Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium (CCEMRC)

Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium (CCEMRC) Mission Statement

To provide a forum for collaborative research in Critical Care EEG Monitoring and promote quality improvements and standardization of the clinical practice of Critical Care EEG Monitoring.

History

The formation of the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Consortium began almost a decade ago under the leadership of Dr. Lawrence Hirsch. The inaugural meeting took place at the ACNS annual meeting in Montreal where Dr. Hirsch led a handful of interested neurophysiologists in a discussion about creating a standardized EEG nomenclature for critical care EEG monitoring. This meeting led to the creation of the ACNS Subcommittee on Research Terminology for EEG monitoring and publication of the first version of standardized terminology in 2005.

As interest in EEG monitoring in the critical care setting grew, the ICU EEG monitoring committee of the ACNS was created, representing 9 academic medical centers across the US and Canada. In 2007, the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium (CCEMRC) was officially formed, again under the leadership of Dr. Lawrence Hirsch who served as the consortium’s first chair and PI. The CCEMRC was awarded an infrastructure grant from the American Epilepsy Society in 2008 which allowed for further expansion of the consortium as well as creation of a multicenter EEG monitoring database. Currently the consortium consists of 27 adult and pediatric centers across North America.

For more information contact Kristin McBain Kristin.mcbain@sickkids.ca