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GIUSEPPE CITERIO, course Director

Giuseppe Citerio is a Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the School of Medicine and Surgery, Milano Bicocca University. He currently serves as the Director of the Department of Neuroscience at IRCSS San Gerardo dei Tintori in Monza. In the early 1990s, he established the Neurointensive and Neuroanesthesia service at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, following his prior experience at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.


Dr.Citerio is an active participant in several national and international research networks, including BrainIT and CenterTBI. He has been involved in several research protocols and drug trials, often serving as the principal investigator. His research is focused on TBI, subarachnoid hemorrhage, neuroanesthesia, neurointensive care, and brain death/organ donation. He has authored over 480 indexed articles, and his H-index is 59. Dr. Citerio has been instrumental in developing international guidelines for treating patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage and neuromonitoring. He has edited several books, including "Oxford Textbook of Neurocritical Care" and "Echography and Doppler of the Brain."


Dr. Citerio has designed more than 50 courses in Italy and Europe on Neurointensive Care topics. He also created a Summer School program at UNIMIB on NeuroIntensive Care, which took place for the first time in 2017. In 2019, Dr. Citerio became the Editor-in-Chief of the journal after years of editorial perience. He previously served as the Chair of the Division of Scientific Affairs of the European Society of Intensive Care (ESICM), an Executive Committee member of ESICM, and the Chair of the Annual Meeting ESICM and regional congresses.

School of Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca and IRCCS San Gerardo dei Tintori Monza, NeuroIntensive Care Unit, Monza, Italy


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


Gianpaolo Basso is Associate Professor in Neuroradiology at University of Milano-Bicocca since 2017. 

Previously, research fellow in Neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Baltimora (MD), USA (2003-2004) and visiting Associate Scientist in cognitive sciences and functional neuroimaging at Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH) - Cognitive Neuroscience Section del NINDS, Bethesda (MD), USA (1996-1998).

He obtained his Medical Degree at the School of Medicine at the University of Trieste, then a PhD degree in "Neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging" at the University of Parma, Italy. He has double specialization in Neurology and Radiology.

School of Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy


Dr. Claassen is an Associate Professor of Neurology and the Director of Critical Care Neurology at Columbia University. He is an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and the Medical Director of the Neurocritical Care Unit. Dr. Claassen received his medical degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and completed residency training in Neurology, and Fellowship training in Neurocritical Care and Epilepsy at Columbia University. He is board certified in Neurology and Neurocritical Care.

Dr Claassen is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the treatment of neurological intensive care. He is an expert in coma, status epilepticus and brain hemorrhages. He served on the board of directors and as the co-chair for guidelines development for the Neurocritical Care Society. He has championed the use of innovative brain monitoring techniques including continuous EEG monitoring. His sits on the editorial board of Annals of Neurology and Neurocritical Care.

Dr Claassen’s research characterizes physiologic changes following acute brain injury, focusing on novel treatment approaches to potentially improve patient outcomes. He is a widely recognized expert on disorders of consciousness.

Department of Neurology, Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology, Columbia University, New York - USA


Carlo Giussani is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca from 2015. Director of Neurosurgery of Ospedale San Gerardo, Monza, Italy an chief of the Residency Program in Neurosurgery at the Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca. From July 2017 affiliated he's Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

PhD in Neuropsychology degree at the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France, under the direction of Professor Franck-Emmanuel Roux and  Professor Jean François Dèmonet (2011).

Previous research Fellow at the Brain Tumor Laboratory  of the Department of Neurosurgery of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston under the direction of Professor Peter M. Black (2001-2002). Resident at the Dept. of Neurosurgery, Universite’ Paul Sabatier de Toulouse, France fellowship in Brain Tumor Surgery and Human Brain Mapping. Service de Neurochirurgie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Purpan, Toulouse, France under the direction of Professor Franck-Emmanuel Roux (2005-2006). Neuro-Oncology and Brain Mapping Fellow at the Division of Neurosurgery, Dept. of Neurological Sciences of the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, IRCCS , Milano under the direction of Professor Sergio Maria Gaini (2007). Senior Fellow in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle WA under the direction of Professor Richard G. Ellenbogen (2008-2009).

The surgical activity is focused on adult and pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Brain Trauma, Hydrocephalus, Pediatric Neurosurgery (craniofaciostenosis and hydrocephalus) and Vascular Neurosurgery.

The research activity is focused on adult and pediatric translational neuro-oncology, human brain mapping and hydrocephalus.

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Milan-Bicocca, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy.


Gregory Hawryluk is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba. 

He did his medical training at the University of Alberta  and obtained a PhD and FRCSC in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto with a Neurotrauma fellowship at theUCSF

He is a neurosurgeon and basic scientist. His research aims to improve outcomes from brain and spinal cord injury and spans from basic science to translational science to clinical work.

He is Medical Director and Scientific Advisory Board Chair of the Brain Trauma Foundation.

Neurological Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Akron General Hospital, Fairlawn, OH, USA


Raimund HELBOK is Professor of Neurology and  Head Department of Neurology at the Kepler Universitätsklinikum in Linz. Austria

He did his medical training at the Medical University of Innsbruck and obtained a Master Degree in Clinical Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. After his training in General Medicine and Neurology he conducted his research fellowship at the Division of Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA.

Dr. Helbok’s clinical practice covers the spectrum of neurology and neurocritical care, including the management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus, neuromuscular diseases, autoimmune encephalitis and neuroinfectious diseases.

His major research interest is monitoring of the central nervous system in critical care patients with primary head injury as tool to prevent secondary brain injury. He has conducted many academic studies in the field of advanced neuromonitoring techniques including cerebral microdialyis, brain oxygen monitoring and electroencephalography with specific interest in “cortical spreading depolarisations”. Another field of interest is infectious diseases involving the central nervous system based on clinical care of patients with i.e. meningitis, encephalitis, brain abscess and his academic degree in clinical tropical medicine.  He is collaborator of different international trials and is involved in guidelines and consensus conferences.  He is active member of several national and international societies, i.e. European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM, neurocritical care section), European Academy of Neurology (EAN, scientific committee neurocritical care and neuroinfectious diseases), Austrian Society of Neurology. 

He is one of the leaders of the Curing Coma Campaign


Dr. Claude Hemphill is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and Chief of Neurology and Director of Neurocritical Care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. His research focuses on advanced neuromonitoring, informatics, and management of intracerebral hemorrhage. He is a founding director and Past-President of the Neurocritical Care Society and is a member of the editorial board of Neurocritical Care. His work has been previously funded by the National Institutes of Health through a K23 Career Development Award to study intracerebral hemorrhage and as PI of the San Francisco hub of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network to conduct clinical trials for various neuroemergencies such as traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus, and stroke. He is the current co-chair of the Neurocritical Care Research Network and of the Curing Coma Campaign of the Neurocritical Care Society. He also served as chair of the writing groups for the 2015 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Guidelines for the Management of Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage and the 2018 Clinical Performance Measures for Adults Hospitalized with Intracerebral Hemorrhage.

He is one of the leaders of the Curing Coma Campaign

University of California San Francisco, USA; Director of Neurocritical Care, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, USA


Professor Thomas Langer is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and Critical Care Medicine specialist, having earned his certification from the University of Milan. From 2011 to 2012, he served as a research fellow at the United States Army Institute for Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas, under the National Research Council. Subsequently, he held positions as researcher and staff ICU physician at the University of Milan, Policlinico hospital. In 2019 he moved to Niguarda Hospital, where he currently serve in the general ICU. As of 2022, he hold the position of Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His primary research focuses on acid-base and electrolyte pathophysiology, fluid therapy, respiratory pathophysiology, control of breathing, and extracorporeal gas exchange. 

University of Milano-Bicocca, Dept. of Medicine and Surgery, Monza, Italy


Marcello Massimini, Professor of Human Physiology at University of Milan, was trained as a medical doctor and devoted his career so far to understanding how the excitability and connectivity of cortical circuits is organized in space and how it changes across different brain states, such as wakefulness, sleep, anesthesia and coma. His research path spanned from intracellular recordings in animal models during sleep and anesthesia to multimodal (EEG, TMS, MRI) recordings in healthy humans and patients. Over the last 10 years he has focused on connecting concepts from basic neurophysiology and theoretical neuroscience to human brain in heath and disease. In doing so, he has established himself among the world experts in field of the neurophysiology of consciousness and its disorders following brain damage. Along this line, he has recently coordinated (together with Nikolas Schiff at Cornell University, NY) a large international effort endorsed by the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology to produce the latest recommendations for the use and interpretation of spontaneous and evoked EEG on coma. Technically, he has pioneered and validated an original approach to the human brain, whereby the properties of human thalamocortical circuits can be studied non-invasively by means of direct perturbations and recordings using simultaneous transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography (TMS/EEG). 

University of Milan, Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, Milan, Italy


Geert Meyfroidt is Professor of Medicine at the University of Leuven and Consultant Intensivist at the University Hospitals Leuven, in Belgium. He is funded by the Flemish Government as Senior Clinical Investigator. Current research projects include: data mining and predictive modeling in neuro-intensive care and acute kidney injury; clinical and laboratory studies on cerebrovascular autoregulation; ketamine and brain injury; convalescent plasma for COVID-19. He is president of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine, and chair of the Neuro-Intensive Care section of  ESICM.

Intensive Care Medicine, UZ Leuven, Belgium


Virginia Newcombe is a consultant in Neurosciences and Trauma Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She is a Royal College of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor and holds an Academy of Medical Sciences and Health Foundation Clinician Scientist Fellowship. Her main research interests focus on prognostication, neuroimaging and the use of biomarkers after traumatic brain injury.

University Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge, UK  


Chiara Robba is a Consultant in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Policlinico San Martino, Genova. She worked many years in the Neurocritical Care Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and she got her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Genova under the supervision of Prof Marek Czosnyka. Her research is focused on neuromonitoring techniques and in particular on the use of Brain Ultrasound in different clinical settings. She is author of several peer reviewed publications mainly on the field of Neurointensive Care and Mechanical Ventilation, and speaker at many national and international conferences. She is now the Chair of the Neurointensive Care Section of the European Society of Intensive Care. 


Policlinico San Martino, Anesthesia and Intensive care, Genova, Italy


Claudio Sandroni is assistant professor of Intensive Care at the Medical Faculty of the Catholic University School of Medicine and Senior Consultant at Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, Italy.  He is responsible for post-cardiac arrest management in a 20-bed Intensive Care Unit.

As a researcher in the field of resuscitation, he focused on the epidemiology and treatment of in-hospital cardiac arrest, post-anoxic brain injury, and post-resuscitation care. In 2013, he conducted the first systematic review on predictors of neurological outcome in cardiac arrest. This evidence review informed the first edition of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines on Post-Resuscitation Care (2015) in which he participated as a senior author.

Dr. Sandroni is Chair of the Trauma and Emergency Medicine (TEM) Section of ESICM and member of the Editorial Board of Intensive Care Medicine, Official ESICM Journal. He also serves as a member of the ERC Advanced Life Support (ALS) Working Group and as a member of the Editorial Board of Resuscitation, Official ERC Journal. He has been appointed ERC Fellow (FERC) in 2011. 

Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli - Rome, Italy


Prof. Sarwal 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


Romain Sonneville is Professor of intensive care medicine at the Bichat Claude Bernard university hospital, APHP, université de Paris, France. He finished his training in neurology and intensive care medicine in 2007. He completed his PhD at the university of Leuven, Belgium. Currently, he is engaged in clinical care and research projects in the field of acute brain injury, sepsis, and neurologic complications of critical illness.

Université de Paris, INSERM UMR1148 and Médecine intensive – Réanimation, AP-HP, Hôpital Bichat - Claude Bernard, Paris, France


Nino Stocchetti is Director of Neuroscience Intensive Care, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy and Full professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at University of Milan. He obtained both his Medical degree and Specialization in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at University of Parma.

Firstly, he worked as staff physician and then second in charge  at the Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital of Parma. Research Fellowship at the Division of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University), Richmond, USA.

Fields of interest: physiopathology of secondary cerebral damage; intracranial pressure monitoring and control; coupling of cerebral blood flow and metabolism in head trauma; subarachnoid haemorrhage; guidelines development; computer-based data acquisition and analysis; database design and implementation for head injury.

Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation University of Milan and Neuro ICU Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan


Fabio S. Taccone is Professor at the Department of Intensive Care of Hopital Erasme and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels (Belgium). He received his medical degree from the University of Naples, Italy (SUN) in 2000 and obtained post-graduate licenses in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine at ULB. He obtained in October 2014 his PhD doctoral degree with a thesis on cerebral microcirculation during sepsis. Pr. Taccone has a large area of interest in critical care medicine, with a particular research in antibiotic pharmacokinetics, brain injury, microcirculation during severe infections, therapeutic hypothermia as a neuro-protective strategy and ECMO. He has authored more than 220 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and is Section Editor of Minerva Anestesiologica and BMC Emergency Medicine. He is also Chair of the Neuro-Intensive Care section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) since 2016 and member of the Advisory Board of the International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) since 2011 as well of two different Working Groups at EuroELSO. 

Department of Intensive Care, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Bruxelles, Belgium 


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