The Future of Neurocritical Care Research: Proceedings and Recommendations from the Fifth Neurocritical Care Research Network Conference
Hocker S, Shah S, Vespa P, Provencio JJ, Calvillo E, Olson DM, Venkatasubba Rao CP, Hemphill JC, 3rd, Helbok R, Human T, Kamel H, Madden LK, Nyquist P, Bentho O, O'Phelan K, Lewin JJ, 3rd, Alexander S, Ziai W, Chou SH, Rincon F, McNett M, Ko N, Zink B, Rhoney D, Diringer MN, Stevens R, Robertson CS, Sampaio G, Shutter LA, Ling G, Rehman M, Mahmoud SH, Yeager S, Livesay S, and Suarez JI. The Future of Neurocritical Care Research: Proceedings and Recommendations from the Fifth Neurocritical Care Research Network Conference. Neurocrit Care 2020; 32(1):311-316.
The Fifth Neurocritical Care Research Network (NCRN) Conference held in Boca Raton, Florida, in September of 2018 was devoted to challenging the current status quo and examining the role of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) in driving the science and research of neurocritical care. The aim of this in-person meeting was to set the agenda for the NCS's Neurocritical Care Research Central, which is the overall research arm of the society. Prior to the meeting, all 103 participants received educational content (book and seminar) on the Blue Ocean Strategy, a concept from the business world which aims to identify undiscovered and uncontested market space, and to brainstorm innovative ideas and methods with which to address current challenges in neurocritical care research. Three five-member working groups met at least four times by teleconference prior to the in-person meeting to prepare answers to a set of questions using the Blue Ocean Strategy concept as a platform. At the Fifth NCRN Conference, these groups presented to a five-member jury and all attendees for open discussion. The jury then developed a set of recommendations for NCS to consider in order to move neurocritical care research forward. We have summarized the topics discussed at the conference and put forward recommendations for the future direction of the NCRN and neurocritical care research in general.