The second Neurocritical Care Research Conference is coming to Houston. Founded by a Baylor College of Medicine researcher and hosted by St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the conference brings together a diverse group of academic scientists from around the globe with a goal of understanding and advancing neurocritical research and patient care.

The conference was created by Dr. Jose Suarez, professor and head of vascular neurology and neurocritical care at BCM and chief of stroke and neurocritical care at St. Luke's.

Neuromonitoring theme

The two-and-a-half day conference will be held May 18-20 at the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center, 6580 Fannin St., will focus on the field of neuromonitoring.

There will be presentations and group discussions on the need for the design of adequate clinical studies to test new monitoring techniques as well as determining the future direction of research and why the use of imaging is critical to patient care.

Facilitate collaboration

The Neurocritical Care Research Network also will help facilitate collaboration and patient enrollment to move research forward. The Network, created as a result of the first conference, was developed so that collaboration and the exchange of ideas would continue throughout the year, acting as a bridge for researchers at different institutions to connect important work to hasten medical advances in treating neurological injuries and resulting disorders.

Suarez was elected president of the Neurocritical Care Research Network last year.

Funding is provided by St. Luke's, the Integra Foundation and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. In addition, the conference has been endorsed by the Neurocritical Care Society.

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians and nurses who attend this event. St. Luke's designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.