Jubileum Congres: Science and Beyond… Inflammation!

Anniversary Conference:

‘Science and Beyond… Inflammation!’

Studies have shown that chronic inflammation in lymphedema is associated with the activation of immune cells, such as macrophages and T cells, as well as the upregulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). These inflammatory mediators contribute to the development of lymphedema-associated fibrosis and tissue damage.  

Therefore, chronic lymphedema can be considered a low-grade inflammatory disorder due to its chronic inflammatory nature and the presence of inflammatory mediators in affected tissues.

Low-grade inflammation can be caused by various underlying conditions such as obesity, lymphedema, and lipedema. While these conditions share some similarities in terms of inflammation, there are also some key differences!

Find out more about the overall topic inflammation and specifically in relationship with lymphoedema and lipoedema.

Please Join us live at our anniversary conference in the Netherlands or you can follow us via universal live-stream! All sessions will also be recorded and available for all participants


Although low-grade inflammation is a common feature in lymphoedema, lipoedema and/or obesity, they require different diagnostic and treatment approaches. Therefore, it’s important to distinguish between different low-grade inflammatory disorders and understand their unique characteristics to provide appropriate care and treatment.

In summary, all three conditions share chronic low-grade inflammation as a common feature, the underlying causes and patterns of inflammation differ. Obesity is associated with systemic inflammation from adipose tissue, while lymphedema and lipedema are associated with localized inflammation due to impaired lymphatic or adipose tissue drainage. While all are associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, the response to treatment can differ depending on the underlying cause of inflammation and the pattern of inflammation in the affected tissues. Chronic inflammation can lead to an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a decrease in antioxidant defenses, leading to oxidative stress. This imbalance can cause damage to cells and tissues, and contribute to the development of various complications associated with these three conditions.

This conference will enlighten new insights into anatomical and physiological aspects that might change the way we are dealing with these chronic conditions and creates objectives and perspectives for treatment results.  

Wednesday 8th November 2023

09.15-09.30 Opening Congres by Wouter Hoelen

9:30-10:00 Introduction of low-grade inflammation as a consequence of oxidative stress – Drs. Jeroen Alessi.

10.00 – 10:30 Sleep & the immune system in canver (survivors) a promising target for conservative interventions – Prof. dr. Jo Nijs.

10:30-11:00 The role of epigenetics in cancer – drs. Arne Wyns, PhD.

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 Inflammation and exercises in oncology population – Speaker

12:00-12:30 The role of (low-grade)inflammation in different stages of Lymphoedema, looking at promotors and inhibitors – Prof. dr. Nele Devoogdt.

12.30 14.00 lunch and visit Sponsors


14.00-14.45 Interactive session: The role of applied Negative Pressure on Fascia within the management of fibrosis and scars – Marilyn Hogeveen, Skin Therapist.

14.45-15.30 Interactive session: Nutrition, Lifestyle & Oncology – drs. Astrid Hoelen & drs. Linda Pappot.

16:00-16.45 Workshop

16:45-17.30 Workshop

17:30 Closure day one by Wouter Hoelen

18:30-22:00 Diner

Thursday 9th November 2023

08:30-09:00 Opening by Wouter Hoelen

09.00-09.30  Inflammation and Pain – Prof. dr. Mira Meeus & Amber De Groote.

09.30-10.30 Embryological developoment of fascia and lymphatic system – drs. Karl Jacobs

10:30-11:15 New insights in lymphatic pathways visualised with lymph fluoroscopy – Prof. dr. Hiroo Suami

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Update on PSM evidence and its impact across the cancer continuum – Dr. Nicole Stout.

12:30-14:00 Lunch and visit Sponsors

14.00-14.30 The role of Nutrition and inflammation in cancer – Prof. dr. Jose Breedveld

14:30-15:00 New insight for the role of therapists based on affective neuroscience – Dr. Jeanette E.W.M. van Dongen-Melman 

15:00-15:30 Break

15.30-16.00 The role of our immune system – Dr. Pieter de Groot.

16:00-16:15 Sponsor

16:15-16:45 Final remarks & closing by Wouter Hoelen 

Date: Wedneday 8th and Thursday 9th November 2023.

Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer
Strandboulevard 3, 3882 RN Putten, The Netherlands
Website: Postillion Hotels Nederland – Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer

For hotel booking and special conference rate please contact the website:
Postillion Hotels Nederland – Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer

Discount code for booking a hotel room: Berekuyl@phav. This code is valid on November 7 and 8 for a single or double room including breakfast.

This conference will also be made accessible online for those who prefer to attend as a virtual participant. This makes it easier for participants from distant countries to attend the conference. Every effort is made to make it a near-live experience for online participants. 

For those who are joining us in Putten, the price includes dinner and special evening program. The price is exclusive hotel room and breakfast.

2-day conference and dinner with special evening program: € 425,-

2-day conference online: € 395,- 

Dr. Nicole Stout
Prof. dr. Hiroo Suami, MD, Accociate Professor NSW, Australia
Prof. dr. Jo Nijs
Prof. dr. An de Groef
Prof. dr. Nele Devoogt
Dr. Sarah Thomis, MD
Prof. dr. Mira Meeus
Prof. dr. Margot de Kooning
Jeroen Alessi, MSc
Karl Jacobs, MSc Anatomy
Prof. dr. Jose Breedveld
Dr. Jeanette van Dongen-Melman
Arne Wyns, PhD researcher
Marilyn Hogeveen, Skin Therapist
Drs. Astrid Hoelen
Drs. Linda Pappot
Drs. Pieter de Groot
Drs. Wouter Hoelen 


An impression of the conference venue

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