten, Netherlands
Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Groningen, The Netherlands

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Tonny Karlsmark, MD PhD

Clinical Lecturer
Institut for Klinisk Medicin
Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital
Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Albert Leduc, PhD

Prof. Emeritus Vrije Universiteit Brussel
President of Honor of Euro. Soc. Lymphology
Brussels, Belgium

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Prim. Tanja P. Ručigaj, MD

Head of Dermatovenereological Clinic
University Medical Centre Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dietmar J. O. Ulrich, MD PhD

Plastic Surgeon
Professor and Chairman
Department of Plastic Surgery
Radboud University Medical Center
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Liesbeth Vandermeeren, MD

Plastic Surgeon
University Medical Center Sint Pieter
Brussels, Belgium

Harry G. J. M. Voesten, MD PhD

Nij Smellinghe Hospital
Drachten, The Netherlands


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