Acute Medicine

Bruxelles Woluwe

The "acute medicine" thematic includes different areas of research related to the three professions representing acute medicine: anesthesiology, emergency medicine and intensive care. Our main research work is dedicated to clinical research through original local or multicentric international studies, both sponsored by academia or industry.

The research and development in acute medicine focus on six areas:

  1. Improving the understanding of sepsis, the inflammatory response of the organism following a microbial attack.
  2. The pulmonary embolism and new anticoagulants, particularly challenging in case of hemorrhage or in the perioperative period.
  3. Improving the perioperative management by analgesic techniques (neuromuscular blocking), by monitoring the coagulation and by teaching using simulations.
  4. The cardiovascular and hemodynamic failure by analyzing the endothelial dysfunction and myocardial depression during sepsis.
  5. A better pulmonary protection of critical patients, mainly those with acute respiratory distress syndrome, by analyzing the impact of oxygenation on bronchial cells.
  6. Assessment of the room left for innovative treatments in the case of rare acute intoxications threatening the patient's life.

ost researchers in this group belong to international collaborative groups. The challenges of this research area focusing on patients with acute diseases are to develop basic research aspects, to participate in the early stages of new drug development and to include patients outside of business hours.