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NICIS 2023

June 26th and 27th

It is with great pleasure that we announce that registration for the NICIS (Neurosciences in Intensive Care International Symposium) 2023, which will take place on June 26 and 27 at the Institut Pasteur and whose theme is « Sound for a better care in ICU », is now open.
During these two days of symposium, we propose to discuss how the reaction to sounds can inform about patient’s cognition and how music can be used as a treatment.
The first day will focus on the physiological basis of consciousness, the brain processing of different types of sounds (familiar sounds such as one’s own name, threatening sounds, sounds of different intensity, approaching sounds exploring the peri-personal space) and the use of different innovative auditory algorithms used for the prognosis of patients with impaired consciousness in the ICU.
The second day will mainly focus on the effect of music for therapeutic purposes, addressing in particular its effects on delirium or on dyspnea, for example. Finally, we will address the potentially deleterious effects of noise in the critical care patient, and in particular the acute (resuscitation delirium) or chronic (anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder for example) psycho-cognitive complications induced by these auditory stimuli. Finally, the congress will explore the future of neuroscience and critical care, as well as the importance of translational research, at the crossroads of basic and clinical research.

We are also pleased to announce the participation of Armand Amar for a prestigious conference. Armand Amar is a French composer of international renown, specialized in film music. His conference on « Auditory Sound Effects » will explore ways to use sound and music to create emotional and cognitive responses in the audience. His knowledge of transcendent music will also be of particular interest for the exploration of consciousness.

A poster session is also organized on the second day, so that participants can present their work around the theme of « critical care and neuroscience ». The two best abstracts will be rewarded with a prize of 500 and 250 euros! You will find the submission recommendations on the website www.nicis.fr.

Finally, a party open to all participants will take place on June 26th from 7:30 pm in the Corcoran bar in Montmartre in order to continue the discussions in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy the beauty of the Sacred Heart.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Previous scientific programs

The vision of « Neurosciences in Intensive Care International Symposium » (NICIS) is to accelerate transformative advances in the care and science of patients with critical illness and neurological injury. NICIS brings together clinicians and scientists who have a common aspiration to translate discoveries in the neurosciences into better patient-centered outcomes.

Since NICIS 2017, 2 editions have been organized, one in Washington DC (NICIS.America) and the other one in Paris (NICIS Europe), respectively March 8-9th and June 28-29th.


NICIS 2021

part from EURONEURO 2021

NICIS 2020

cancelled due to pandemic covid

NICIS 2019

Neuro-prognostication in the ICU: from basic neuroscience to medical decision

NICIS 2018

Neuroscience of Critical illness and acute CNS infection

NICIS 2017

Neuroscience of Critical Illness : Ageing, Frailty and Resilience

NICIS 2016

Neuro-inflammation in Critical illness: From brain signaling to brain insult


Receptor for advanced glycation endproducts mediates longterm neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative-like changes and cognitive impairment induced by sepsis

Dr Felipe DAL-PIZZOL Head, Pathophysiology Laboratory, Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense Head, Intensive Care Unit, São José Hospital Professor, Internal Medicine Department Federal University of Santa Catarina Medical School BRAZIL


Clinicians and scientists who have a common aspiration to translate discoveries in the neurosciences into better patient-centered outcomes


Scientific Organizer


Scientific Organizer


Scientific Organizer

Fernando BOZZA

Scientific Organizer

Vincent DEGOS

Scientific Organizer


Scientific Organizer

Junior members

Benjamin ROHAUT

French Neurointensivist

Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital


French Neurointensivist and Anesthesiologist

GHU Paris Psychiatric and Neurosciences

Bertrand HERMANN

French Neurointensivist

Georges Pomidou, European Hospital 


French Neurointensivist

Cochin Hospital 


French Neurointensivist and Anesthesiologist

GHU Paris Psychiatric and Neurosciences


Brain Disorders in Critical Illness Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

This book is based on first symposium (Versailles June 2011)

R.D. Stevens, T. Sharshar, E. Wesley Ely

Textbook of Post-ICU Medicine: The Legacy of Critical Care

R.D. Stevens, N. Hart, M. Herridge


We would like to acknowledge support from the Société Française d’Anesthésie-Réanimation (SFAR) the Association des Neuro-Anesthésistes de langue Française (ANARLF) the Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF) and the[…]

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SFAR: Société Française d’Anesthésie-Réanimation
ANARLF: Association des Neuro-Anesthésistes de langue Française
SRLF: Société de Réanimation de Langue Française

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