By Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB, FRCPC, Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS
The International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society (IPACCMS) and the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) are partnering to develop the First Regional Neurocritical Care Meeting in the Middle East and Africa in conjunction with the upcoming 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference (ECCC) April 4-6, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This step was initially conceived during the 2018 ECCC because of the fruitful collaboration since 2011 and the success of the neurocritical care regional meetings of sister global partners.
As part of the upcoming regional meeting in Dubai, there will be a highlighted full-day track focused on neurocritical care topics featuring NCS and regional faculty, three neuro-focused workshops including ENLS, and an agreement to publish scientific abstracts for presentation at the conference in the Neurocritical Care journal (as per journal format). Only accepted abstracts relevant to basic, translational and clinical research in neurocritical care will qualify for this publication. Submission guidelines will be available on the conference website in due course (www.eccc-dubai.com
). An award will be given at the meeting for the outstanding scientific abstract presented at the conference.
The objectives of the regional meeting are to facilitate the NCSdefined mission of promoting quality patient care, facilitate professional collaboration, discuss research ideas and start initiatives, introduce members of the MENA region to possible specialized training opportunities worldwide, and improve standards of care in the region. Both NCS and IPACCMS believe these bilateral efforts will create a positive synergy in the region and improve the ability of neurocritical care teams and “general” ICU teams treating neurosurgical/ neurological patients to provide excellent multidisciplinary patient centered care.
To allow for a stronger international neurocritical care presence, please mark your calendar for April 4-6, 2019. We are excited to host the regional meeting, and do look forward to welcoming you in Dubai.
Global Partnership Milestones
Since 2011, the Neurocritical Care-Middle East and North Africa (NCC-MENA) Chapter of the IPACCMS was one of the first global partners of the NCS. NCS leadership is invited to sit during the NCC-MENA chapter of the IPACCMS’s annual meeting. Over the years, the neurocritical care track of the ECCC has continued to grow. ENLS was first introduced in April 2016. In 2018, the NCS Nominating Committee confirmed the NCC-MENA Chapter nominee as its first NCS Board of Directors member to represent the Middle East and North Africa region.
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