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.
- To register please pick one or more options from (A) (type of registration), plus, if required, one or more options from (B) (social events), and childcare (C). Please consider supporting delegates from low income countries to attend also (D).
- If you are making a group booking, please email Rob with the registration details required below, for each delegate in the group booking.
- Delegates from low income countries who wish to attend and require support to do so should email Rob.
- For those booking childcare, please email Catriona with the name, age of your child at the time of the meeting, and any medical or nutritional details we need to be aware of.
- If you would like to attend the free Pilates class or Friday morning run, please email Catriona or Peter, respectively.
- Payments are handled securely by PayPal. You do not require a PayPal account for this. Please choose the pay with debit or credit card option if preferred.
(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
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
(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
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.
A high-powered panel discuss difficulties with interpreting trial results.
The John Hinds Trauma Lecture
Join the faculty in the hugely popular "Informal Chat" where a single meandering discussion about all things critical care takes place.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.....
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend on running so we have an idea of numbers.
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 email@example.com to secure your place as we have limited space. This was full in 2019, so don't delay.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quiet space is provided throughout both days for prayer and reflection. This is a multi-denominational facility.
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.
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.
The details of our delegates rates at our partner hotels will be available very soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dates from the 13th century, and was first built by Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster.
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.
Dating from 1608, Bushmills distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.
Miscellaneous Other Activities
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.
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.
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.
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.