Junior faculty and early career investigators gathered for a mentor breakfast prior to the opening of the conference and presidential address by Pratik Pandharipande, MD. The 2017 Delirium Champion Award was presented to Molly Wagster, PhD by Wes Ely, MD, MPH.
The idelirium project was introduced by Rakesh Arora, MD, PhD. It is an international collaboration with a unified voice for advancing delirium care. The first World Delirium Awarness day was held in March of 2017 and will take place again on March 14th, 2018. More information about this initiative to get delirium on the world stage can be found at www.idelirium.org.
The keynote address, Immune Dysregulation and Cognitive Vulnerability in the Aging Rat Brain was presented by Susan Patterson, PhD. The morning concluded with a plenary session on sleep promotion to improve delirium and a review of the year in delirium research. The afternoon breakout sessions focused on advances in understanding the pathology of delirium and integrating outpatient care for ICU survivors with delirium, depression and dementia. The oral presentations featured topics on delirium pathophysiology and management as well as diagnosis and management of toxic deliria in the medical center and how to establish a Delirium Recognition and Intervention program in acute care. The day concluded with a diverse poster reception