Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2018

Featuring the ADRENAL Trial Results

Free Live Stream of ADRENAL Trial Results Session 09:00 to 11:00

Live Stream for the ADRENAL Trial Results

New England Journal of Medicine ADRENAL Paper



Every year the Critical Care Reviews Meeting brings the chief investigators for the biggest and best critical care trials of the year to Belfast to discuss their work. The programme is put together throughout the year as these trials either near completion or are published, but we have three confirmed mega trials to open registration with:

  • ADRENAL - Prof Bala Venkatesh (Brisbane) will discuss ADRENAL, ANZICS latest mega trial, investigating corticosteroids in septic shock.
  • TRANSFUSE - Prof Alistair Nichol (Dublin / Melbourne) will discuss TRANSFUSE, another massive ANZICS RCT, examining the age of transfused red cells in the critically ill
  • MACMAN - Dr Jean-Baptise Lascarrou (Nantes) will present the MACMAN trial, comparing direct laryngoscopy with video laryngoscopy in the ICU.
  • ATHOS-3 - Dr Ashish Khanna (Cleveland) gives his perspective on the ATHOS-3 trial, evaluating angiotensin II in vasodilatory shock.
  • BREATHE - Prof Gavin Perkins (Warwick) tackles the role of non-invasive ventilation to achieve liberation from invasive mechanical ventilation
  • VAP-RAPID - Prof John Simpson (Newcastle) describes his trial investigating a biomarker-guided strategy for limiting antibiotics for ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • ART - Prof Alexandre Cavalcanti (São Paulo) explains the ART trial, testing alveolar recruitment in ARDS
  • SURVIVING SEPSIS CAMPAIGN - Prof Andrew Rhodes (London) will explore the latest version of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, which was released in January
  • JOHN HINDS TRAUMA LECTURE - Dr Sophie Wallace (Perth) delivers this honorary lecture, recalling events during a major incident on Mount Everest

The Meeting is getting increasingly popular and in 2017 sold out for the first time. If you haven't yet been, and are wondering what it's all about check out the promotional movie. In addition to the big trials, we also review the remaining major trials of the year, have talks on "how I manage..." specific conditions by these experts, and take a look at the dark arts of critical care research with some of the best trialists in the world. In addition, every delegate will receive a free copy of the "Critical Care Reviews Book 2018" summarising, critiquing and placing in context the best critical care trials of the year. If you are unluckily enough not to be able to make it, all talks will be recorded and made freely available online after the event. You can check out the previous talks here and last years book here

The Critical Care Reviews Meeting is a small, intimate event where you get the opportunity to meet the faculty, ask questions and have a beer with them. The famous "Informal Chat", held at the end of the day, guarantees this opportunity to ask some real questions and get some very interesting answers. Stay for dinner afterwards, overlooking the slipways where RMS Titanic and Olympic were built and launched. Year on year delegate feedback has been incredibly positive confirming this as one of the best meetings around. In 2017 delegates travelled from across Ireland, the UK, Europe, India, the USA and Australia. Don't wait too long before registering as numbers are limited and the meeting will sell out.

Critical Care Reviews is a not-for-profit organisation.



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****Please note Student Registation has now sold out****



***** Dinner has now sold out - if you would like to attend, please email us and we'll add your name to a waiting list *****


Due to the crash in the value of sterling, registration fees have had to be increased slightly this August. This small price increase is necessary to cover the increased costs of running an international meeting through a rapidly devaluing currency. The meeting still offers exceptional value for money, being cheaper than most similar one day meetings, but with a far stronger programme. Critical Care Reviews is a not-for-profit organisation.


Voluntary Contribution


As a not-for-profit meeting, Critical Care Reviews promotes the support of similar meetings in less well resourced areas of the world. Supadel is a unique initiative of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) that sponsors the attendance of delegates from low and middle income countries at AFEM-affiliated conferences on African soil. The program has been operational for eight years, and in this time has allowed numerous Emergency Care professionals to attend high quality acute care conferences throughout the continent. If you are able, please consider supporting colleagues in less wealthy parts of the world. Critical Care Reviews is not associated with Supadel - I just think it would be great to help.



Please Note:

  • The post meeting dinner is not included in the meeting registration fee and needs to be purchased separately. Numbers are limited, so please book early if you wish to attend.
  • A receipt will be emailed to the address used during this purchase - please keep this receipt as it is your proof of purchase.


  • A full refund will be provided if cancellation is made by November 1st
  • A 75% refund will be provided if cancellation is made by December 1st
  • A 50% refund will be provided if cancellation is made by December 31st
  • No refund will be available if cancellation is made on or after January 1st
  • Cancellation can be made by emailing and quoting your paypal receipt number.            

Getting Here

There are daily flights to Belfast from a range of UK airports, as well as several European cities and even North America. Dublin Airport is just a 90 minute drive from Belfast, and there are also train links from Dublin to Belfast. Belfast City Airport is almost beside Titanic, and is just a 5 minute taxi ride, depending on traffic. Belfast International Airport is a 15 to 20 minute drive away, with good bus links to the city centre. Titanic is within easy walking distance of the city centre, again being just a 20 to 30 minute stroll.

Things to Do

It would be great to have you come along to #CCR18. Travel on Wednesday or Thursday, attend the meeting on Friday and see some of the local landmarks over the weekend, before returning home on Sunday evening after a great winter break. On Saturday visit the North Coast: the World Heritage site Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillary, the oldest distillary in the world; while on Sunday experience Belfast: the new acclaimed Titanic Centre followed by a famous black taxi tour describing the troubled past of one of Europe's now most vibrant cities.  Please note there is no access to the Titanic Exhibition on the day of the meeting. You'll need to visit it either on the day before or after and may need to book in advance.

There's loads to do in and around the city. Feel free to contact me if you're thinking about making the trip - it would be great to hear from you.


We are delighted to announce Armstrong Medical as our Platinium Sponsor for 2018.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2018, please email Chris and he will get back to you.

Please note our sponsors have no input into the organisation of the meeting or its scientific programme, which is solely the responsibility of Critical Care Reviews. All monies received help to cover the costs of running the educational aspect of this event.