, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 29-34

The Neurocritical Care Research Network: NCRN

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Abstract

Neurocritical care diseases carry a high morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic and technological advances in neurocritical care have greatly improved the outcome of a variety of life-threatening disorders including traumatic brain injury, acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhage, and anoxic injury following cardiac arrest. These advances have stemmed from a better understanding of the physiology of neurocritical care illnesses, improved neuromonitoring techniques, and the introduction of more efficacious treatments. Despite all the advances in neuromonitoring, diagnostic imaging, and emerging treatments, much research needs to be undertaken in neurocritical care. Many of the clinical trials carried out in the general critical care population have excluded neurocritical care patients. For instance, the landmark ARDSNET trial that demonstrated the beneficial effects of low tidal volume ventilation in patients with ARDS cannot be directly applied to neurocritical care patients who frequently may experience this pulmonary complication. There is a need for a more cohesive and integrated research system or network to establish a track record for high-quality, investigator-initiated clinical research in neurocritical care. Such a system may help us overcome potential impediments to the future advancement of neurocritical care research. We propose the creation of the neurocritical care research network. The mission of the Network is to facilitate multicenter and multidisciplinary collaboration and patient enrollment in clinical trials of specific neurocritical care diseases.

This study was conducted on behalf of The First Neurocritical Care Research Conference Investigators and the complete list of investigators is presented in the appendix.