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Robert C. Tasker, MBBS, MD, FRCP, chair of the Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s Hospital Boston presents "Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Learning What Treatment Works"

Critical Care Grand Rounds: Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Date: 06/12/2012 - 06/12/2012
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Location: O'Keefe Auditorium, Blake 1


At the end of the lecture the attendee should be able to

  • List the methods and approaches used to evaluate clinical effectiveness of treatment
  • Summarize the problem of assessing therapies in pediatric traumatic brain injury, from ictus to rehabilitation
  • Describe the way ahead for learning what works

Speaker Biography
Robert Tasker is chair of the Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also Professor in Neurology and Anesthesia (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Tasker is a graduate of Cambridge University (BA 1979, MA 1982, MD 1999) and London University (MBBS 1982). His research background is in Experimental Psychology (Cambridge University), with fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London) and laboratory Experimental Neuroscience (Johns Hopkins and University College London), a UK postgraduate doctorate on post-ischemic mechanisms of brain injury in infancy (Cambridge University, 1999), and independent clinical research investigation in physiology and neuroscience. Over the last 20 years he has had clinical faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University, the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and Cambridge University.

His area of excellence is clinical physiology and the translation of experimental findings to medical practice using the disciplines of clinical research and randomized controlled trials (RCT). To date, he has completed two cycles of translational research. 1993-2002 involved inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) for ventilation-perfusion mismatch related to lung injury, culminating in the pediatric iNO RCT. 2003-2012 involved the stress response during pediatric critical illness, which has finished with the completion of the ‘Control of hyperglycaemic in Paediatric Intensive Care’ RCT. He is now working on a third cycle with the research goal of improved clinical outcomes of children with severe traumatic brain injury.

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