Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group


Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group (PNCRG) is dedicated to performing clinical and preclinical studies aimed at optimizing functional outcomes for critically ill children with neurological conditions.

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PNCRG is a truly international and multi-specialty organization.  All of the members share a common passion for research that will ultimately lead to improved neurocritical care for children.  Membership is open to physicians, scientists,  and other healthcare professionals who are involved with related research and/or the treatment and care of pediatric neurocritical patients.

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There is an ever increasing need for quality research in the field of pediatric neurocritical care.  PNCRG is committed to meeting this need by performing studies that will help improve pediatric neurocritical care for years to come.

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Lauren Marsillio-Craney Annual Lectureship

Lauren Elizabeth Marsillio-Craney MD, MS, was a distinguished faculty member in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Marsillio’s research applied data science and predictive analytics to anticipate, better understand, and treat critically ill children. Dr. Marsillio had deep appreciation for her mentors and was a talented and wonderful mentor to others. This annual lecture and scholarship aims to highlight and support the work of junior faculty and trainees in pediatric critical care medicine and related fields who have a scholarly focus on data science or autonomic medicine and to honor the inspiring life mission, vision and accomplishments of Dr. Marsillio. Application Deadline is June 15

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Recent Projects:

Pediatric Neurocritical Care Symposium: Field to Follow-up. April 8th, 2021 

Hosted by St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine

Children are more likely than not to survive critical illness, but with a wide variety of functional outcomes. Care at any point from pre-hospital admission to post-discharge follow-up can impact these long-term outcomes. This free virtual symposium brings together multidisciplinary providers from across the entire care continuum to discuss optimizing neurocritical care as we all work together to ultimately reintegrate children back into their home, school, and communities. Use the link or QR below for registration. 

Outcomes Virtual Mini-Symposium

Evaluating and Treating Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Building Toward Standardized Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Collaborative Research

Our mini-symposium was held virtually on February 16th, 12-5p ET, and featured an excellent discussion of the assessment of clinical outcomes in children recovering from critical illness.  The conference highlighted four successful program models for providing post-ICU care, and also focused on cognitive and developmental assessments in multidisciplinary post-ICU clinics. Recorded video of the conference will be available on the member page.

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The GCS-Covid-Peds Study 

A multicenter, multinational cohort observational study to document prevalence and severity of neurological symptoms and outcomes among patients younger than 18 years old admitted to the hospital with confirmed or presumed COVID19

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Practice Recommendations for Transcranial Doppler Ultrosonography

To improve consistency, optimize safety and efficacy, and provide for meaningful and reproducible results in clinical care and research, the PNCRG TCD subgroup has prepared A multidisciplinary expert consensus statement on the use of TCD in critically ill children.