Announcement: Leuven 2024

Dear Member, Dear Colleague, 

I am proud to announce our Licage Congress taking place in Leuven Belgium 19th-20th of September 2024. The theme this year is:” Innovations and Challenges in Liver Transplantation”. We have a great program lined up and hope  you participate in numbers.

As a member, you can register on the website here. Once registered, you will receive a booking confirmation. As a trainee or nurse please  remember provide a certificate on site.

Not yet a member? Please register as a member first and then go to the event page to register for the congress. As a non-member we ask you to pay this extra fee (100 euro as a registered physician, 30 euro as a nurse or trainee). This way you also receive the benefit of a full year membership with access to the Licage Academy page.

If you have any question, contact us at

We hope to see you in Leuven next September!


Thursday 19/09/2024

08:00-08:25Registration and welcome coffee 
08:25-08:30Welcome and opening Koen Reyntjens

08:30-10:00 Hemodynamic monitoringGJ Eerdekens – Koen Reyntjens
08:30-08:40To Swan or not to Swan? PROTBC
08:40-08:50To Swan or not to Swan?CONEmmanuel Weiss (con)
08:50-09:00Use of TEE in liver transplantationDmitri Bezinover
09:00-09:10Going minimally invasive in hemodynamic monitoringJames Bennett
09:10-09:20Vasoplegia Case Discussions – round tableAll speakers
09:20-10:00 Vasoplegia management: what if (nor)adrenalin just doesn’t cut it?Jaap-Jan Vos 

10:00-10:30Coffee break 
10:30-12:15ERAS in OLTxAnnabel Blasi  – Diethard Monbaliu
10:30-10:55 Prehab/rehab Joost Klaase
10:55-11:20Early extubation after OLTx Vilma Traskaite
11:20-11:45Analgesia for ERAS Steve Coppens
11:45-12:05 Implementing an ERAS pathway in your hospital Michael Spiro
12:05-12:15Questions and discussion 
12:15-13:30Lunch Industry session
13:30-15:00Management of early postoperative complicationsJan Gunst – Constantine (Dean) Karvellas
13:30-13:55Approach to altered mental status in the perioperative settingWim Laleman
13:55-14:20Early allograft dysfunctionDana Tomescu
14:20-14:45How to deal with the MDR positive donor/recipient?Fuat Saner
14:45-15:10 AKI pre/post transplant Greet De Vlieger
15:10-15:30Questions and discussion 
15:30-16:00Coffee break
16:00-17:30Increasing comorbidities in liver TX candidates Alexander Wilmer- Dana Tomescu
16:00-16:20 Intraoperative CRRT: for who and how?Constantine (Dean) Karvellas
16:20-16:40 Cardiovascular risk factors (CAD, valve, …) James Findlay 
16:40-17:05ACLF 3: bridging to transplant Philippe Meersseman
17:05-17:30 Pro/Con: should we transplant patients with a BMI>40?Wim Laleman (pro) Luc de Baerdemaker (con) 

Frailty in pediatric transplant candidatesJames Bennett
17:30-17:45Questions and discussion 

Friday 20/09/2024

08:00-08:25Registration and welcome coffee 
08:25-08:30Welcome and opening 

08:30-10:00 Coagulation managementAnnabel Blasi – Gert-Jan Eerdekens
08:30-08:55 AntifibrinolyticsEcaterina Scarlatescu 
08:55-09:20 Clinical discussions on coagulation reversal TBC
09:20-09:45What to do about intraoperative thrombosis? Ton Lisman
09:45-10:00Questions and discussion 
10:00-10:30Coffee break
10:30-12:00Interactive clinical case session (mentor/mentee) Yves Debaveye – Gianni Biancofiore 
10:30-10:55Case 1: EAD Dana Tomescu  + mentee
10:55-11:20Case 2: transplantabilityAlexander Wilmer + mentee
11:20-11:45Case 3: thrombosisEmma Vanderschueren
11:45-12:00Questions and discussion
12:00-12:30Coffee break Industry session
12:30-14:00 Surgical updates in OLTx Koen Reyntjens – Diethard Monbaliu
12:30-12:55EX vivo Machine Perfusion: implications for the anesthetist/intensive care specialistBianca Lascaris 
12:55-13:10Use of Venovenous bypass: conOlga Ciccareli
13:10-13:25Use of venovenous bypass: pro Jacques Pirenne
13:25-13:45Use of temporary portocaval shuntHasan Eker
13:45-14:00Questions and discussion 
14:00-15:00Closing remarks and lunch 


Faculty Club
Groot Begijnhof 14
3000 Leuven


Look for Leuven hotels nearby the congress location. If you have any question, contact us at

How to get there?

Address: Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven

Google Maps: 

Description: The Faculty Club in Leuven is a unique event location. The breathtaking setting of the restored buildings of the Grand Beguinage make it the ideal place for all your meetings, receptions and (staff) parties. There is a good reason why the site was made UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

The historic setting of the Grand Beguinage is situated in the centre of Flemish Brabant, close to Brussels and Mechelen and a stone’s throw from Antwerp and Limburg. It is within walking distance of Leuven’s lively city centre too.

Faculty Club is easy to access via the ring road round Leuven. Close to the E40 and E314, it is only 15 minutes from the airport. There is a free car park for 250 vehicles.

By car: E40 Brussels>Liège or E314 – exit Leuven – keep following Leuven – keep right at the end of the exit (after several traffic lights) and at the beginning of the ring road around Leuven (viaduct) – make a U-turn to the left on the ring road at the second traffic lights (Park Poort) – turn right after 1 km 

GPS address: Tervuursevest 70, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

By public transport: Bus numbers 2 or 600 (ringbus) from the Leuven railwaystation. Busstop bus N° 2: “Naamse Poort” – Busstop bus N° 600: ‘University Sports centre’. For more information about the busses : 

From the airport: Train Airport – Leuven/Luik: stop Leuven. Then take bus nrs. 2 or 600.