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The Research Operations Sub-Committee (ROSC) Experience at the Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting

By Currents Editor posted 12-16-2022 12:15

  

Hera A. Kamdar, MD, MBBS

Erin D. Wieruszewski, PharmD, R.Ph.

Jennifer A. Kim, MD

Minjee Kim, MD

Shraddha Mainali, MD

Sherif Hanafy Mahmoud, BSc (Pharm), MSc, PhD, FNCS

The 20th Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Annual Meeting celebrated a long-awaited reunion of peers, showcased cutting-edge research, and hosted a wide variety of neurocritical clinical care and career development workshops. The convention was a meeting ground for innovation and community, and at the forefront of the meeting was the Research Operations Sub-Committee (ROSC) of the Neurocritical Care Research Central (NCRC).

The ROSC focuses on the operational aspects of the NCRC that involve engagement and promotion of research among NCS members. The goal of the subcommittee is to grow research within NCS, act as a hub that houses and showcases the opportunities that NCS offers to its members, and propel the field as a whole forward. Over an enriching week, committee members led a variety of successful and informative events ranging from research talks and educational workshops to diverse roundtables.

ROSC members had nothing but praise for their experiences speaking at different sessions. Post-pandemic viewpoints were at the forefront of discussions at this year’s Annual Meeting, particularly to highlight the gaps in the availability of accessible medical care. Dr. Nick Murray, ROSC member and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Intermountain Medical Center, spoke of his experience after presenting at the session Teleneurocritical Care: Practice in the Pandemic Era. He enthusiastically recalled how “inspiring [it was to see] how [the] field could collaborate and build on experiences using virtual neurocritical care, [and how] the diversity of backgrounds, experience, and health care system needs to be led [them] to recognize the benefits of better defining the functions [of how much] teleneurocritical care could be delivered to less-resourced areas to ensure the provision of the standard of care.” His advice to others aspiring to contribute more to research within the field was to “keep an open mind to the different needs of patients with a critical neurological illness that extend beyond one’s institution,” placing importance on collaboration and collective study.

Bringing together the neurocritical care community in one room, both in person and virtually, created a collegial exchange of academic endeavors throughout society. Dr. Nicolas Chiriboga, ROSC member and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital/University of Tennessee Health Science Center, reflected on how much of an impact these sessions had after giving his talk during the Encephalitis Across the Lifespan session: “It was an amazing opportunity, especially getting to interact with neurointensivists from all over the US and the world, who were inspired to change their practice on the care of patients with encephalitis” because of the multidisciplinary session.

A new format introduced at this year’s NCS meeting, organized by Annual Meeting Co-Chair and ROSC member Dr. Neha Dangayach, who is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai, involved small groups or “roundtables” focused on research, education, and diversity. The first focused on how to do research, get inspired, and take off on the path toward publication. The second highlighted how to be an ally and the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability across our community. Lastly, the third roundtable focused on how to be an excellent clinician-educator, with speakers sharing their journeys along with tips for attendees. Dr. Shraddha Mainali, ROSC Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University gave advice on career advancement in research as she spoke at the research roundtable. She described the grit needed for success and perseverance and persistence in the face of obstacles, failures, and even achievements. Her talk embodied her resolve in bettering and advancing the field of research and the goal of the ROSC. In response to the event, Dr. Dangayach stated she “loved the organic exchange of ideas in a small group setting at these round tables, [and found it] very inspiring for all attendees and panelists alike.”

ROSC members including Dr. Mainali, Dr. Dangayach, and Dr. Sherif Mahmoud, ROSC Co-Chair and Clinical Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta, were also very enthusiastic about leading the distinguished posters professor rounds and providing feedback on an exciting group of research posters. They reflected positively on how this great tradition of discussing cutting-edge and promising new research allowed for stimulating dialogue, building a sense of community, and fostering future collaborations. 

Finally, the ROSC aimed to raise awareness and better understand the current state of research within the NCS community through an ongoing NCS-sponsored Research Gap Survey during the Annual Meeting. Hopefully, the results of this survey will help NCS research leaders prioritize and fund initiatives that are likely to lead to major research advances within neurocritical care. Readers are highly encouraged to complete this survey at the following link: https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=ATWMTE3ENRW7DLPM.

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