Collaborative Clinical Trials in Intensive Care Medicine Conference, Prato, Italy
In June 2015, the SPHPM's Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre (ANZIC-RC) hosted the 2nd Collaborative Clinical Trials in Intensive Care Medicine Conference in Prato, Italy, with invited attendees from more than 15 countries. The organising committee comprised of Prof Jamie Cooper (Convenor), Prof Paul Myles, A/Prof Andrew Davies, Dr Carol Hodgson, Dr Vin Pellegrino, Lynne Murray and Amanda Martin (Coordinator).
The Conference took place at Monash University's Prato Centre in the elegant Salone Grollo of the Palazzo Vaj, from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 June. The Collaborative Clinical Trials in Anaesthesia Conference was held from Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 June, with a combined day on the Wednesday.
The Prato conference provided a unique opportunity for participants to engage with internationally renowned leaders in intensive care medicine clinical trials. Presentations covered six main themes: clinical trials in ICU recovery, ventilation strategies for acute lung injury, blood transfusion, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), traumatic brain injury and septic shock. Highlighted were 11 pivotal trials published recently or due for completion over the next 12 months.
We were delighted to have the Honourable Mike Rann, Australia's Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania and Libya, address the Conference. He spoke highly of the leadership demonstrated by the Australian Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia groups to strengthen the international collaborative networks for clinical trials, particularly with Europe.
Feedback from the meeting has been very positive.
From 5 to 7 June 2013, the ANZIC-RC hosted the inaugural Collaborative Clinical Trials in Intensive Care Medicine Conference at the Monash University Centre in Prato (near Florence), Italy, with invited attendees from 13 countries. The conference was held concurrently with the inaugural Collaborative Clinical Trials in Anaesthesia Conference. The organsing committee comprised of Prof Jamie Cooper (Convenor), Prof Paul Myles, Prof Gilles Capellier, Dr Vin Pellegrino, Ms Lynne Murray and Ms Amanda Martin (Coordinator).
The Prato 2013 conference was invaluable for strengthening and further developing the ANZIC-RC's international collaborations, particularly in the areas of traumatic brain injury and ECMO. It was also an ideal venue for investigator meetings with European investigators for ANZIC-RC multi-centre trials.