The Neurocritical Care World Society Launches First South
American Regional Conference and ENLS Course in Spanish
By Nelson Maldonado, MD, Ciro Ramos-Estebanez MD, PhD, and Jose I Suarez, MD
The first world Neurocritical Care Society South American
Regional Congress was held in Quito, Ecuador, from Nov. 21-24.
This event was the result of a collaborative effort involving our
Neurocritical Care Society, San Francisco de Quito University
(USFQ) and the Latin American Brain Injury Consortium (LABIC).
This conference was initially launched by Jose Suarez, Panos
Varelas, Edgar Samaniego and Nelson Maldonado in Quito,
Ecuador, in 2014. Since then, we have enjoyed Quito’s hospitality
for four consecutive years. The meeting was held at the Eugenio
Espejo Specialties Hospital. This is the national reference center
for neurocritical disease and sole stroke unit in Ecuador.
We are proud of the meeting’s increasing international gravitas,
its large exhibitor presence (more than 70 contributors) and
audience support (300 participants) in 2017. This year, the
conference’s ongoing success earned NCS’ official recognition
and endorsement. Encouraged by the attendees’ enthusiasm, we
set up an educational road map, including three upcoming NCS
meetings, to take place in Brazil (2018), Buenos Aires (2019) and
During the conference, we enjoyed updates and discussions
in the areas of stroke, brain hemorrhages, status epilepticus,
traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, neuro intervention and
neurorehabilitation. Talks that followed by subsequent expert
roundtables allowed for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and
differences in management throughout Latin America, the U.S.,
Europe and other parts of the world. In addition, practical courses
were offered. Claudio Scherle lectured on transcranial doppler,
and Jan Classen and Marianna Spanaki gave a workshop on EEG
reading for intensivists.
Instrumental to the conference’s objectives, ENLS (Emergency
Neurological Life Support) was fully provided in Spanish for
the first time. It was an astounding success, with over 100
attendees. This endeavor was made possible with support from
USFQ, selected coaches from South America (Walter Videtta
from Argentina, Jose Ignacio Moreti from Chile, Jorge Mejia
from Colombia and Nelson Maldonado from Ecuador), and
native Spanish speakers currently in the U.S. (Jose Suarez of
Johns Hopkins and Fernando Goldenberg of the University
from Chicago). The Spanish ENLS course was recorded in its
entirety and will be available as an NCS online educational
tool. All organizers extended their appreciation for Jose Suarez’s
involvement and efforts in the course’s inception, editing and
translation. This achievement greatly facilitates NCS’ mission to
disseminate and share knowledge in our discipline across the
globe. We are proud to announce that the Spanish ENLS version
provides established protocols for the management of the 13
different acute neurological pathologies in the second most
spoken language in the world.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Carlos Montufar,
president of the USFQ, for his unconditional support. He hosted
speakers and audiences to a wonderful typical Ecuadorian dinner
with cebiche de palmitos, locro and zango de robalo. Pumpkin
tart dessert was offered for this Thanksgiving celebration.
Montufar announced USFQ’s project to create a neuroscience
center focused on high-altitude neurophysiology to be led by Drs.
Maldonado in Ecuador and Suarez in the U.S.
In addition, the Second Galapagos Neuro Summit welcomed
thirty researchers who joined efforts to determine needs and
recommendations to improve neurocritical management in South
America. This topic will be presented in a following editorial.
Jose I Suarez, MD