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Acute neurological disorders, such as traumatic brain injury or ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke, are amongst the most prevalent causes of death and disability worldwide. In addition, severe systemic insults such as sepsis or severe shock often affect the brain. Caring for patients with critical neurological and neurosurgical conditions is challenging, and requires a unique set of skills. 

The eCourse on Mastering the Brain in Critical Conditions offers an advanced educational programme on the management of neuro-critically ill patients, and will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including basic pathophysiological principles, traditional and novel diagnostic and monitoring tools, updated treatment strategies, and realistic clinical scenarios. 

After registering for the event, ensure you access the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy.


  • Geert MEYFROIDT MD, PhD Associate Professor, Intensive Care medicine, UZ Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium; Past chair Neuro-Intensive Care Section, ESICM 
  • Chiara ROBBA MD, PhD Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS for Oncology, Genova, Italy; Chair Neuro-Intensive Care Section, ESICM 


  • Giuseppe CITERIO MD Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, School of Medicine and Surgery, Milano Bicocca University, Milan, Italy; Dipartimento Neuroscienze, Terapia Intensiva ad indirizzo neurologico IRCCS Fondazione San Gerardo dei Tintori, Monza, Italy, Editor-in-chief of Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) Journal, ESICM
  • Jacques DURANTEAU MD PhD Professor in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care and Head of the Neurosurgical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Bicêtre Hospital University, Paris, France
  • Samy FIGUEIREDO MD Service d’Anesthésie – Réanimation Chirurgicale, Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris-Sud (AP-HP), Hôpital de Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicêtre, France
  • Tobias GAUSS MD CHU Grenoble Alpes, Boulevard de la Chantourne, Grenoble, France
  • Jan GUNST MD, PhD Assistant Professor Clinical Division and Laboratory of Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Raimund HELBOCK MD PhD Associate Professor Head of Neurocritical Care Research Group / Neuromonitoring Department of Neurology Medical University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria
  • Carolina IAQUANIELLO MD Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy
  • Carmen LOPEZ SOTO MD, MSc, EDIC Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
  • Victoria METAXA MD, PhD Consultant, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Critical Care, Clinical Lead for Critical Care Outreach Service, King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom
  • Susanne MUEHLSCHLEGE MD, MPH Professor, Neurocritical Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States
  • Virginia NEWCOMBE MD Neurosciences and Trauma Critical Care Unit (NCCU), Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge; Perioperative, Acute, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (PACE) Section, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Soojin PARK MD Associate Professor of Neurology (in Biomedical Informatics), Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, United States
  • Claudio SANDRONI MD Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli, Rome, Italy
  • Aarti SARWAL MD, FNCS, FAAN, FCCM, RPNI Professor, Neurology (Neurocritical care) Atrium Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, United States
  • Markus SKRIFVARS MD Department of Emergency Care and Services, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Romain SONNEVILLE MD PhD Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Bichat Claude Bernard university hospital, APHP, Université Paris Cité, France
  • Mathieu VAN DER JAGT MD PhD Neurointensivist, Associate professor, Department of Intensive Care, Erasmus MC-University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Section Editor Neurology, Journal of Critical Care, Editorial Board member, Neurocritical Care
  • Elisa ZANIER MD Department of Acute Brain and Cardiovascular Injury, Head; Laboratory of Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuroprotection, Head, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research IRCCS, Milan, Italy

Endorsement: This Course is endorsed by the Neuro-Intensive Care Section, ESICM.

  • To assess pathophysiology of altered intracranial pressure, cerebral perfusion pressure and metabolism of the injured brain.
  • To appraise types, indications, and limitations of neuromonitoring tools in the management of neurocritical care patients, including:
    • intracranial pressure
    • cerebral oxygenation
    • transcranial doppler
    • pupillometry
    • EEG
  • To select treatment strategies in traumatic and non-traumatic neuro emergencies, including:
    • traumatic brain injury
    • cerebrovascular diseases
    • central nervous system infections
  • To evaluate the systemic management of extracranial complications and the general ICU management of central nervous system injuries
  • To integrate ethics in the long-term management of patients with brain injuries.
  • Pathophysiology of altered intracranial pressure
  • Cerebral perfusion pressure
  • Metabolism of the injured brain. 
  • Neuromonitoring tools in the management of neurocritical care patients 
  • Treatment strategies in traumatic and non-traumatic neuro emergencies
  • Systemic management of extracranial complications
  • General ICU management of central nervous system injuries
  • Junior physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals with an ICU background or a special interest in Neuro Intensive Care

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants from LMIC may be selected for a maximum of 3 ESICM eCourses for FREE every year. Applicants who have participated in 1 eCourse as a free LMIC applicant need to have an active ESICM membership for the current year before applying again. Deadline for LMIC applications: August 15, 2023. 

An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

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