Robert Neumar, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School where his is also a member of the Max Harry Weil Institute for Critical Care Research and Innovation and the Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Research Laboratory. He has over 30 years research experience in the field of cardiac arrest resuscitation. His basic science research has focused on molecular mechanisms of post-cardiac arrest brain injury and therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest. His research also includes large animal and clinical studies or extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for refractory cardiac arrest. He currently serves as PI for an AHA-Funded Strategically Focused Research Center Grant entitled Michigan Center for Resuscitation Innovation and Science (M-RISE). M-RISE is focused on developing, testing and implementing neuroprotective therapies in cardiac arrest. Professor Neumar previously chaired the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and currently serves as Co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)
Soren Sondergaard. Senior consultant and PhD working in a neurointensive stepdown unit in central part of Jutland in Denmark. The unit combines early rehabilitation of adult patients with severe acquired brain injury and intensive care before transfer to Hammel Neurorehabilitational Centre. I have previously worked in anaesthesia and intensive care at Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden with a keen interest in respiratory and circulatory challenges. In this capacity I worked on data sampling and analysis dealing with respiratory mechanics and FRC. During a two year stay at Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia I became acquainted with a clinical decision support system in cardiovascular control and treatment based on the venous return physiology of Arthur Guyton and the three-dimensional analysis of the goals and determinants of the cardiovascular system. I implemented this system on my return to Sahlgrenska and turned around haemodynamic and fluid management in major abdominal surgery including liver transplantation. Returned to Denmark in 2015 continuing interest in technology, monitoring and goal attainment in the NISU focusing on patients with paroxystic sympathetic hyperactivity and long-term outcome of patients in minimal conscious or vegetative state post anoxic brain damage due to cardiac arrest. Established cooperation with the department of neurointensive care at Aarhus University hospital, ICM+ at Cambridge University (PSH) and Professor Secher in a study on autonomic nervous system responses to topological changes during assessment of volume responsiveness using passive leg raising (Spoiler: PLR is the new snake oil of intensive care). Spend my leisure time on classical music, literature and the wilderness along the Danish West coast.