My First #SHOCKCON with Dr. Jenny Kaplan

My first #shockcon

We are now less than a week away from #shockcon in Toronto! For many, this will be the first conference they have attended in person for quite some time. Over the next few weeks, we are inviting Shock members to blog about their first #shockcon – to share their thoughts on what the Shock Society means to them – and to tells us what they looking forward to most at #shockcon 2022.

 First up, we have this years’ #shockcon program chair Dr. Jenny Kaplan.

Tell us a little about yourself:

JK: I am currently a Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I am a pediatric intensivist and provide clinical care to patients in the Pediatric Intensivist Care Unit.


My main focus of interest is in sepsis and I study sepsis through basic, translational and clinical approaches. My basic science laboratory studies the role of obesity in sepsis. Clinical research focuses on precision dosing of medications.



Tell us about your first #shockcon:


JK: My first #shockcon was in 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia! I was a pediatric critical care fellow at the time. I presented in the Oral Presentations by and for New Investigators that Dan Remick led. I remember having to provide actual slides for a slide projector! Also, the meeting was at a casino, so I learned how to play blackjack!



What does the Shock society mean to you?

JK: The Shock Society has been instrumental in my career development. So many members of the Shock Society are leading scientists in the field. I have been on a few shock committees and have been able to interact and network with these amazing scientists. Also - many members participate on study sections for various funding agencies.


Why should someone join Shock?


JK: To interact with outstanding scientists who investigate mechanisms impacting patient care in critical illness including shock, trauma and sepsis.

What are you looking forward to most about this years’ meeting in Toronto?


JK: As the program chair I am a bit biased, but this meeting will be amazing with a diverse scientific program and outstanding speakers! I can’t wait to see everyone in Toronto!


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