Erik Blennow Nordström is a PhD student in clinical medicine at the Department of Clinical Sciences at Lund University, Sweden, and a clinical psychologist at the Skane University Hospital. In November 2022, he will defend his dissertation on neurocognitive function following cardiac arrest. His research includes aspects of long-term outcome after cardiac arrest; he has headed a sub-study on neuropsychological function of the TTM2-trial. Erik Blennow Nordström is professionally active in specialized neurorehabilitation services, with experience from in-patient and out-patient settings, including rehabilitation of patients surviving a cardiac arrest. He serves as a board member of the Swedish Neuropsychological Society, and teaches in cognition and neuropsychology in first cycle and second cycle courses at the Lund University Psychology Program.
Christian Hassager is a cardiologist and former (2004-2018) director of a specialized cardiology intensive care unit at the University Hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, and now Professor in this field at Copenhagen University. He is also associated professor in Cardiology at the University of Southern Denmark. He is chair of the Danish Heart Association and active board member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He is immediate past-president of the Danish Resuscitation Council as well as the Association for Acute Cardiovascular Care (ACVC) under ESC. He is former president of the Danish Society of Cardiology. He is co-author of more than 500 scientific papers. His current major clinical research interest regards cardiogenic shock and post resuscitation care after cardiac arrest.
Dr Kirstie Haywood, a Professor of Health Outcomes, Kirstie is a member of Warwick Research in Nursing and the Emergency, Prehospital, Perioperative and Critical Care (EPPiC) research group at Warwick Medical School. Her research has included many conditions. Her applied health outcomes research embraces a wide range of conditions and settings, including clinical trials and routine practice, with a particular interest in the active engagement of patients and public to enhance the relevance, acceptability, and quality of health outcomes research. She led development of the Core Outcome Set for cardiac arrest (COSCA), an international, multi-stakeholder initiative endorsed by both the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). She has contributed to ERC Guideline development (2015;2021), the AHA scientific statement of survival after cardiac arrest (2020), and a recent Lancet publication reviewing brain injury following cardiac arrest (2022). She is leading an international collaboration towards the development of a patient-reported outcome measure for cardiac arrest survivors (SURVIVORS), is chair of the newly established Cardiac Arrest Recovery and Survivorship (CARS) working group (under the auspices of ILCOR), and a founding member of the International Taskforce on Cardiac Arrest Recovery (ITCAR). She has just received funding to explore the feasibility of a Cardiac Arrest Recovery Enablement and Supported Self-management intervention for survivors and their key supporters (the CARESS-feasibility Study). A physiotherapist by training, Kirstie is married with two fabulous young boys who bring her much joy and fun – and certainly keep her on her toes!
Janneke Horn works as professor of Neuro-Intensive Care Medicine at the intensive care unit of the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. She is a neurologist who was educated further to become an allround intensivist. Her daily work is a combination of clinical work and research in the field of severe brain injury and coma. In brain injury after cardiac arrest both neuroprotective treatment and optimal prognostication of outcome are fields of interest. She coordinated several national projects on optimal prognostic methods in patients with postanoxic coma. She also was the national coordinator of the Target Temperature Management study, an international RCT on optimal temperature management in patients after cardiac arrest of which the results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results of her research are part of the (inter)national guidelines on prognostication in postanoxic coma. She is considered as an expert and an often invited speaker for (inter)national conferences. She was (co-)author of more than 250 international peer-reviewed papers, guidelines / treatment recommendations and several book chapters. Furthermore, she has supervised several successful PhD students and is currently supervising another couple. Many students from fields such as (technical) medicine and neurobiology completed their research thesis with her help.
Vicky Joshi, physiotherapist in neurological rehabilitation, PhD student at REHPA, The Danish Knowledge Center for Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, University of Southern Denmark, and visiting researcher at Glasgow University, UK. Along with Professor Ann-Dorthe Zwisler, I founded the DANCAS network (DANish cardiac arrest survivorship) in 2018 bringing together researchers, clinicians, survivors and their relatives with an interest in post-cardiac arrest survivorship in Denmark. As part of this work, we have developed the SCARF intervention providing multidisciplinary rehabilitation to survivors and their relatives at REHPA (https://www.rehpa.dk/rehpa-forloeb/rehpa-forloeb-for-dig-der-har-overlevet-hjertestop/). We have also just completed a national survey of survivors and relatives' long term physical and psychological outcomes after cardiac arrest, the DANCAS survey study.
Stefan Jutterdal, Cardiac arrest survivor. Together with a group of other dedicated CA survivors and their relatives, and in collaboration with the Swedish Resuscitation Council (SRC) and the Swedish Heart and Lung Association, I was one of the initiators of starting a peer support network in Sweden 2021 (https://www.hjart-lung.se/natverket-for-overlevare/). Together with my wife Annmargreth, who is also one of my lifesavers, we work to increase knowledge about cardiac arrest http://stefanjutterdal.se My background: Physiotherapist, Masters on Leadership for Improvement of Healthcare. Past positions: President of Swedish Association of Physiotherapists, Member of the Board of the Swedish confederation for professional associations, Saco, CEO, Hospital Manager, Chief of Innovation and learning, Kalmar County Concil, Project Manager Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.
Marco Mion, PhD. Principal Clinical Psychologist in the CARE (Care After REsuscitation) clinic at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre. Honorary Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (Medical and Technology Research Centre). I am also a Senior Clinical Psychologist in a stroke neurorehabilitation community team in Surrey, UK. I have been involved in rehabilitation and recovery after sudden cardiac arrest since 2017. I worked as Site Investigator for the “Neuropsychological function and Physical activity after cardiac arrest” sub-studies of the TTM2 trial between 2019 and 2022. I devised and run several audits and homegrown pilot projects on the cognitive and emotional sequelae after a sudden cardiac arrest and, in collaboration with a large patients’ and relatives’ group (https://www.suddencardiacarrestuk.org/), on the needs and wishes of post-discharge recovery as expressed by those directly involved. I am currently coordinating a study on remote psychoeducational intervention for OHCA survivors and their key supporters (Virtual Care after Resuscitation) and, in collaboration with an Air Ambulance Charity, supporting a project aimed to improve the feedback of information from hospital to pre-hospital medical personnel involved in the care of OHCA patients.
Marion Moseby-Knappe, MD, PhD is a Clinical neurologist at Skåne University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. She is a post-doc at the Center for Cardiac Arrest. Her research projects focus on prediction of brain injury and functional outcome after cardiac arrest. In this lecture she will talk about biochemical markers of brain injury and discuss their usefulness in clinical practice.
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)
Claudio Sandroni is professor of Intensive Care at the Medical Faculty of the Catholic University School of Medicine and Senior Consultant at Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, Italy. He is responsible for post-cardiac arrest management in a 20-bed Intensive Care Unit. As a primary researcher, Dr Sandroni focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of in-hospital cardiac arrest, post-anoxic brain injury, and post-resuscitation care. He is currently participating in the multicentre ProNeCA (Prognostication of Neurological outcome after Cardiac Arrest) study network, which investigates multimodal prognostication after cardiac arrest in 13 intensive care units in Italy. In 2013 and 2020, Dr Sandroni led a group of experts who systematically reviewed the evidence on predictors of neurological outcome in cardiac arrest. These evidence reviews informed the 2015 and 2021 editions of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines on Post-Resuscitation Care. Within the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Dr Sandroni participates in the continuous evidence evaluation process that ILCOR is conducting to provide rapid dissemination of resuscitation science and timely revised treatment recommendations. D. Sandroni is Chair of the Trauma and Emergency Medicine (TEM) Section of ESICM and member of the Editorial Board of Intensive Care Medicine, Official ESICM Journal. He also serves as a member of the ERC ALS Science and Education Committee and as a member of the Editorial Board of Resuscitation, Official ERC Journal. He has been appointed ERC Fellow (FERC) in 2011.
Dr. Kelly Sawyer is currently an Emergency Medicine physician and Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a fellowship in Emergency Cardiac Care at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, where she developed her research niche in post-cardiac arrest care. It was her personal experience, however, that steered her interest toward cardiac arrest survivorship. She led a team of experts in the field to write the American Heart Association Scientific Statement on Cardiac Arrest Survivorship, published in 2020. This work also provided a foundation for the incorporation of recovery and rehabilitation to the 2020 AHA guidelines. Dr. Sawyer continues to collaborate on international work to improve patient outcomes after cardiac arrest and increase our understanding of survivorship and recovery.
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.