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Clinical Investigators Meetings

Network, learn, and advance critical care research.

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Learn about new developments in critical care research and attend a Discovery Clinical Investigators Meeting! Held twice a year by SCCM’s Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, these meetings give investigators the opportunity to:
  • Present new clinical proposals in an inclusive and supportive environment
  • Network with other investigators
  • Receive mentorship
  • Serve as subject matter experts in clinical research
  • Learn about Discovery programs and new clinical proposals
  • Communicate with program officers from various funding agencies

Upcoming Meeting

August 2024
More information will be available soon.

Submit a Clinical Investigator Proposal

Discovery provides a platform to submit and showcase new clinical proposals, offering various benefits. You can receive valuable feedback during the review process, and your proposal has the potential to become an Endorsed Project or even a part of the Discovery Program. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity.

Join the SCCM Discovery Community

Stay connected with Discovery leaders, improve your proposals, and get updates about upcoming Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings.

Complimentary Registration

In Person

Payment Information

  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards are accepted.

  • Check or international money order, payable to SCCM, may be used to register via mail only.

  • Fees must be paid in U.S. funds and checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.

  • For information on paying via wire transfer, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

  • Inquiries can be emailed to

Cancellation Policy 

Registrants may be eligible for refunds of activities at SCCM’s discretion. If you have not accessed the activity’s materials, have not completed a significant portion of the activity, and/or the content does not meet your needs, you may be eligible for a refund. A registrant’s cancellation of an in-person activity may incur a fee, at SCCM’s discretion. To reschedule an in-person activity, please contact SCCM Customer Service at least 30 days before the activity. If SCCM cannot hold an activity as intended, SCCM shall not be liable for any costs, expenses, or fees related to cancellation of travel and attendance associated with the event.


Theme: New Health Information Technologies Implementation: Who, How, Why, and What?

Advances in electronic medical records, clinical informatics, and artificial intelligence impact patients, clinicians, and healthcare systems. Widespread implementation of health information technology solutions has been limited because of a lack of knowledge about implementation methods and end results. The upcoming Discovery Clinical Investigators Meeting will focus on implementation science and how to bring best practices to the ICU bedside.
September 28, 2023
All times listed in Central Time.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Welcome and State of Discovery
Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Acceleration of Performance of PICU Liberation Elements: APPLE
Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Novel Multidimensional Immunologic Platforms to Elucidate New Treatments
Isaiah R. Turnbull, MD, PhD, FCCM
1:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. From Practice to Research: Leveraging Health Information Technology Systems as a Researcher
Teresa A. Rincon, RN, PhD, CCRN-K, FCCM
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Begin With the End in Mind: Building IT Systems for Patient Care to Facilitate Implementation Science/Research Framework
Omar Badawi, PharmD, FCCM
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Designing Your HIT Implementation Study: Roadblocks and Considerations
Molly McNett, PhD, RN, FNCS, FAAN
3:15 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Discovery Program and Discovery Workgroup Updates  
3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day 1 Closing
September 29, 2023
All times listed in Central Time.
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. Day 1 Review
Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD, FCCM
8:05 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. What Did I Just Step On? Avoiding Land Mines of Bias in Retrospective Study Design 
Todd A. Miano, PharmD, PhD
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Selecting Your Research Study Design for HIT-/QI-Based Research
Michele C. Balas, CCRN-K, PhD, RN
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Funder and Panel Q&A
10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Break
10:55 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Implementation Science Trial Design Roundtable
Mary Lough, PhD, RN, CCNS and Ashish K. Khana, MD, FCCP, FCCM
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Data Interoperability Roundtable
Smith F. Heavner, RN, PhD; Ramona L Walls, PhD; Danielle Boyce, MPH, DPA; Jeselyn Rhodes, MS
12:15 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Case Study: Beta-Lactam TDM Implementation Interactive Session
Erin F. Barreto, PharmD, MSc, FCCM
12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Day 2 Closing
Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM

Subject Matter Experts

Melissa L. Thompson Bastin, PharmD, BCCCP, PhD, FCCM
Melissa L. Thompson Bastin, PharmD, BCCCP, PhD, FCCM
Critical Care Pharmacist, Medical Intensive Care Unit/Pulmonary
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky HealthCare College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD, FCCM
Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, USA


Spring 2023 Discovery Clinical Investigators Meeting 

What’s Next for ICU Research? 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers developed methods and technology to open new avenues of investigation. Now that these new tools are available, how else can they be used? What’s next for ICU research? 

This two-hour Clinical Investigators Meeting will focus on these questions and more. Proposals will cover such topics as: 

  • Exploring the uses of emulated clinical trials and patient-centered outcomes

  • How machine learning can be used to prioritize critical patient care

  • The benefits of multinational research groups and how to create them

This free meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Let SCCM know you’re coming. RSVP now!

April 10, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central Time 
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