Speakers

Prof Stijn Blot

Stijn Blot is senior full professor at Ghent University and honorary professor at The University of Queensland. His education includes nursing, midwifery, a master in nursing sciences, and a PhD in medical sciences. His research involves clinical epidemiology of infectious diseases, oral health, and pressure injuries. He believes ultidisciplinary collaboration is key to unravel the clinical challenges of intensive care, and that vision is reflected in his research as it bridges distinct disciplines. He succeeded to consolidate a solid international network of collaborators. His research is acknowledged with multiple international awards among which the ICAAC 2005 and ECCMID 2007 young investigator award, and ESICM’s Patient Safety Award (2008). In 2015 he was inducted in Sigma Nursing’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. In 2019 he received the Baxter International Foundation-supported Episteme Award. In 2021 he was recognized with an ESICM life-long honorary membership. His publication track record includes 12 books as editor, 40 books/book chapters as (co)author, and >350 publications indexed in the Web of Science adding to a h-index of 66. He served in multiple journal advisory boards, and since January 2024 he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Intensive & Critical Care Nursing.

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.