The Neurocritical Care Research Network (NCRN): Building an International Research Infrastructure Chair: Jose I Suarez, MD*. Vice-Chair: Peter D LeRoux, MD+. Other members of the NCS Research Committee: Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD; Mustapha Ezzeddine, MD; Jennifer
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Frontera, MD; Romergryko Geocadin, MD; Carmelo Graffagnino, MD; Christiana Hall, MD; L. Michael James, MD; Walter Koroshetz, MD; Stephan Mayer, MD; Marek Mirski, MD, PhD; DaiWai Olson, PhD, RN; Gail Pyne-Geithman, PhD; Jonathan Rosand, MD; David Seder, MD; Paul Vespa, MD; Christine Wijman, MD; Osama Zaidat, MD; Wendy Ziai, MD; Kevin Sheth, MD.*Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurology, St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; +Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
The NCRN was created in 2010 to further research endeavors in neurocritical care. In this report we update the NCS and show progress of the NCRN toward organizing the research infrastructure. We have abstracted data from the registration questionnaire that individuals or institutions are required to fill out when they request NCRN membership. Here we describe the number of participating sites along with their geographic location, and organization.
There were 170 registrations in the NCRN database as of September 18, 2011, with 154 confirmable active sites. The database includes sites from 23 countries. Nearly two thirds of sites are located in the US. Other countries include with number of sites: Canada 6, Germany 5, Argentina 5, Colombia 3, Holland 3, Brazil 3, Japan 2, Philippines 2, Switzerland (2) and several other countries with 1.
Most sites are located in large urban centers (72%), are academic centers (79%), have dedicated neuroICUs (79%), and have >500 hospital beds (62%) (Figures 1-3).
Figure 1. Type of institution
Figure 2.Number of beds in institution
Jose I Suarez, MD