What Happens When We Die? Insights from Resuscitation Science
Monday, November 18, 2019
The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York
Today, thanks to modern resuscitation science, death can no longer be considered an absolute moment but rather a process that can be reversed even many hours after it has taken place. Clinicians and researchers around the globe are engaged in transformative research to improve resuscitation techniques and increase high-quality survivorship. Their findings have upended conventional notions about the nature of brain injury and death itself. Researchers are demonstrating that brain cells are far more resilient to loss of oxygen after the heart stops than once believed — brain cells actually undergo a slow process of death that can take hours or days following a person’s death — leading to new interventions to protect the brain and save the lives of people who cross the traditional threshold of death. At the same time, scientists are also bringing the lens of science to the study of consciousness. Striving to prevent disorders of consciousness, the medical community is confronting issues that challenge deeply-held beliefs about what happens when we die.
Provocative, surprising, and challenging, these avenues of research may inform strategies for improving quality survival, yet they also carry significant implications for organ donation programs, end-of-life decision-making and understanding the nature of human consciousness.
This symposium will bring together leading physicians and researchers in disciplines ranging from critical care and neurology to psychology, biochemistry, and philosophy. In a series of plenary presentations, speakers will review recent and emerging research related to restoring function to the brain after death, consciousness after cardiac arrest, cardiac arrest survival, and neuroprotection strategies, and more, to chart a course for new directions in the study of resuscitation and consciousness.
This conference will be followed by an evening program titled, What Happens When We Die? Surviving Cardiac Arrest. For more information on this evening lecture, please visit: www.nyas.org/Resuscitation2019b. Register for both events together and receive a discount. Pricing for the evening program is displayed by clicking the + symbol in the registration box below.
NYU School of Medicine
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Yale School of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
NYU Langone Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Cardiac Arrest Survivor
November 18, 2019
SESSION I: Cardiac Arrest and Post-Cardiac Arrest Syndrome: A Historical Review and Future Directions
SESSION II: Death and the Brain: A Singular Irreversible Event or an Injury Amendable to Treatment
Critically Ill Brain in Cardiac Arrest
Restoring Function to the Brain after Death
Sessions I and II Q&A
Networking Coffee Break
SESSION III: Mind, Brain, and Consciousness during Cardiac Arrest and Clinical Death
The Experience of Cardiac Arrest Survival
Consciousness, Awareness & Psychological Outcomes after Cardiac Arrest
SESSION IV: Neuroprotection: Minimizing Brain Damage after Cardiac Arrest and “Death”
Consciousness and Recovery
Neuroprotection Strategies for Cardiac Arrest
Sessions II and III Q&A
SESSION V: Launch of Resuscitation and Critical Care Research Program
Announcement: Four inter-related studies