Interdisciplinary Sepsis Symposium

Meet world leaders in sepsis research, education and training.

Join us for the Interdisciplinary Sepsis Symposium, an interdisciplinary gathering to improve sepsis care over the next few decades. Together, we’ll find ways to increase awareness of the scope of sepsis reach, and develop strategies for increased funding to politicians, government agencies, and funding foundations.

This is an opportunity to meet world leaders in sepsis clinical research, big data/machine learning analytics, novel devices, groundbreaking immunology research, and the latest in education and training.

Space is limited. Cost is $250. Register today at the link below.


Plenary Speakers:



Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Universite libre de Bruxelles, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme University Hospital, Brussels




Distinguished Professor and Mitchell P. Fink Chair of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Physician Director, CRISMA Center, Department of CCM, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC Health System




Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Surgery, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine





Symposium Overview:

Monday, September 10, 2018

7:00-8:00 a.m.: Registration, Check-in, Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m.: Opening and Welcome
Timothy Killeen, Ph.D., University of Illinois System, James Leonard, M.D., Carle Foundation Hospital

8:15-9:00 a.m.: Keynote: Overview and Broad Needs in Sepsis Research
J.L. Vincent, M.D., Ph.D., Universite libre de Bruxelles

9:00-10:00 a.m.: Speakers and Panel Discussion: Big Data/Machine Learning for Improving Sepsis Care
Tim Buchman, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University, Matthew Churpek, M.D., MPH, University of Chicago, Craig Umscheid, M.D., University of Pennsylvania

10:00-10:30 a.m.: Networking Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Speakers and Panel Discussion: Education/Training Protocols to Improve Sepsis Care
Emanuel Rivers, M.D., MPH., Henry Ford Health System, Laura Evans, M.D., MSc, Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Mitchell Levy, M.D., Brown University

11:30-11:45 a.m.: Patient Story
Ethan Sappington and Family

12:00-12:45 p.m.: Keynote: Immunology and Lunch
Richard Hotchkiss, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine

1:00-2:00 p.m.: Speakers and Panel Discussion: Immunology Research in Sepsis
Daniel Remick, M.D., Boston University, Konrad Reinhart, M.D., Jena University Hospital, Robert A. Balk, M.D., Rush University Medical Center

2:00-3:30 p.m.: Government Funding for Sepsis Research
Sarah Dunsmore, Ph.D., NIH, Anthony Fiore, M.D., MPH, CDC, Tyler Merkeley, BARDA, Steven Gitterman, M.D., Ph.D., FDA/CDRH

3:30-4:00 p.m.: Networking Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Speakers and Panel Discussion: Clinical Research in Sepsis
Chris Seymour, M.D., MSc, University of Pittsburgh, Vincent Liu, M.D., M.S., Kaiser Permanente, Hallie Prescott, M.D., MSc, University of Michigan

5:00-5:15 p.m.: Awards from the Global Sepsis Alliance

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

8:00-8:45 a.m.: Keynote: Clinical Research in the Past and Future
Derek Angus, M.D., MPH, FRCP, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Speakers and Panel Discussion: Novel Devices for Sepsis
Rashid Bashir, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dino DiCarlo, Ph.D., UCLA, Daniel Irimia, Ph.D., Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital

9:45-10:10 a.m.: Speakers and Discussion: Sepsis Policy and Awareness
Senator Chapin Rose, Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, Sepsis Alliance, Tom Heymann, MBA, Sepsis Alliance

10:10-10:20 a.m.: Break

10:20-10:45 a.m.: WHO Sepsis Initiative
Konrad Reinhart, M.D., Jena University Hospital

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Speakers and Panel Discussion: Biomarkers for Sepsis
Ephraim Tsalik, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University, Hector Wong, M.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Greg Martin, M.D., MSc, Emory University

11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks


Travel Recommendations:

The following hotels are within a few blocks of the Gleacher Center.

Embassy Suites: 312-836-5900
Intercontinental Chicago: 312-944-4100
Loews Chicago: 312-840-6600
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers: 312-464-1000
Swissotel: 312-565-0565
Trump International Hotel: 312-924-7600


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