Neurocritical Care

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Date/Time ET: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:30 AM  – 1:00 PM

Session Title: Curing Coma: Past, Present, and Future of Coma Science

Description: Coma and disorders of consciousness are commonly associated with the most severe of neurological injuries in our patients in the Neurointensive Care unit. As providers, we are limited in our ability to accurately diagnose and predict which patients will recover and which will have the worst of outcomes. We need to improve our ability to accurately diagnose the spectrum of disorders of consciousness, understand the underlying mechanisms of coma, and identify potential treatment interventions. Most importantly to our patients and their families, we need to have more accuracy in our determination of which patients can recover. In partnership with the Curing Coma campaign, a global campaign to develop and implement coma treatment strategies that improve human lives, we have invited global ambassadors and experts in coma science to discuss the challenges and potential solutions for the care of comatose patients.

Chair: Nerissa Ko, MD, MAS, University of California, San Francisco

Co-Chair: Marion Buckwalter, MD, PhD, Stanford University


  • To understand the limitations of our current clinical and diagnostic tools for the comatose patient
  • To incorporate advanced imaging and EEG in the care of the comatose patient
  • To understand the different endotypes of coma and the potential for treatment and prognosis
  • To learn the future role of data in coma research


The Science of Current Bedside Care of the Comatose Patient


Gisele Sampiao Silva, MD, MPH, PhD

Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil | UNIFESP/HIAE

Beyond the Neurological Exam: Endotyping Coma for Prognosis and Intervention


Robert Stevens, MD

Johns Hopkins University

Data Science in the Quest to Cure Coma


Soojin Park, MD

Columbia University

Using Advanced Imaging and EEG in Routine Coma Care: The European Academy of Neurology Guidelines


Daniel Kondziella MD, PhD, FEBN

Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet


Continuing Medical Education

The American Neurological Association hosts a wide range of educational programs. These programs seek to enhance the development and success of those pursuing a career in academic neurology at all levels. There are educational offerings to benefit those at the beginning stages of their careers, including students and those in their first faculty position, as well as those looking for best practices in Chair level positions. These programs seek to enhance attendee success in the field of academic neurology and to contribute to the overall education of neurologists and neuroscientists.

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ACCME Accreditation, AMA Designation, and MIPS Statements **Pertaining to Each Session Awarding CME**

The American Neurological Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Neurological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).


Instructions For Obtaining CME

Following the event, the evaluation and credit claiming system will open in OnDEC. Please complete the online evaluation by 12/31/2021 to obtain CME credit. You will be provided with a certificate after completing the evaluation. If you have any questions, please contact the ANA Meeting Coordinator at:

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Financial Disclosure Statements

The planners and faculty for this activity do not have any relationships to disclose unless listed here. Any relevant relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies will be mitigated according to ACCME Standards prior to the start of the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support

ANA received educational grants from the following ACCME-defined ineligible companies to support the CME aspects of this event: Added as confirmed.

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