Major Clinical Trial Results in Belfast

Nigel Armstrong, Sales & Marketing Director Discusses #CCR20

17th February 2020

Global Critical Care Reviews in Belfast

Over the past 8 years, Armstrong Medical has witnessed the development of the annual Critical Care Review Meeting from a local one day to a global 2-day conference. Our Sales & Marketing Director, Nigel Armstrong discusses #CCR20.

CCR20 surpassed all previous achievements with 4 trial results streamed live around the world and simultaneously published online in the leading clinical journals JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) and the Lancet.

These trial results received significant mainstream and social media attention.

Prof Howard Bauchner, the editor-in-chief of JAMA, attended both days of the conference and for the first time JAMA have placed the video recordings of the presentations on their website.

4 Major Clinical Trial Results

The four major results announced were:

  • 65 Trial
  • IHME Sepsis Study
  • PEPTIC Trial, the largest ever critical care randomized trial
  • VITAMINS Trial, which studies the treatment of sepsis.

Find further details on the Critical Care Reviews website.

The IHME Sepsis Study, documenting the global burden of sepsis for the first time, was carried by over 1,000 news outlets worldwide, according to the University of Pittsburgh media team. There were also interviews with the presenter Dr Kristina Rudd on BBC Radio 4, CBS radio and NPR in the USA, and CCR20 panellist Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, live from Titanic Belfast on Sky News at prime time.

Global Focus for Critical Care Medicine

The event has now become the global focus for clinicians striving to improve outcomes in critical care medicine. It is no surprise that the event sells out each year with attendees traveling from around the globe. The 450 attendees in 2020 represented 16 countries, 75% from outside of Northern Ireland and approximately 40% outside the UK. The representation from outside the UK has grown year on year.

Putting Belfast on the map for Critical Care

Visit Belfast have estimated this year’s event was worth over 1 million pounds to the local economy. In addition to the over 450 delegates attending, there were 30, mostly international, faculty members and over 40 industry representatives. The international exposure for Northern Ireland, via the live streams, mainstream media coverage, social media coverage and published articles, is also significant.

In attendance were members of InFACT (International Forum for Acute Care Trialists), the international REMAP-CAP trial steering committee, and the Dublin-based Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Network, with all three groups choosing Belfast, during the week of the CCR meeting, as the destination for their annual meetings. The London-based 65 trial investigators also chose the CCR meeting to host a private live-stream of their results to their centre investigators the afternoon before their main public presentation.

Plans for CCR21

Less than a week after CCR20, plans for CCR21 were already taking shape with the highest profile international critical care trial of 2021 confirming CCR21 as the destination of their trial results presentation.

The announcement of the completion of patient recruitment for that trial was covered on BBC News. Another 5 trials have expressed a wish to present their results here, including two local trials. With such demand from trialists and delegates, it is anticipated the organising committee of CCR21 will explore the viability of a three-day meeting next year.

CCR is a not for profit organisation, and the team, led by Dr Rob Mac Sweeney, are full time intensive care doctors working in the Belfast Trust, an astonishing achievement given the demand and expectation to organise a world class international meeting.

The Critical Care Reviews Meeting fits within our vision to be the Global preferred partner supporting health care professionals to save lives in acute respiratory care. Clinical education is a core value of our offering and to bring our customers to this world class event on our doorstep is a huge privilege.