The 7th Annual Safar Symposium and the 29th Annual Peter & Eva Safar Lectureship in Medical Sciences and Humanities were held at the University of Pittsburgh on May 6, 2009. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured this year’s symposium in an article published on May 6.
The morning session of the symposium focused on “Resuscitation in the 21st Century – from Cells to Systems,” was moderated by Drs. Hülya Bayir and Ed Jackson, and featured former research fellows. The first speaker was Mike Whalen, MD, from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who spoke about “Plasmalemma permeability: A Therapeutic Target for Brain Trauma?” He was followed by Robert Neumar, MD, from the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His talk was on “Calpain-Mediated Injury in Post-Ischemic Neurons.” Amy Wagner, MD, Associate Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Safar Center, spoke about “Rehabilitation Perspectives on Neuroresuscitation Research” followed by Bob Clark, MD, Associate Director of Pediatric Neuroscience and Molecular Biology at the Safar Center, who talked about “Practice, Proclivity, and Paradigm Shifts in Brain Resuscitation.” Rachel Berger, MD, Associate Director of Child Abuse at the Safar Center, gave a lecture on “Using Serum Biomarkers to Identify and Evaluate Children with Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury.” The morning session concluded with current research fellow Dr. David Shellington’s talk on “Advanced Resuscitation of Hemorrhagic Shock After Traumatic Brain Injury.”
Dr. Shellington was also the recipient of the 7th Nancy Caroline Fellowship Award. The Caroline Fellowship Award is voted on by all of the Associate Directors of the Safar Center and is open to all fellows currently doing research at the Safar Center.
This year’s Peter & Eva Safar Lecturer was former fellow Dr. Fritz Sterz from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. Dr. Sterz’ lecture “Peter Safar and Clinical Cooling” was extremely well received by the audience which included several former fellows of the Safar Center. The lecture was followed by a reception for all attending.
Members of the health care community then gathered at WISER for an afternoon session that was moderated by James Gordon, MD, MPA and Paul Phrampus, MD. Lectures and a real time chat were broadcasted live via the WISER website and gave individuals who were unable to attend the symposium the chance to view the speakers’ presentations and ask them questions.
Elite speakers from across the United States were invited to the afternoon session that started with Benjamin Berg, MD from SimTiki Simulation Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Dr. Berg spoke about "Simulation at a Distance-Friend or Foe?" The next speaker was Louis P. Halamek, MD, FAAP who discussed "Bringing Simulation to Millions: The Neonatal Resuscitation Program Experience." The afternoon also featured moderator and guest speaker James Gordon, MD, MPA who spoke to the audience about "Experiential Learning in Medical Education: The Case for Technology-Enhanced Patient Simulation." Mary Patterson, MD, MEd presented "Simulation for Evaluation of System Competence." The last speaker was one of WISER's own course facilitators, Shushma Aggarwal, MD who discussed the "Role of Simulation in Resident Education for Liver Transplant Anesthesia."
The afternoon wrapped up with closing remarks from the moderators and questions from the audience. This year's SAFAR Symposium was a great success and WISER looks forward to next year's symposium.
Following the symposium everyone was invited to stop by the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and celebrate the Center’s 30th Anniversary with a toast to Dr. Peter Safar.