• 2800 Plymouth Road
  • Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
  • United States

TITLE: ‘Innovation Challenges and Opportunities in Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation.”   

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Sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths each year in the United States.  Patients treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation outside the hospital have a less than 10% survival rate.  In this seminar, Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD will highlight the major challenges and knowledge gaps that are barriers to improving sudden cardiac arrest outcomes and describe how MCIRCC investigators are attacking the problem.

Dr. Neumar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan.  He is also a member of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) and the Michigan Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Lab led by Dr. Robert Bartlett.  Dr. Neumar is recognized as an international leader in the field of cardiac arrest resuscitation. His basic science research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of brain injury caused by cardiac arrest, and therapeutic strategies to improve neurologic outcomes. More recently, his laboratory and clinical studies have expanded to investigate the use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) for refractory cardiac arrest. Dr. Neumar previously served as Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Committee, which is responsible for creating the AHA guidelines on CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) that generates global consensus on science and treatment recommendations for CPR, emergency cardiovascular care, and first aid.  Dr. Neumar is also co-founder and President of SaveMiHeart: a consortium of academic institutions and EMS systems that has set a goal of doubling cardiac arrest survival in the state of Michigan by 2020.