A brain injury can affect an individual in a number of different ways, including how the body physically functions, cognition and behavior. Not only that, it can affect each person differently. That is why Dr. Jose Suarez, professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, established a conference in 2010 to bring together a diverse group of scientists and physicians from around the globe to promote collaboration in neurocritical research and patient care.

“The Neurocritical Care Research Conference has been instrumental at enhancing research in our field,” said Suarez. “Thanks to what we have discussed in past meetings, we have created a research network, developed consensus recommendations on multimodality neuromonitoring and conducted large multicenter international studies.”

 The 4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference will be held May 13-15 at the Texas Medical Center Marriott.

 The main focus will be on subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke caused by bleeding between certain outer layers of the brain. It can be caused by trauma, weakened artery walls leading to the brain or disorders affecting blood vessels.

 The conference will provide a forum for researchers to present and discuss their work with others who also are studying similar topics. This format not only helps established researchers begin valuable collaborations but also helps trainees, junior faculty and others starting their careers network with experienced physician-scientists.

 There also will be discussion of study design and collection of data to address subarachnoid hemorrhage research going on via the Neurocritical Care Research Network, which was created as a result of the first conference to act as a bridge for researchers to exchange ideas throughout the year. Other networks such as NeuroNEXT and the Stroke Net also will be involved.

 Funding for this conference has been provided by a grant to Suarez by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Integra Foundation.

More information and how to register for the 4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference can be found here.