Pills from Experts


This is the program of the last edition

Some leading Experts will contribute to our Summer School providing a short pre-recorded lectures aimed to focus on specific topics.

We will distribute them during the course to our Students.


"DCD organ donation"

Rafael Badenes is a Medical Doctor, PhD, specialist in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.

Department of Anesthesiology and Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care, Hospital Clínic Universitari de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

Full Professor Department of Surgery, University of Valencia, Spain.

Scientist of INCLIVA Research Health Intitute, Valencia, Spain. His primary research interests currently are neuroscience and organ donation and transplantation.

University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain


"Extubation practices: what we learnt from the ENIO Study"

Degree in Anestheisa and Critical Care, University Hospital of Nantes, France. Evaluation of global longitudinal strain woth speckle-tracking echigraphy in SAH and TBI. Post-doc research year at University Hospital of Lariboisière (Prof. Alexandre Mebazaa).

Current recent topics: mechanical ventilation in neuro-critical care, post-critical care syndrome.

University of Nantes, Nantes, France


"Pediatric Neuroradiology"

Dr D’Arco completed his undergraduate medical training at the University 'Federico II' of Naples, Italy. He completed his general radiology training in Naples and spent one year at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium, deepening his knowledge in advanced magnetic resonance (MR) techniques.

Dr D’Arco completed a fellowship in paediatric neuroradiology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada in 2015.

Dr Felice D’Arco was appointed to Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Consultant Paediatric Neuroradiologist in 2015.

Great Ormond Street Hospital,Consultant Paediatric Neuroradiologist, London, UK


"The CENTER-TBI project"

Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at the Antwerp University Hospital and University of Antwerp. He holds positions as past Chairman of the Neurotraumatology Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) and the International Neurotrauma Society, and is Co-Chairman of the European Brain Injury Consortium. He has a vast experience as a general neurosurgeon and has specific research interests in Traumatic Brain Injury and neuro-intensive care.

Dr Maas was the Principal Investigator of the IMPACT study group (International Mission on Prognosis and Clinical Trial design in TBI), that was awarded an NIH grant (2003-2011) and resulted in over 55 publications and recommendations for improved trial design. Currently, together with Prof David Menon, University of Cambridge, he coordinates the large scale collaborative project CENTER-TBI: Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in TBI (www.center-tbi.eu), supported by the FP7 program of the European Union (Grant no: 602150; duration:2013-2020). He received an Honorary doctoral degree at the Burdenko Institute of Neurosurgery in Moscow in 2013 and Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on traumatic brain injury from the International Brain Injury Association in 2016.

Department of Neurosurgery, Antwerp University Hospital and University of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium.


"Brain US: basics"

She is a neurocritical care physician that takes care of critically ill patients with neurological injuries or those that have undergone complex neurosurgical procedures. She is board certified in Neurology, Neurocritical Care and Neurosonology. Her clinical interests include non-invasive monitoring, critical care ultrasound, neuro-ultrasound, ventilator related complications and intracranial hemorrhage. She participate in clinical research focused on improving patient outcomes.

Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA


"Delirium in NICU"

He studied Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (1994) and worked subsequently as a resident in Neurology in Sint Lucas Hospital, Amsterdam (1994). He was research fellow in Neuro-Epidemiology at the G.H. Sergievsky Center, Columbia University, New York (1996), and received a PhD in Epidemiology from Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1998), on a thesis on dementia. During his residency in Neurology at UMC Utrecht (1999-2004), he became enthusiastic for Neurocritical Care. After a fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine (AMC Amsterdam, 2004-2006), he rejoined UMC Utrecht where he is currently working as a consultant neurologist-intensivist at the Department of Intensive Care Medicine. He is further chair of the Dutch Working Group Neuro-Intensive Care. In 2016, he was appointed as Professor in Intensive Care Neuropsychiatry at Utrecht University. Dr Slooter was chair of the latest delirium guidelines committee of the (American) Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), as well as initiator and chair of an international consortium to update nomenclature on delirium and acute encephalopathy that was endorsed by numerous medical societies. Since 2018 he is President of the European Delirium Association.

The research focus of Arjen Slooter is on delirium and on neuropsychiatric outcome after anesthesia/surgery or critical illness. Using various methods and approaches (epidemiology, EEG, MRI), he has investigated all aspects of delirium, including its phenomenology and brain network characteristics, detection and monitoring, risk factors, prognosis, prevention and treatment. Research on neuropsychiatric outcomes includes risk factor analysis on cognitive decline, mental illness and chronic pain after critical illness and treatment in the ICU.

The clinical focus of Arjen Slooter is on Intensive Care of neurological- and neurosurgical patients, and on neurological complications of critical illness. He is responsible for training of ICU nurses, residents and fellows in Neuro-Intensive Care in the UMC Utrecht.

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


"Fluid therapy in TBI patients"

Mathieu van der Jagt is intensivist/neurointensivist/Associate Professor, working as fulltime clinical intensivist, caring for alll types of critically ill patients. He was originally trained as a neurologist, but he's now working as intensivist in Rotterdam Erasmus Medical Center since 2008, after training as intensivist. He got his European Diploma in Intensive Care in 2008.

Working in large academic hospital, which is the largest trauma/transplant center in The Netherlands he is involved in various research in the field of Neurointensive Care (mainly SAH, TBI and delirium).

He is member of the Editorial Board of Neurocritical Care and Journal of Critical care, Frontiers in Medicine and Section Editor Neurology for the Journal of Critical Care. Further, he is the Chair of Guideline Committee of the Dutch Society of Intensive Care.

Intensive care and Erasmus MC Stroke Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands