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CCM Faculty Featured at ESICM Annual Congress in Berlin

Tue, 11/03/2015

Several faculty from the Department of Critical Care Medicine participated—some quite prominently—in the 28th Annual Congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), LIVES (Linking Innovation Vision Excellence & Science) Berlin 2015, held from October 3 to 7. Of particular note were the Honorary Membership that Department Chair Derek Angus was awarded, and a keynote lecture delivered by Vice Chair of Research John Kellum.

Every year the ESICM Council nominates a handful of professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field to receive the award of a lifetime Honorary Membership in the Society. Angus, who was one of four such awardees at LIVES 2015, was described by Past-President Jean-Daniel Chiche as a role model for young researchers in the field. Chiche also noted that Angus is a “world-class acute care trialist and a leading expert in the organisation, cost, and efficiency of the ICU.” During the Congress, Angus co-chaired one session, gave two presentations, and participated in one debate, “Observationalists or trialists: Big data raising!”

Each day of the Congress begins with a keynote lecture delivered by a researcher who is a leader in his or her field. On October 7, the final day of the Congress, Kellum delivered the keynote lecture, entitled “Renal Replacement Therapy: What is Optimal?” Kellum also co-chaired two sessions, gave seven presentations, debated one topic, and participated in two industry-sponsored sessions.

Doug White, Director of the Program on Ethics and Decision Making, CRISMA Center, chaired one session, gave two presentations, and participated in a debate on the question of physician-assisted suicide.

Michael Pinsky, currently on sabbatical at the University of California San Diego, co-chaired two sessions, and gave seven presentations. He also gave a “1 Minute, 1 Question, 1 Answer” interview for HealthManagement.org, in which he answered the question, “What are the goals of resuscitation?” The video can be viewed below.

Gilles Clermont, Director of the Systems Medicine Program, CRISMA Center, gave one oral presentation during the congress. Kees Polderman, Visiting Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Neurological Surgery, also participated in one Industry Sponsored Session.

To view the Final Program, click here.