University of Utah – Medical Center
Since early in my career I have viewed the National Neurotrauma Society and its members as pursuing the noblest of causes - to find a cure or effective treatment for the devastation of brain and spinal cord injuries. I have been grateful for tremendous collegiality and encouragement from those affiliated with the NNS and am inspired to work collaboratively with these honorable people for the common good. The NNS provides a culture medium for academic enrichment and for the personal and professional bonds that will be key to curing the terrible conditions we study.
Dr. Hawryluk is Director of Neurosurgical Critical Care at the University of Utah and is a neurosurgeon-basic scientist whose research portfolio spans the spectrum from basic science to translational work to the purely clinical. Dr. Hawryluk’s basic science efforts are focused on better understanding the causes of delayed neural degeneration which follows central nervous system injury. His aim is to improve mechanistic understanding and to develop new therapeutic approaches. In the clinical realm Dr. Hawryluk contributes extensively to the development and review of clinical practice guidelines relevant to the care of brain and spinal cord injured patients. He had broad interest in working to improve understanding of brain and spinal cord injury as well as the management of these conditions. He is very interested in studying physiologic “big data” to better inform intensive care practices with a particular focus on treatment thresholds.