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Peter BiroPeter Biro is a senior consultant and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Zurich and leads the division of Anesthesia in Urology. He has focused on problems connected to airway management, presenting profound knowledge, experience and skill in the management of the difficult airway and prevention of hypoxemia, brain damage and anesthesia-related mortality. In addition, he was involved in developing the standards of acute post-anesthesia care, obstetric anesthesia and pharmacological questions. The habilitation in 2001 focused on clinical aspects of High Frequency Jet Ventilation. Professor Biro has published over 40 original articles, 25 review articles, 14 book chapters and 7 monographs. The number of invited lectures in various national and international institutions exceeds 250. Peter Biro received the Teaching Recognition Award of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology 2001.

Richard Cooper2Dr. Cooper’s primary professional interest relates to advancing airway management devices and techniques as well as enhancing clinical documentation. In this regard, he was actively involved in the development of a video laryngoscope (GlideScope) and two commercial airway exchange catheters (Cook Airway Exchange Catheter and CardioMed EndoTracheal Ventilation Catheter, ETVC®). He was a founding member of the Society for Airway Management (SAM) and served as its president from 2012-2014. Dr. Cooper also served as chair of the program committee and on the organizing committee of for SAM 2012 and the World Airway Management Meeting 2015 respectively. He is currently the director of the Anesthesia Advanced Airway Management Fellowship at Toronto General Hospital. He was co-editor of The Difficult Airway—An Atlas for Clinical Management (Springer, 2013)and has also been actively involved in the development of the Canadian Airway Focus Group Guidelines (1998 and 2013) in addition to consulting for the development of the ASA and Difficult Airway Society airway management guidelines. Dr. Cooper had published numerous book chapters, original articles, and editorials and has been an invited speaker throughout North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has most recently been a refresher course lecturer at the International Anesthesia Research Society and the ASA Annual Scientific Meetings (2015).