September 29, 2019

Discover more about this year’s recipient

Winner: Prof. Daniel De Backer


Daniel De Backer is Head of the Intensive Care departments at the CHIREC hospitals in Brussels and Braine l’Alleud – Waterloo and Professor of Intensive Care at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels). In his daily practice, he combines bedside clinical care, research and teaching.


His wide-ranging research interests include sepsis, organ dysfunction and support, circulatory failure, hemodynamic monitoring (including echocardiography), hepato-splanchnic circulation and microcirculatory disorders.

Daniel was Principal Investigator of the Fluid Challenges in Intensive Care (FENICE) Observational Trial, a multinational multicentre observational trial conducted under the umbrella of the ESICM Trials group.  This was the Society’s first large-scale trial and included more than 2,000 patients in 311 centres in 46 countries. It addressed the important question: how do physicians conduct fluid challenge at the bedside, and helped define the indications for fluid boluses, the effects of fluids and whether these were tolerated.

President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) from 2014 to 2016, Daniel developed the EDEC Diploma in advanced critical care Echocardiography and continues to advise the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC).  He is a regular speaker and trainer and a guest presenter at the Brazilian Intensive Care Society (AMIB) symposia, as part of the European expert faculty.

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