Future of Telerobotics Discussed at Annual MIRA Meeting

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Press Release



Future of
Telerobotics

Discussed at

Annual

MIRA
Meeting


January 26, 2009, Quebec City
,
Quebec


Minimally invasive surgeons from around the world
will
converge on

Quebec City

for the 4
th

Annual Minimally Invas
ive Robotic Association (M
IRA)
M
eeting to discuss and present on topics relating to robotic surgery.


F
rom January 28
to

February 1, 2009

at Le Chateau Frontenac
,
presenters
and attendees
will
discuss techniques, ideas, and
the latest advances in the

use of robotic surgery
across
medical
fields
,
along with
future developments
in the world of telerobotics
.
Keynote speakers for the
Meeting

include
Dr. David Williams, Canadian Astronaut and Director of the McMaster Centre
for Medical Robotics

at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
, who w
ill
speak

on “Robotics: When
Your Life Depends On It.”

This is

also

the first year that the Meeting has been held in Canada.



As the host of this year’s MIRA Meeting, we are

proud
of

the opportunity
to
spotlight how
Canada

has
played a leading role in
te
lero
botic surgery
,” says Dr. Mehran Anvari, President
Elect and Congress President of MIRA, and Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery
at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.


Telerobotics are instrumental in improving the quality of
health care

we

deliver

and improving access to patients in rural parts of
the

country

and
potentially around the world
.”


Telerobotic surgery increases the accessibility of minimal access surgical intervention to remote
communities, when a specialized surgeon is not ava
ilable. Recent advances in technology
make it possible for a surgeon to provide complete laparoscopic surgical intervention from a
distance of more than 1,000 kilometres.


Dr
. Anvari has led much advancement

in the area of telerobotic surgery, including
p
erforming
the World’s Telerobotics
-
Assisted Surgery between Hamilton and North Bay, Ontario and
the
2006 N
ASA
E
xtreme
E
nvironment
M
ission
O
peration

[NEEMO]
9 mission
. Th
is

underwater
mission off Key Largo, Florida included Canadian astronaut Dr. David Willi
ams as Commander
of the 18
-
day mission to conduct experiments using the latest remote surgical technologies and
techniques. Dr. Anvari guided this research using two
-
way high
-
speed telecommunication links
to direct underwater crewmembers to perform complex

medical procedures. Dr. Anvari is also
the Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, one
of Canada’s most
technically advanced telesurgery centres, and the first centre in the world to
utilize robots for surger
y. The centre develops, evaluates and provides training in new
techniques in minimally invasive surgery and diagnostics.

The mission of
the
Minimally Invasive Robotic Association

is to raise the level of robotic surgery
care in the world. The MIRA achieve
s its mission through a variety of scientific,

educational and
publishing activities including the coordination of meetings and

educational courses, distribution
of (semi) scientific literature and clinical practice guidelines.

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Media Contact:

Debbie
Silva/Media Relations Coordinator

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

905
-
522
-
1155 ext. 33037

dsilva@stjoes.ca