16th International Symposium on Intracranial Pressure and Neuromonitoring

in conjunction with the 6th Annual Meeting of the Cerebral Autoregulation Research Network and the 3rd ICM+ User Meeting

28 June-2 July 2016

Bringing together a diverse community of clinicians, scientists, and engineers, to advance the care of
patients with neurologic diseases and brain injuries.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Marcel Aries

Dr. Marcel Aries, M.D.
Marcel Aries studied medicine at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. While being a student, he conducted research in pathology, contributed to a textbook on Radiology, and served as Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief of student BMJ (London). After graduating from Medical School in 2005, Dr. Aries started his training as a neurological resident at the Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands.

In 2007, Dr. Aries obtained the ‘AGIKO’ research grant from the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) to study the effect of body position on physiological parameters and cerebral blood flow in acute stroke patients. In 2010, he received a travel research grant from the European Federation of Neurological Societies to study cerebrovascular reactivity in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK, where he worked with Professor Marek Czosnyka. These studies have contributed significantly to his PhD thesis and publications on cerebral autoregulation-guided therapy in TBI (optimal cerebral perfusion pressure). Besides completing his neurological training, he will finish his training as a neuro-intensivist in March 2016 with ongoing international research projects on cerebral autoregulation monitoring.



Dr. Randall Chesnut

Dr. Randall Chesnut, MD
Dr. Chesnut is the Integra Endowed Professor of Neurotrauma and Neurological Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has particular expertise in surgery and critical care for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, failed back surgery, and adult spondylolisthesis, as well as sports-related spine and brain injuries. He is conducting research to improve care for people with traumatic brain and spine injuries, and led the team of investigators of the BEST:TRIP study.






Dr. Jed Hartings

Dr. Jed A. Hartings, Ph.D.
Dr. Hartings obtained his B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame with magna cum laude and Distinguished Military Graduate distinction, and subsequently earned a doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. He then served in the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research for 8 years, separating from service at the rank of Major. In 2008, he joined the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where is now an Associate Professor.

Dr. Hartings has distinguished himself in both laboratory and clinical research on acute brain injury, contributing extensively to the modern understanding that spreading mass depolarizations are the causal mechanism of acute lesion development in cerebral gray matter. He has contributed new methods to monitor these electrical phenomena in patients and is co-founder of the translational consortium, Co-Operative Studies on Brain Injury Depolarizations (COSBID). Dr. Hartings has received several major grants from the Department of Defense, has published 64 peer-reviewed papers, and has been recognized as a Hero of Military Medicine and a finalist in the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Health Care Heroes. Dr. Hartings is a member of the National Neurotrauma Society, the Neurocritical Care Society, and the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and is an avid brewer and marathoner.


R.HaywardcroppedDr. Richard D. Hayward, FRCS
Professor Hayward qualified in London UK (St Mary’s Hospital and Medical School, now part of Imperial College, London) and trained in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital (now St George’s Hospital), London and The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. He was appointed consultant neurosurgeon to both The National Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (London) in 1981 but has since 1995 worked exclusively as a paediatric neurosurgeon with a particular interest in the care of children with craniofacial disorders. In 2004 he was awarded a personal chair in pediatric neurosurgery by University College London.




Peter HutchinsonDr. Peter Hutchinson, MBBS, PhD, FRCS
Peter Hutchinson BSc (Hons), MBBS, PhD (Cantab), FRCS (Surg Neurol) is Professor of Neurosurgery, NIHR Research Professor and Head of the Division of Academic Neurosurgery within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge. He holds an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He is also Director of Clinical Studies at Robinson College, Cambridge.

He has a general neurosurgical practice with a sub-specialist interest in the management of neuro-trauma, specifically head and traumatic brain injury. He has a research interest in acute brain injury, utilizing multimodality monitoring technology (measurement of pressure, oxygenation and chemistry) to increase the understanding of the pathophysiology of brain injury. He also leads the international RESCUE studies evaluating the role of decompressive craniectomy in traumatic brain injury. He has co-authored over 200 publications (including Lancet and Brain) and been lead applicant in over £6m of grants (including MRC and NIHR). He is joint editor of the book “Head Injury – A Multidisciplinary Approach”.

He has a track record in leadership including his current role as Royal College of Surgeons Neurosurgical Specialty lead for clinical trials and member of the Research board of the College, and Chair of the Academic Committee of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

He is also a Vice-President of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, Neurosurgical Representative on the NICE head guidelines development group and Chief Medical Officer for the Formula One British Grand Prix.



Dr. C. OttoDr. Christian A. Otto, MD, M.MSc.
Dr. Christian Otto is a Senior Scientist at the Universities Space Research Association, Houston, TX and an emergency physician at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He completed his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology, and his medical degree at the University of Ottawa; a residency in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master’s of Medical Science degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. Dr. Otto is experienced in remote medicine, high altitude medicine, and polar medicine. He has worked in the Canadian High Arctic, and as a high altitude medical researcher on Mount Everest, Mount McKinley and Mount Logan. Dr. Otto completed two one-year tours with the United States Antarctic Program as the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Physician in 2004-05, and as the McMurdo Research Station Physician in 2002-03. Dr. Otto has spent two field seasons in the High Arctic on Devon Island in ’07 and ’08 at the Mars Institute’s analogue research site conducting space medicine research.

Dr. Otto is the Lead Scientist for NASA’s “Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure Risk”, one of the agency’s most serious human spaceflight risks. He is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, and a recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Presidential Citation, and the U.S. Congressional Polar Medal. On May 23, 2008 Dr. Otto summited Mt. Everest, via the South Col route.


Prof. Ronney Panerai

Dr. Ronney B. Panerai, PhD, MSc.
Ronney B. Panerai is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, UK. He graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1970 at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in his hometown of Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 1973 he completed a MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and joined the Graduate School of Engineering of the same university as a lecturer. After obtaining a PhD at Imperial College, London in 1978, he returned to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he became a Full Professor in 1983. Research interests at the time involved medical instrumentation, electrical impedance plethysmography, biological control systems, and medical applications of digital signal processing. From 1984-1985 he was a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville as a Kellogg Foundation Fellow, where he developed quantitative methods to apply health technology assessment to perinatal care in developing countries. In 1986 he was awarded the Manuel N Morales Young Investigator Prize from the Organization of American States (Washington DC). In early 1992 he took a Senior Lecturership position at the  Division of Medical Physics, University of Leicester, UK  and was awarded the chair of Physiological Measurement in 2000. This appointment included responsibility for physiological measurement services provided by the Department of Medical Physics, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. In Leicester, his research interests focused on physiological measurement and  modelling of cerebral haemodynamics and arterial blood pressure regulation. After retiring in Dec 2012, he has been trying to keep away from the lab by sailing, travelling, walking, playing tennis and golf, digging in the allotment, and minimizing the exasperation of his classical guitar tutor.
PickardDr. John Pickard, MB.BChir, F Med Sci.
Professor Pickard is Professor (Emeritus) of Neurosurgery in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences of the University of Cambridge. His research has focused on advancing the care of patients with acute brain injury, hydrocephalus and prolonged disorders of consciousness through functional brain imaging, studies of pathophysiology and clinical trials of new treatments including health economic and ethical aspects. He is the honorary director of the National Institute for Health Research’s Healthcare Technology Cooperative (HTC) for brain injury. He has championed the growth of the HTC portfolio by working with patients and their carers to identify unmet needs in the brain injury pathway, catalyzing NHS pull by targeting industry engagement, and building collaborations that utilize expert networks and world leading clinical communities.




RickardsDr. Caroline Rickards, Ph.D.
Caroline Rickards, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth, Texas.  Caroline completed her undergraduate (B.Sc., University of Melbourne) and graduate (Ph.D., RMIT University) education in her home country of Australia before moving to the US in 2005 to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio.   Caroline commenced her current position at UNTHSC in the summer of 2012 following 3 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio as a Research Assistant Professor.

Caroline’s general research interests encompass understanding the integrated cardiovascular, autonomic, and cerebrovascular responses to environmental and behavioral stressors that challenge vital organ perfusion in humans, with an emphasis on hemorrhage, orthostasis, exercise, and smoking (specifically, electronic cigarettes). A major area of research focus has been on the early detection of hemorrhagic injury in trauma patients, characterizing physiological differences between individuals with high versus low tolerance to this stress. In addition to investigating these physiological mechanisms, Caroline’s laboratory also collaborates with academic, industry, and government partners to develop and test sensor technologies in the laboratory that may improve the early detection of tissue hypoperfusion in the clinical setting. Furthermore, her laboratory explores potential therapies that may improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular responsiveness to tissue hypoperfusion, including resistance breathing, oscillatory perfusion therapy, and occlusive exercise. It is anticipated that these studies will have potential clinical applications to stroke, traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage, migraine, myocardial infarction, and orthostatic intolerance.


SchuhmannDr. Martin U. Schuhmann, MD, PhD
Martin U. Schuhmann, MD PhD, trained as Neurosurgeon at Hannover Medical School, where he got his PhD in experimental TBI. His clinical research has a focus on ICP and multimodality monitoring in acute brain insults and hydrocephalus, having suffered an early impact of intracranial physics by Marek Czosnyka as a final year medical student. After a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan he focused his clinical work on Pediatric Neurosurgery, paying special attention to the pathophysiological basis of neurosurgery.

Since 2007 he acts as Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at University Hospital of Tübingen. In addition he directs the Adult Hydrocephalus Program and the Brain Injury Research Program of the Department of Neurosurgery. He is active member of the Scientific Boards of ISPN and ESPN and has served as Speaker of the Section, ICP, CBF and Hydrocephalus of the German Society of Neurosurgery from 2011-15. In 2010 he was honored to organize the 14th ICP and Brain Monitoring Meeting in Germany.


schmidt.michaelDr. J. Michael Schmidt, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Michael Schmidt is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he directs the Neurological Intensive Care Unit Neuromonitoring and Informatics program. His research interests concentrate on personalized medicine in the critical care including: generation of patient-specific physiological targets; early detection of secondary complications through real-time analysis of patient monitoring data; the use of clinical informatics to support patient management decisions; and identifying modifiable factors that drive health outcomes following critical brain injuries. Michael was the lead author of the 2014 neuromonitoring informatics guidelines for the Neurocritical Care Society and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.  His research has been funded by The Dana Foundation, C.S. Draper Laboratories, IBM, NIH CTSA, and the Department of Defense.



Dr. Nino Stocchetti, MDDr. Nino Stocchetti, MD
Nino Stocchetti MD is Director of Neurosurgical Intensive Care at Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, in Milan and full professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Milan University.  He is the author and co-author of over 200 papers listed in Medline, as well as 24 book chapters. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of secondary cerebral damage, intracranial pressure monitoring and therapy, and cerebral blood flow and metabolism in acute brain injury.







Dr. Mark S. Wainwright, MD, PhD, FANA

Dr. Wainwright completed a degree in Philosophy and German at King’s College, London and is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, where he also directs the Ruth D. & Ken M. Davee Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program.  His clinical research focuses on neurologic complications of critical illness including acute liver failure, congenital heart disease, cardiac arrest, refractory status epilepticus and traumatic brain injury. His research interests also include the application of streaming analytics for the real time collection and display of physiologic data in the ICU, and the integration of these results with data extracted from the electronic medical record.



Dr. Benjamin WarfDr. Benjamin Warf, MD
Ben Warf received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1984 and completed his neurosurgery training at Case Western Reserve University in 1991. He was subsequently the first Fellow in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and, later, a Harvard-Macy Scholar in Medical Education. Dr. Warf served as Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of Surgical Education at University of Kentucky until 2000, at which time he moved his wife and 6 children to Uganda to work with CURE International, a Christian medical mission organization that builds and operates pediatric surgical specialty hospitals in underserved countries. There, he was the founding Medical Director of CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda – the only pediatric neurosurgery specialty hospital in sub-Saharan Africa – until 2006. During his years in Uganda, Dr. Warf characterized neonatal infection as the chief cause of infant hydrocephalus in the region. He has highlighted the previously under-recognized burden of pediatric hydrocephalus in sub-Saharan Africa, testifying before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights in 2011. While in Uganda he developed and validated a new procedure to treat infant hydrocephalus (ETV/CPC) that avoided the need for creating shunt dependence, which is especially problematic in low-income countries. This technique has since been adopted by major pediatric neurosurgery centers across North America. He is the founding Medical Director of CURE Hydrocephalus, a specialty program within CURE International that has thus far trained and equipped surgeons in 15 developing countries to perform ETV/CPC. Dr. Warf received the Humanitarian Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 2007, and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2012. He is currently Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School, Affiliate Faculty in the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and Director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomalies Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he holds the endowed Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Chair. He is also the founder and director of the Global Neurosurgery Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Warf serves on the CURE International Board of Trustees, the Global Expert Panel for the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and the Advisory Board of the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Health Program. He currently chairs the founding Executive Committee for PUSH!, a newly formed global alliance of organizations advocating for worldwide access to prevention and optimal treatment of hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He lives in Lexington, MA, with his wife, Cindy, and their special needs daughter, Sarah, and is a proud grandfather of 3 (so far).