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Episode 71: Serum Caspase-1 as an Independent Prognostic Factor in Traumatic Brain Injured Patients

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This month, Drs. Juan Perez- Barcena and Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari are interviewed by Dr. Jon Rosenberg on their recent article, “SerumCaspase-1 as an Independent Prognostic Factor in Traumatic Brain InjuredPatients.”

The NCS Podcast is the official podcast of the Neurocritical Care Society. Our senior producer is Bonnie Rossow. Our host is Fawaz Almufti, and our production staff includes Tareq Saad Almaghrabi, Andrew Bauerschmidt, Leonid Groysman, Atul Kalanuria, Lauren Koffman, Kassi Kronfeld, Holly Ledyard, Lindsay Marchetti, Alexandra Reynolds, Lucia Rivera Lara, Jon Rosenberg, Jason Siegel, Zachary Threlkeld, Teddy Youn, and Chris Zammit. Our administrative staff includes Bonnie Rossow. Music by Mohan Kottapally.


  • Juan Perez-Barcena

    Dr. Perez-Barcena is currently an intensive care doctor in Mallorca (Spain). He is responsible of the Neurocritical Care Unit.
    Dr. Perez-Barcena studied medicine at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain). In 2008, he obtained a PhD at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.
    He was also partially trained at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, USA.
    Dr. Perez-Barcena's research focuses on traumatic brain injured patients and neurocritical care patients.

  • Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D., M.S.B.A.

    Dr. de Rivero Vaccari is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and a Distinguished Faculty Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has studied the innate immune response for over 15 years and was the first to show the involvement of the inflammasome in vivo in a sterile event, particularly after spinal cord injury.

    Dr. de Rivero Vaccari graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Florida International University where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2004). He then pursued his Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Miami in the laboratory of Dr. Robert W. Keane (2007) and his post-doctoral fellowship in Neurotrauma at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the laboratory of Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich (2010). He recently graduated with a M.S. in Business Analytics (2020) from the Miami Herbert Business School of the University of Miami. In addition, he has trained on Biomarker Science at The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center and on Computational Immunology at The Santa Fe Institute. In addition, he is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

    Dr. de Rivero Vaccari is also a managing member of InflamaCORE, LLC., a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc, an Associate Editor for the Journal Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal Cells in the sections of Cells of the Nervous System, Cellular Immunology & Cellular Aging.