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April 2015

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE, to be held during MEDICA 2015, World Forum for Medicine, will highlight medical technological systems that require medical and technological expertise to be closely connected. This year, one day of the event will be dedicated to surgery and new operation techniques. MEDICA will be held from November 16 – 19, 2015 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. As the world’s largest international medical trade fair, MEDICA will feature about 4,800 exhibitors. More than 130,000 visitors attend on a regular basis.

On November 16, 2015, the primary focus of the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE will be on innovations in the field of surgery. In symposiums and lectures on “Science and Medical Technology”, experts from the hospital, research and industrial sectors will explain and discuss which tools will provide support to surgeons in the surgery room in the future. Engineers and physicians are cooperating on a world-wide level to bring new surgical systems out of the laboratory and into hospitals.

The telesurgery system “MiroSurge”
One example includes the telesurgery system, which was developed by researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and will be usable in operating rooms in a few years. A basic component of the system includes the “Miro” robotic arm. Several of these Miro arms together with an input console with a 3D display and two tactile input devices make up the “MiroSurge” system. The surgeon controls several input arms at one time using input devices located a few feet away from the patient. One robot arm is equipped with a stereo HD endoscope camera that transmits video images of the patient. The other two arms are equipped with DLR instruments for working with both hands within the operating area. These instruments are powered by electrically driven motors and sensors located at their tips. The highly sophisticated integration of sensors allows direct interaction between physicians, robots and patients. This means that the sensors measure split-second interactions that take place between the tissue within the surgery area. These are passed on to physicians as a tactile experience – they feel that they are cutting into tissue.

From the conference to the specialized trade fair

After a day of participating in the conference, participants can visit the exhibit halls to see other innovations in the field of surgery offered by respective MEDICA 2015 exhibitors. The time structure of the conference has been set up accordingly, with the last conference event ending at 4:00 pm (the trade fair stays open until 6:30 pm). The conference ticket is also valid for visiting MEDICA.


The three other days of the conference will focus on imaging, endoscopy and interventions (November 17), geriatrics, palliative care and nutritional medicine (November 18) as well as infectiology, inflammation and laboratory medicine (November 19).

Starting this year, MEDICA, World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED, High Tech Solutions for Medical Technology, will be held concurrently from Monday to Thursday (instead of Wednesday to Saturday for MEDICA and Wednesday to Friday for COMPAMED) to provide better distribution for the professional audience during all four days.

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