Gilles Clermont (President)
The world of critical care, and acute illness more generally, is experiencing a fundamental data revolution and is fertile ground for the emergence of artificial intelligence aiming to improve personalized care and the design of multiscale health care solutions. SCAI embraces these possibilities, as they complement tried and true causal physiology and sound engineering principles. SCAI’s mission to be an interdisciplinary forum for clinical and quantitative scientists from academia and industry positions it at the crossroads of this data revolution. Thus, SCAI will contribute to the evolution of data-augmented care, ensuring its usefulness, fairness, and meaningfulness.
Sven Zenker (Vice-President)
The critical care environment, since its inception, has been one of the clinical fields with the highest data density. Continued development of the biotechnological, imaging, and physiologcial measurement toolkit available to the intensive care clinician is contributing to an increase in this data density which is threatening to overwhelm the practitioner, potentially leading to suboptimal extraction of knowledge from the available information, and thus suboptimal decision making. Unfortunately, validated quantitative analysis and decision support technologies available at the bedside have not kept up with the development of the data generating techniques. Having been involved in SCAI activities for now more than 10 years, I have come to value the uniquely diverse intellectual environment it provides. This diversity is manifest in the range of backgrounds, from active clinicians who make sure discussions remain grounded in clinical practice, and thus relevant to improving patient care, over engineers with implementation expertise, to mathematician and physicist able to contribute theoretical insight enabled by higher levels of abstraction. This diversity, however, is also tangible in the broad range of approaches chosen, which cover a broad spectrum from pure “black box” data driven learning technologies, to non-linear timeseries analysis techniques motivated by techniques successful in the physical sciences, to mechanistic modelling efforts, and numerous combinations thereof, of course usually combined with or at least driven by real-life data acquisition either in the lab or the hospital. This diversity has both led to uniquely stimulating discussions of approaches to understanding the pathophysiology of critical illness and developing technologies to help resolve it that would not have been possible in other environments, and catalyzed the formation of the transdisciplinary collaborations required to successfully rise to the resulting challenges.
Elizabeth Lusczek (Treasurer)
All SCAI members bring a uniquely quantitative world view to the study of critical illness—a view that has been lacking yet is necessary in both critical illness and the larger biomedical science community. Thankfully, concepts such as systems biology and precision medicine are now being integrated into modern biomedical research. I firmly believe that SCAI has a place at the forefront of this new wave of research and I am proud to stand with the organization. I have been attending SCAI’s yearly meetings (ICCAI) since 2012. At that first meeting, I felt as if I had found my intellectual home. I am excited to serve the society as treasurer.
Ruben Zamora (Secretary)
I have been working with Dr. Yoram Vodovotz, former Secretary, Vice President and President of the Society for Complex Acute Illness (SCAI), for more than 15 years. I have witnessed the birth of the Society and actively participated in many of its national and international meetings, both with poster and oral presentations. As a key part of my current research work, I am very interested in the use of computational and data-driven methods to help unravel the complexity of acute illness. Embarking on being Secretary of SCAI would be very beneficial to my understanding of the role of the Society, to my future interactions with the trainees and senior members of SCAI across all disciplines, and more importantly to my contribution to the work of the Society.