The goal of the Curing Coma Campaign is to “change the game” regarding how coma and related disorders of consciousness are diagnosed, treated, and recovered. With its launch in 2019, one of the first goals of the Curing Coma Campaign was to bring together a diverse group of coma scientists, physicians, and implementation experts to advance the field of coma research.
The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) co-sponsored a 2-day virtual symposium, “Challenging the Future of Research for Coma and Disorders of Consciousness,” on September 9-10, 2020. This virtual event served as a concrete step in the direction of developing a vision for advancing coma care. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together a diverse and multidisciplinary group of individuals (scientists, clinician-scientists, patient advocacy representatives, and industry partners) to optimize and accelerate the science of recovery of consciousness.
Three fundamental and overarching areas of inquiry have been identified to lay the next steps to better understand coma states and coma recovery:
- Endotyping: Developing a better understanding of the different types of coma
- Biomarkers: Evaluating current tools and their shortcomings in understanding coma and its prognosis
- Proof of Concept Clinical Trials: Interventional clinical studies to evaluate new treatment protocols
Presenters included leading coma researchers and scientists from around the world. The proceedings of the summit will be published and will serve as a roadmap for future Curing Coma Campaign scientific efforts for years to come.