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Fourth Neurocritical Care Research Conference to Tackle Subarachnoid Hemorrhage By Jose Suarez, M.D. The Fourth Neurocritical Care Research At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to: Conference: Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is 1) understand the importance and opportunities for SAH research; scheduled to be held in Houston, Texas on 2) discuss recent scientific advances related to the assessment of Friday through Sunday, May 13-15, 2016. outcomes and interventions that will have an impact on SAH research; 3) determine the future directions of SAH research; and The Fourth Neurocritical Care Research 4) enhance collaborations via NCRN and other NINDS-funded Conference is timely and will bring together research networks. a diverse group of academic scientists and physicians from many fields with a common This conference is being supported by the CHI Baylor St Luke’s interest in understanding and advancing Medical Center and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, research in subarachnoid hemorrhage and neurocritical care. TX, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke The symposium is unique in that it will provide a forum to (NINDS) (1R13NS096789-01, P.I. Jose I. Suarez), the NCS, and present and discuss the NINDS-supported SAH Common Data the Integra Foundation. Elements (CDE) project (https://commondataelements.ninds. nih.gov/#page=Default), latest advances in clinical study design, Funds have been set aside for five travel fellowship awards to be research tools, and research priorities in the field of subarachnoid selected from the pool of applicants submitting research proposals hemorrhage. for review by a committee. Awardees will present an oral abstract of their submitted research proposal for further discussion at the The need for the design of adequate clinical studies to test not meeting on Sunday, May 15, 2016. This exercise is intended to only the efficacy but also the cost-effectiveness of therapeutic prompt NCS members to begin to develop the next high impact interventions in neurocritical care will be addressed in the context projects in SAH and neurocritical care. of the recently created Neurocritical Care Research Network (NCRN) and other NINDS-funded research networks to enhance The review committee is seeking proposals that address the collaboration and patient enrollment. most pressing problems in the field. Applicants have been encouraged to think in terms of five years’ duration. The This conference also will provide a unique opportunity for proposed research can be patient-oriented, translational, or trainees, junior faculty members, and other scientists to interact basic. The review committee is composed of the following NCS with investigators in the field of subarachnoid hemorrhage and members: Chair: Jonathan Rosand, MD (Harvard University); to present their work. All presentations will be videotaped and Other members: Denise Rhoney, PharmD (University of uploaded to the NCS website for public access. Furthermore, North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Alexandros Georgiadis, MD invited speakers will be asked to submit manuscripts related (Baylor College of Medicine), Mauro Oddo, MD (University to their presentations to the Neurocritical Care journal for of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland), Kevin Sheth, MD (Yale consideration for publication in a special supplement as has been University), Fabio Taccone, MD (Université Libre de Bruxelles, done for prior NCS Research Conferences. Erasme Hospital, Brussels, Belgium), and Panayiotis Varelas, MD, PhD (Henry Ford Hospital). This symposium will consist of an opening reception followed by four scientific sessions: 1) Special Lectures; 2) Assessment We have sent email invitations to all NCS members and are of Outcomes and Interventions; 3) Research Priorities and hoping to see participants from various specialties and health Outcomes Research in Neurocritical Care; and 4) Research Project care fields. We look forward to another successful gathering. Presentation and Discussions. Discussions at the end of the Participants can also register at http://www.neurocriticalcare.org/. sessions will be organized. Registration is free and is available on a first-come first-served basis. This two-and-a-half day symposium will consist of the following All activities related to this conference will take place at the scientific sessions: Marriott Houston at the Texas Medical Center (6580 Fannin St., 1) Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms and SAH CDE Project; 2) Houston, TX 77030). CME and CE credits will be provided. Special Lectures; 3) Point & Counterpoint: Are We Doomed to Repeat our Past Mistakes?; 4) Clinical Study Design in SAH; 5) The Organizing Committee for the Fourth Annual NCS Research Research Priorities in SAH: a Global Perspective; and 6) Research Conference is: Jose Suarez, MD (Chair); DaiWai Olson, RN, PhD; Project Presentations and Discussions. Paul Vespa, MD; R. Loch Macdonald, MD, PhD; and Eusebia Calvillo, RN. In addition, discussions at the end of the sessions will be structured. Attendees will be encouraged to fully participate in discussions. We will have up to 200 attendees. The limited attendance and focused scientific sessions combined will provide an exciting forum for the exchange of ideas and will provide extensive opportunities for participation by a diverse group of scientists interested in subarachnoid hemorrhage research. 4


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