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The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit By Nelson J Maldonado, M.D., and Jose I Suarez, M.D. The III International Symposium on Neurocritical and Research took place in Quito, Ecuador on Nov. 21-23, 2016. This conference was supported by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Henry Ford Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Yachay, Latin American Brain Injury Consortium (LABIC), and CHI Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center, and endorsed by the Neurocritical Care Society. There were over 500 attendees from almost every South American country and the USA. We had interesting discussions and presentations on various aspects of medical management of neurocritically ill patients. In addition, LABIC investigators organized several sessions on the treatment of brain injury emphasizing regional variations in South America. An enthusiastic audience attended the lectures at two charming auditoria at USFQ (Picture 1). CME/CEs were provided by The Texas Heart Institute at the CHI Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center in Houston. Picture 1. The Calderon de La Barca Theater at USFQ. Since the First Conference in 2014, we were pondering the idea of organizing a satellite gathering to address relevant public health issues in Latin America related to neurocritical care diseases. We were finally able to execute this program and hosted the First Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit at San Cristobal Island. The scientific sessions were organized at The Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS), which is a world-class academic and research institution offering hands-on academic programs for international and Ecuadorian students alike. GAIAS is part of USFQ and offers three scholastic tracks: marine ecology; evolution, ecology and conservation; and people politics and the environment. San Cristobal is the easternmost island of the Galapagos archipelago, and one of the oldest geologically. GAIAS is located just west of Puerto Baquerizo, the provincial capital, and within walking distance from Charles Darwin’s original landing site (Picture 2). Picture 2. A Sunset at Cerro Tijeretas: Charles Darwin’s landing site. Darwin’s monument Nelson J Maldonado, M.D. Jose I Suarez, M.D. 12


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