March 29, 2021

ESICM Research Awards 2021

Hear from our past awardees 


The ESICM Research Awards are funded to enable both young and established investigators and clinicians to carry out basic or clinical research projects and develop, acquire, and apply advanced research procedures and techniques in the area of intensive care medicine.

Each week, some of our past ESICM Research Awards recipients will provide more information and details about their research projects and the single awards.

Sissi Cao completed her core residency in Internal Medicine and is in her final year of fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include education in critical care and continuing professional development (CPD). She has previously published on resident learning experiences in intensive care units (ICU’s) around the world. Her clinical interests include critical care in low-resource settings, having spent time working in ICU’s in Shanghai, China. Dr Cao joined the ESICM to learn about advancements in critical care in Europe and worldwide.

In 2020, she won the ESICM Global ICU Award, which funds projects with an educational element focusing on improving patient care. Research activities should be conducted in a Low & Middle-Income Country, as per the list compiled by the World Bank and approved by the WHO.

Her research project will review current barriers to clinical and educational activities within ICUs affiliated with Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In adapting to the ongoing travel restrictions, part of the project has changed to an online educational symposium jointly delivered by physicians and health care professionals at the U of T and AAU to Ethiopian physicians and trainees. Evaluations from the symposium will illuminate gaps in knowledge, education and communication unique to ICU’s in Ethiopia and other low-resource settings

Watch the video to learn more about the Global ICU Award and Dr Cao’s research project.

Do you also wish to apply to one of the ESICM Research Awards? Check our dedicated page for more information and apply by 1 May. 

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