CCCTG Welcome The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) is a national organization of more than 300 individuals with research interests in the management of the critically ill patient. It is a highly collegial group that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement of critical care research in Canada. The CCCTG has are more than 30 research programs underway and over 100 peer-reviewed publications to its credit, with direct impact on clinical practice in critical care. We are a diverse group of researchers and practitioners committed to improving the lives and care of the critically ill by conducting relevant research, in response to health care needs. Our Vision Together, advancing the care of our sickest patients through excellent research To fulfill our mandate we: Mentor current investigators and the next generation of leaders in critical care research Provide international leadership and collaboration in critical care research Translate research knowledge into practice and policy Foster and conduct excellent, innovative research with high clinical impact Our Core Values Excellence - We strive to develop and conduct the highest quality, rigorous research. Patient-centred - We aim to engage patients and their families to enhance the relevance and impact of our research. Integrity - We place integrity at the core of our research and relationships. Innovation - We promote critical inquiry and support implementable ideas which provide value and evidence to advance critical care. Collaboration - We promote a respectful and collegial environment which fosters constructive and supportive relationships for researchers across the health professions and throughout their scientific careers. Strategic Directions RESEARCH - Optimize research success and encourage new programs of research OPERATIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE - Strengthen our peer review, operational processes and central resources EDUCATION & MENTORING - Nurture and support aspiring investigators and future leaders in critical care research PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT - Foster partnerships & stakeholder engagement to enhance our research and impact History The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) was created in 1989 to improve the care of critically ill patients through investigator-initiated research, and to provide a national forum for continuing education about research methods. The inaugural meeting of the CCCTG was an open-invitation conference funded by the Medical Research Council of Canada in Emerald Lake in September 1989 attended by approximately 25 people. Dr. Tom Todd became the first Chair and headed the group from 1989 to 1996 after which Dr. Deborah Cook took over till 2004. The first project to be taken on by the group was the Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis Study and its first major publication “Risk factors for gastrointestinal bleeding in critically ill patients. Canadian Critical Care Trials Group” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1994. In the spring of 2000, additional MRC funding was received for a special pediatric CCCTG meeting in Montreal – an indication of the growing number of multicentre pediatric ICU trials. In 2002, Dr. Brent Winston started the Translational Biology subgroup of the CCCTG to further develop the link between basic science and clinical research. Finally, in June 2004, Roxanne Ward founded the Canadian Critical Care Research Coordinators Group which has already held several highly successful workshops.