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Quarterly News Magazine of the Neurocritical Care Society December, 2016 Volume 11 - Number 4 Editor-in-Chief Saef Izzy, MD Boston, MA Editorial Board Romergryko Geocadin, MD Baltimore, MD Ed Manno, MD Chicago, IL Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN Mission Viejo, CA Brad Molyneaux, MD, PhD Pittsburgh, PA Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD New York, NY Aimee Aysenne, MD New Orleans, LA Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MD Stanford, CA JoAnn Taie Minneapolis, MN Audrey Paulson, DNP San Jose, CA Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, PharmD New Haven, CT Jose Suarez, MD Houston, TX Michael Rubin, MD Dallas, TX Tamer Abdelhak, MD Springfield, IL Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN Chicago, IL Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD Boston, MA Note From the Editor Greetings NCS Members, I am honored to serve our Society as the new Editor-in-Chief of Currents, the official quarterly news magazine of the NCS! I want to welcome you to our final issue for 2016. Currents’ success was not built in a day. As such, I would like to express a sincere appreciation for our editorial board members and to everyone that gave the NCS international e-magazine its healthy start. Thank you for your work in sustaining the Currents spirit and advancing its mission. The longest-serving Editor-in-Chief in the newsletter’s history, Matt Koenig, also merits a distinct acknowledgement. Matt has presided over Currents as it evolved into the robust and significant publication it is today. We owe him a deep debt of gratitude for his hard work and dedication. His infectious energy has always been a source of motivation to me and the rest of the editorial board. Before my appointment as Currents Editor-in-Chief, I was an active NCS member since 2012. I sat on the NCS Communications Committee from 2014-2016 while serving as the Editor of Currents’ Fellows Corner section. I finished my Neurocritical fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2016 and have since joined the Neurocritical care faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I look forward to my new role as Editor-in-Chief and would like to invite all NCS members and Currents readers to pass on their ideas, thoughts, and contributions to our editorial board. My aim is to continue this international newsletter’s pattern of success, keeping our content valuable, scientific, interesting, informative, relevant, and educational. I will also work to engage our NCS members, encouraging them to be part of the Currents network. It’s all about teamwork, so please stay involved! In addition to our regular newsletter columns, this issue of Currents features six exciting news articles that I highly recommend you peruse. The first article, written by David Hwang and Alejandro Rabinstein, discusses Neurocritical Care Live, a new online resource for up-to-date Neurocritical care knowledge. I think it’s about time to develop an alternative approach to self-directed learning. In this issue, James Siegler III and Joshua Levine tell us about the exciting new NCS Podcast initiative that will have us updating our podcast libraries in the very near future. Don’t miss the announcement of the 2017 Fund a Fellow campaign by our past NCS President, Claude Hemphill III, or the comparison between the old TBI guidelines and the updated 2016 guidelines by Christian Ricks and Lori Shutter. The MOCHA study is heating up! In this article, David Greer tells us about this multi-center, international, observational study that aims to optimize post-cardiac arrest prognostication. The NCS Annual Meeting in Baltimore was a success from both an educational and academic perspective. In addition to learning about the results of recent studies in our field, many of us had an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss new projects, have fun and foster new collaborations. In this issue, we highlight the major studies that were discussed at the meeting as well as some of the events that took place. In addition, Pravin Gorge tells us more about how Captain Julian Bösel and the NCS-International team took on Captain Dave Seder and his U.S. team in a heated soccer rematch. I hope you enjoy this issue. If you have ideas on improving Currents or wish to contribute, please email me at sizzy@bwh.harvard.edu. I’m also on the lookout for future Currents cover page artwork, so send me artwork that you would like to see proudly displayed on an upcoming issue. On the cover: The cover art for this issue was snapped at the 2016 American Academy of Neurology meeting in the wonderful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and it shows the majestic Cauldron which was lit during the 2010 winter Olympics. Happy Holidays! Best, Saef Izzy, MD Editor-in-Chief 2


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