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The 5th Neurocritical Care Research Conference: Can We Create a Blue Ocean for NCS Research?

By Currents Editor posted 06-26-2018 15:56

Jose_Suarez_Headshot_2.jpgBy Jose I. Suarez, MD

The fifth Neurocritical Care Research Conference: The Future of Neurocritical Care Research—Looking for a Blue Ocean will be co-located with the 16th annual meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sept. 25, 2018. The Neuroscience Center at the CHI Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas, has committed funds to partially support this symposium. The symposium is unique in that it will provide a forum to present and discuss the problems and opportunities confronting the field of neurocritical care (NCC) research and the Neurocritical Care journal currently and in future years. There is a need to challenge the status quo in an effort to think deeply about the changes that are coming and the changes that need to come to the field of NCC research and the Neurocritical Care journal. Such changes may include the search for alternative funding sources, the creation of novel collaborations with untapped sources, development of novel data collection methods and interpretation, and the incorporation of ideas foreign to the field of NCC but which have proven successful elsewhere. This symposium will consist of three scientific sessions: 1) special lectures; 2) working group presentations; and 3) a jury presentation. The session brings together invited experts from all areas of neurocritical care research. We anticipate approximately 200 attendees.

The fifth Neurocritical Care Research Conference is timely and will bring together a diverse group of multiprofessional NCS members with a common interest in understanding and advancing research in NCC. The conference faculty will be divided into four groups: three working groups and a jury. Four months prior to the symposium, the groups will separately use various ideation techniques including the Blue Ocean Strategy (Kim WC, Mauborgne R. Blue Ocean Leadership. Harvard Business Review, 2014) and John Mullins’ approach to innovative ideas (Mullins J. The New Business Road Test: What Entrepreneurs and Executives Should Do Before Launching a Lean Start-up (4th Edition). Financial Time Press, 2013). The ideation will be supported by a variety of brainstorming techniques such as brain mapping, the five whys, cause-and-effect diagrams and scenario analysis. The groups will receive literature regarding these techniques prior to the first meeting and structured webinars will be presented by a facilitator with expertise in the teaching of innovative ideas in an academic environment. Participants will be exploring the techniques proposed by the Blue Ocean Strategy in the broadest possible sense and will answer the following questions: Which of the factors (questions, techniques, paradigms) that the NCC research community takes for granted should be eliminated; which factors should be reduced below the current research standard or expectation; which factors should be raised above the current standard; and which factors should be created that the field has never offered. In addition, the working groups will consider John Mullins’ description for innovative ideas including: 1) Opportunities created by current trends in society; 2) Opportunities found by living and experiencing the NCC scientist path to successful funding (“customer problem”); 3) Opportunities created through scientific research; and 4) Opportunities proven elsewhere that we can pursue in NCC research field. Furthermore, participants also will examine which technologies may have reached their scientific limits (the S-curve).
All these techniques have, at their core, the idea that the status quo needs to be questioned and challenged. In his book, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger writes that to produce change, requires the following: person encounters a situation that is less than ideal: asks Why; person begins to come up with ideas for possible improvements/solutions— with such ideas usually surfacing in the form of What If possibilities; and person takes one of those possibilities and tries to implement it or make it real: this mostly involves figuring out How.

Each group will meet regularly via teleconferences to develop a “strategy canvas” and recommendations that will be presented at the conference. These recommendations will be scored live by a select jury and all of the symposium attendees. This conference also will provide a unique opportunity for invited trainees, junior faculty and other scientists to interact with senior investigators in the field of NCC research. Field notes (minutes) will be kept for all teleconferences prior to the symposium. All presentations will be video-taped and presented on the NCS website for general public access.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants (and the NCC research community as a whole) should be able to:
  1. Challenge the current state of affairs in the field of NCC— small things and large.
  2. Understand the importance and opportunities for NCC research.
  3. Imagine a set of possible futures and future areas of work.
  4. Discern a path to follow to enhance opportunities for NCC research.
Participation is by invitation only. If you’d like to be added to the invitation list, please send us an email at with the subject line: “Request for invitation to the Fifth Neurocritical Care Research Conference.” We have limited seating and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to having a great attendance to help us shake things up.

Organizing Committee
Eusebia Calvillo, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD)
Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH (the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
DaiWai Olson, RN, PhD (UT Southwestern University in Dallas, TX)
J Javier Provencio, MD (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA)
Jose I Suarez, MD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD)
Chethan P Venkatasubba Rao, MD (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX)
Paul Vespa, MD (UCLA, Los Angeles, CA)

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