2018 Neuroscience in Intensive Care International Symposium (NICIS-America) to Focus on Coma and Consciousness

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Scientific investigators, entrepreneurs, partners from industry, and clinicians will gather March 8-9 in Washington DC with the shared goal of translating the latest discoveries in neuroscience into effective patient-centered treatments

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The vision of NICIS is to provide a forum that will promote transformative advances in the care and science of patients with critical neurological illness and injury.

The 2018 Neuroscience in Intensive Care International Symposium in America (NICIS-America) is devoted to the theme of coma and consciousness in medicine. Consciousness is an emergent property seen in complex systems. The study of human consciousness cuts across disciplines and endeavors to include clinical medicine, psychology and the cognitive neurosciences, ethics, literature and philosophy. Changes in the level of consciousness are observed across the health spectrum, in physiological phenomena such as sleep, during sedation and anesthesia, and in pathological states such as seizures, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and severe physiological or metabolic imbalances affecting neuronal function. Speakers include thought leaders in neurology, neuroscience, intensive care, neurophysiologic monitoring, neuroimaging, brain mapping, statistical modeling, predictive analytics, advanced clinical trial design, knowledge transfer, and technology development.

“The vision of NICIS is to provide a forum that will promote transformative advances in the care and science of patients with critical neurological illness and injury,” said John Waslif, Managing Director of Arrowhead Publishers and Conferences.

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:

  • Jan Claassen, M.D., Ph.D., FNCS, Head of Neurocritical Care, Columbia University

Dr. Claassen is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the treatment of neurological intensive care, and an expert in status epilepticus and brain hemorrhage.

  • Robert Stevens, M.D., Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Stevens’ primary goal is to discover patient-specific biological signatures associated with injury and recovery following life-threatening insults such as trauma, stroke, anoxia and sepsis.                                                                                                                                    

  • Jose Suarez, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Suarez has investigated neuprotection, blood pressure management, and stem cell infusions in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

  • Yama Akbari, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology, School of Medicine, University of California-Irvine

Dr. Akbari applies a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the mechanisms and neurobiological basis of coma, including principles of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) along with neurophysiologic monitoring and behavioral studies.

  • Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering & Computational Neuroscience at MIT; and Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School Computational neuroscientist and anesthesiologist, Dr. Brown explores what happens to your brain under anesthesia to aid in understanding the nature of consciousness, improving the specificity of anesthetic drugs, and leading to new treatments for chronic pain, depression, and insomnia.

Other notable speakers include:

Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Neurology Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Joseph Fins, M.D., MACP, Professor of Medical Ethics, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Joseph Giacino, Ph.D., Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

Janneke Horn, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Staff Member, Neurologist-Intensivist, University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Center

Martin Monti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Department of Neurosurgery, Brain Injury Research Center, University of California Los Angeles

Pratik Pandharipande, M.D., MSCI, Professor of Anesthesiology & Surgery; Chief, Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Benjamin Rohaut, M.D., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

Nicholas Schiff, M.D., Jerold B. Katz Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain & Mind Research Institute; Professor of Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College

Clifford Saper, M.D., Ph.D., James Jackson Putnam Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School; and Professor, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Tarek Sharshar, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Intensive Care Medicine, University of Versailles, France

Andrew Hudson, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor-In-Residence, Department of Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles

Carlos Montemayor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University

Christof Koch, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and President, Allen Institute for Brain Science

Christos Lazaridis, M.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine

David Chalmers, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science, Co-Director, Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness, New York University

Hal Blumenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience and of Neurosurgery; Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC), Yale School of Medicine

Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Neurotechnology & Neurorecovery, Neurocritical Care & Acute Stroke Services, Mass General Hospital; Professor of Engineering, Brown University

Lionel Naccache, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière

The NICIS-America Symposium (http://www.nicis.org) builds on a highly successful conference and networking event held annually in Paris since 2010 (http://www.nicis.fr/). NICIS brings together clinicians and scientists who share a common interest in translating discoveries in the neurosciences into better patient-centered outcomes. The conference is designed for an interdisciplinary and multiprofessional audience of clinicians and investigators working in neurological injury, neurocritical care and stroke. This includes basic and translational scientists, neuroscientists, intensivists, neurointensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroanesthesiologists, neuroradiologists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists.

There are several ways to get involved. To register for the conference, submit a scientific poster, or to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor, visit: http://nicis.org.


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