ESICM’S 2020 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.

NIC News

Section and working groups

The Neuro-Intensive Care section is led by Fabio Silvio Taccone and Chiara Robba.

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Research – Research Projects

TRansfusion strategies in Acute brain INjured patients is a prospective multicentre randomised interventional study.

This trial will assess the impact of two different strategies to administer blood transfusions in a large cohort of critically ill patients with a primary brain injury.


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An international prospective observational StudY on iNtrAcranial PreSsurE (ICP) in intensive care (ICU). Uncertainties remain around ICP monitoring both in traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, and variation in clinical practice of ICP monitoring exists between ICUs.

The objectives of the study are to explore ICP monitoring variation in practice in order to prioritise uncertainties in the clinical management of critical care patients with acute brain injury and support further collaborative hypotheses based prospective studies.

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EURopean study on Encephalitis in intensive Care. This is a prospective observational multicentre study in European ICUs. All patients admitted to the ICU for probable or confirmed AE (2013 IDSA criteria) will be included.

The main aims of the project are to describe the epidemiology and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU with all-cause acute (meningo-) encephalitis in European countries.


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Extubation Strategies in Neuro-Intensive Care it patients and association with Outcomes (ENIO) – a multicentre international observational study

If you want to participate, please contact Raphael Cinotti.

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Research – Surveys

Current Practices for Neurological Prognostication after Cardiac Arrest. The aim of this survey was to investigate the current practice and timing of neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest in European ICUs.


Friberg H et al., Survey on current practices for neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest.

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SUMMA: SUrvey on Fever Monitoring and Management in Patients with Acute Brain Injury

Results soon

The aim of the survey was to investigate the practices of RBC transfusion in patients with primary acute brain injury and the exact haemoglobin thresholds that trigger RBC transfusion in this specific ICU population.

Relevant research

Slooter AJC et al. Updated nomenclature of delirium and acute encephalopathy: statement of ten Societies
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Nicolas Weisset al. Understanding haepatic encephalopathy.
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Ary Serpa Neto et al. Known and unknown potentially modifiable factors contributing to outcome in brain-injured patients who need mechanical ventilatory support. Discussion on ‘The BI-VILI project: a nationwide quality improvement project’.
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Clinical recommendations for pain, sedation, withdrawal and delirium assessment in critically ill infants and children: an ESPNIC position statement for healthcare professionals.
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Article Reviews

Fever control in critically ill adults
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TTM: Is 48 hours at 33ºC better than 24?
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Modifiable factors contributing to sepsis-associated encephalopathy?
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Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension?
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Mens sana in corpore sano: new guidelines on delirium, analgesia and sedation in the ICU
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Continuous Monitoring of Spinal Cord Pressure Possible after Spinal Cord Injury
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Suggested talks

Neuromonitoring tips and tricks

KEYNOTE ~ Nino Stocchetti

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What effect does Erythropoetin have in TBI patients?
Craig French provides us with the results of his EPO-TBI trial in this icTV video. These results were presented for the first time during the HOT TOPICS session at LIVES 2015 and published simultaneously in The Lancet.

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Visualising intracranial hypertension in adult and paediatric TBI

Geert Meyfroidt discusses results from a multicentre study aimed to assess the impact of the duration and intensity of episodes of increased intracranial pressure on 6-month neurological outcome in adult and paediatric TBI.

> Read this article in ICM’s June 2015 issue