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Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Dr. Bártfai György
University of Szeged, Hungary

1995 Acquisition of the title Dr. med. habil
1974 Specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Academic qualifications:
1999 Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Science
1984 Ph.D. Degree
Professional assignments:
2014- Emeritus Professor
2000-2014 Professor
Professional memberships and awards:
2008- Head of the working group of the “Reproductive Health” at the Secretariat of the South-Hungarian Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2008- Honorary member of the Society of the Serbian Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
2008- Honorary member of the Society of the Romanian Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
2010- European Society of Contraception, member of the Board of Directors
2012- President of the ESC Internal Scientific Committee
2013 Doctor Honoris Causa, Arad University
2013 Batthyány-Strattmann Award by the Ministry of Education and Heath, Hungary
Other activities:
President of the Egon and Ann Diczfalusy Foundation (at present)
World Health Organisation (WHO) obligations:
Temporary Advisor and Principal Investigator in the following multicentre studies:
Multicenter IUD trials
Cardiovascular diseases & hormonal contraception
Emergency postcoital contraception
Vaginal Ring study B300
Pericoital contraception with Levenorgestrel


Speech Title: "Telemedicine in the Ob/Gyn – New Era in Education and Diagnostics"

Abstract—The telemedicine might provide a special service in the Healthcare. This technique utilizes all of the advantages what we learn and use recently in telecommunication. Nowadays, everyone uses mobile phone and almost every family has computer at home. Therefore, we should change the old, paper-based archive of medical records. The exchange of diagnostic results became much easier and quicker between the patients and medical doctors. The aim of using telemedicine is to provide a better healthcare for the patient. The most important fields are: e-learning, distance diagnosis, distance surveillance, remote consilium and perform operations with computers. In this presentation I would like to touch only three subjects: e-learning, home monitoring and distant consilium. E-learning is an important tool on the field of ultrasound diagnostics as well as cardiotocography to increase the doctors’ knowledge. For example, there are some very rare conditions diagnosed by cardiotocography like sinusoidal fetal heart rate which occurs in about every 4000 traces. Therefore, some residents working in small hospitals never see this kind of record. To discuss this type of cardiotocograms with a professional can lead to the proper diagnosis. The home monitoring of fetal wellbeing or blood sugar changes of the patient also could be a good diagnostic tools which can improve the medical service and the patient satisfaction. In this presentation I would like to show some examples on the uses of telemedicine.


Plenary Speaker I

Assoc. Prof. István Vassányi, PhD
Medical Informatics Research and Development Centre, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary

István Vassányi received the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993, and the PhD degree in computer science in 2000, from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Specialized in medical informatics, data modeling, ontologies, electronic health records, data mining and analysis, medical expert systems, nutrition counseling, he has been the leader for several national and European research projects, and has published extensively, in the field of medical informatics. His pas projects include an ontology based data store of stroke patients federated from European stroke clinics, intelligent home monitoring systems, automated and personalized dietary menu generation, a lifestyle log based assessment and counseling expert system, nationwide analysis of the healthcare reimbursement databases to characterize regional and temporal care patterns, basic research for the prediction of blood glucose levels and for the identification of stress based on the lifestyle log, and several other topics in the healthcare domain.


Speech Title: "Biomedical Signal Processing and Data Analysis Research at the University of Pannonia"

Abstract—The Medical Informatics Research and Development Centre at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, runs national and European research projects in the field of cardiological signal processing, EEG processing, population level health care data analysis and mobile lifestyle support for diabetes. The talk will summarize the scope, objectives, methods and recent results of selected projects. In our malignant ventricular arrhythmia risk assessment project, we develop a robust tool for clinical risk assessment based on body surface potential maps. Our dietary and lifestyle logging and counseling expert system supports diabetics in their daily life with personalized advice on glycemia. The EEG processing framework is applied to detect and visualize sources of neural activity. Finally, the medical data mining for cardivascular health care project provides new evidence for long term strategic planning of the care system. The projects are highlighted with examples and concrete areas of application.


Plenary Speaker II

Dr. Károly Pálffy
Balaton Limnological Institute of the MTA Centre, Hungary

Károly Pálffy is a research fellow at the Balaton Limnological Institute of the MTA Centre for Ecological Research (Tihany, Hungary). His research interests mainly focus on the functional composition of algal assemblages and its relationship with short- and long-term changes in the aquatic environment. Phytoplankton ecophysiology was the main subject of his PhD work, studying the effect of ultraviolet radiation on the growth, photosynthesis, pigment content and phytohormone production of planktonic algae and cyanobacteria. After years of working in the industry as an environmental engineer, he returned to the field of ecology and hydrobiology as a researcher with a keen interest in trait-based algal community dynamics. Since that time he has been studying how various driving factors, such as environmental filtering, disturbances and connectivity, influence the functional variability of phytoplankton and what consequences these effects implicate on an ecosystem level. Besides research, he is also the site manager of the Balaton LTSER platform of the LTER-Europe (Long-Term Ecosystem Research) network.

Speech Title: “The Ecological Status of Lake Balaton: Past, Present and the Role of Science”

Abstract—Lake Balaton, the largest shallow lake in Central Europe, is a perfect example of ecological restoration efforts. From the 1970s onwards, increased nutrient loads affecting the lake caused a considerable rise in the biomass of planktonic algae, particularly in summer. This eutrophication process eventually leads to unfavourable conditions from both an ecological and an economical perspective. Summer blooms were increasingly dominated by filamentous N2-fixing cyanobacteria, particularly in the western basin showing a shift from eutrophic to hypertrophic state. Research conducted at the Balaton Limnological Institute of the Centre for Ecological Research (CER BLI) had found that increased anthropogenic phosphorus loading was the major cause of eutrophication, thus, in order to eliminate the sources of this excessive nutrient input, the 1980s saw the elaboration of specific restoration efforts, including the adoption of phosphorus removal in wastewater treatment, sewage water diversion and the establishment of the Kis-Balaton reservoir. Due to these regional investments, eutrophication has been reversed, and since 1995, the lake has gone through considerable water quality improvement. The role of ecological research was vital in finding a sound solution, and with the help of new techniques and approaches, research efforts at BLI still represent a fundamental contribution to the long-term conservation of the lake.