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International Joint Symposium in Neurocritical Care, Tokyo 2016 Time to Extend our Global Collaborations By Masao Nagayama, MD, Ph.D., FAAN, Romergryko G. Geocadin, MD, FNCS, Wade Smith, MD, Ph.D., FNCS The first International Joint Symposium in Neurocritical Care was held from Nov. 19-21, 2016, at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo, Japan. As part of this Joint Symposium, an Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course was held on day two at the Auditorium of the Nippon Medical School for the first time in Japan. The Satellite Lectures took place on day three at the Teikyo University Itabashi campus. This Symposium was hosted by the Japan Society of Neurological Emergency and Critical Care (JNE), Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM) and Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). The event received an official sponsorship from the Japan Resuscitation Council (JRC), Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine (JSICM) and the Japanese Society of Pediatrics Emergency. Organizing Committee: • President Emeritus: Professor Tohru ARUGA, Immediate Past President of JNE and JAAM. • Co-Presidents: Professor Hiroyuki YOKOTA, Nippon Medical School, President of JNE and Chair of the 44th Annual Meeting of JAAM. Professor Romergryko G. GEOCADIN, Johns Hopkins University and Past President of NCS. • Co-Chairs: Professor Masao NAGAYAMA, International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW). Professor Wade SMITH, University of California, San Francisco. Vice-Chair: Professor Yasuhiro KURODA, Kagawa University • Organizing Committee Chair: Professor Tetsuya SAKAMOTO, Teikyo University.Vice-Chair: Professor Hiroshi OKUDERA, University of Toyama. • From the NCS, Ms. Becca STICKNEY who provided valuable support for management. This joint symposium was a highly successful event because of a large number of attendees — over 1,000 participants. There were around 142 ENLS course participants and 15 ENLS trainers. This event increased the number of Japanese members in NCS to 21 members, which is considered the largest NCS membership in the region. This event offered a symbolic and visible collaboration between NCS and JNE and provided the ground to launch a global partnership with our friends in NCS. Many local meetings took place between the Japan and NCS representatives and other regional countries, which helped in building a relationship for possible future collaborations. In general, this event assisted in increasing the awareness about the NCS in Japan in specific and among other Asian regional countries. This event helped to introduce NCS to emergency and critical care societies in Japan including JRC, JSICM and Japanese Society of Neurology, which will boost the networking with NCS in the long run and increase the presentation of Asian countries in general and Japan in specific in future NCS-related activities. Masao Nagayama, MD, Ph.D., FAAN Romergryko G. Geocadin, MD, FNCS Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCS Table 1 Brief History of Neurocritical Care in Japan 1969 First Stroke Care Unit in Japan at the Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels-Akita 1981 Publication of “Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation” by Peter Safar 1992 Foundation of the Japan Society of Neuroemergency and Critical Care (JNE) 2002 Foundation of Japan Resuscitation Council (JRC) 2006 First Textbook on Critical Care Neurology in Japan (Editors: Masao Nagayama and Junichi Hamada) 2007 First Neuro-ICU in Japan at Yokohama Stroke and Brain Center (Director: M.N.) 2010 Publication of the first evidence-based NCC Guidelines in Japan (Chair: M.N.) 2013 Academic Affiliation between NCS and JNE 2014 Official ceremony celebrating the academic affiliation between NCS and JNE (Thomas P. Bleck) 2016 International Joint Symposium on NCC in Tokyo (Romergryko G. Geocadin and Wade Smith) 15


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