Andre De Wolf is professor at the Department of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA, and with Jan Hendrickx, the founding father of NAVAt. He is one of the world’s experts on hemodynamics during liver transplantation, and while working at University Pittsburgh Medical Center from 1981 until 1996, closely collaborated with Thomas Starzl, the surgeon who invented liver transplantation. He developed a secondary interest in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of inhaled anesthetics, which started to lead a second life in and by itself after meeting Jan Hendrickx. He will convince us that isocapnic hyperventilation is not worth the effort and expense.

Jan Hendrickx is a member of the Dept. of Anesthesiology in Aalst, Belgium, and an alumnus of the Dept. of Anesthesiology of Pittsburgh and of Stanford, CA, USA. He has a life-long interest in the quantitative aspects of low flow and closed circuit anesthesia. He is a past chair of the ESA subcommittee on Equipment, Monitoring and Ultrasound, and current member of the ESA Patient Safety and Quality Committee and the APSF Committee on Technology. He has been testing a new CO2 absorber and a new approach to titrate inhaled agents, and he will discuss the impact of new technology on the terminology we use every day.

Professor Philip Peyton (Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit, University of Melbourne, Australia) is a world-expert on how ventilation/perfusion mismatching affects anesthetic gas exchange. He is chair of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Clinical Trials Network, Paul Myles’ multi-institutional research group, that conducted ENIGMA I and II (Evaluation of N2O In the Gas Mixture for Anaesthesia) which confirmed the safety of N2O. He has been a speaker at NAVAt several times and will co-chair NAVAt VII.

Michel Struys is Professor and Chair at the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands, and affiliated as Professor in Anesthesia to the Ghent University, Belgium. His research group is one of the world’s leading groups in anesthetic pharmacology, including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modelling, drug interaction research and drug administration systems such as TCI and closed-loop. He is an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, senior editor of Anesthesia and Analgesia, and a former associated editor of Anesthesiology. He is a past president of the International Society of Anesthetic Pharmacology, past member of the committee on Pharmacology of the ESA, and board member of EuroSIVA. He has been a speaker at NAVAt and will co-chair NAVAt VII.

Patrick Wouters is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Professor of Clinical Physiology at Ghent University, Belgium. He has published extensively on right ventricular function. He has chaired the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Clinical and Experimental Circulation and the Subcommittee of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists on Echocardiography. He is 2019 president-elect of EACTA (European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology). His expertise, his personal enthusiasm and support for the NAVAt meetings, the enthusiastic attendance of his department, and the many historical ties on a personal and academic level prompted us to invite him as the fifth member of the NAVAt group. He will co-chair NAVAt VII, only a few weeks after having organized the annual meeting of the EACTA (European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists).