ESICM’S 2021 Research Awards

The ESICM Research and Industry Awards offer “something for everyone”, from junior to more experienced researchers, and from basic to clinical research.

Jan De Waele, Chair of the ESICM Research Committee, outlines the process and different categories of awards.

More information on ESICM Awards webpage.

AKI News


The Acute Kidney Injury section is led by Marlies Ostermann and Antoine Schneider.

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Research – Research Projects

PEACE is an ESICM prospective international, multi-centre, prevalence study on the epidemiology of the use of renal replacement therapy for ICU patients who have acute kidney injury and chronic end stage kidney disease.

The purpose of this study is to provide new and current data on both the disease burden of Acute Kidney Injury requiring renal replacement therapy, as well as the modalities used.

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To determine whether, in critically ill patients with severe acute kidney injury (AKI), a strategy of accelerated (early) initiation of renal replacement therapy (RRT), compared to a standard (delayed) strategy for initiation of RRT contributes to improved 90-day survival and recovery of kidney function.  

Multi-national, multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled trial. The trial is currently enrolling participants in 6 countries at 44 sites. The trial anticipates a total of 14 countries and approximately 100 sites.

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Epidemiologic Prospective Investigation

The aim of the study is to evaluate the epidemiology and early management of acute kidney injury, according to the RIFLE classification in ICU patients.

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Eric Hoste Interview

In this icTV interview, we sit down with Eric Hoste, to discuss the AKI-EPI study – one of the most accessed articles in Intensive Care Medicine in 2015/2016.

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PrevAKI is a multicentre, prospective, randomised controlled parallel group trial, which will assess biomarker-guided implementation of the KDIGO guidelines in the prevention of AKI. The pubication of the primary paper is expected  in the course of 2021.

The hypothesis: Implementation of the KDIGO guidelines in cardiac surgery patients at high risk for AKI identified by biomarker reduces the occurrence of AKI by approximately 15% compared to standard care.

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Research – Surveys

The Initiation of Renal Replacement Therapy in the ICU Survey (IRIS).

The aim of this survey was to gain insights into the way intensivists prescribe RRT in the ICU with a special focus on the criteria they choose to initiate RRT.

TA Survey of Fluid Removal Practices During Renal Replacement Therapy in Critically Ill Patients (FluidRRT).
The purpose of this research survey is to study the attitudes of care providers towards fluid removal practices during renal replacement therapy.

Steering Committee: Dr. Raghavan Murugan, Professor Eric Hoste, University of Ghent, Ghent-Belgium, Chair of AKI section and Dr Marlies Ostermann Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London-UK

Publication: Murugan R et al. (2019) Net Ultrafiltration Prescription and Practice Among Critically Ill Patients Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy: A Multinational Survey of Critical Care Practitioners . Crit Care Med. 2019 Nov 13.

Relevant Research

Ostermann M. et al. (2019). Report of the first AKI Round Table meeting: an initiative of the ESICM AKI

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Meersch M, Schmidt C, Hoffmeier A, et al. Prevention of cardiac surgery-associated AKI by implementing the KDIGO guidelines in high risk patients identified by biomarkers: the PrevAKI randomised controlled trial.
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Peter Pickkers et al. The intensive care medicine agenda on acute kidney injury
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Thiago Gomes Romano et al. Effect of continuous dialysis on blood pH in acidemic hypercapnic animals with severe acute kidney injury: a randomised experimental study comparing high vs. low bicarbonate affluent
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Hans Flaatten and Michael Darmon. A nephrologist should be consulted in all cases of acute kidney injury in the ICU: yes
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John A. Kellum and Eric A. J. Hoste. A nephrologist should be consulted in all cases of acute kidney injury in the ICU: No
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Article Reviews

Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy in Patients with Acute Kidney Injury and Sepsis
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Effects of timing of renal replacement therapy in ICU patients with AKI
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Can KDIGO panel guidelines prevent cardiac surgery-associated AKI?
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