• CCR20_Feb_Poster

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2020


Now in it's 8th year, the Critical Care Reviews Meeting brings the chief investigators for the best critical care trials of the previous year to Titanic, Belfast, to discuss their studies. We aim to decide whether these trials are sufficiently robust to support their findings and if we should consider changing practice on the basis of them. To help in this endeavour we invite world leading experts to provide independent editorial overviews and have panel discussions to delve deep into the specifics of each trial. In addition, we also have detailed discussions on research methodology, to encourage critical thinking about the scientific findings which form the basis of our clinical practice. It's not just about specific trials though; for 2020, we have a distinguished panel of trialists, methodologists, statisticians and clinicians provide insight into the mysteries of clinical trial interpretation. We also have the annual honorary John Hinds Trauma Lecture, and finish the meeting with the incredibly popular "Informal Chat", where the faculty and delegates congregate in the bar and an enormous, meandering discussion about all things critical care takes place.

Based on our feedback from last year, we've reverted to keeping everyone on the same floor during breaks. In addition, we will also provide a sleeping area for those post-call to rest for a few hours as needed. As before, we are offering unrivalled free childcare and a baby feeding area, where the meeting will live streamed. All dietary requirements are catered for also. Please get in touch if you have any specific needs. We sold out last year, so please don't delay if you want to attend. As usual, CPD points will be applied for in due course.

For media enquires, please contact Mr Dave Cullen of LK Communications.



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Individual Registration

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Quantity
(A) Consultant / Specialist / Attending

Doctors who have completed their post-graduate training and work independently

(A) Non-Consultant Doctors

Doctors still in training or working in non-training posts, and veterinary surgeons

(A) Doctors on Maternity/Paternity Leave

Delegates on maternity or paternity leave at the time of the meeting and on reduced pay

(A) Nurse / Allied Health Professional

Nurses or Allied Health Proessionals, including physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, critical care scientists & technicians, epidemiologists, data scientists, methodologists and statisticians

(A) Nurse / Allied Health Professional on Maternity / Paternity Leave

Delegates on maternity or paternity leave at the time of the meeting and on reduced pay

(A) Student

Delegates in full time education at the time of the meeting

(B) Thursday COMBINED Wine Reception & Titanic Exhibition Tour plus Live Music on Nomadic

Includes food & drink

(B) Thursday Evening Wine Reception & Titanic Exhibition Tour ONLY

Includes finger food & drink

(B) Thursday Night Live Music on Nomadic ONLY

Includes food and drink

(B) Friday Night Rooftop Party

Includes food and drink

(B) Saturday Belfast Food Tour

A superb food & drink tour of Belfast.

(C) Childcare - Thursday 16th

Children aged 3 months upwards

(C) Childcare - Friday 17th

Children aged 3 months upwards

(D) Low Income Country Delegate Support

100% of this support is used to offset the cost of attendance of delegates from low income countries


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The programme grows throughout the year as new trials are published. As such, it won't be finalised for several months, but rest assured it will contain the best trials of 2019, to be discussed in person with their chief investigators or senior investigators, in the company of independent editorialists and expert statisticians and methodologists.

Trials & Talks

Peptic C
Proton pump inhibitors versus histamine-2 receptor blockers for ulcer prophylaxis therapy in the ICU
Permissive hypotension (MAP 60 - 65 mm Hg) in adults with vasodilatory hypotension

Transfusion & Treatment of Severe Anaemia in African Children

IHME Sepsis Study
Global Burden of Sepsis observational study
Conservative oxygen therapy or standard oxygen therapy in ventilated ICU patients
Reevaluation of Systemic Early Neuromuscular Blockade (ROSE) in acute respiratory distress syndrome trial
Dexmedetomidine Sedation in ICU
Early Spontaneous Breathing in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Early vs Late Angiography in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Vitamin C, thiamine & hydrocortisone in septic shock
Vitamin C in sepsis-induced Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

temperature management at 33ºC or 37ºC post non-shockable cardiac arrest

The Editor's View

Howard Bauchner, Editor-in-Chief of JAMA, in discussion with Prof Marion Campbell, gives the journal's perspective on major trials

The Mysteries of Trial Interpretation

A high-powered panel discuss difficulties with interpreting trial results.


Paul Young leads a panel discussion of statisticians, methodologists and clinicians on the innovative design of the 40,000 patient MEGA-ROX trial

The John Hinds Lecture

The honorary John Hinds Lecture will be given by Prof Kathryn Maitland, on her work in Africa

Informal Chat

Join the faculty in the hugely popular "Informal Chat" where a single meandering discussion about all things critical care takes place.


  • Prof Anders Perner

    Prof Anders Perner

    Anders Perner is a senior staff specialist in Intensive Care, Rigshospitalet and professor in intensive care at Copenhagen University Hospital. He chairs the Scandinavian Critical Care Trials Group and the strategic research programme ‘New resuscitation strategies in patients with severe sepsis’.

    This ongoing program will randomize 2000 patients with severe sepsis in three RCTs of resuscitation in 30 ICUs in all the Nordic countries. The first RCT, the 6S trial has been published and the second, the TRISS trial, has been finalized and the third, the CLASSIC trial, is protocolized.

    Anders is the section editor at Intensive Care Medicine. His major research interest is clinical research in critically ill patients.

  • Prof Jorrit Lemkes

    Prof Jorrit Lemkes

    Prof Jorrit Lemkes is an intervention cardiologist at Amsterdam University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. He led the COACT trial, comparing early and late coronary angiography after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This was presented at the American College of Cardiology Meeting in New Orleans in March 2019 and simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Prof Terri Hough

    Prof Terri Hough

    Dr. Catherine “Terri” Hough is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Washington. She is the medical director of the Medical ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Her clinical and research interests center on understanding and improving outcomes after critical illness and injury, with a focus on ARDS, sepsis, and chronic critical illness. Dr. Hough is a clinical epidemiologist and trialist, contributing to the US PETAL Network as the lead PI of the Pacific Northwest Clinical Center. She is particularly interested in improving the quality of survivorship for patients and families after critical care.

  • Dr Tomoko Fujii

    Dr Tomoko Fujii

    Tomoko is a Senior Research Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia.

    She is an intensive care specialist in Japan and is passionate about research to improve the care of patients with critical illnesses. She regularly delivers presentations both nationally and internationally. Research foci include clinical research in sepsis, acute kidney injury, and fluids. She is managing a phase II multicentre randomised controlled trial of vitamin C therapy in patients with septic shock (VITAMINS).

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  • Prof Francois Lamontagne

    Prof Francois Lamontagne

    Dr. Francois Lamontagne is an intensivist at the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux – Estrie, a Clinician Scientist at the Centre de Recherche du CHU de Sherbrooke, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke where he holds an endowed research chair on patient-centred research. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Critical Care Society for which he chairs the Knowledge Translation Committee.

    Dr. François Lamontagne’s research activities encompass projects on critical-care therapeutic and diagnostic innovations, but also re-examine standard practices for which the scientific evidence is insufficient. Specifically, in recent years he has focused on the evaluation of the effects of blood pressure targets for vasopressor therapy.

  • Dr Paul Mouncey

    Dr Paul Mouncey

    Dr Paul Mouncey is the Head of Research at the ICNARC Clinical Trials Unit, and an epidemiologist with over 15 years experience of conducting multicentre randomised clinical trials. He is the chief investigator for the ongoing 65 trial (NIHR HTA 15/80/39), which is a highly challenging trial within the critical care setting, both using extensive data collected routinely by the national clinical audit for critical care (Case Mix Programme) database.

    Paul sits on both the NIHR Critical Care National Specialty Specialty Group, which has responsibility for overseeing delivery of studies on the NIHR portfolio for critical care, and the UK Critical Care Research Group.

  • Dr Kristina Rudd

    Dr Kristina Rudd

    Dr. Kristina E. Rudd, MD, MPH, is a pulmonary and critical care physician conducting clinical research focused on the global burden of sepsis in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on sepsis epidemiology, and she has expertise in both clinical and administrative methods to identify sepsis patients. She is focused on investigating the impact of poverty, multimorbidity, and healthcare access and quality on an individual’s risk for developing or dying from sepsis. She also studies the management of patients with sepsis and other critical illnesses in low resource settings. She has collaborated on research in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Thailand.

  • Dr Chris Nickson

    Dr Chris Nickson

    Chris is an Intensivist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation and the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee. He has a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives. After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has since completed further training in emergency medicine, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology and health professional education.

    Chris coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE. He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of Lifeinthefastlane.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference. His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children. On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

  • Prof Kathryn Maitland

    Prof Kathryn Maitland

    Kathryn Maitland FMedSc is Professor of Paediatric Tropical Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. Over the last 19 years she have been based full-time at the KWTRP, where she leads a research group that have highlighted the unique importance of emergency-care research as a highly targeted and cost-effective means of tackling childhood mortality in resource-limited sub-Saharan Africa hospitals. Her major research portfolio includes severe malaria, bacterial sepsis and severe malnutrition. Her most notable work, as the principal investigator, was the landmark fluid resuscitation trial – the largest and only controlled trial ever undertaken (FEAST trial). FEAST demonstrated that fluid boluses resulted in increased mortality in African children with severe febrile illness and excess mortality was largely a result of cardio-vascular collapse. In 2012 the FEAST won the prestigious BMJ Research Paper of the Year.

    Prof Maitland's team completed a factorial RCT in 4000 African children with severe life-threatening anaemia (TRACT), from which the two transfusion randomisations were published in the NEJM on 1st August 2019. The results have important implications for Africa BTS and for management of severely ill children. She also leads the COAST Trial (Children’s Oxygenation Administration Strategies Trial) and the SMAART (A Severe Malaria Africa – A consortium for Research and Trials) consortium to enable evidence-based updates of treatment guidelines for severe malaria.

  • Prof Howard Bouchner

    Prof Howard Bouchner

    Howard Bauchner, MD, is Editor-in-Chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network. He became the 16th editor of JAMA in July 2011. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974, and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his pediatric residency at Boston City and Yale-New Haven Hospitals and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in General Pediatrics at Yale. He joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 1986, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990, and to Professor in 1997. He became a member of the Society for Pediatric Research in 1996 and the American Pediatric Society in 2001. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

  • Prof Kathy Rowan

    Prof Kathy Rowan

    In 1994, Kathy established the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC), a not-for-profit organisation in the UK, to facilitate improvements in the structure, process, outcomes and experiences of critical care for patients and for those who care for them. ICNARC undertakes a broad programme of clinical audit and research, both nationally and internationally.

    From 1994 to 2013, Kathy led and directed ICNARC and, in 2004, was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists as a mark of distinction for her significant contribution to critical care. Following appointment of a Chief Executive in early 2014, Kathy now acts as ICNARC’s Director of Scientific & Strategic Development and remains Director of its UK Clinical Research Collaboration Registered Clinical Trials Unit. Kathy is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and in the Division of Research Strategy at University College London.

  • Prof Alpha “Berry” Fowler

    Prof Alpha “Berry” Fowler

    Alpha “Berry” Fowler, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Director of Johnson Center for Critical Care and Pulmonary Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has published over 300 papers and abstracts in clinical areas including adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. Dr. Fowler is an accomplished NIH-funded investigator, researching the molecular basis of lung injury and the role of ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C, in reducing the effects of septic acute lung injury and organ failure. His work is a model of bench to bedside research. Suspecting a role for vitamin C in ARDS, Dr. Fowler proceeded with bench research and early clinical studies, which led to his current multi-million dollar, multi-center CITRIS-ALI study.

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  • Prof Marion Campbell

    Prof Marion Campbell

    Marion Campbell is the University of Aberdeen's Vice-Principal for Research & Knowledge Exchange and Professor of Health Services Research in the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU). Marion's main research interests are in the methodology of evaluative research, especially the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials of surgical and other complex interventions. She has also published widely on cluster randomised trials. She has served on many national and international funding agencies and committees and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Faculty of Public Health and the International Society for Clinical Trials.

    Marion graduated with an honours degree in Statistics from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently gained an MSc in Statistics and PhD in Public Health. Following early career appointments within the National Health Service in the fields of Operational Research and Statistics of Medical Audit, she joined the Health Services Research Unit in 1993. She became Director of the Unit in 2007 - a position she held until the end of 2015, when she became Dean of Research for Life Sciences and Medicine. She took up the role of Vice-Principal for Research & Knowledge Exchange in October 2017. HSRU remains her academic base.

  • Dr Morten Hylander

    Dr Morten Hylander

    Morten Hylander Møller is an intensivist and Associate Professor at the Dept. of Intensive Care, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Denmark. His major research interests are clinical research and research methodology, including systematic assessment of the balance between the benefits and harms of commonly used critical care interventions and clinical practice guidelines. He is actively involved in Centre for Research in Intensive Care (CRIC), Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) and Guidelines in Intensive Care, Development and Evaluation (GUIDE).

    Morten suffers from the rare and serious critical care condition “severe scepsis” and the cornerstone of his practice is primum non nocera.

  • Dr. Jean-Baptiste Lascarrou

    Dr. Jean-Baptiste Lascarrou

    Dr Lascarrou is a full-time practitioner at the medical intensive care unit of the University Hospital Centre in Nantes, France. Dr Lascarrou received his medical degree from the University of Nantes, University Hospital Centre. He conducts several retrospective or prospective trials in the area of cardiac arrest, and especially therapeutic hypothermia or targeted temperature management.

    He has been member of the French Intensive Care Society (FICS/SRLF) since 2008 and of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ERC) since 2018. He is also a member of the AfterROSC Network on cardiac arrest and of the Clinical Research in Intensive Care and Sepsis.

  • Prof Jean-Christophe Richard

    Prof Jean-Christophe Richard

    JC has been professor of intensive care for more than 25 years in France. His field of research is mechanical ventilation and physiology of respiratory failure. In 2011, he took an academic position in Geneva where he coordinated the respiratory research group with Laurent Brochard (currently St Michael Hospital, Toronto). They developed a specific lung model to investigate ventilation and circulation interaction during CPR.

    Since 2014, he shares his working time between the Annecy’s General Hospital and Air Liquide Medical Systems to develop new solutions for ventilation during CPR. JC is member of the scientific committee of the CAVIAR group who recently described a specific model of Thiel cadavers for research on CPR. He organized the first Annecy Round Table on CPR, a meeting of international experts during physiology of cardio-ventilation and neurologic interactions was debated.

  • Dr Paul Young

    Dr Paul Young

    Dr Paul Young is an ICU Specialist at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand. He is the Intensive Care Research Programme Director at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. He is an active member of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group. Despite only seven years of research experience Dr Young has established himself as a highly recognised figure in the field of clinical ICU research internationally with more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has more than $25M of current research funding and is involved in research collaborations with scientists from Australia, the UK, Canada, the USA, Italy, Scandinavia, and Brazil.

    Paul is married and has three children (a 7 year old, a 9 year old, and an 11 year old). He prefers kite surfing to working and you can track the progress of his clinical trials by following him on twitter @DogICUma.

  • Professor Paul Dark

    Professor Paul Dark

    Paul is Chair of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Manchester where he leads a national programme of applied research in rapid diagnostic technologies aimed at improved antimicrobial safety and effectiveness in the setting of life-threatening infections (sepsis). He is Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre sub-theme lead in Infection and co-investigator at NIHR’s new AMR Clinical Research Centre at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. He provides advice for NICE in sepsis diagnostic guidance.

    Planning research translation with LMICs, he has recently been appointed Research Professor at the Institute of Humanitarian and Conflict Response (HCRI) – an academic partnership with the NGO humanitarian aid sector, UK’s emergency humanitarian medical teams (UK-Med) and UK-AID.

    Based at King’s College London as Visiting Professor, Paul is National Research Specialty Lead in Critical Care for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), responsible for oversight and delivery of an internationally-leading portfolio of late-phase clinical and cost effectiveness trials in acute care.

    Paul is also a practising NHS Consultant critical care physician at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, UK.

  • Prof Tim Walsh

    Prof Tim Walsh

    Tim Walsh is professor of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and lead for the Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group.

    He trained in anaesthesia and critical care in Edinburgh, and undertook research towards his MD thesis in the area of oxygen transport and metabolism during liver failure and transplantation. He was appointed consultant anaesthetist in NHS Lothian in 1999, practicing anaesthesia and critical care with a strong focus on developing a clinically focussed research programme. This culminated with the award of an Honorary Professorship in 2007 in Edinburgh University, and subsequently appointment to the first Chair of Critical Care at Edinburgh University in 2010.

    His main interest is in pragmatic clinical trials, epidemiology, and quality improvement research. He currently leads three major research programmes in the areas of blood and blood product transfusion, recovery following critical illness, and sedation management in the ICU. He collaborates with a number of Edinburgh University groups in developing translational research programmes, notably Professor Chris Haslett (novel lung imaging) and Adriano Rossi (inflammation biology). He also has strong links with Professor Gordon Murray at the Centre for Population Health with whom he collaborates on a number of epidemiological projects and clinical trials in the area of critical illness.

    Tim has key strategic roles with the National Institute of Healthcare Research (Chair of UK Critical Care Specialty Group), Chief Scientists Office (Critical Care Specialty Group lead and member of the Research Strategy Oversight Group), and through national professional societies (Chairman, Scottish Critical Care Trials Group; Member of UK Intensive Care Society Research Committee). He is a strong believer in collaborative national and international research and the importance of research networks.

    His vision is to lead a world class multidisciplinary group undertaking bench to bedside research, always keeping patient-centred outcomes as the central focus of the group’s activities.

  • Dr Andrew Althouse

    Dr Andrew Althouse

    Dr. Althouse has worked on randomized controlled trials (RCT) in medicine since the beginning of his career, at first working on some of the secondary outcomes papers from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial as a graduate student in statistics and epidemiology. In his first few years on faculty, Dr. Althouse collaborated principally on clinical-outcomes research in obstetrics & gynecology, cardiology, and cardiac surgery before he was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh Center for Clinical Trials & Data Coordination in 2018. Currently, Dr. Althouse is the lead statistician for four ongoing RCT’s, spanning the fields of cardiology, nephrology, palliative care, and primary care; his primary research interest is fulfilling the CCDC mission of high-quality design, conduct, and analysis of randomized trials.

    To date, Dr. Althouse has co-authored over 100 published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals; he has presented at national meetings of the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Statistical Association, and most recently co-led a session on the contrast between Frequentist and Bayesian statistical approaches at the 2019 Society for General Internal Medicine meeting. He has been President of the ASA Pittsburgh Chapter (2017-2018), currently works as a lead Statistical Editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions as well as reviewing for Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and serves as Vice Chair of the American Heart Association Statistics Task Force.

  • Prof Yahya Shehabi

    Prof Yahya Shehabi

    Dr Shehabi, a practicing intensivist and Cardiac anaesthetists, is Professor and Director of Research, Critical Care and Peri-Operative Medicine at the School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University and Monash Health; Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Clinical School of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

    He is the theme lead for Critical Care and Peri-Operative Medicine at the Monash Health Translational Research Precinct. His research interest and major publications include sedation practice in ICU, delirium management, sepsis biomarkers and improving the outcomes after high risk cardiac surgery. Dr Shehabi is the lead chief investigator of the SPICE program culminating in the SPICE III, the largest sedation RCT in ICU.

Social Events

Thursday Night Live Music

Thursday Night Live Music

Join us on Thursday evening at 17:00 as we gather for drinks, finger food and music, before spending an hour or two wandering through the amazing Titanic exhibition charting the story of the world's most famous ship. At 20:00 we walk just yards to the last remaining White Star ship in the world, Nomadic, used to shuttle 1st class passengers onto Titanic. Wander the ship's many levels during a night of music complete with more food and drink, or climb up to the open decks to see the stars and imagine what Titanic's fateful voyage was like in early April 1912. Iceberg, dead ahead.....

Friday Evening

Friday Evening

After the meeting has finished come join us as we host a small private rooftop party with the faculty at Belfast's top hotel, the Merchant. With an acoustic music session planned, this will be the perfect way to relax and chat after two great days of conferencing. Again, food and music will be included. Numbers are strictly limited, so don't miss out.

Friday Morning Run

Friday Morning Run

Join Peter McGuigan as he leads a group run around the Titanic Quarter at 7am on Friday morning. There will be both quick(ish) and slow(ish) groups over 3 and 5 km. If you can beat Peter over 3 km, you'll win free registration to #CCR21 (1 prize only - Peter's not that quick...). He was unbeaten at CCR20, so you might need to start training... Please email rob@criticalcarereviews.com if you intend on running so we have an idea of numbers.

Friday Morning Pilates

Friday Morning Pilates

Start the morning the healthy way and ease the previous night's festivities out of your system with a free Pilates session with a qualified instructor, followed by breakfast. At 7am, we'll be on the Bridge, at the top of Titanic, where you'll have a fantastic view over Belfast Lough and the slipways of RMS Titanic and Olympic as the sun rises. Please email catriona@criticalcarereviews.com to secure your place as we have limited space. This was full in 2019, so don't delay.

Belfast Food Tour

Join a private small group from the conference as delegates walk through historic Belfast sampling the various culinary and beverage delights the city has to offer. Starting at 11am on Saturday January 18th and finishing at 3pm, this four hour tour will stop or seven or eight venues and give a fantastic insight into the blossoming culinary and artisan whiskey, gin and craft beers made across this famous port city. Please email catriona for further details. Registration is available under the registration tab on this page.


Child Friendly

Child Friendly

Child Friendly

We are delighted to offer a child friendly meeting, including a creche, baby feeding area, and the option to bring your little one into the meeting if you wish. We even have special maternity & paternity registration rates for parents on leave at the time of the meeting.




Should you need to avail of childcare to attend the meeting, we are pleased to be able to offer this. This facility is provided by registered childcare professionals in a dedicated, secure room two floors below the conference. You will be able to pop down and see your little ones during the breaks and lunch and can also bring them into the meeting. We have a limited capacity to care for children so please book early. Further details are available by emailing catriona@criticalcarereviews.com.

Baby Feeding

Baby Feeding

Baby Feeding

A private baby feeding area is provided, including some equipment and a large screen from where you can watch the presentations live. Please let us know in advance if you would like to use this facility so we can prepare for the correct number of babies. You can do this by emailing catriona@criticalcarereviews.com.

Luggage & Cloakroom

Luggage & Cloakroom

Luggage & Cloakroom

As delegates are increasingly taking advantage of the close proximity of Titanic to Belfast City Airport (1 mile away) and Belfast International Airport (15 miles away), and are arriving direct with luggage, we are providing a luggage storage and cloakroom facility. Although we can't guarantee the safety of any valuables, we will have a member of staff there at all times to look after your belongings. Please take your valuables with you. For delegates staying at the Titanic Hotel, this is directly beside Titanic and is just 20 metres away. Please allow enough time at the start and end of the day to store and retrieve your luggage and coat.

Sleeping Space

Sleeping Space

Sleeping Space

Tired after working the previous night? We have a small number of sleeping spaces available to help you refresh and rejoin your colleagues once you feel better. If you think you might need to take up our offer, please email catriona@criticalcarereviews.com.

Quiet Space

Quiet Space

Quiet Space

A quiet space is provided throughout both days for prayer and reflection. This is a multi-denominational facility.

Media Enquires

Media Enquires

Media Enquires

For media enquires, please contact Mr Dave Cullen of LK Communications.


Titanic Hotel

The 4* Titanic Hotel is located in the restored original White Star drawing rooms where the plans for RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and RMS Brittanic were designed. It is situated just yards from Titanic, the venue for #CCR19, and also Nomadic, the venue for the Thursday live music session. The Titanic Hotel oozes class and displays many exhibitions from the Titanic era.

Room Rates (Wednesday to Friday)

One Night

  • £109 B&B Standard Room
  • £129 B&B Superior Room
  • £139 B&B Superior Room with double occupancy

Three Nights

  • £300 B&B Standard Room
  • £350 B&B Superior Room

To Book

Please either phone or email quoting "Critical Care"

Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel is Northern Ireland's premier hotel and is situated in the heart of the cultural centre of Belfast, the Cathedral Quarter. The site of a former bank, this establishment is a beautiful example of the wealth Belfast accumulated during the industrial revolution and when it was the ship building capital of the world. The Merchant is also the venue for the Friday evening social event. It is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the Merchant to Titanic.

To Book

Please phone +44 (0)289023 4888

Other Hotels

There is a wide range of alternative hotels outside the two we have partnered with. In general, hotels in Belfast are cheaper than in larger major European cities. Please check out the linked list from tripadvisor to see what other options are available.

Visitor Attractions

With excellent hotel rates available, and a small compact city and surrounding countryside to explore, why not make your trip to the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2019 a short winter break. There is loads to see and do!




Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction opened in 2012, on the site of the White Star shipyard where RMS Titanic, Olympic & Britannic were built and launched. It was voted the world's top tourist attraction in 2017 and happens to also host the Critical Care Reviews Meeting! Please note, a 2 hour tour of the exhibition is an optional extra for delegates on the Thursday evening of the meeting.

Black Taxi Tour

Black Taxi Tour

No trip to Belfast would be complete without a black taxi tour of the interface areas of the city where much of recent "Troubles" were played out. This is a simply fascinating activity, especially for those of an age who lived through this difficult period. There are lots of tours available - we've linked to a simple google search.

Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumulin Road Gaol was built between 1843 and 1845 in North Belfast and played a central role in Belfast's history. It housed prisoners from Famine times right up to the "Troubles", where an underground tunnel connected the Gaol with the courthouse opposite. Seventeen prisoners were executed in the prison, the last being hanged in 1961.

Belfast Walking Tour

Belfast Walking Tour

There are few better ways to see a city than by walking it's streets with a knowledgeable local guide. First populated over 5000 years ago during the bronze age, but mainly growing from the 17th century onwards, Belfast's history spans the industrial revolution, ship building, the Troubles and now, a vigourous revival, highlighted by being nominated as one of Lonely Planet's must see venues in 2018.

North Coast

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the north coast of Ireland. It consists of about 40,000 interlocking basalt hexagonal columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle dates from the 13th century, and was first built by Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

The rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede was first erected by fishermen more than 350 years ago where they fished for Atlantic salmon on the tiny island of Carrickarede. The bridge spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) high.

Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Distillery

Dating from 1608, Bushmills distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.

Miscellaneous Other Activities

Game of Thrones Tour

Game of Thrones Tour

While the hit American fantasy series Game of Thrones has been filmed at various locations around the world, Titanic studios, Belfast, has been home to it's cast and crew for almost the past 10 years. Situated just 200 metres from Titanic, Titanic Studio is visible on the top left image as the large yellow & grey structure. The Dark Hedges, pictured above, is just one of many filming locations used throughout Northern Ireland.

Seamus Heaney Centre

Seamus Heaney Centre

Acclaimed Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney hailed from Bellaghy, Co. Derry. Formerly a professor at Havard and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He has been described as "the greatest poet of our age". Following his death in 2013, the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, an exhibition of his life and work, was opened in Bellaghy, just 45 minutes drive from Belfast.

Best of Belfast from Tripadvisor

Best of Belfast from Tripadvisor

While we have highlighted several of the top attractions Belfast and the surrounding area has to offer, there are many more activities and sight seeing opportunities than we can list. For your convenience we have linked to the top tourist features as voted by the users of tripadvisor.



With a vast selection of fantastic restaurants suitable for all price ranges Belfast has quickly made it's mark on the culinary scene. From Michelin starred to smaller establishments, all tastes are accounted for. Be warned, restaurants can book out very quickly, so don't delay too long. We have linked once more to tripadvisor so you can get an independent view of where to eat.


CCR19 Titanic WO

Titanic, Belfast, is the venue for the Critical Care Reviews Meeting. Opened in 2012 to coincide with the anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, this incredible building is a physical match for the original ship, with bows projecting from each corner and stands the same height as the famous White Star ocean liner. Now a major visitor centre, Titanic was voted the world's number 1 tourist attraction in 2017. Situated on the exact location where RMS Titanic was constructed, this iconic building overlooks the slipways where RMS Titanic and Olympic were launched into the Atlantic Ocean.

Titanic Belfast is only 2.4km (1.5 miles) away from Belfast City Centre; a pleasant 15-20 minute walk.

Vehicles approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2 should follow the signs to Belfast City Airport M3, taking the first exit for Titanic Quarter. There are 520 secure, underground paid parking spaces available. Parking charges are £1.50 for the first hour and £1 per hour thereafter.

Translink operate regular train services from Belfast City Centre and beyond. For up-to-date information on timetables please see www.translink.co.uk. Please disembark at Titanic Quarter Station for Titanic Belfast.
From here there is pedestrian access via a footbridge, please then follow signage to Titanic Belfast. Walking time is approx. 15 mins from station.

Translink operate Metro Services 26, 26A, 26B, 26C from Belfast City Centre - departing outside the Belfast Welcome Centre to Titanic Belfast. While the Airport Express 600, 600A, 600B services Belfast City Centre, Titanic Belfast and George Best Belfast City Airport. View timetables here for latest information.

George Best Belfast City Airport is just a few drive from Titanic Belfast, with regular bus links and taxi or car hire available at the airport. For full details please see www.belfastcityairport.com.

Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Titanic Belfast, with a regular bus service running to Belfast City Centre - Airport Express 300/300A. Onward travel to Titanic Belfast is via bus routes detailed above. Taxi and car hire services are also available at Belfast International Airport, for full details please see www.belfastairport.com.

Dublin Airport is around 90 minutes drive from Titanic Belfast, with a regular bus service and car hire available from all usual major providers.


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