Course Information
UCLA ICU of the Future 2020: The Next Decade of Neurocritical Care

Wasserman Conference Room and Carnesale Commons
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California

*Please note the Thursday workshop is now full.

January 30, 2020 to January 31, 2020
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

This is our 13th Annual Neurocritical Care Symposium featuring a two-day conference designed to discuss innovative strategies to treat neurotrauma, cardiac arrest and other neurologic emergencies. 

This two-day conference is designed to explore modern approaches to patient care for patients with ICU delirium, anoxic brain injury, traumatic brain injury, coma, stroke, brain hemorrhage, and seizures. The main plenary session will explore essential core concepts for personalized patient care, review of essential guidelines, and in-depth discussion of modern approaches to saving the brain in critically ill patients. The hands-on workshop is designed to explore brain monitoring techniques and novel therapeutic interventions. Interactive lectures supplemented with discussion groups, simulation training, and hands-on workshops will provide unique learning that transcends the usual CME course, and enable participatory learning for maximal impact on your practice.

Special Focus for 2020

Trauma: State of the art in resuscitation
ICU Care: Discussion of infection control, delirium and ethics
Cardiac Arrest: Innovative strategies and hypothermia
Stroke Controversies: Thrombectomy for stroke and surgery for ICH
Critical Care Skills Workshop: Neuromonitoring, ultrasound, and resuscitation skills
Ask the Experts: Discuss interactive cases with the expert faculty
Audience Response: This is a highly interactive, participatory conference. There will be a live audience response for each lecture and the simulation sessions

Target Audience

Emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, intensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, advanced practice nurses, intensive care unit nurses.

Registration Information


Thursday Workshop, January 30, 2020 - Optional (Limited Space - 40)

  • Workshop is full. Registration for the Thursday workshop is now closed. You may still enroll in the 13th Annual Neurocritical Care Symposium on Friday, January 31.

Friday 13th Annual Neurocritical Care Symposium, January 31, 2020 - Required 

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA ICU of the Future 2020
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

Thursday Workshop (limited seating)
Physicians  $200.00
Nurses/Allied Health Professionals  $150.00
Fellows/Residents  $75.00

Physicians  $300.00
Nurses/Allied Health Professionals  $200.00
Fellows/Residents  $75.00


Cancellations must be received in writing by January 3, 2020 and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be given after that date. If for any reason the course must be canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled a full refund will be provided.



Paul M. Vespa, MD, FCCM, FAAN, FNCS
Assistant Dean of Critical Care Medicine (Research)
Gary L. Brinderson Family Chair in Neurocritical Care
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 


Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FCCM, MCCM, FNCS
Professor, Department of Neurology, Division of Stroke and Critical Care, and Division of Clinical Neurophysiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Professor Emeritus of Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, Medicine, and Anesthesiology
Rush Medical College
Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program
Northwestern University 

Global Coordinator, Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Coalition
UT Southwestern 

Frank A. Rasulo, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care 
University Affiliated Hospital of Brescia, Italy
Head of Neuro Critical Care
Director of the Residency Program Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
University of Brescia Medical School
Chair of the Neuroanesthesiology
Neuro Critical Care Section for SIAARTI 


Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery & Neurology

Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology
Vice Chair, Perioperative Medicine
Vice Chair, Research
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD, FAANS
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

Richard G. Everson, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery 

Won Kim, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology

Martin M. Monti, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Department of Neurosurgery

May Nour, MD, PhD
Medical Director
UCLA Mobile Stroke Rescue Program
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Radiology
UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center and Division of Interventional Neuroradiology 

Program Agenda

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (Wasserman Conference Room)



Registration and Lunch

11:30 EEG Monitoring Fundamentals
Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FCCM, MCCM, FNCS
12:00 EEG Monitoring Informatics/Automation
Paul M. Vespa, MD, FCCM, FAAN, FNCS
12:30 Transcranial and Optic Nerve Ultrasound
Frank A. Rasulo, MD
1:00 Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
Won Kim, MD
1:30 Invasive Brain Monitoring
Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
2:00 Break
2:30 A Heads Up on Cardio-Cerebral Resuscitation
3:00 Hands-on Session with Stations/Case Discussions with Faculty – EEG, Ultrasound, Invasive Monitoring, Heads up CPR
5:00 Adjourn


Friday, January 31, 2020 (Carnesale Commons)

7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 Introduction
8:05 Neurocritical Care 2020
Paul M. Vespa, MD, FCCM, FAAN, FNCS
8:30 Effecting Good Neuro Outcomes in Cardiac Arrest
9:00 Cerebral Protection after Cardiac Arrest
Frank A. Rasulo, MD
9:30 Advances in Pre-Hospital Stroke Care: Mobile Stroke Unit Field Diagnosis and Treatment
May Nour, MD, PhD
10:00 Break
10:30 EEG Monitoring in Critically Ill Patients
Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FCCM, MCCM, FNCS
11:00 Neuropharmacology in the Complex ICU Patient
Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
11:30 AI Closed-Loop Anesthesia to Protect the Brain
Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Evidence-Based Surgery for TBI
Richard G. Everson, MD
1:30 Next Generation Treatments in TBI
Paul M. Vespa, MD, FCCM, FAAN, FNCS
2:00 Coma Prognosis and Early Recovery Treatments
Frank A. Rasulo, MD
2:30 Waking the Coma Patient with Image Guided Ultrasound
Martin M. Monti, PhD
3:00 Break
3:30 Medical Treatment for Brain Hemorrhage
Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD
4:00 Noninvasive Surgery for Brain Hemorrhage
Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD, FAANS
4:30 Evidence Based Treatments in Status Epilepticus
Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FCCM, MCCM, FNCS
5:00 Adjourn



At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Implement non-invasive brain monitoring in comatose patients
  • Treat neurologic emergencies such as status epilepticus and brain trauma
  • Formulate treatment protocols for brain hemorrhage using evidence-based medicine
  • Enable the use of novel treatments for cardiac arrest and brain resuscitation
  • Understand the emerging role of stimulation treatments for coma and disorders of consciousness
  • Make use of emergency response systems for acute ischemic stroke


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for Category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local state board for specific continuing education policies.


The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is ”truly independent” and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that non promotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts. 


Parking and Directions

Parking and Directions for January 30
Edie and Lew Wasserman Building
300 Stein Plaza Driveway
Los Angeles, CA 90095

From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., east toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd., travel past Charles E. Young Dr. South and turn left on Structure 8 driveway. Drive up the ramp to the rooftop level to park. Pay per license plate at the kiosk and display the parking permit on your dash. All day self-parking is $13.00. Exit the parking structure on Westwood Blvd. and walk south toward the Edie & Lew Wasserman Building.

Parking and Directions for January 31
UCLA Carnesale Commons
251 Charles E. Young Drive West
Los Angeles, CA 90095

From the 405 Freeway Exit on Sunset Blvd.. Proceed east on Sunset Blvd. and enter the campus by turning right onto Bellagio Drive. Proceed to the stop sign at the top of the hill. Turn left at the stop sign onto De Neve Drive. Proceed 0.3 mile down the hill to the SV (Sunset Village) parking structure. The structure will be on your right. Turn right into the parking structure. Pay per license plate at the kiosk and display the parking permit on your dash. All day self-parking is $13.00. Please note there is limited parking in the Sunset Village parking structure. Additional parking is available in Parking Structure 8, see instructions above for January 30.