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NEUROCRITICAL CARE NEWS FRONT The Motorcycle Diaries of Neurocritical Care in Latin America By Jose Suarez, MD, FNCS It is a pleasure for me to write this column for the first time as NCS Secretary. I will be We have now taught the ENLS course in Colombia, Mexico, reporting on the amazing journey that several Panama, and Puerto Rico. In addition, we have participated in NCS officers have undertaken in the past several international, national, and regional meetings including several months across Latin America. Even the following: Colombian Critical Care Congress (Asociacion though none of us travelled by motorcycle, I Colombiana de Medicina Critica y Cuidado Intensivo - am using the title in a metaphorical sense to AMCI); Sociedad Chilena de Medicina Intensiva – SOCHIMI); emphasize the transformative power of this International Meeting in Neuromonitoring and Intensive Care journey for some of us who travelled to this (Latin American Brain Injury Consortium –LABIC); Asociacion beautiful land for the first time. Panamena de Medicina Critica y Terapia Intensiva; Sociedad Argentina de Terapia Intensiva (SATI); International Neurocritical In addition, this journey (albeit still in progress and far from Care Symposium (YACHAY, Ecuador); 2015 National Critical complete) served as reaffirmation of our longstanding friendship Care Week (Colegio Mejicano de Medicina Critica); 2015 World with our wonderful friends and colleagues and acknowledgment Congress of Neurology… and the list keeps growing! of the great work they are doing to promote neurocritical care in Latin America. We have travelled far and wide and have covered over 35,000 air miles. These trips represent to us a genuine and captivating picture of neurocritical care in Latin America. There is no doubt in our minds that neurocritical care has matured in Latin America and that there is enormous interest to partner with the NCS. This breathtaking experience highlights the importance for the NCS to become the global organization that all multi- professional neurocritical care practitioners LABIC Meeting: Jose Moretti, Gene Sung, Jorge Paranhos, Jose Antonio should Carmona, J Claude Hemphill III, Walter Videtta, Luis Castillo, Jose identify with Suarez, Jorge Mejia-Mantilla, Juan Diego Ciro, Maria Chumbe, Corina and belong Puppo, Carla Rynkowski (from left) to. This is already very clear to me. ENLS in Panama: Gene Sung, Gloria Rodriguez-Vega, Jose Suarez, Guadalupe Castillo, Cynthia Ocegueda Pacheco (from left) Downtime in Santiago, Chile: J. Claude Hemphill III, Jose Suarez, Jose Moretti, and Gene Sung (from left) Downtime in Santiago, Chile: Jose International Neurocritical Care Suarez and Carlos Romero (Vice Symposium, Ecuador: Nelson Maldonado and Jose Suarez (from left) Geocadin (center) at a panel discussion 15National Critical Care Week in Guadalajara, Mexico: RomerPresident SOCHIMI)


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