Speakers

Prof Louise Rose

Professor Louise Rose, RN, PhD is a Professor of Critical Care Nursing and Research Division Head at King’s College London, UK and an honorary Professor in Critical Care and the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Prof Rose’s research program focuses on improving outcomes and the healthcare experience of mechanically ventilated patients across the care continuum from the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialized weaning centre and in the home. Since commencing her research career she has been awarded over 110 peer reviewed research grants totalling over £20 million and has over 230 peer reviewed publications. During the pandemic Prof Rose co-founded Life Lines – a philanthropic initiative that provided over 1400 4G enabled tablets with a bespoke ICU virtual visiting solution to over 180 NHS hospitals enabling over 135,000 virtual visits across the UK. She recently received a MBE in the 2023 King’s New Year’s Honours list for this work.

Brenda Morrow is a Physiotherapist and Full Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Brenda is an active clinician-scientist with a special interests in interdisciplinary paediatric critical care practice and research; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; palliative care; and medical ethics. Brenda has over 120 peer reviewed publications; 13 book chapters; numerous national and international congress presentations and holds a Southern African National Research Foundation (NRF) B rating. She is currently President of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) and President-Elect of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa. Brenda is Editor-in-Chief of the Southern African Journal of Critical Care; Senior Associate Editor for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Associate Academic Editor of PlosOne and Frontiers in Pediatrics (Critical Care). She is a regular reviewer for over 40 international journals and grant funding agencies.

Prof Brenda Morrow

Dr Bharath Vijayaraghavan

Dr Bharath Kumar Tirupakuzhi Vijayaraghavan is a critical care physician and researcher from Chennai, India. Bharath trained in critical care medicine from University of Toronto, Canada and relocated to India to pursue a career as a clinician-researcher. Bharath’s broad area of interest is in improving outcomes for critically ill patients in India and other LMICs through investigator-led clinical trials. He is also deeply passionate about the practice and teaching of evidence-based clinical medicine.

Bharath established the Indian Registry of IntenSive care(IRIS), a cloud-based network of ICUs across India in 2019. In addition to tracking case-mix and outcomes, IRIS has grown into a platform that supports quality improvement and research.

Bharath holds an MSc. in Clinical Trials from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and led the HOPE(evaluation of HCQ as a prophylactic agent against COVID-19) and the LOVIT-India trials (evaluation of intravenous Vitamin C in sepsis).  He has also been part of the steering committee of several other international trials (COVID-STEROID 2, LOVIT, LOVIT-COVID, MegaROX, PROVE etc.,). Bharath has previously served as a Consultant to the Clinical Management Team (COVID-19) for the World Health Organization. He currently spends 50% of his time engaged in research and the other half as a practicing intensive care doctor.